Iomega has today began shipping the new Iomega REV 35GB/90GB drive. As an alternative to tape and other backup and archiving solutions, Iomega's new REV drive and 35GB removable REV disks hope to offer server and desktop backup solutions.

The new disks will be capable of transfers data up to eight times faster than tape, are smaller than a deck of playing cards (10 x 77 x 75 mm), and can be rewritten. With a maximum sustained transfer rate of 25 MB/sec, and using drag and drop random access technology, REV users should be able to copy and restore individual files in seconds.

Included with every Iomega REV drive is Iomega Automatic Backup Pro software, as well as Symantec's Norton Ghost. The Iomega REV drive is now shipping in USB 2.0 external (£279.99) and ATAPI internal (£269.99) configurations. REV disks are available individually (£44.99).

Iomega REV autoloaders, which will support multiple disks per drive unit, are currently planned for introduction in the second half of 2004. FireWire®, SCSI and SATA models are also planned for introduction in the second half of this year.