Is the average household ready for a network-attached storage device?the company launched a next-generation quad-drive desktop NAS appliance built on EMC's enterprise-class storage technologies.
The device - officially called the Iomega StorCenter ix4-200d - comes in 2-terabyte, 4-terabyte and 8-terabyte capacities and features EMC's LifeLine software, which is designed for cross-platform support for PC, Mac and Linux computers.
Among its features:
Network-attached storage is nothing new but those that see a future in the consumer market might just be on to something. Consider that many homes now have multiple PCs and that many households likely share music and photo libraries among the users of those various machines.
By storing things like tunes and pics, as well as important documents (archived tax returns, insurance documents and so on), on a storage device other than the PC not only makes them accessible by everyone but also allows them to be located in case a computer goes down.
Maybe these devices will also help consumers to finally take regular backing up of their data seriously.