LenovoEMC, the joint venture that now operates the Iomega brand, has updated its storage operating system for small- and mid-sized businesses with virtualization, authentication and security features.
According to LenovoEMC, which was formed at the end of 2012 when Lenovo took over 51 percent of Iomega from EMC, the LifeLine 4.0 OS aims to bring more enterprise-class storage features to smaller companies.
LifeLine will be rolled out to LenovoEMC network attached storage devices under the Iomega banner. Lenovo's plan with Iomega was to couple storage gear with its servers, which are primarily aimed at emerging markets.
The OS is available in May for LenovoEMC network storage devices and can be downloaded immediately for certain Iomega systems. Among the key features:
- Snapshots to backup storage at a point in time. The snapshot can also be taken while the device is writing.
- SSD Caching to automatically cache hot data files.
- Integrated Virtualization Technology to run multiple virtual machines on the Iomega px12-300r and px12-450r rack arrays. VMs can run Linux or Windows and have their own hardware. The virtualization technology was developed by EMC prior to the joint venture. "It's our own virtualization machine technology," said Bill Hansen, global product manager. LifeLine 4.0.
- Windows single sign-on and improved security. Active Directory hybrid authentication is also available.