Iomega has announced the launch of Iomega v.Clone software, an application that empowers individuals to create and carry on an Iomega hard drive an image of their primary PC which can be run on virtually any other PC.
The v.Clone technology will be available later this month as a download for purchasers of Iomega portable and desktop hard disk drives. In addition to being available by download, v.Clone software is expected to begin shipping with Iomega USB 2.0 portable hard disk drives beginning the first quarter of 2010.
"Iomega's v.Clone technology represents the first time virtualization has been made easy-to-use and extremely convenient for consumers and small offices," said Jonathan Huberman, president of Iomega and the Consumer and Small Business Division of EMC. "With v.Clone software, you can carry your PC in your pocket and access your files, email and applications on almost any computer anywhere, including netbooks. Taking the files on your PC or laptop with you wherever you go is simple with v.Clone technology and an Iomega portable hard drive. v.Clone is the perfect application for individuals with multiple computers - it allows you to use a virtual clone of your primary computer with your other computers, ensuring access to your digital content wherever you go."
Developed in conjunction with EMC and incorporating VMware virtualization technology, v.Clone makes a virtual clone of a primary computer's operating system, applications and personal settings and stores that content on an Iomega external hard drive (USB interface only).
Attach the Iomega external drive with v.Clone software to virtually any PC and the user now has access to everything that was on the primary computer. Data is not left behind on the secondary computer when the user is finished (only the application itself), and v.Clone also syncs your data back when you return to your primary computer.
What makes Iomega v.Clone software novel is its ability to keep the virtual image updated with changes made to the user's primary PC, and to synchronize changes back to the primary PC when the Iomega USB hard drive containing the v.Clone image is reconnected. These capabilities give users the freedom to move between the physical computing environment on their primary PC and a virtual computing environment virtually anywhere they connect their Iomega external hard drive with Iomega v.Clone software.
Later in Q1 2010, the Iomega v.Clone Software will ship pre-installed on Iomega portable hard disk drives, including Iomega eGo Portable Hard Drives (USB), Iomega eGo Encrypt Plus Portable Hard Drives, Iomega eGo BlackBelt Portable Hard Drives, and Iomega Prestige Portable Hard Drives.