Thursday, May 21st 2009

Acer Launches Aspire easyStore Home Server

Acer today began shipping and selling its Aspire easyStore Home Server for customers in the United States. The Acer easyStore AH340-UA230N marks the company's entrance in the home server market. The black cude is outfitted with an Intel Atom 230 processor, 2 GB DDR2 RAM, 1 TB of storage, and an additional three 3.5-inch hot swappable bays for a maximum storage capacity of 7 TB. Microsoft Windows Home Server OS is running the server. The Acer Aspire easyStore AH340-UA230N Home Server is available now in the U.S. for a MSRP of $399.99.


Acer, the third largest vendor in the PC market, today announced the new Acer Aspire easyStore Home Server for customers in the United States. Designed for households and home-based businesses with multiple PCs, Aspire easyStore offers a simple way to network home computers, centralize, share and protect digital data as well as access it remotely from anywhere in the world.

Outfitted with Microsoft Windows Home Server, the Aspire easyStore offers many benefits. For example, parents can access their children's homework while travelling for business. They can also upload videos and photos from sports events or summer vacations to the server, even while away from home. At any time, from anywhere, every family member with a PC in the home network can access photos, videos, music and other documents from the home server. This centralization of digital data saves significant time by eliminating the need to transfer data from one PC to another, every time someone wants a photo, video or other document that's stored on another PC. It's also a safeguard. If a netbook or notebook is damaged, lost or stolen, users don't lose their data along with it, since it's backed up at home. In addition, when a new system is added to the network, it's quick and easy to upload data from the computer to the server.

"The trend of multiple computer devices per household continues to grow, particularly with regard to mobility. A significant pain point for consumers is how to consolidate and protect their digital data that's spread among multiple devices," said Sumit Agnihotry, Vice President of Product Marketing for Acer America. "Aspire easyStore is the ideal solution for networking home PCs and providing round the clock data protection. Offering remote access to digital data at home from anywhere in the world and automatic daily back-ups, it's the perfect companion to netbooks and notebooks. It's an extremely practical and affordable way to simplify and manage one's personal digital life."

"It's great to have Acer as a valued partner for Microsoft's Windows Home Server in North America. Acer's solution gives consumers new options for purchasing Microsoft Windows Home Server. And Acer's reputation as a key contributor in the PC and consumer electronics field further demonstrates the industry's commitment to this growing product category," said Kevin Kean, General Manager, Windows Home and Small Business Server Group at Microsoft.

Small and Stylish Design, Significant Storage Capacity
Smaller than standard servers, the handsome black tower measures just 8.3-inches (H) x 7.8-inches (W) x 7.08-inches (L). HDD status LEDs emanate a soft blue light and complement the handsome black bezel. The power button is located on top for easy access and reach. One-touch USB copy enables quick file uploading. Users just plug in the USB device and push the button. The data is automatically sorted and stored by file type into designated folders.

Outfitted with an Intel Atom processor 230 and 2 GB DDR2 memory, the Aspire easyStore AH340-UA230N Home Server has the guts to organize and back-up files quickly. The 1TB hard drive and three hot-swappable hard drive bays available for storage expansion provide enough room for filing, storing and backing-up a vast library of songs, videos, photos, games and documents.

The hot swappable HDD cage enables users to increase their data storage, by adding up to three 3.5-inch internal hard drives, which means it offers up to about 7 TB of total data storage. The cage is outfitted with release levers for each drive to keep them secure. In addition, a recovery/reset pinhole provides additional data protection by enabling system restores and data recoveries with just one-touch.

The server works with DLNA (Digital Living Network Alliance) 1.5 Certified Home Server (DMS) and digital media player (DMP) to enable music playback as well as photo and video viewing on a TV. For internet security, Aspire easyStore comes with a six-month free trial of McAfee Total Protection Service.

Windows Home Server Simplifies Home Computing, Enables Remote Access
Microsoft Windows Home Server centralizes digital media in one location, making it easy to access files, photos, videos and music from any PC on the network. It also protects critical data by creating an image-based backup of every home computer every day, so users can restore a single file or an entire PC. With Windows Home Server, users can access the home network from the office or the road, for full access to their files and applications, just as if they were sitting in front of their home PC.

Specifications, Pricing and Availability
The Acer Aspire easyStore AH340-UA230N Home Server is available in the U.S. via leading online technology retailers and authorised resellers.

Acer Aspire easyStore AH340-UA230N Home Server: Available now for a MSRP of $399.99
  • Intel Atom Processor 230 (1.6 GHz)
  • Microsoft Windows Home Server
  • 2 GB DDR2 Memory
  • 1 TB Hard Drive
  • Three Empty Hot Swappable Hard Drive Bays
  • Five USB 2.0 Ports
  • One eSATA Port
  • 10/100/1000 Mbps Ethernet
  • 200 Watt Power Supply
  • RJ-45 LAN Port
Source: Gizmodo
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8 Comments on Acer Launches Aspire easyStore Home Server

#1
qwerty_lesh
why would they only support upto 7tb if WD have 2tb drives in the market and these have four bays :confused:
Chip limitation or something?

the only reason I can think of is that the 1TB drive isn't actually removable.
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#2
Smith_X
what's the mainboard of this platform?

As far as I knew, atom 230 on D945GCLF packed with a ICH7 and ICH7 do not support eSATA. Next, there are only 2 sATA on D945GCLF as well. I'm so curious what is this platform?
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dchrsf
by: qwerty_lesh
why would they only support upto 7tb if WD have 2tb drives in the market and these have four bays :confused:
Chip limitation or something?

the only reason I can think of is that the 1TB drive isn't actually removable.
It comes with a 1TB drive and 3 slots left to expand (with 2TB), so 2TB times 3=6TB; + the 1TB already included. I assume they list 7TB because they want to to keep the TB drive in there to keep the OS files, but I would assume that you could image the drive to a 2TB WD and make 8TB advertised storage if that is the case.

I really like this new product, cant wait for a review.
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#4
h3llb3nd4
Well lets just hope that there are 7400 2tbs in the market...
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#5
mdm-adph
by: dchrsf
It comes with a 1TB drive and 3 slots left to expand (with 2TB), so 2TB times 3=6TB; + the 1TB already included. I assume they list 7TB because they want to to keep the TB drive in there to keep the OS files, but I would assume that you could image the drive to a 2TB WD and make 8TB advertised storage if that is the case.

I really like this new product, cant wait for a review.
Yeah, because the OS for something like this shouldn't need to take up too much space to begin with.
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#6
Jizzler
by: h3llb3nd4
Well lets just hope that there are 7400 2tbs in the market...
Probably won't make much of a difference when connectivity is a single gigE port and most home networks are based around the router their ISP provides.
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h3llb3nd4
by: Jizzler
Probably won't make much of a difference when connectivity is a single gigE port and most home networks are based around the router their ISP provides.
Maybe... I dont have NAS:P
but my sister's pc is slow with a 5400 as her system drive...
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Wile E
Power User
by: Jizzler
Probably won't make much of a difference when connectivity is a single gigE port and most home networks are based around the router their ISP provides.
Says it has an eSATA port as well. I wonder if it's used for adding storage, or if it can be used as a means of connectivity to your computer?
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