With the combined family of both Macs and Windows PC machines all over my house, having one of Microsoft's best inventions to come out in a while - Windows Home Server - has been truly a blessing. Worry-free backups. Power efficient units. However, now that Microsoft has decided to abruptly can WHS software, I don't think I'll be able to sleep at night anymore.
Well, killed might be a strong term to use, but "no longer available" usually means they have something completely better planned in its next iteration or have chosen to move on to better things, as indicated by a Microsoft press release announcing HP's home servers will no longer be shipping with Windows Home Server installed.
While Windows Home Server hasn't always been bug (and sometimes with less than practical form factors), I still enjoyed the idea of my own personalized storage system that's easily expandable, stable, and makes good use of my old PCs.
According the reports, Microsoft plans to get rid of the Drive Extender feature - the software "RAID" solution which allows that for that dead-simple hard drive expansion. With 2TB hard drives hitting the $70 mark these days, it's hard to not scratch our heads and wonder what Microsoft has in mind by killing such a vital aspect to their software. Without Drive Extender, there is no Windows Home Server.
If you're like me who has to look for alternative options now, I suggest checking out Amahi server and OpenMediaVault. Amahi seems to be closest to what WHS offers and OpenMediaVault is NAS software made by the open-source community. We prefer Amahi for its slightly easier learning curve, but we really just hope Microsoft has a change of heart in the next few weeks (although we're highly doubtful it will happen).