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Viridian PC Enter the Windows Home Server 2011 Market


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Today Viridian PC have entered the very small world of Windows Home Server 2011 hardware.

Viridian PC Systems Ltd. are a new company, based in the North West of England.

They have an initial model, called the VS-4HA Colorado Edition 0tb, which is a Atom based machine (the full specs are after the images below).

The unit is in pre-order status at the moment starting at £500 and will be shipped in May.

I spoke with Mike Christie, the Managing Director of Viridian PC. This is what he told me:

The website has most of the details of the initial model. We’ve more in the pipeline, all based round top-quality components, but designed to be as energy efficient as possible. Whilst we are launching with the ‘traditional’ Atom based home server, we’re planning to take WHS places no system builder has really done before. If you know anyone in the market for a 60Tb WHS server with a Core i7 and 32Gb of memory then we’re the people to see (deep pockets required!!) We’re also hoping to bring mobile Core i3/i5/i7 chips to the home server market to give video transcoding a bit of power behind it, but that’s at an early planning stage.

We will also be selling our servers as bare bones models for anyone wanting to use Amahi, FreeNAS, UnRAID or similar. The Core processor models can be upgraded to Xeons coupled with ECC memory for that real enterprise server feel, ideal for virtualisation labs.

All this is really good news for the Windows Home Server 2011 market as currently they have only been information from Tranquil and Acer.

Watch out for a full hands-on UWHS review soon.

You can learn more and pre-order your VS-4HA Colorado Edition 0tb from here


Here is what they have said:

Now available for pre-order, our Colorado Home server range comes pre-installed with Microsoft Windows Home Server 2011, which improves on its predecessor in many areas. Now based on Windows Server 2008 R2, WHS 2011 is 64-bit and supports the latest technology such as Advanced Format hard drives. Microsoft have improved many aspects of Windows Home Server such as the remote access and media streaming to give a much improved experience. Windows Home Server 2011 is the ideal platform to backup your PCs and Macs, stream media to your DLNA™ compliant devices, and access your data from anywhere you can access the Internet.

The VS-4HA Colorado Edition server delivers an outstanding range of features in a very compact unit. The server comes with features not typically found on small home servers, such as full hardware based remote management with KVM over IP and virtual media, which allows the user to perform any task necessary on the server from a different PC even including BIOS changes and OS installation. Also, the Colorado range feature dual Intel server class network adapters that allow advanced features like teaming and redundancy.

Using the latest dual-core Intel Atom processor, this server is remarkably energy efficient, only drawing around 30w at idle when coupled with green hard drives.

Windows Home Server is installed on the internal 2.5” hard drive, leaving all of the space on the data drives free. The data drives are housed in hot-swap bays and can be configured as RAID 5 or RAID 10 to protect against drive failure.

The 0 Tb model comes with no hot swap data drives installed, this model is intended for users who wish to add their own drives, possibly in conjunction with one of the anticipated third-party drive pooling add-ins. The server also comes installed with 2Gb of DDR3 memory. The memory can be upgraded to 4Gb. We can also offer upgrades to the storage capabilities as follows :

Internal drive + no e-SATA – The standard configuration.

Internal drive + e-SATA (no port multiplication) – this simply routes the remaining sata port on the motherboard to a bracket in the expansion slot.

Internal drive + 2 x e-SATA (with port multiplication) – in this configuration, a PCIe card is installed to provide two e-SATA ports with RAID capability and support for port multiplication.

2 x 160Gb drives (mirrored) + no e-SATA – in this configuration a card is installed that holds the two 2.5″drives in the PCIe slot, whilst this offers redundancy of the system drive, it means there is no e-SATA capability on the server.

VS-4HA Colorado Edition 0Tb Specifications :
CPU : Intel Atom D525, 1.8 GHz, dual core, 64bit, 1MB cache
Chipset : Intel ICH9R
Memory : 2Gb DDR3 800MHz SO-DIMM (max 4GB)
Networking : 2 x Intel 82574L Gigabit LAN ports
Storage : 4 x free SATA hot-swap drive bays, 1 x internal 160 Gb SATA drive
Graphics : Onboard Matrox G200eW
USB : 4 x USB 2.0 (2 front & 2 Rear), 1 type A connector on motherboard for booting from memory stick.
Expansion slots : 1 (x4) PCI-Express (in x16) slot.
Remote Management : IPMI (Intelligent Platform Management Interface) v1.5 / 2.0 with Virtual Media and KVM support
Power supply : 200w
Physical dimensions : 9.85” x 7.88” x 11.82” (H x W x D)
1 year return-to-base warranty as standard.

PLEASE NOTE!! The current price includes a £25 pre-order discount. The servers will not ship until early May when WHS 2011 is available.

Andrew Edney
Andrew Edney
I am the owner and editor of this site. I have been interested in gadgets and tech since I was a little kid. I have also written a number of books on various tech subjects. I also blog for The Huffington Post and for FHM. And I am honoured to be a Microsoft MVP since January 2008 - again this year as an Xbox MVP.


  1. interesting spin on the KVM support, it must be hardware based, so any idea what client software will it use? VNC?

  2. hi,
    I am interested in the technical data. What is the volume of such a system with mirrored system disks? There will be the system in Germany?

    • Hi Andreas

      at the moment it is just for the UK, although they say that may change once things get up and running

      More specific technical information will be forthcoming very soon…..

  3. has anyone used Viridian yet?
    I tried to buy online but delivery options weren’t available
    tried the online contact page and tried to ring twice today but no answer
    not v reassuring when looking to spend £1k

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