Iomega announced today that its popular line of REV backup drives would be receiving a significant capacity increase. Currently the REV line tops out at 70Gb of storage per disc. In April Iomega will roll out a new 120GB version of its REV drive.
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The new drive will initially come with either a USB or internal SATA interface. Iomega says it plans to roll out a third REV drive using an ATAPI interface by the middle of 2008. The 120GB REV drive will have a maximum transfer rate of 30MB/second and the discs will have a 30-year archival life and can withstand one million rewrites.
"With a REV install base of 350,000 drives and 2,000,000 disks, tape backup for small business has worn out its welcome," said Tom Kampfer, president and COO, Iomega Corporation. "Iomega's removable REV platform is a proven technology that delivers performance and ruggedness that no tape product can match. Compared to entry-level tape products like LTO-1 and DAT160 format tape drives, the new REV 120GB Backup Drive offers more native capacity, near instantaneous random access to files, faster backups and restores, and ruggedized cartridges -- all at a much better drive price. In addition, REV drives offer today's multimedia enthusiast a limitless storage solution for libraries of content with each 120GB REV disk holding approximately 48,000 photos, 2,000 hours of music or 12 hours of high-definition video." Iomega says pricing will be announced closer to the April launch date.
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