So, EMC the acquisition monster is cross pollinating tech from some of its recent acquisitions and I have to say the result (all be it, not an enterprise product as such) is very cool. It’s called IOMEGA V.Clone and its an IOMEGA/VMWare hybrid. Think VMWare ACE meets Iomega’s eGo portable hard drives. Essentially, you plug it in to your primary PC, click capture and it creates a VM image of your PC (applications and all) on the portable drive.. you plug it in to a secondary PC, it loads a VMWare player’esque application and you run the image of your primary PC on whatever computer the drive is plugged into… very neat.
When changes are made on the image, you can sync these back to your primary PC, although sync is limited only to certain key folders such as My Documents and does not do a block for block sync of the drive, so I would not necessarily advise using it for personal DR and would still backup your stuff.
You can have multiple PC clones on the one drive which is very handy.. have your work PC, home PC and laptop on the one drive.
The v.clone is windows only.. so avid Mac users, linux boffs and the likes.. not for you !! 😛 You will need to be running a supported version of windows (Vista, Wiindows 7 or XP) and you will need admin access to the PC you launch your image on (so no trying blag free internet time at the library or local internet cafe!).
I thought it was pretty cool…
See the below video for more info from Iomega: