The other day I was helping out TechRepublic-Editor-turned-Computer-Troubleshooters-consultant
Erik Eckel at one of his customers sites. Erik was installing a new Windows Server
2003 SBS server and needed some help with a particularly tricky network
installation. While we were finishing the installation, I noticed a nifty
little device attached to the server that Erik was using for backups an
This is a device much similar to the old Iomega Zip and
Iomega Jaz drives. Its basically a cartridge drive that you can attach to your
server or workstation to hold data. Whereas the old Zip drives were limited to
100Mb and the Jaz to a few gigabytes, the Rev drives come in 35Gb and 70Gb
flavors enough for most workstations and small servers. Theres even a 320Gb
option for larger servers.
All in all, it looked like a pretty nice piece of equipment. Its
a faster alternative to tape backups and smaller than a portable hard drive. Iomega
has been creating devices like this ever since the ancient Bernoulli Box. I
havent had the chance to play with one directly, so I might have to hit Iomega
up for an evaluation unit.
As hard drives get bigger on workstations and servers,
backing them up become increasingly problematic. Tape sizes and speeds are
having a hard time keeping up, and having redundant spare drives can get pricey
as well. Give me some good alternatives for fast portable backup storage.