Iomega has announced its Personal Cloud technology, claimed to turn Iomega network drives into secure cloud storage devices for consumers and small businesses.

Every new Iomega NAS (Network Attached Storage) drive will come with cloud capability enabling consumers and small businesses to access storage devices form anywhere. The technology will also allow users to open up the devices to third party users and partners.

According to Iomega a Personal Cloud can be set up in minutes and up to 250 external devices can access the cloud via the Internet.

“Iomega's new Personal Cloud is an innovative technology that separates our network storage products from the competition,” said Jonathan Huberman, president of Iomega.  “We have transformed our next generation NAS devices into cloud servers that users can access anywhere, anytime.  In addition, by buying two or more of our NAS products, you can remotely backup your on site data to an alternate location – be it your office, home or some other location – giving consumers and small businesses the ideal disaster recovery plan that's easy to implement.”

Iomega claims that security concerns have been addressed. Data is accessible only on the Personal Cloud by those who have the appropriate permissions to access it and AES 128-bit encryption can be enabled to protect data while in transit.

Secure logins also protect data stored in the personal cloud from being accessed by unintended recipients or hackers while in transit on the Internet, it says.

Iomega Personal Cloud will be available worldwide beginning this month with the launch of the new single-drive Iomega Home Media Network Hard Drive Cloud Edition. It will also feature in the new Iomega TV with Boxee, launching in February.

Iomega is unveiling its new Personal Cloud technology for the first time this week, January 6-9, 2011, at the Consumer Electronics Show in Las Vegas.