Friday, August 28th 2009

Iomega Announces StorCenter ix4-200d High Performance 4-Bay NAS

Iomega, an EMC company and a global leader in data protection, today announced the next generation of its quad-drive desktop NAS appliance with the worldwide launch of the new Iomega StorCenter ix4-200d. Based on industry-leading enterprise-class EMC storage technologies, the affordable ix4-200d is the ideal NAS appliance for small businesses, distributed offices and home office networks that require advanced data storage and protection features without the need for a dedicated IT staff.

Up and running in a matter of four mouse clicks and a few minutes, the ix4-200d NAS appliance provides up to 8TB of networked storage that easily integrates with existing infrastructure for expanded storage, file-sharing and backup of critical business data.

The ix4-200d delivers advanced features such as:
  • iSCSI block-level access for efficient storage utilization
  • Device-to-device replication to network targets for business continuity and file recovery
  • Multiple RAID configurations for the highest level of data protection
  • Windows Active Directory support
  • Remote access and management
  • IP security camera support
  • A new front panel LCD and QuikTransfer button for easy one-touch copying of selected files
  • And unique to this category of products VMware certification for virtualization installations - all at a starting price of less than $700.00.
Affordably priced for small businesses and home office use, the new Iomega StorCenter ix4-200d NAS appliance is now available to IT resellers worldwide via select distribution channels, and will be on display next week in the EMC booth at the VMworld 2009 tradeshow in San Francisco at the Moscone Center, Aug. 31 - Sept. 3.

EMC is also pleased to announce that as part of its Academic Alliance Program with more than 300 participating universities and colleges around the world, a StorCenter ix4-200d NAS appliance will be made available under special terms to each institution.

"The new StorCenter ix4-200d delivers the unquestionable advantages of EMC's world class enterprise storage technologies to small businesses and distributed enterprises in an affordable and easy to use solution," said Jonathan Huberman, president of Iomega and the Consumer and Small Business Products Division of EMC. "From device-to-device replication and iSCSI support to dual Gigabit Ethernet connectivity, VMware certification and other innovative and user-friendly features, the ix4-200d is an excellent yet affordable NAS appliance that gives smaller organizations and work groups not only cost-effective powerful network storage but many of the same sophisticated data management capabilities as a Fortune 100 corporation that no competitor can match."

Scott Zahl, vice president, vendor management for Ingram Micro U.S., one of Iomega's largest IT distribution partners, said, "Small business and consumer demand for efficient and affordable data protection, storage and backup solutions continues to grow as more people recognize the value in proactively protecting and being able to quickly recover their data. The functionality and overall performance found within the new StorCenter ix4-200d will enable our channel partners to deliver world class enterprise storage technology solutions at an affordable price and in a form factor that is easily managed. That's a great value proposition, especially in today's budget conscious marketplace."

Powerful, Versatile and Dependable to Meet Today's Data Management Challenges

Available in 2TB, 4TB and 8TB capacities, the new Iomega StorCenter ix4-200d NAS desktop appliance utilizes the acclaimed EMC LifeLine software, a fully-developed Linux operating environment and suite of applications that protects your data and performs valuable business tasks above and beyond simple storage, all designed to make it easy to securely store, protect and serve up data when you need it and where you want it. EMC LifeLine software is designed for cross-platform support with PC, Mac and Linux computers.

The ix4-200d can be configured with different levels of RAID support: RAID 5 (pre-configured) and RAID 10 (both with automatic RAID rebuild), as well as JBOD. The four drives in the ix4 are user replaceable SATA II hard drives that minimize downtime.

With dual Gigabit Ethernet connectivity and a high-performance embedded architecture, the ix4-200d boosts small business productivity by making data readily accessible and secure over a local network. The ix4-200d also has three USB 2.0 ports for adding printers or additional storage capacity with external USB drives.

Compatibility
The StorCenter ix4-200d NAS appliance is compatible with Windows, Mac OS, and Linux PCs. The interface is localized in 11 languages (English, Spanish, Portuguese, French, Italian, Japanese, Korean, Traditional and Simplified Chinese, German, and Russian).

Price and Availability
The 2TB StorCenter ix4-200d NAS appliance is now available worldwide for $699.99, the 4TB model is $899.99, and the 8TB model is $1,899.99. (All prices are U.S. suggested retail.)Source: Iomega
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