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ASUS Unveils TS Mini Server for Today’s Small Office/Home Office

Discussion in 'News' started by btarunr, Nov 19, 2009.

  1. btarunr

    btarunr Editor & Senior Moderator Staff Member

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    ASUS, a worldwide leader in personal computers, today introduces the TS mini small office/home office (SOHO) server. The TS mini targets modern home and small office users that frequently exchange data from multiple computers and require access from various locations. The TS mini secures documents, multimedia, and other digital content into a sleek repository. It further safeguards data on multiple computers across the home or office with automatic backups and cloud storage. TS mini allows centralized file access with local networks, attached storage devices and remotely over the internet. Equipped with an Intel Atom processor, the TS mini delivers quiet, energy efficient, always-on access. Operating on the Microsoft Windows Home Server Platform, it simplifies management of digital content. The TS Mini is available now for pre-order at Amazon.com and NewEgg.com starting at $349.99 USD.

    “Consumer demand for rich content that can be accessed anytime, anywhere, on any device is fueling innovation in networking and storage of media and data in the home,” said Seth Bobroff, general manager, Data Center Group – Storage, Intel Corporation. “The Intel Atom processor in the TS mini enables ASUS to deliver the ability to stream media, share files and protect data while remotely accessing it, all in a sleek and energy-efficient 2-bay design.”

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    “We are pleased to welcome ASUS, one of the industry’s leading PC manufacturers, to the Windows Home Server family,” said Leslie McGuire, Microsoft Director of Windows Server Marketing. “Customers tell us they want an easy and inexpensive way to store, manage and protect their digital content. ASUS helps them achieve all of that with their TS Mini Server, which includes a robust option for adding data capacity through external Web storage.”

    Easy Backup and Restoration of Home Computers
    The TS mini can automatically back up data from up to 10 computers daily. With six USB and two eSATA ports, the TS mini lets users directly back up, synchronize, and manage their files across various USB and eSATA devices and the internal hard disk drive. In a recovery scenario, users can bring individual computers or the entire office back online by loading the latest recovery information saved on the TS mini.

    Convenient Content Sharing and Easy Remote Access
    The TS mini makes it easy for users to stream photos, music, video and other digital content to various devices including TVs, computers, Media PCs, and gaming consoles—for all-around content access. With the Remote Access feature, users outside the local network can also leverage their personal Windows Live account to access the TS mini and its content. Additionally, they can stream music and multimedia content through the online connection.

    Large Data Capacity with Exclusive Web Storage
    For additional storage capacity, the ASUS offers TS mini users a year of free 500GB storage over the Web. Users can boost their storage or synchronize backups online for improved data security. Additionally, users can save large peer-to-peer files on the Web, and share data with user accounts worldwide.

    Energy-saving Features
    In line with global energy-saving initiatives, the TS mini uses minimal power—consuming 24.5W when in idle mode and 27.9W during activation. The TS mini is the ideal choice for 24/7, non-stop data center operation.

    The ASUS TS mini is available in 500G and 2TB models at $349 and $529, respectively.
  2. lemonadesoda


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    Looks nice.

    But if the Atom is just 4W or less (I assume this is NOT the 330 at 8W) then what on earth is using up the other 20.5W when in idle mode? Sounds like a bad choice of chipset... and with it... too hot and too noisy?

    And I think saying it is suitable for "non-stop data center operation" is overdoing it a bit! Small business or home fileserver maybe.

    Price looks fair, esp. seeing as it incl. Windows license and ability to install other applications and services?
  3. aj28 New Member

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    That is a pathetic difference between idle and load. It must be using Intel's chipset...

    Yet it runs Home Server? Do you get two different people to write the beginning and end of your press releases? Come on now. I like how they don't have a 1TB model as well, given that's where you'd get the best bang for your buck so far as data storage is concerned. Of course if they did, who would buy the other models? Brilliant.
  4. suraswami


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    HDD if not the power efficient ones uses about 7W of energy. And chipset consumes about 15W. So I guess its correct.
  5. Easy Rhino

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    looks nice but a tad too expensive for what it does. you can get a used NAS with more HDD space for half the money.
  6. DanTheBanjoman Señor Moderator

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    A NAS under $200 including disks will hardly be a performer though.
  7. wiak


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    most intel chipsets use alot more power due to 90nm or higher process they used to make them
  8. trickson

    trickson OH, I have such a headache

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