Iomega ships low-end NAS

Iomega Corp. this week introduced two network-attached storage arrays designed for small and mid-sized businesses and departments or remote offices within enterprise-sized companies.

The NAS 200d Series 320GB and the NAS 200d 480GB servers use Microsoft Windows Storage Server 2003 to protect business-critical information. Each array has low-cost Serial ATA drives, four USB ports for attachment of peripherals and one Ultra SCSI 320 port for attaching backup devices. They employ RAID-1 or -5 to protect data and support NetWare, Windows, Macintosh, Linux or Unix networks.

The 320G-byte and 480G-byte appliances use Iomega's Automatic Backup Software and Computer Associates' eTrust Anti-Virus software to protect data.

Microsoft's Volume Shadow Copy Services (VSS), Distributed File System (DFS), File Replication Service (FRS) and Encrypting File System (EFS) capabilities are also included. VSS lets the user take as many as 64 point-in-time copies of data; DFS simplifies the locating and management of data on multiple servers; FRS keeps duplicate files and directories on different servers, ensuring availability; and EFS encrypts data.

The NAS 200d Series 320GB is US$1,400; the NAS 200d Series 480GB is $2,000. Both products are expected to ship in June.

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