News today that HP has discontinued their line of MediaSmart home servers that run Windows Home Server and will put their efforts into further development of webOS. The Home Server Group has been transferred to the Palm Global Business Unit. That means the end of the line for both the EX490 and EX495. It also marks the end of any future software updates for these models.
Editor’s note: If you don’t mind picking up a product that won’t be supported, the EX490 and EX495 are excellent home servers. I currently run the EX495 in my home to stream media and it allows for TimeMachine backups for our Mac’s. Expanding storage is plug-and-play, allowing for up to 8TB of storage.