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November 09, 2004
The Server in the Closet Gets a Little Closer to Reality
I remain enamored of a concept I think of as the "server in the closet." I believe that, eventually, every home will have a fairly sophisticated server as the locus of the many networked device in the home. Everything from the VoIP phone system, presence-enabled media (IM), multimedia (podcasts, broadcatch), etc., etc., etc. There will be fat and thin clients in the home, all of which can be (but not required to) coordinate through home's central server. More importantly, this "server in the closet" will be part of bi-directional communication with the rest of the world wide network, turning every home not only into a receiver, but a transmitter.
Anyway, that is my dream and every once in awhile I note devices and other things that tend towards this future. Today's edition is about a terabyte server priced for the consumer.
If you can read Japanese, check out the press release: Buffalo Terastation [Japanese]. Otherwise, you might want to try Gizmodo (Buffalo TeraStation 1TB Network Storage).
$1,000 bucks and you get 1TB of storage, nicely configured with four drives, RAID and highspeed connectivity. That is some serious storage for the price. And how much info is in the Library of Congress? I seem to recall an estimate of 17 Terabytes. The day when the LOC is available on the desktop is not too far off.
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