I hate to say it, but according to Paul Thurott’s review, Windows Home Server sounds like a good product. Although they picked the wrong market. (And who knows how well it will actually work…)
Why the Home market is wrong…
It’s going to be tough to sell a PC that you can’t really use like a PC to home users. Power Users might like it, but Power Users already know how to manually setup a server to handle most of the features of Windows Home Server. So while Power Users might like it, uptake will be slow as WHS is purchased to replace aging homemade solutions.
Windows Home Server: The Perfect Small Business Server
I hate to say it, but WHS seems perfect for small businesses who don’t have any in-house IT staff. WHS’s features read like a wishlist of what small businesses need from a server:
- Share files
- Automate backups
- Share a printer
- Remote access
Not to mention the health monitoring features which would also be handy for small businesses that inevitably struggle to keep spyware off of their unmanaged PCs.
RedHat or SuSe should quickly create their own Linux Small Business Server with all of these features. There’s no reason why Linux can’t do it, and do most of it better. Put it in a pretty box like HP’s WHS, and sell it for $100 less than Windows Home Server.
I think it’d be a winner.