Are you willing to entrust huge corporations with your private data under the guise of "cloud computing", a technology which supposedly claims to bring greater convenience to users by storing their data and files in online servers so that they can be retrieved anytime and anywhere? If your answer to that question is 'no', fret not, for Iomega has just introduced its new Personal Cloud Technology for use in its line of consumer and business-grade NAS devices which allows users to enjoy the benefits of cloud computing while still remaining in complete control of their own data in a media event held at the Grand Hyatt Hotel today.
Read on for the event coverage…
Cloud computing sounds great and all, but the biggest obstacle most corporations usually face in attempting to persuade people to embrace it is that of convincing them to "surrender" their files for storage in the corporation's own data servers due to latter's fears about privacy. So how does one strike a balance between privacy and the 'always-available' approach touted by proponents of cloud computing? Simple: have consumers exercise complete control over their content by allowing them to set up their own personal cloud. Which is exactly what Iomega has done in today's press event held at the Grand Hyatt Hotel, where it announced its new Personal Cloud Technology that is currently available in the company's selected consumer and business-grade NAS.
Speaking at the event was Rajeev Mukul, EMC's vice president of Iomega Sales for Asia Pacific and Japan, who described the new Personal Cloud Technology as one that makes it extremely easy to transfer data from various locations without the need to work within the confines of a local area network or to upload them to a public cloud which may have dubious stances towards user privacy.
"Some kind of data can be sensitive, and people are not believing in the staff who run third-party clouds. Devices (loaded with Iomega's Personal Cloud Technology) can help you set up your own personal cloud; all your data is stored on the device, and regardless of whether you are on an iPhone or iPad, you can access this data from wherever you are. You can also upload and download files to the device: it works exactly like any public cloud out there, except that your files are stored on your own cloud server. Nobody knows about its existence except for you: this makes it very personal," he explained.
Mukul also showed off a beta iOS app, iLink, which can be used to quickly connect iOS-powered devices to devices that have been preloaded with Iomega's Personal Cloud Technology, while affirming that it is currently working on an Android version of iLink at the time the article is published.
Also unveiled at the press event were two NAS devices from Iomega, the consumer-centric, single-drive Iomega Home Media Network Hard Drive Cloud Edition device and the business-centric Iomega StorCenter ix2-200 NAS, which also come preloaded with the company's Personal Cloud Technology.
The Iomega Home Media Network Hard Drive Cloud Edition is a NAS which is available in 1TB and 2TB capacities and boasts support for all three major operating systems (Windows, Mac OS X and Linux). In addition, the NAS, having been preloaded with Iomega's Personal Cloud technology, allows for users to connect to it regardless of their location, as long as they have a working Internet connection at their disposal. Furthermore, the Iomega Home Media Network Hard Drive Cloud Edition is also DLNA certified, which means that consumers can use the NAS to stream media content to a variety of home entertainment devices such as video game consoles, smart TVs, iTunes players and Iomega's own ScreenPlay products. And yes, it can be used as a tool for Time Machine backups; remember what we said about it being compatible with Mac OS X?
Aimed at SMBs and smaller businesses, the Iomega StorCenter ix2-200 Network Storage Cloud Solution NAS device boasts support for data security through redundancy via RAID 1 and JBOD, along with support for multiple network file transfer protocols like CIFS, Samba, NFS, Bonjour, FTP, HTTP, HTTPS and SNMP, among many other standard protocols currently in use. In addition, due to it being designed as a cloud solution for businesses, the ix2-200 also comes with various bells and whistles such as being boasting an integrated print server capable of supporting up to three USB printers, and support for uninterrupted power supplies (UPS) via USB connection. And to top it off, the ix2-200 is also available in either a single-drive or dual-drive SKU, with the latter reportedly being capable of supporting up to 6TB of storage. Last but not least, the StorCenter ix2-200 supports the streaming of live video feeds from up to five AXIS IP security cameras.
Iomega also mentioned the existance of an upcoming Iomega StorCenter PX series of NAS for enterprises which will also be preloaded with Iomega's Personal Cloud Technology and is expected to launch locally by the end of this month. On the other hand, both the Iomega Home Media Network Hard Drive Cloud Edition and Iomega StorCenter ix2-200 Network Storage Cloud Solution are already available for sale locally at the following prices:
Iomega Home Media Network Hard Drive Cloud Edition
- 1TB – S$229
- 2TB – S$299
Iomega StorCenter ix2-200
- 2TB – S$399
- 4TB – S$649
- 6TB – S$899