Kampfer noted that the new technology prevents the REV 120 from being fully backward compatible with REV 35 and REV 70 disks. The REV 120 drive does not support the 35GB disks. However, the drive can read, but it can’t write to the REV 70 disks. “There’s a significant difference between the technologies, but the 120’s backward-read compatibility lets customers with the REV 70 migrate their data to the higher capacity solution,” he said.
The drive, which includes one removable 120GB disk and EMC’s Retrospect Express data backup software, will be available worldwide in the first half of April, Kampfer said, in both external USB 2.0 and internal SATA versions. The REV 120 server solution includes CA’s BrightStor ArcServe backup software.
The disks will also be available individually or in packs of five. The company plans an ATAPI version of the drive mid-year.
Although Kampfer wouldn’t be specific about pricing, he did say we could expect “an aggressive price compared to the current REV 70.” That drive currently sells for $599 (the REV 35 sells for $399), and Kampfer said that the REV 120’s price would be “even more aggressive.”
Lauren Simonds is the managing editor of SmallBusinessComputing.com
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