If you are in the market for a new external hard drive (and which of us isn’t buying one regularly these days?) then Iomega may have one you will want to look at. Just announced at CES is the Iomega Home Media Network Hard Drive Cloud Edition. It is intended for both home and small business users and features the ability to share work files, photo slideshows, music libraries and other files with co-workers, friends and families anywhere in the world (with an Internet connection, of course) via what they are calling the “Iomega Personal Cloud”.
It’s a service that Iomega will be building into all of their new NAS-type devices. According to the company this is how it works:
Users of Iomega’s new NAS devices can create their own Personal Cloud in just minutes. The onscreen Personal Cloud setup page asks you to name your Personal Cloud and then confirms creation of your Personal Cloud. You can invite up to 250 members (devices) into your Personal Cloud, giving your business contacts, co-workers or personal friends and family around the globe the ability – determined by you – to copy and share files directly between computers as though they were all together on a local network.
As for these drives themselves they will features Gigabit ethernet connectivity directly to a router, remote access from anywhere, built-in iTunes server, DLNA, one-touch copy, public cloud connections to Mozy and Amazon S3 online storage, two USB 2.0 ports to add storage capacity, and Time Machine support for Apple users.
There will be two models available later this month – a 1 TB that will retail for $169.99 and a 2 TB retailing for $229.99.