With a dearth of Windows Home Server 2011 solutions on the market from big brand OEMs, a number of system builders have popped up (particularly in Europe) offering a range of models from the humble to the powerful.
The UK’s HumuHumu is one such start-up. Launched earlier in the year, the company specialises in WHS 2011 solutions, which boils down to a single configuration at this point (available in a choice of colours).
Features and Specifications
The HumuHumu Home Server is based on a dual-core Intel Atom D525 processor, running at 1.8GHz, supported by a generous 4GB RAM and a single 2TB hard drive. As is now common on most home servers and PCs, networking is supported by Gigabit Ethernet. 1 eSATA, 4 Rear USB 2.0 ports (and two up front) are supplied on the chassis for storage expansion, which with limited internal storage, is highly recommended. A second drive can be installed at purchase, which slots into the device’s spare 5.25″ drive bay, courtesy of a mounting bracket.
It’s not the most powerful home server you’ll find out there in the market, but we’ve seen plenty of Atom-based home servers do a decent job, and unless you have a huge media collection, 4TB storage should keep you going for some time.
What’s in the Box?
Open up the box and you’ll find:
- Windows Home Server Getting Started Guide
- HumuHumu Quick Start Guide
- 8GB OS Recovery USB Flash Drive
- 2m RJ45 network cable
- UK Power cable
- Windows Home Server 2011 Original Installation DVD
Providing the USB Recovery Drive is a great move – should your server need recovering at any point, there’s no need to dig out CDs/DVDs – simply slot in the USB Flash Drive, and it’ll get your server back up and running. It’s also nice to see a couple of reasonably well created Quick Start Guides in the box – these kind of support materials are often missed by System Builders, and they’re essential to delivering a positive experience.
Available in a choice of Blue, Silver, Red or Black, if you want to liven up your server cupboard, then you have plenty of choice. Our review unit is the Blue model – and the chassis is certainly one to behold. It’s a Lian Li PC-Q07 Mini Tower, clad in the traditional brushed aluminium and steel finish. Sized to hold a Mini-ITX motherboard, its compact dimensions – (W)193mm x (H)290mm x (D)208mm – make for a small footprint server that should fit into tight nooks and crannies. That said, small chassis require compromise, and in this case it’s on storage – just two drive bays are available on the PC-Q07, which is a shame as from the outside, it looks like there’s room for more. That aside, it’s a stunning case.
At the front, you’ll find a flush fitting power button and drive indicator light, with the two USB 2.0 ports seated at the bottom of the front panel. The side panels are both punched for heat extraction, whilst you’ll also find a lot of holes at the rear for air-flow, accompanying the standard power socket (with switch) and a standard set of motherboard connectors at the rear.
Overall, it’s a great looking piece of kit – but if you’re looking for performance, it’s what’s inside that also counts.