Posted by: tranquilpc | July 29, 2011

WHS2011–MonStor Released

MonStor – the Storage Management Add In for WHS2011 and WSS2008R2

After a short delay on the release of MonStor, Tranquil PC are really pleased to see the product is now available.

The Drive Extender (DE), part of the original Windows Home Server, was a huge step forward in the IT world.  Being able to use mismatched HDDs in a ‘pool’ and then being able to protect (duplicate) data across multiple disks was simple brilliant.  There were a few downsides, and the worst being the difficulties (trust) in getting data back in the event of system failure (files and folders on removed data HDDs could be ‘seen’ on other PCs – but often these files were ‘ghosts’ of the file – which could have been on another disk somewhere).

But Microsoft, in their wisdom (or not), decided to remove DE from WHS2011 and WSS2008R2 Essentials (a 25 user version of WHS2011).  This was seen as a major problem, and many said the last nail in the coffin of Microsoft’s Home Server OS.

After reviewing the need / expectation requirements of our customers, Tranquil knew that any Home Server of the future would have to have an equally simple, effective, reliable and perhaps ‘better’ storage manager.  After reviewing the options available decided to work closely with Division-M to deliver such a solution.

Since that decision Tranquil engineers have been working closely with Division-M to optimise the WHS2011 Add In, on the Leo HS4 and Leo SS4 Servers.  There have been many ups as well as downs, as the software / service was put through it’s paces.

It had to be simple, effective, reliable, scalable and most importantly recoverable after a catastrophic system failure.  During 1000’s of hours of testing, and 1000’s of TBs of data transfers any undesirable issues were discovered and fixed.

MonStor now is ready, with recognition to Division-M and Tranquil engineers – a very big thank you. 

The very simple ability to create a storage pool, with mismatch capacity hard disks, including 3TB disks, is really amazing.  The fast and effective way that MonStor balances the data across disks is equally impressive.

To learn more:

Monstor – supplied with all Leo HS4, Leo SS4, T2iWHS, SQA-5H and T7 2011 Servers

Monstor – how to setup, and how to ensure that even after a total system failure, you can still recover your WHS2011 Server, and all of your data

MonStor – supports 3TB HDDs

MonStor – order just the Add In for your own home build WHS2011 for just £29.95

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