CES 2012: Iomega Expands NAS Drive Lineup

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Iomega will introduce two network-attached storage (NAS) drives this week as the company continues to shift its focus away from simple external storage systems.

“I see 2012 as the year of network storage,” said Marc Tanguay, Iomega’s senior product manager of network storage solutions.

The primary reason Tanguay cited is the complexity has been taken out of these products for the consumer. The setup is now almost fully automated, removing the need for the consumer to have to behave as an IT manager, he said.

Iomega’s consumer-centric offering is the EZ Media & Backup Center. This will ship this month in 1TB, 2TB and 3TB capacities.

The ongoing hard-drive shortage created by the flooding of HDD manufacturing facilities in Thailand is forcing Iomega to hold off on finalizing pricing, and it was not available as of press time, Tanguay said.

However, he added that Iomega has enough supply to meet its needs.

The EZ Media allows for central backup and storage, and users can access the content on other computers and portable devices via a web app.

The NAS device is UPnP compliant, allowing it to stream multiple lines of HD video. Content stored on the NAS can be viewed, via the web, with up to 256 other devices.

In addition, content can be uploaded, downloaded and streamed directly to the drive using Iomega’s Link remote app. Tanguay said that this essentially gives the owner terabytes of storage space for a portable device. The data is automatically downloaded to the drive from a smartphone or tablet essentially eliminating the need for cloud storage.

The drive uses Iomega’s QuikProtect software for backup, Time Machine is used for Apple computers, and the user can set up folders that directly connect to their social media sites. These will automatically upload to the site when the photo, music or video is moved into that folder.

The second device is the StorCenter ix2 and is geared toward the prosumer/SoHo buyer.

It is a two-bay device that can come preloaded with drives or diskless, allowing the buyer to configure it as needed. It can be set up with 1TB, 2TB, 3TB, 4TB and 6TB drives.

For the reasons cited previously, pricing has not been set, but it will ship this month.

It has the same storage and network capability as the EZ Media and adds the ability to work with IP security cameras to store and show the video over the Internet.


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