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Sep 8 2011   3:31PM GMT

Imation adds RDX USB 3.0 docking station to removable hard disk system family

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Imation Corp. announced this week that its new RDX USB 3.0 direct attach docking station will be added to the company’s RDX Removable Hard Disk Storage System product line.

The company said the new USB 3.0 docking station will offer SMBs a new data protection option that has faster data transfer rates than the older USB 2.0 standard. The company said SMBs will save time and energy by conducting the faster transfers, which run at up to 230MB/s.

The RDX hard disk system uses removable hard drives in cartridge form that can be swapped out of purpose-built docking stations.

But does a cartridge-based storage system has the same appeal today as they did 10 to 15 years ago before Iomega’s Zip format got put out to pasture by rewritable CDs and DVDs? Now organizations have easy access to desktop NAS, cheap external USB hard drives, cloud storage, tape, and even optical media or cheap thumb drives.

But is there a market for removable disk storage these days? Let us know what you think.

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