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Exclusive : Unboxing the Viridian PC VHS-5HC Colorado Edition Server


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Back in September we told you about the announcement from Viridian PC about their new VHS-5HC Colorado Edition Server. We now have our hands on one and it’s time for our exclusive unboxing.

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Here is what Viridian PC say about it:

Our Colorado Storage server range comes pre-installed with Microsoft Windows Storage Server R2 2008 Essentials, based on Windows Server 2008 R2, ths OS 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.

The VSS-5HC 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 dual Intel network adapters featuring redundancy and teaming and optional Intel Active Management Technology (Intel AMT requires a CPU upgrade to i5/i7 or Xeon).

Using the latest dual and quad-core Intel ‘Sandy Bridge’ processors, this server is remarkably energy efficient, drawing as little as 30w at idle when coupled with green hard drives. The base configuration uses the Intel Pentium G620T which offers excellent value for money, however those seeking more power can upgrade to a choice of CPUs right up to the quad-core i7-2600S or even the amazing quad-core Xeon E3-1260L which combines all the features of the i7 with a TDP of just 45W.

Windows Storage Server 2008 R2 Essentials 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 to protect against drive failure, or without RAID for use with drive pooling add-ins.

VSS-5HC Colorado Edition Specifications

CPU : Intel Pentium G620T, 2.2GHz, dual core, 64bit, 3MB cache (other processor options available)
Chipset : Intel C206
Memory : 4Gb DDR3 1333MHz, Max 8Gb
Networking : 1 x Intel 82574L Gigabit LAN port, 1 x Intel 82574LM Gigabit LAN port
Storage : 5 x free SATA hot-swap drive bays, 160Gb internal drive for Operating System
Graphics : Intel Integrated Graphics
USB : 4 x USB 2.0 (4 Rear), 2 x USB headers on motherboard
Expansion slots : 1 (x16) PCI-Express
Remote Management : Intel Active Management Technology v.7 (requires upgrade to i5, i7 or Xeon)

Power supply : 350w 80Plus Certified
Physical dimensions : (W) 199mm x (H) 280mm x (D) 366mm
2 year return-to-base warranty as standard.

Price wise, the VHS-5HC starts at £675.00.

Watch out for our hands-on review shortly.

Learn more from the Viridian PC website
Andrew Edney
Andrew Edney
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