Iomega REVs backup and recovery

Iomega REVs backup and recovery

Iomega this week unveiled a SCSI version of its REV drive aimed at server backup and disaster recovery applications.

The REV SCSI 35GB/90GB drive has native storage capacity of 35GB, but includes a file compression utility that increases capacity to as much as 90GB. It also includes a software bundle featuring automatic file backup, full system backup, and recovery. For server applications, the REV disk drive uses Yosemite Tape for REV Drive. The external version carries a price of just less than $500, while the internal version starts just below US$450. The hardware is compatible with Windows XP, Windows Server 2003, and 2000. The SCSI version will be available this month.

The latest model is designed more for small and midsize businesses than Iomega's typical individual users, said company officials. "It's great because it's very portable, and for many markets, such as graphic arts and engineering, that can be a real plus," said Lake Price, product manager at Iomega.

The company hopes to nudge some larger IT shops to use the new products as a replacement for tape backup, Price said. Iomega is working on autoloaders for its product which will make the REV more appropriate for larger installations, Price said. The new autoloaders should be available in the first quarter next year, he said.

REV drives are smaller than a deck of playing cards and offer a read-write performance of as much as 25MBps, with an average of 20MBps. Last month, Iomega released a FireWire version of its REV drive for Macintosh users. The products also interface with USB 2.0 and ATAPI.

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