Vendors target SMBs with backup bundle

Yosemite adds backup software to Iomega REV Drives in a merger that touts affordability and ease of use.

Yosemite Technologies, a backup and recovery software provider, announced an agreement today with portable storage hardware company Iomega Corp. to bundle Yosemite's TapeWare software with Iomega's removable disk drive, the REV SCSI Drive. The bundle is aimed at small and medium-sized businesses (SMBs) looking for affordable disk-to-disk backup.

Yosemite, based in Fresno, Calif., will use its TapeWare backup software with the REV Drives to provide users with single server support, up to 10 workstations support and a bare metal restore disaster recovery option, which allows users to restart when a drive is wiped out without waiting for the operating system to reboot. Yosemite's software competes with Veritas Software Inc.'s Backup Exec and Computer Associates Inc.'s ARCserve software.

The Iomega REV Drive comes in both an internal and external version and is used to read and write to the small, portable Iomega REV 35 GB disks that can store up to 90 GB of compressed data.

Both companies stressed the affordability and ease of use of the backup bundling. Robert Lutz, Iomega's product general manager, emerging technologies, said the combination works well because Yosemite offers "enterprise-caliber features while maintaining a user-friendly interface."

John Maxwell, Yosemite's vice president of marketing said, "It's a combination that creates an out-of-the-box backup and recovery solution for the small-to-medium business user without extensive IT infrastructure modification."

Robert Amatruda, research manager, tape and removable storage at International Data Corp., Framingham, Mass., salutes the bundling as a powerful combination of two companies who specialize in removable media. "This is a positive development for SMBs to improve capacity and performance. The only negative is that these are people who have a history with tape and are reluctant to replace it," Amatruda said.

The TapeWare/REV SCSI Drive bundle is priced at $499 for the external version and $449 for the internal version. The product will be available in mid-September.

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