The other day I was helping out TechRepublic-Editor-turned-Computer-Troubleshooters-consultant
Erik Eckelat 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 anIomega Rev drive.
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 320Gboption 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 Iomegaup 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 priceyas well. Give me some good alternatives for fast portable backup storage.