You may already know that last week, Iomega announced the Iomega REV 70 (check out the photo here), doubling the capacity of this unique removable disk implementation based on 2.5-inch drives. The new drive can read and write older 35GB cartridges, will cost less than $600, and you can buy cartridges for around 70 bucks. Later this year, the new drives will be offered in Iomega autoloaders.
The REV 70 is worth a look, but the real scoop from Iomega is something they just bought: CSCI, a service company that provides a secure connectivity platform, dubbed OfficeScreen, to small businesses.
Why the acquisition? "We see tremendous growth opportunities there," explains Tom Kampfer, president and COO of Iomega. "The provision of managed services to SMBs is highly fragmented. We have 25 years of expertise and can grow the OfficeScreen platform rapidly through our channels. We also see a tie back to storage."
The idea of a large service company focused on the demands of small businesses sounds intriguing, but does Iomega have enough products and services in its portfolio to do this right?
"I can add a whole menu of other services to CSCI OfficeScreen," Kampfer says, hinting that this round of Iomega acquisitions is far from over.
We'll see what other hot SMB news hits the market this summer. Until then, try to stay cool in this torrid weather.
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