The ix4-200r is the latest product in Iomega's StorCenter NAS product line for SMBs and remote offices. Iomega introduced the first StorCenter product, the ix2 desktop NAS appliance, last October.
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The ix4-200r has a four-drive bay and scales to 2 TB with four 500 GB SATA drives, or 4 TB with 1 TB drives. The StorCenter 2 TB unit costs $1,800 and the 4 TB configuration costs $2,800. Both systems run on EMC's LifeLine operating system.
The 19-inch, 1U rackmount system has a 3.2 GHz Intel Celeron processor, 1 GB system memory, 1 Gigabit Ethernet support, and three external USB ports to attach additional devices and extra storage capacity. Iomega upgraded the LifeLine OS with this release to include iSCSI block-level access.
"Lifeline brings enterprise-level applications to small businesses," said Marc Tanguay, general manager of Iomega's network products.
Tanguay also said the ix4-200r can run NAS and iSCSI access at the same time. "Even a small business user can make NAS available with a shared storage pool, use purpose-built targets for iSCSI, and have that all work at the same time," Tanguay said.