Division M, the developers of Drive Bender – a storage pooling add-in for Windows Home Server 2011 – have today announced the release date for the app’s full release.

Those missing Windows Home Server’s Drive Extender technology in Microsoft’s latest home server platform will be able to take advantage of similar features from this Friday 14th October, courtesy of this third-party add-in. In a blog post just released, the company said:

Well the day has finally arrived… come this Friday the 14th of October, Drive Bender will be officially released. Thanks to the work of our dedicated user base, the release has a host bug fixes and updates.

However we are not stopping there. Starting next week we are straight into the first release update. Here are some of the major things we are doing.

- Implementing unsupported API’s
- Improving performance (there have been no complains to date… but hey if we can go faster, why not).
- Improvements to Smooth Stream.

Finally if you want to take advantage of the pre-release sale, you need to do so before the 14th of October, once Drive Bender has been release, the sale ends.

Two competing add-ins are in development for Windows Home Server 2011. StableBit DrivePool saw a Milestone 3 beta release in August with subsequent incremental bug fix updates. No release date has been announced. A second add-in, DriveHarnony from DataCore saw an initial public beta release, but the developer has subsequently gone quiet with regard to a release date, and the company’s beta forum has not seen any activity since late June.

If you’re interested in checking out Drive Bender, head over to www.drivebender.com