Iomega announced its new network storage device today with small, mid-sized and distributed enterprise-sized businesses in mind. The Iomega StorCenter ix2 Network Storage Device is available in several configurations and can house up to 6 terabytes of data. The company states that the two-bay StorCenter ix2 with a desktop form factor is designed for sharing content, protecting company data, cloud computing, and for managing video surveillance programs. Iomega also states that the device works for companies with remote locations and can be used with PC, Mac and Linux computers.
The device provides instant video surveillance capabilities and can be used with up to five IP cameras and provides what the company calls “always-on” service rather than a standard recording service. The captured video content is put directly onto the StorCenter ix2 without the need of a PC. It has live camera support and encodes in MPEG-4. Also included is the MineTree SecureMind video managing software for free.
The StorCenter ix2 is compatible with a number of cloud backup services, including Amazon S3, Mozy, EMC Atmos, as well as the company’s own personal cloud. Iomega’s cloud does not come with any monthly fees or service costs for usage.
Three Configurations Available
The storage device is available in three different configurations and has two bays. The first is diskless and allows users to enter data into the device specific to the company’s storage needs on a population basis (meaning, no predefined storage capacity is set). The second configuration allows users to choose a storage capacity of 1TB, 2TB or 3TB and allows for increasing the capacity over time. The third is a completely populated device with two drives set at 2TB, 4TB or 6TB of total storage space and allows for instant RAID and mirroring protection, as well as other multi-drive functions.
Other features of the device include a simple setup process in a matter of minutes without a CD-ROM installation disk, supports 19 different languages, and can utilize the Linux-based EMC LifeLine software.
- User-friendly replaceable hard drives
- Automated Iomega QuikProtect backup program setup
- Iomega Personal Cloud access
- Able to connect to data remotely with an iPhone or iPad
- VMware and XenServer approved
- Device-to-device data duplicating between two StorCenter devices
- External hard drive connectivity
- Native Time Machine enabled for use with Apple Mac backup services
- iSCSI and block-level access for storage capability
- Windows Active Directory Service enabled as well as folder quotas
Pricing and Availibility
The Iomega StorCenter ix2 will be available in all three configurations internationally in February. The diskless unit without a hard drive is going for $199.99 MSRP. The one drive, partially-populated units are $249.99 for 1TB of space, $349.99 – 2TB, and $449.99 – 3TB. The fully-populated model with two drives is $419.99 – 2TB , $579.99 – 4TB, and $769.99 – 6TB.
The Iomega StorCenter ix2 is covered under a standard three-year limited warranty. The warranty includes a US-based phone customer support service of up to 13 hours daily. Users can purchase an optional service plan; Iomega’s Enhanced Service Plan, that includes around the clock phone service support with advance replacement.