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Removable storage maestro Iomega has had some notable success with its latest range of REV drives and it has put this expertise into a number of other avenues. With the TrustedReviews Recommended REV Autoloader 1000 it offers a high-performance alternative to tape-based backup and it comes as no surprise to see the same technology popping up in its range of small business NAS appliances.
The NAS 200d series comprises three models offering 320GB, 480GB or 750GB capacities but only the former is available in the REV equipped version. The reason for this is simple as the 320GB model only has two of three drive bays occupied so Iomega has simply put the vacant bay to good use by installing an internal Serial ATA REV drive. You also get an enhanced software bundle as along with the standard Automatic Backup Pro and preinstalled Computer Associates (CA) eTrust Antivirus software you get a full copy of CA’s well-respected BrightStor ARCserve Backup r11.1 software.
Essentially, Iomega is promoting this product as an integrated backup appliance and not just a storage appliance. The ARCserve software is provided to allow automated backups of selected data on the appliance to be carried out to the REV drive so it can be removed and placed securely in an off-site location. Note that the bundled copy of ARCserve is the single server version and does not come with any client agents. Consequently, it can’t be used to run automated backups of client systems to the appliance – unless you want to pay for an upgrade. The idea behind this is that you use the bundled Automatic Backup Pro to allow clients to backup their local data to the appliance and then use ARCserve to copy it onto the REV drive for safe keeping. ARCserve may seem a weighty choice for basic backup but it does offer a far superior range of features to the standard Windows backup tool and the price also includes the disaster recovery (DR) option.
However, the DR process using a REV disk and ARCserve isn’t so straightforward as you’ll need USB floppy and CD-ROM drives and a Windows Server 2003 installation disk. Iomega supplies a recovery DVD which will be easier to use as you boot from this (using your own USB DVD drive) and restore the system back to its factory fresh status. Then you reinstall ARCserve and restore all your user data from the latest backup REV media.
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