Iomega Now Shipping New StorCenter Network Hard Drive
Iomega announced it is now shipping its fastest and most complete solution for storing and sharing digital content on a home or small business network: the new Iomega StorCenter Network Hard Drive with built-in UPnP (Universal Plug and Play) A/V network media server. The novelty is shipping in capacities of up to 250GB, with a 1TB model expected early next year.
The Iomega StorCenter Network Hard Drive is a UPnP-compliant device that installs into any Ethernet-based network and operates independently of a host PC. The 160GB and 250GB StorCenter models include the built-in Freescale PowerQUICC II MPC8241 processor and support streaming files directly to PCs and network-attached entertainment devices with the StorCenter's UPnP media server capability (entertainment devices may require a UPnP-compliant digital media adapter, sold separately).
Features include a Gigabit Ethernet network connection for fast network transfer rates and two USB 2.0 (Hi-Speed USB) ports for future expandability. Both 160GB and 250GB models use a 7200-RPM drive; the 250GB model comes with an 8MB cache.
Usability features include password-protected user accounts and assignable user-directory quotas. All models include print server capability with USB-attached printers, and both USB 2.0 ports support USB hubs for further expansion.
The Iomega StorCenter Network Hard Drive ships with Iomega Automatic Backup Pro (IAB Pro) software that offers the choice of continuous real-time backup or easy configuration of scheduled backups if preferred. Users can back up multiple file revisions, maintain security with password protection and AES file encryption.
The Iomega StorCenter 160GB Network Hard Drive is now available for $199.99; the Iomega StorCenter 250GB Network Hard Drive, for $289.99 (all prices are U.S. suggested retail). Both products are available at major U.S. retailers, distributors and online stores, including www.Iomega.com. Iomega plans to introduce a 1TB StorCenter early next year.
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