Product Review: Iomega Storage Servers Page 4


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Initial backups can take a long time, even with the 100 megabits-per-second (Mbps) Ethernet connection. For the most part, though, backups can run on their own. That said, in my initial backup, the software did hiccup a few times on particular files, stopping the backup process and popping up error messages.

In some cases, the software appeared to temporarily lose the network connection to the NAS. Clicking "Retry" in the error message box immediately started the process again. In other cases, it said the file name was too long. This is possibly because Windows 2000 has different file naming restrictions than Windows XP.

The real test came when the initial backup was complete and I started creating and modifying files and saving them. The automatic on-the-fly backups to the NAS are done in the background.

For the most part they did not disrupt other computing processes on the test workstation – although in one case, while saving a 4MB-plus image file, the screen froze momentarily. This may not have had anything to do with the Iomega products, though.

After saving a new file on the local hard drive, it showed up as if by magic in the backup folder on the NAS. This is technology designed to let you sleep at night.

The Iomega NAS units can also be used as Web, application, and print servers. And they don't have to be "headless" – you can plug in a monitor, keyboard, and mouse if you want.

If the 160 or 240 gigabytes of storage that comes standard with the entry level A205m and A305m units isn't enough, you can add more – up to 1.44 Terabytes (or 1.44 thousand gigabytes).

An Iomega storage server is not for every organization. But if your data is your company's lifeblood – as it is for so many small businesses today – you should definitely consider it.

This review originally appeared on Small Business Computing.

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