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Iomega cranks up 120GB REV

by on05 March 2008

Faster and cheaper than LTO-1 or DAT160

Iomega announced that they will be taking their REV technology to the next level with the introduction of the third generation new 120GB REV Drive. Previously, the first generation REV was only 35GB; the second generation boosted the REV to 70GB and now, with the third generation, the REV will move to 120GB.

The REV has been targeted by Iomega as a cost effective backup solution that is more cost effective than backup solutions such as LTO-1 or DAT160, which both use tape and do not offer the random access hard drive-based technology that the REV can provide. As with the previous generation of REV drives, the REV will continue to feature 35MB per second throughput. The new third generation of the REV drives will be able to read 70GB cartridges purchased for the previous generation of REV drives.

The REV has an edge over competing products, including removable drive products such as the Go Vault or the RDX, because these other platforms expect the user to purchase a complete hard drive cartridge every time they purchase another backup unit. The REV’s cartridge design, on the other hand, only contains the hard drive platters and motor, which means that electronics necessary to operate the REV cartridges are part of the drive; thus providing the consumer a clear savings.

The latest version of the REV will bundle EMC’s Retrospect software for backup for desktop and workstation applications, while for server solutions will feature BrightStor ArcServe backup software from CA.

The REV 120 will be available in a variety of interfaces including USB, SATA, and IDE. The USB version will be external, while the SATA and IDE versions will be internal. The external USB and internal SATA version is expected to be available worldwide by April, while the IDE version is expected to ship by mid-year. Pricing was not announced, but will be released closer to the actual release in April.

Read the Iomega REV 120 Press Release here.

Last modified on 05 March 2008
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