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Network Drives for the Home

Techstination feature for Tuesday, October 2, 2007

Network drives for the home. Bloomberg Boot Camp, a report on today's technology. There was a time…not all that long ago, when Iomega ruled the roost…in the world of add-on computer storage. Its Zip drives were great alternatives to stacks of floppy discs. Then came re-writable CDs and DVDs…..and plummeting prices for add on hard drives. Iomega has sold them all. Now the company sees a growing market for drives that plug into home or small office networks. Senior product line manager Scott Wells says what sets the new StorCenter drives apart from the competition are performance and what comes in the box…

"We offer a complete solution and what we mean by that is we offer back up software in addition to the system itself. We provide two clients of EMC Retrospect Express. Gives the user the ability to set up back up jobs to back up all the important data on their system. And you know the importance of this is that relative to some of the other players in the market, we provide, again, the name brand software where a lot of the other players provide lesser known brands and in some cases only provide one license."

The idea with network storage is…you have a drive that can be used by all of the computers in your home…for storing and accessing digital photos, music, videos and documents. Prices start at under 200 dollars. A wireless one terabyte drive…sells for 589 dollars. Iomega plans to sell drives using Microsoft's Home Server technology as well. Look for those in the coming months. Bloomberg Boot Camp, I'm Fred Fishkin.