HP to drop support for Windows Home Server, focus on webOS

Microsoft confirmed in a blog post that HP is retiring its line of MediaSmart Servers. For those unfamiliar with HP's product line, the MediaSmart servers run Windows Home Server and are designed for organizing and sharing digital media on a Windows-based home network. HP confirmed that it will not support future versions of Windows Home Server, including the controversial "Vail" version which removes support for Drive Extender. HP will continue to sell its current line of MediaSmart Servers through the end of 2010 and will honor all current service agreements.

Microsoft asserts that HP's decision is not related to this change in Drive Extender support, but is a business decision by HP that is driven by the company's desire to allocate additional resources to webOS. Moving quickly with this re-allocation, HP has reportedly already assigned its Windows Home Server development team to webOS. HP recently became the curator of webOS when it acquired Palm earlier this year. When it was acquired, Palm was on the verge of collapse and webOS was struggling as a mobile platform.

Though Microsoft is playing this situation down, the loss of HP is a major blow to Microsoft's Windows Home Server platform. HP is one of the world's largest PC manufacturers and the lack of a MediaSmart Server option will be detrimental. In lieu of Home Server-based products, HP is reportedly throwing its weight behind Drobo and is offering the network storage devices on its retail website. Despite the loss of HP, Microsoft remains optimistic for Windows Home Server and points to Acer and Tranquil PC, both of which are still committed to future versions of Windows Home Server.

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Ouch, that will hurt I'm not sure how mature WebOS is for this role to be honest. But, then again, we are all "alpha testers" when it comes to HP. HP fail... again

Right, we run most of our infrastructure on HP servers which have, to this date *knock on wood*, never failed on us - and we're not exactly a one man shop either.

Now, if were to talk how many times Microsoft has caused us issues.. that would be a completely different story.

I can't imagine MS would want to kill WHS in such a public debacle, but it sure seems like it.

They drop the biggest feature that sets them apart from the competition which is also one feature that makes the HP devices so popular since it was easy to install a new drive.

zeke009 said,
I can't imagine MS would want to kill WHS in such a public debacle, but it sure seems like it.

They drop the biggest feature that sets them apart from the competition which is also one feature that makes the HP devices so popular since it was easy to install a new drive.

However, advancements in drive technologies, and the growing sizes of hard drives, make (even according to supporters) DE a real PITA. If you are only going to use older (and smaller) drives, DE might make sense.

That leaves price as the only driver for sticking with WHS (or, in fact, any of its direct competitors) as opposed to Windows Server 2008 R2 Standard True?

PGHammer said,

However, advancements in drive technologies, and the growing sizes of hard drives, make (even according to supporters) DE a real PITA. If you are only going to use older (and smaller) drives, DE might make sense.


How does using bigger drives make DE no longer needed? DE allows selctive duplication, mapping an array of drives into a single drive… RAID is not a replacement for DE!

No drive extender, no media centre, no HP mediasmarts or datavaults a coming.

Yep the death of WHS.
Farewell olde friend

Aww, HP makes the best WHS systems. Surely you don't need one to use the software but i loved their simple clean boxes.

This plus the Drive Extender brain fart that Microsoft had the other day makes me feel like WHS is almost dead now.

Microsoft asserts that HP's decision is not related to this change in Drive Extender support, but is a business decision by HP that is driven by the company's desire to allocate additional resources to webOS.

More like HP don't want to **** off Microsoft.

Bad move. Isn't HP #1 in WHS devices?
And for all of this rejuggling for WebOS, they haven't shown anything for it yet. It's going to be harder and harder to get into the market with Blackberry 6, iOS, Android, and WP7 out there.

On the plus side, maybe I can get one cheaper now

I'd say WebOS 2 was something to show for it. That's a pretty major update. The Palm Pre 2 also shows that the platform is insanely efficient on top of the right hardware.

Hmm, well if it works better then more power too them. They should release the web OS on the net as open source. I would love to run something like that on some low powered hardware.

I've looked Drobo up before, I think they are WAY over priced.

warwagon said,
Hmm, well if it works better then more power too them. They should release the web OS on the net as open source. I would love to run something like that on some low powered hardware.

I've looked Drobo up before, I think they are WAY over priced.


Why would they make their profit driving strategy open source?

Owen W said,

Why would they make their profit driving strategy open source?

because they don't have to pay MS money for the OS license. They are HW vendors, not so much SW vendors.

Gabureiru said,

because they don't have to pay MS money for the OS license. They are HW vendors, not so much SW vendors.

You didn't understand the question.