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LenovoEMC announces new NAS devices for SMBs

LenovoEMC announces px4 desktop and rackmount NAS devices for small- to medium-sized businesses and remote offices.

The joint venture between EMC Corp. and Lenovo recently announced two new NAS devices for the SMB IT market.

LenovoEMC's px4 line of network-attached storage (NAS) devices is designed for backup and file sharing, according to the company, and is meant for small- and medium-sized business (SMB) use, as well as for remote office environments.

LenovoEMC rolled out the new products -- the rackmount LenovoEMC px4-400r and desktop LenovoEMC px4-400d -- at the International CES show in Las Vegas. The px4-400r is a 1U NAS in a rackmount form factor with up to 16 TB of capacity using four 4 TB disks. An optional dual port Gigabit Ethernet NIC card is also available, according to the company. The px4-400r begins at $1,399 without disks.

The desktop-based px4-400d also offers the same storage capacity and configuration, plus LenovoEMC said it has a 25% improvement in reads and writes over its predecessor. The diskless version of the product is priced at $729. Both run on LenovoEMC's LifeLine operating system.

Lenovo and EMC announced their partnership in August 2012, which rebranded EMC's Iomega division to focus on server and network-attached storage development, according to the companies. The deal was also intended to give EMC a better position in the Chinese market by working with Beijing-based Lenovo.

Greg Schulz, senior advisory analyst for StorageIO, said the new products offer a "nice set" of enhancements for low-end SMB and SOHO environments, noting offerings such as HDMI and eSATA expansion ports, as well as improved processors and memory. He also noted the Lifeline OS continues to evolve with greater support for third-party software, including for security and backup.

"These [features] compliment the current easy-to-use features as well as path-to-cloud capabilities and … should signal to the industry, partners and customers that the Iomega line of multi-function, multi-protocol NAS and iSCSI devices are very much alive under the joint [LenovoEMC] brand for addressing storage needs from high-end consumer, SOHO, ROBO and SMB," Schulz said.

"By moving the Iomega portfolio into the Lenovo partnership, there is less confusion for its partners and customers as to where it fits with more emphasis on Lenovo utilizing their mass market footprint for these systems that fit under the low end of the main EMC product lineups," Schulz said. "Hence, this can be seen as a volume play and [a] route into the Chinese, among other markets, while EMC stays focused on the mid to upper SMB, as well as other areas."

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