Iomega today released the new REV external hard drive type backup solution with removable 35GB/90GB cartridges. Available in two interfaces, the external USB 2.0 drive retails for $399 and the internal ATAPI model will be about $20 less. If the included 35GB cartridge is not enough, extra 35GB disks can be purchased for $60 each or a four pack for $200.
The Iomega REV drive offers the removeability of tape with the speed and ease of use of a hard drive. REV disks transfer data up to eight times faster than tape, are smaller than a deck of playing cards (10 x 77 x 75 mm), and can be rewritten more than a million times (estimated). With a maximum sustained transfer rate of 25 MB/sec, and using drag and drop random access technology, REV users can copy and restore individual files in seconds.
With patent-pending advanced two-stage error correction and patent-pending automatic head cleaning, Iomega REV technology achieves an error rate three orders of magnitude better than that of today’s sealed hard drives. The REV drive design keeps the sensitive read/write heads and electronics sealed in the REV drive, and for increased reliability, a patent-pending air filtration system creates a virtual “clean room” environment inside the removable disk. Iomega REV disks are engineered to provide an extremely durable and reliable shelf life, estimated to exceed 30 years.
The REV drive has the speed, capacity and reliability to transform large file tasks in any business. Vertical market computer users who will be delighted with these features and the virtually unlimited storage expandability of the REV drive include:
— Video producers that archive professional video and graphics
— Engineers and consultants that manage CAD/CAM and GIS data;
— Graphic designers/software developers;
— Companies and stores that manage surveillance video;
— Government offices that want to lock away sensitive data on removable
media with password protection;
— Healthcare professionals that need to archive patient records and
transfer large medical images; and
— Students that need to maintain their own disk space in shared
Included with every Iomega REV drive is Iomega Automatic Backup Pro software, which provides frequent file-level backup to a REV drive. Once configured, the “no-touch” software automatically backs up specified files (including multiple revisions); keeps multiple backup sets on different destination drives; excludes user-selected files by file type, and performs scheduled backups. Powerful professional-level features include 2.6:1 compression and AES (Advanced Encryption Standard) file encryption, along with support for Windows server operating systems.
Symantec’s Norton Ghost for REV Drive software is also included for full-system disaster recovery, letting users capture an exact image of the computer’s main hard drive partition, including all data files, system files, settings and installed software. If disaster strikes, the disk image can be easily copied back to the replacement drive from the REV disk.
Iomega is also working with leading storage software vendors to certify compatibility between their solutions and the new Iomega REV drive. Compatibility will enable joint customers to have a wide variety of software solutions for essential storage requirements, such as data backup and business continuity.
The initial REV products herald a new generation of exciting backup technologies from Iomega. Later in 2004 Iomega expects to release Boot and Run(TM) software, which provides home and business users with prompt disaster recovery. If a primary hard drive fails, users can simply “Boot and Run” directly from an Iomega REV drive, giving them access to all the files, applications and functionality of their primary internal hard drive, until the failed drive can be replaced.
Supported operating systems include Microsoft® Windows XP Home and Professional; Windows Server 2003 Standard Edition; and Windows 2000 Server/Professional/Advanced Server (SP3 and SP4). Minimum hardware requirements include a 333 MHz Pentium II with a compatible USB 1.1 or USB 2.0 connection. (USB 2.0 is required to achieve maximum speeds.)
Price and Availability
The Iomega REV drive is now shipping in USB 2.0 external ($399.99 with one disk included) and ATAPI internal ($379.99 with one disk included) configurations. REV disks are available individually ($59.99) or in a four-pack ($199.95); all prices are U.S. suggested retail. Iomega REV autoloaders, which will support multiple disks per drive unit, are currently planned for introduction in the second half of 2004. FireWire, SCSI and SATA models are also planned for introduction in the second half of this year.