Monday, January 12th 2009

VIA Launches 8-drive NSD7800 Data Storage Server for Home Use

VIA Technologies, Inc, a leading innovator of power efficient x86 processor platforms, today announced the VIA NSD7800 home server, supporting up to 8 full sized hard drives with a fraction of the hassle associated with larger servers, enabling system integrators to offer the ideal solution for SOHO and family storage needs. Measuring only 13.4" x 13.4" x 5.9" (34cm x 34cm x 15cm) and powered by an energy-efficient 1.5GHz VIA C7-D processor, the VIA NSD7800 offers substantial storage space through its eight easy access 3.5" drive bays. The VIA NSD7800 server is fully compatible with Microsoft Windows Home Server so that users can now securely store their personal data and enjoy peace of mind with automatic data mirroring, as well as easy access to documents while away from home.


Modern households frequently have more than one PC with family members each storing personal data without the means to safely back up data in a simple, user-friendly manner. The VIA NSD7800 works in harmony with Windows Home Server to offer a compelling alternative. Small business and home office users will also appreciate having a rational, easy to administer storage infrastructure while also saving space and reducing power bills.

Offering a unique blend of size, capacity and power efficiency, the VIA NSD7800 uses Gigabit LAN networking to provide optimal file transfer speeds, a compact flash socket for stable OS installation and individual status LEDs for each of its eight drive bays as well as LEDs indicators for network activity and power.

"VIA is confident that the VIA NSD7800 server accurately addresses the needs of today's consumers. Used in combination with Microsoft Windows Home Server, it provides a simple, safe and effective way to manage increasingly large personal data collections," said Daniel Wu, Vice President, VIA Embedded Platform Division, VIA Technologies, Inc. "The home server market continues to grow in importance and VIA is determined, as ever, to set the pace."

"The new VIA Home Servers are great example of how Windows Home Server provides an all-in-one solution for families to access, organize, and safeguard their digital content," said Charlie Kindel, general manager of Windows Server Solutions at Microsoft. "We are excited to partner with an industry leader, VIA, as an OEM of Windows Home Server, to bring a multitude of features and benefits to consumers with this new offering."

About the VIA NSD7800
The VIA NSD7800 is powered by a 1.5GHz VIA C7-D processor and supports up to 1GB of DDR2 system memory. The front panel reveals eight 3.5" drive bays for installation of up to eight S-ATA II hard disk drives which can be installed in moments through a unique back panel mounting system reducing cluttered cabling.

The VIA NSD7800 supports a type-1 compact flash slot for embedded OS installations and uses PCI-Express-based Gigabit networking to handle file transfers quickly and easily while an array of activity LEDs keep the user updated on progress. LEDs include individual S-ATA port activity, overall hard drive activity, network activity and power. There is also the option of custom LED control and push button backup and recovery. An optional Mini-PCI port is also available for additional security related add-in cards such as hardware VPN or anti-virus modules.

The VIA NSD7800 supports Microsoft Windows Server 2003/2007, Windows Home Server and Linux. System monitoring and management includes Wake-on-LAN, Wake-on-Alarm and Watch Dog Timer.

For more details about the VIA NSD7800 please visit: http://www.via.com.tw/en/products/embedded/nsd7800/Source: VIA
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7 Comments on VIA Launches 8-drive NSD7800 Data Storage Server for Home Use

#1
lemonadesoda
8 drive server for home use. LOL. Get those torrents seeding :pimp:
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Exceededgoku
Gutted it doesn't come with more than one LAN port as standard, if I was going to get something like this for home use I'd probably have 4 LAN ports teamed together :O
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Jizzler
Not bad. Would have been nice to see hardware raid, even if it was low-end.

WHS does a pseudo RAID-1E as far as I can tell while Linux and Windows Server (certain versions) can do RAID-5. Though with just gigabit, I'd probably just keep it simple with (4) RAID-1's.
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DanTheBanjoman
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by: Jizzler
Not bad. Would have been nice to see hardware raid, even if it was low-end.

WHS does a pseudo RAID-1E as far as I can tell while Linux and Windows Server (certain versions) can do RAID-5. Though with just gigabit, I'd probably just keep it simple with (4) RAID-1's.
Four RAID 1's? Waste of space if you ask me. What's wrong with RAID5 (or even 6)? Besides, how is having four different arrays keeping things simple? For a user creating a RAID 1 or 5 array is the same thing, select drives, choose RAID level, click ok.
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#5
Jizzler
True - I have never tried software RAID-5 on a VIA 1.5Ghz. It very well could be decent.

RAID-1 is simple, to me at least. Could pull a drive and read the data off it with little or no problem in case of failure.
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DanTheBanjoman
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by: Jizzler
RAID-1 is simple, to me at least. Could pull a drive and read the data off it with little or no problem in case of failure.
True, though when a drive in a RAID 5 array fails the remaining drives can be accessed without problems as well. And it's far more efficient with space, specially if you use 8 drives.
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#7
streetsounds
by: Jizzler
Not bad. Would have been nice to see hardware raid, even if it was low-end.

WHS does a pseudo RAID-1E as far as I can tell while Linux and Windows Server (certain versions) can do RAID-5. Though with just gigabit, I'd probably just keep it simple with (4) RAID-1's.
The NSD7800 has Raid :) I am running WHS on it with 2x 1TB as Raid 1 running WHS on it and 8 additional drives in single mood added to the drive pool in WHS. SO you get about 7GB for data storage :rockout:
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