Iomega has debuted the Iomega Home Media Network Hard Drive, which while primarily aimed at home users may also appeal to small design businesses without in-house IT staff as it's designed to be extremely easy to use.

The drive ships with EMC’s LifeLine software, which Iomage says takes only three simple steps users to configure up to 1TB of network storage for backing up all of their files.

The Home Media Network Hard Drive is available as a 500GB or a 1TB single-drive device for £117 plus VAT and £157 plus VAT respectively.

The new Iomega Home Media Network Hard Drive operates EMC’s LifeLine Home software, a custom Linux operating system and application suite that can be set up in three easy steps: simply plug the Home Network Hard Drive into a router, power on, and install the software CD. A friendly user interface screen makes it easy to access files on all networked computers, as well as control which users have access to certain folders. The device ships with the EMC Retrospect Express backup software.

Fast network performance is achieved through a Gigabit Ethernet connection that plugs directly into a router. The Home Media Network Hard Drive also boasts a fast processor so users can save and access large media files quickly, as well as a USB port to add a shared network printer for multiple computers, or an external USB drive for incremental storage capacity.

The Home Media Network Hard Drive is designed to operate cool, thanks to an efficient fan that also adjusts its rotational speed automatically for quiet operation. The drive has a burnished gun metal exterior and a small footprint, making it aesthetically pleasing out in the open, yet small enough to be easily stowed away.

The device also supports iTunes and Universal Plug and Play (UPnP) and Digital Living Network Alliance™ (DLNA) certified devices, for media streaming.

The Iomega Home Media Network Hard Drive is compatible with Windows, Mac OS X, and Linux PCs.