Iomega taps EMC tech for rack-mount NAS

The new Iomega StorCenter Pro storage drive, targeted at small businesses, uses technology developed by parent company and enterprise storage specialist EMC
Written by Colin Barker, Contributor

Iomega has launched a rack-mounted NAS storage unit for small businesses, built using technology developed by its parent company EMC.

The Iomega StorCenter Pro ix4-200r NAS Rackmount Server, introduced on Thursday, contains four disk-drive bays, a 3.2GHz Intel Celeron processor, 1GB system memory and a 1Gb Ethernet connection. It is designed to accommodate standard small chassis, which are 1.75 inches high. It comes with either 2TB of storage, for £1,399, or 4TB of storage, for £1,639.

The StorCenter Pro ix4-200r has full iSCSI support, Iomega said, and the unit is approved for both NAS and iSCSI storage when using virtualisation software with ESX Server 3, from another EMC-owned company, VMware.

Enterprise storage and software specialist EMC bought Iomega, best-known for consumer storage, a year ago. "Iomega will play a key role in EMC's strategy to expand our information storage and management capabilities deeper into the high-growth consumer and small-business markets," the company's chief executive, Joe Tucci, said at the time of the purchase.

The new ix4-200r has a range of features — including support for Raid 5 resiliency, three USB 2.0 ports, support for multiple file formats and support for Windows Active Directory — that are more usually found in high-end units. It runs EMC's LifeLine operating system and comes with EMC's Retrospect Express backup software installed.

"The feature set and EMC software innovation in the new StorCenter Pro ix4-200r makes this rack-mount NAS a powerful and affordable networking solution for today's dynamic small and mid-sized businesses," Iomega's president, Jonathan Huberman, said in a statement.

The ix4-200r is available now.

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