EMC Adds Online Backup to Iomega Drives

By Chris Preimesberger  |  Posted 2008-07-17 Print this article Print

A new backup bundle integrates external portable storage drives with Retrospect local and Mozy online backup services in an effort to combine on-demand cloud-based computing with on-premises storage and backup systems.

Here is yet another proof point in the inevitability of on-demand computing. The venerable and almost hidebound EMC is making it easier for customers to combine on-premises and on-demand storage as they see fit.

EMC, which hasn't acquired a new company for a couple of months now after scooping up 38 companies since 2001, has a definite method to its technology-swallowing madness: It takes the new IP it owns and spreads it as far throughout the corporation as it can.

The latest example of this strategy, announced July 17, is the connection of online backup provider Mozy, which EMC acquired in October 2007, with small business data protection provider Iomega, which it added to its roster in April 2008.

In the past, EMC has transplanted the technologies of acquired companies such as VMware (virtualization), RSA (security) and Avamar Technologies (data deduplication) in other areas throughout its vast product line.

The Iomega division claimed an industry first in integrating local and remote backup in a single small and midsize business product offering. New Iomega external hard drives are now rolling out with a free downloadable software bundle that includes both EMC's Retrospect Express backup and recovery software and the Mozy online backup service, giving users more options for ways to store and protect files.

This is not the first time that an online backup service has shipped with a hard drive, however. Carbonite, an independent online data backup provider, on June 25 became the first company to have its service bundled and automatically activated with the sale of a personal computer. Every Packard Bell computer sold in Europe now is shipped with Carbonite Online Backup preloaded and running.

The new EMC offering, available later in July, marks the first time that EMC-owned brands Iomega, Retrospect and Mozy have united to provide an integrated hardware and software package for nearline and online backup. The two software products share setup information and send backups to either nearline storage (an external hard drive or network drive) or online storage (the Internet), or both.

"Computer users now have a seamless backup system for local backup of every file, as well as backup to the cloud for files that warrant another copy. This bundled solution provides the versatility of any time, anywhere access," said Jonathan Huberman, president of the Consumer and Small Business Products Group at EMC and former president of Iomega.

The Iomega external hard drives now are shipping with a free choice among three versions of the Retrospect Express local backup software plus 2GB of MozyHome online backup, also at no cost. Unlimited MozyHome online backup storage costs an extra $4.95 per month, which is the standard price for the service.

The three Retrospect options available are Retrospect Express HD 2.5 for Windows, Retrospect Express 7.6 for Windows and Retrospect Express for Macintosh 6.1.

Iomega's USB-connected 2.5-inch portable hard drives range in capacity from 80GB to 320GB. The 3.5-inch desktop hard drives range in capacity from 500GB to 1.5TB. For more information, go here.

Chris Preimesberger Chris Preimesberger was named Editor-in-Chief of Features & Analysis at eWEEK in November 2011. Previously he served eWEEK as Senior Writer, covering a range of IT sectors that include data center systems, cloud computing, storage, virtualization, green IT, e-discovery and IT governance. His blog, Storage Station, is considered a go-to information source. Chris won a national Folio Award for magazine writing in November 2011 for a cover story on Salesforce.com and CEO-founder Marc Benioff, and he has served as a judge for the SIIA Codie Awards since 2005. In previous IT journalism, Chris was a founding editor of both IT Manager's Journal and DevX.com and was managing editor of Software Development magazine. His diverse resume also includes: sportswriter for the Los Angeles Daily News, covering NCAA and NBA basketball, television critic for the Palo Alto Times Tribune, and Sports Information Director at Stanford University. He has served as a correspondent for The Associated Press, covering Stanford and NCAA tournament basketball, since 1983. He has covered a number of major events, including the 1984 Democratic National Convention, a Presidential press conference at the White House in 1993, the Emmy Awards (three times), two Rose Bowls, the Fiesta Bowl, several NCAA men's and women's basketball tournaments, a Formula One Grand Prix auto race, a heavyweight boxing championship bout (Ali vs. Spinks, 1978), and the 1985 Super Bowl. A 1975 graduate of Pepperdine University in Malibu, Calif., Chris has won more than a dozen regional and national awards for his work. He and his wife, Rebecca, have four children and reside in Redwood City, Calif.Follow on Twitter: editingwhiz

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