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Iomega adds SMB NAS with Ivy Bridge processor, native antivirus

Iomega’s px12-450r SMB storage array uses the Intel Ivy Bridge processor, has native antivirus support, and is built for 4 TB SATA drives.

Iomega Corp. continued its push into the upper echelon of the SMB storage market today with the introduction of the 2U high-performance px12-450r network attached storage (NAS) array.

The px12-450r uses the new Intel Xeon E3-1200 v2 “Ivy Bridge” processor. The system runs McAfee’s VirusScan Enterprise for Linux natively on the storage device, supports 10-Gigabit Ethernet networking and 3 TB SATA drives with the capability to handle 4 TB drives when they hit the market.

Jay Krone, Iomega’s general manager for network storage solutions, said the px12-450r is designed for high performance workloads, including virtual desktop infrastructure (VDI). Iomega launched its px series of NAS devices in May 2011, and released the px12-350r in February to focus on business use with the inclusion of enterprise class drives, encrypted volumes, power management and data protection features.

Krone said the px12-450r is the first Iomega or EMC storage product to use the quad-core Ivy Bridge processor, which Intel claims significantly improves performance and power efficiency over its previous processors. Intel released the Ivy Bridge processors last month.

Krone said the px12-450r is also the first storage product to natively run McAfee Virus Scan Enterprise on the array.

“The big draw is that some larger customers want to deploy a workgroup or department storage solution, but won’t do it unless it has virus protection,” he said. He also said Iomega plans to deploy the McAfee VirusScan Enterprise for Linux on all of its px series desktop and rackmount products. He said VirusScan will not be added to the ix series lineup because McAfee will not support the ix-series’ Marvell Technology Group processors.

The px12-450r also supports VMware’s vSphere, Citrix Systems’ XenServer and Microsoft WinServer virtualization hypervisors; asynchronous replication, deduplication and hot swappable disk drives.

Iomega positions the px12-450r to cover the high performance segment of the upper SMB market, which nudges into the lower end of the EMC VNXe 3100 market. Wikibon senior analyst Stuart Miniman said Iomega -- acquired by EMC in 2008 -- has come a long way from its roots as the manufacturer of the Zip removable disk drive lineup that rose to prominence during the 1990s.

“Iomega has done a good job reinventing the brand a little bit and they’ve got a pretty impressive portfolio now,” Miniman said.

He said the px12-450r can keep EMC competitors from looking for gaps in its product lines. Before acquiring Iomega, EMC’s SMB storage products were versions of its enterprise systems with features removed.

“The best way to make sure the competition doesn’t wedge in between [your] products is to make sure you have overlap between your products,” Miniman said. “If you don’t leave any gaps in there, it makes it a little bit tougher for [competitors] to get in there.”

Krone said that the px12-450r will ship the third quarter of 2012. Suggested retail pricing starts at $5,499.99 for a diskless unit.

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