At the low end of the Iomega line come a series of eGo portable hard drives that are super simple to use. You plug it into the USB-port of your computer just like a thumb drive in seconds it recognizes the system and is ready for use. These are available in four colors with up to 500 GB of capacity. The dimensions are half an inch thick, 5.375 inches long and 3.5 inches wide, and it weighs in at seven ounces.
While these see devices heavy use in the consumer market, they are also popular among professionals who want to take their data on the road with them. They can be looked upon as a more robust repository compared to thumb drives, which are relatively flaky and not to be trusted with backups, for example. They come with McAfee VirusScan Plus anti-virus software (six months free) included, and they can survive a drop of 51 inches without failing.
This is quite important. A WD drive of mine (containing everything Id written throughout my career) was knocked off a table at a hotel, which resulted in a catastrophic failure. Despite the best efforts of Western Digital, absolutely nothing could be recovered despite the efforts of an outside data-recovery firm.
The eGo comes in three sizes: 250 GB, 320 GB and 500 GB. Its protected by a series of backup programs such as: Iomega QuickProtect for simple backup of files; EMC Retrospect for backup of data, applications and settings; and Mozy for online backup 2 GB available for free.
Pricing starts at $85 for 250 GB, $95 for 320 GB and $135 for 500 GB. In addition, a BlackBelt eGo provides 500 GB as well as the ability to survive a fall of seven feet for $140.
If your laptop doesnt put out enough power to run the eGO device via its USB port, we have a double port version that solves this issue, said Huberman. eGo is used by consumers, SMBs and individuals in large enterprises.
Mozy Becomes Decho
EMCs other primary SMB storage arm is Mozy now known as Decho (short for digital echo). Decho is the merger of Mozy and another EMC acquisition known as Pi Corp. Fortunately, the Mozy brand will remain as it is well known among consumers and SMBs. According to Steve Fairbanks, Dechos director of product management, Mozy has one million users including 30,000 businesses using the SMB version known as Mozy Pro. That adds up to over 15 petabytes (PB) of data stored.
Mozy Pro costs $3.95 per desktop per month and 50 cents per gigabyte, with servers costing $5.95 per server per month plus 50 cents per GB. A 2-GB home version is available for free.
Integration with EMC Retrospect backup software is ongoing. Mozy Home already has it and Mozy Pro will shortly. That will let companies use Mozy for online backup and also make a local backup copy using Retrospect. Better data encryption has also been added. Mozy Pro removes 75 percent of the cost of backup for SMBs, said Fairbanks. For businesses using the Mac, a Mac Pro version will be launched in the fall.
In addition, more Decho services should be made available by the end of this year, though no one is saying exactly what these are. Iomega and Decho are partnering, which should result in combined offerings in the near future.
SMB Storage Boom
Storage devices will only become more necessary for small businesses. According to research firm IDC, There were 3,892,179,868, 480,350,000,000 bits of data created in 2008: thats nearly four sextillion.
As the economy deteriorated in late 2008, the pace of digital information created and transmitted actually increased, said John Gantz, an analyst at IDC.
He predicts a doubling of the digital universe every 18 months. Small businesses need to plan ahead to provide enough capacity in their storage environments and to supply their employees with additional storage devices.
Drew Robb is a Los Angeles-based freelancer specializing in technology and engineering. Originally from Scotland, he graduated with a degree in geology from Glasgow's Strathclyde University. In recent years he has authored hundreds of articles as well as the book, Server Disk Management by CRC Press.
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