Iomega Debuts Small NAS Hardware

The cube-shaped Iomega 200d Series, which comes in models boasting 320GB and 480GB of storage capacity, comes standard with Microsoft Storage Server 2003 software, and is designed to work with both traditional ATA drives and Iomega's own Rev removable hard drives that the company released in April.

The 320GB 200d uses a pair of 160GB ATA drives, while the 480GB device offers a trio. The smaller model connects to the network via a 10/100/1000 Ethernet port (the 480 sports a pair of such ports), and for adding more storage, connecting tape drives, or linking Iomega Rev units, the devices include four USB 2.0 ports. The 480 also features an UltraSCSI 320 port.

Both models also include Iomega's Automatic Backup Software and Computer Associates' eTrust antivirus software.

Iomega is aiming the 200d at Microsoft-centric shops as an alterative to Linux-based entry-level storage, file and print servers, said company executives.

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"Because most small offices today are Microsoft-based, the 200d Series ensures seamless integration with Microsoft computing environments while also supporting heterogeneous client PCs and network file protocols," said Wayne Arvidson, the director of Iomega's professional storage services, in a statement.

The new NAS hardware supports network file protocols within Windows, Mac OS X, Linux, Unix, and NetWare.

The 320GB 200d is priced at $1,399, while the 480GB model costs $1,999. They will start shipping in the United States, Canada and Latin America in June, with sales to other markets beginning later this summer.

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