EMC says that its first ever consumer-oriented product will begin shipping in the first quarter next year, in the form of software powering an Intel NAS device aimed at home users.
The 4TB Intel box will cost less than $2,000, and will run Linux-based software called LifeLine.
With non-technical consumers as the target customers, EMC said that the installation manual for the device covers just one side of letter-sized piece of paper, and claimed that some beta testers have reported that they were able to set to up the device in as little as three minutes.
The storage giant said that the code began as a grass-roots project driven by only one engineer before it was given funding and official product road-map status.
Although the Intel device is mostly aimed at the storage of video and music, LifeLine includes print and media services, and EMC’s Dantz-originated Retrospect software that will allow the box to act as a backup target for other devices in the home.
EMC said that LifeLine is only the first step in the development of consumer products by the company.
Previously EMC has said that although it had developed prototype home products, it was reluctant to launch them because of its inexperience in consumer markets. The OEM deal with Intel side-steps that issue, as it will leave Intel with the task of taking the product to market.