Three models geared toward
SMBs"> The series, designed as a hardened storage vault, comes in three models with capacities ranging from 320GB to 500GB. Because of their lower cost pointstarting at $2,000and easy installation due to a plug-and-play configuration, the storage servers are geared toward small and midsize businesses, Arvidson said. The NAS 300r Series storage server ships with Iomegas Automatic Backup Pro software.Each client PC on the network can choose continuous backup or scheduled backup to the 300r Series server, Arvidson said.With continuous backup, every file the user creates or changes on the client PC is automatically copied to the server as a backup destination, he said. Other features include hot-swappable drives to enable recovery from disk failure without downtime, Microsoft Exchange database support, point-in-time file recovery and the inclusion of Computer Associates eTrust Antivirus software. With these announcements, Iomega is clearly positioning itself as the NAS vendor of choice for small and midsize companies, said Brad Nisbet, a program manager in the storage systems practice at IDC of Framingham, Mass. Click here to read more about updates to Iomegas network-attached storage line. "They have realized that for SMBs, its not only about sharing files, but about protecting data. Most small organizations dont back up at the PC client level, and thats a real gap for some organizations Iomega is trying to pursue," he said. Nisbet said Iomega is so successful with the SMB strategy it has employed over the past 18 to 24 months, in fact, that the company might be successful expanding into the consumer and home markets. "If any company can position itself there, it could be Iomega," he said. "Its focusing on a lot of the same key elements that are important in SMBssimplicity, cost and data protection. Those are the three things that will drive consumer and digital home opportunities." Check out eWEEK.coms for the latest news, reviews and analysis on enterprise and small business storage hardware and software.