Update: Even though this has been discontinued, you can still get the HP Data Vault through Amazon.
In the last few months we’ve been working on a HP Data Vault x510. Unfortunately, with the review done we had to say goodbye as we gave it away to a lucky listener. However, HP came back and gave us the Data Vault x310 to review.
It’s the “Little Brother” in the line of home servers. Whereas the x510 was able to be a data backup and multimedia server, the HP x310 is strictly a Data collection machine – with ability to back up 10 PC’s or Mac machines. It is what I expected Apple’s Time Machine to be – on steroids.
The biggest surprise of this machine is the Dual core ATOM processor (running 1.63 GHz) on-board. It doesn’t make this the netbook of servers, but since the machine is only made for data collection, that processor might just be enough.
The Data Vault case structure is just like the x510 – although it doesn’t have the cool lights and metal frame. Yet the black plastic matte frame gives it a “No-nonsense” approach to a Data server.
The x310 does have the same connections as the x510 – 4 bays for hard drives (you get 1-1 TB drive with the system), 4 USB ports (one in front), Ethernet connection (1 GB) and eSATA connection to add additional disk space if needed (up to 15 TB).
There is no monitor connector, so you have to remote desktop into the machine, or use the Home Server interface. HP supplies 3 disks (just like with the x510) – One to set up a PC to the Data Vault, one to restore a PC and one to restore the server.
Another similarity to the x510 is the applications you can get. McAffee offers an Anti-Virus solution (Free 30 day trial). I am going to work with the online backup solution from Keep Vault.
For now, I say goodbye to the Data Vault x510. I know it’s going to a good home, but I will miss the multimedia functionality.
An extensive review for the x310 will be forthcoming…