IBM enters the cloud, announces content archive

Also, Iomega unveils NAS appliance for SMBs

IBM on Tuesday entered the cloud with the introduction of IBM Smart Business Storage Cloud Services, a bundled hardware/soft/services offering, that let's customers deploy either internal or external clouds. The Smart Business Storage Cloud Services is compatible with IBM xSeries Servers, XIV storage, Scale-Out File Services, KVM and Tivioli Service Automation Manager. IBM's cloud services are expected to be available on a subscription basis later this year. The company also on Tuesday unveiled its IBM Information Archive, a storage repository for unstructured and structured data. IBM Information Archive makes use of IBM's General Parallel File System and Tivoli Storage Manager.

Iomega unveils NAS appliance for SMBs

Iomega on Thursday introduced the StorCenter ix2-200 NAS appliance, an array that has as much as 4TB of storage capacity. Available now, the ix2-200 scales from 1T to 4TB and supports iSCSI. Iomega claims that the ix2-200 can be configured in four steps. The appliance which starts at less than $270, features RAID 1 configurations, Active Directory Support and user-replaceable hard drives. It works on Windows, Linux and Mac operating systems. The ix2-200 also features three USB 2.0 ports for adding printers or additional storage capacity with external USB drives.

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