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Iomega launches Hard drive desktop autoloader

Iomega Corporation announced the worldwide availability of the Iomega REV Loader 560, Iomega's second generation of its desktop autoloader that utilizes removable disks that economically solve the backup and archive needs of small businesses.

Incorporating standard hard drive components and removable technology created by Iomega, the new REV Loader 560 provides access to 560GB of native storage (or 1.12TB of compressed capacity) by managing up to eight removable 70GB REV disks in a compact desktop form factor less than 7 inches tall and 5 inches wide.

The REV Loader 560 connects to a server through a standard USB 2.0 interface. Iomega has created a total backup and archive solution for small businesses by bundling with each REV Loader 560 a license for CA BrightStor ARCserve Backup for Windows (r11.5), including support for disaster recovery.

Through its USB interface, ease of use, elegant desktop form factor, feature rich software, and economical price point, the Iomega REV Loader 560 brings an automated storage system to small businesses that never before could consider an automated backup device because of the costs and complexities of tape-based automation products.

Unlike tape backup products that rely on fragile and very slow linear-access technology, the REV Loader 560 drive uses rugged 70GB REV disks that contain only the hard drive platter and motor in the disk.

The REV Loader 560 is dramatically faster than tape-based automation devices, delivering up to 30MB/sec data transfer rates with random access capability, which is up to 10 times faster than many tape alternatives such as DAT-72.

The Iomega REV drive is a proven technology that is quickly becoming a small business storage standard around the world. Since launching the REV platform in 2004, Iomega has sold more than 250,000 REV Drives and more than 1.3 million REV disks. The Iomega REV drive has won more than 20 technology awards worldwide.

With the addition of the new REV Loader 560, Iomega now offers small businesses and others a complete family of REV products that utilize both REV 35GB disks and the new REV 70GB disks, including stand alone internal and external REV drives available in a selection of computer interfaces (external USB 2.0, FireWire, internal SCSI, ATAPI and SATA interfaces).

The REV Loader 560 is backward compatible with REV 35GB disks, meaning the REV Loader 560 can read and write to REV 35GB disks.

Désiré Athow

Désiré has been musing and writing about technology during a career spanning four decades. He dabbled in website building and web hosting when DHTML and frames were en vogue and started writing about the impact of technology on society just before the start of the Y2K hysteria at the turn of the last millennium. Following an eight-year stint at where he discovered the joys of global tech-fests, Désiré now heads up TechRadar Pro. Previously he was a freelance technology journalist at Incisive Media, Breakthrough Publishing and Vnunet, and Business Magazine. He also launched and hosted the first Tech Radio Show on Radio Plus.