Iomega Debuts Low-End NAS Servers

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Iomega saw its fortunes take a bad turn when inexpensive, recordable CD drives and media effectively gave the Zip drive its walking papers. Of late, the company has focused on establishing a presence on business networks of every size by fleshing out its networked storage offerings.

In shoring up those efforts, the San Diego-based storage firm revealed two entry-level network attached storage (NAS) servers and an update to its midrange P400 line.

The new A205m and A305m are targeted directly at the small business and workgroup markets. Designed for file sharing and backup, the Windows-based, sub-$1,000 A205m includes 160 GB of drive space, supports RAID 1 disk mirroring, and connects to networks via a 10/100 Mbps Ethernet port.

To ensure seamless integration into existing networks, the A205m is compatible with Microsoft Active Directory and can be managed using Microsoft Management Console (MCC), Terminal Services, and Distributed File System (DFS). Administrators can automate backup chores using the included Iomega Automatic Backup software.

The A205m NAS will be available starting June 2 for $999.

The A305m takes its lower-priced sibling’s core features and expands upon them. Storage jumps to 240 GB, and the server utilizes RAID 5 disk striping. A Gigabit Ethernet port provides connectivity to high-speed networks.

Priced at $1,599, the A305m is scheduled to start shipping the first week of July.

Iomega is not neglecting its midrange storage hardware, as the P400 line of midrange NAS servers has been substantially revised as well. The P435m, P440m, and P445m are now fitted with new Pentium 4 processors and dual Gigabit Ethernet ports.

Sporting 1U form factors and four hot-swappable drives, the updated P400 servers also support tape backup via newly available standard SCSI ports. The P435m, P440m, and P445m have storage capacities ranging from 320 GB to 720 GB and range in price from $3,399 to $5,999. All three updated models are available now.

This story originally appeared on Enterprise IT Planet.

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Pedro Hernandez
Pedro Hernandez
Pedro Hernandez is a contributor to Datamation, eWEEK, and the IT Business Edge Network, the network for technology professionals. Previously, he served as a managing editor for the network of IT-related websites and as the Green IT curator for GigaOM Pro.
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