Iomega announced the release of their new ix2 line of networked storage devices here at CES. The ix2 lets users add up to 6TB of remote storage to their environments while adding several advanced features rarely seen at the lower price points, like instant and automatic video-surveillance recordings – no spy’s gonna steal your bits.
The StorCenter ix2 is a two-drive networked data solution. For those of you playing along at home, that means that Iomega is slotting in 2 and 3TB drives, though the company was mum as to which drive maker they’re using to pack in all that storage space (Iomega doesn’t make their own drives). This new device is targeted at small businesses, but frankly the reasonable price means that the ix2 is actually an attractive purchase for home and home office users looking to add robust storage capabilities to their own, smaller, networks.
An upside to buying business hardware as a consumer is that you also get to take advantage of all the warranty and support features that businesses demand – which are almost always a cut or two above what you typically might get.
Perhaps the coolest new feature that the new StorCenter delivers is the way it ships with ready integration for security systems. Pick up one of these boxes, and you can add up to five separate cameras from either Panasonic, Axis or Bosch. Just pick up the network cameras, plug them into the ix2, and you’re ready to go – the cameras can record video directly to the networked storage box, which stores the video feeds in MPEG-4 to save space.
You can rest easy with your software backups, too. The ix2 is Time Machine-compatible for OS X users, and Iomega Quick Connect (combined with Windows Active Directory functionality) offer PC users the same easy backup path. Once your data is on the unit, you can further protect it by uploading to one of several different cloud storage platforms, such as Mozy and Amazon’s S3 platforms, as well as one of any EMC Atmos-enabled cloud backup products that many companies provide.
Don’t want to push your data into the cloud? That’s fine – Iomega turns the ix2 into your own personal cloud. In addition to being able to access your storage remotely from regular computers, Iomega produces the Iomega Link for iOS, which makes grabbing your data on the go easy from any iPhone, iPad or iPod Touch.
Available starting next month, the StorCenter ix2 will run $199.99 without any drives, $249.99 for 1TB, $349.99 for 2TB, $449.99 for 3TB one-drive models. Two-drive units start at $419.99 for 2TB, and go up to $579.99 for 4TB and $769.99 for 6TB.The Iomega StorCenter ix2 series includes a standard three-year limited warranty with U.S.-based phone support up to 13 hours a day, five days a week. Optional service plans include Iomega’s Enhanced Service Plan which includes 24×7 phone support with advance replacement.