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Iomega goes multiprotocol with StorCenter Pro ix4-200r for SMBs

Iomega, EMC's small business and consumer division, adds iSCSI support to its StorCenter NAS line aimed at SMBs without dedicated IT staffs.

Iomega, the small business and consumer division of EMC Corp., introduced the StorCenter Pro ix4-200r four-drive rackmount data storage system this week with iSCSI support for block storage as well as network-attached storage (NAS).

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.

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.

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Jonathan Huberman, Iomega's CEO, and president of EMC's consumer and small business products division, said the StorCenter product line was developed so SMBs and remote offices can install and operate enterprise-level storage devices without advance training. "If the small office doesn't have an IT staff, it can use our tools without any specialized training or knowledge," Huberman said.

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.

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