Iomega Ships SMB-centric StorCenter PX Server Class Series NAS

Paul Mah
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Iomega last week announced the worldwide launch of the new StorCenter PX Server Class Series of Network Attached Storage (NAS) to offer a higher level of performance and advanced data protection for SMBs. Available in desktop and rackmount options, Iomega says the StorCenter PX Server Class was designed with small and mid-sized businesses, as well as remote offices and distributed enterprises, in mind.

 

The desktop models of the StorCenter PX Server Class Series are the px4-300d, which is a four-bay NAS and px6-300d, a six-bay NAS. With 3TB disk drives, this works out to be 12T of storage and 18TB of storage, respectively. The rackmount models would be the px4-300r and px12-350r, which comes with four drive bays (1U) and 12 drive bays (2U), or a maximum of 12TB storage capacity for the former and 36TB for the latter.

 

Iomega says that all drive bays of the desktop px4-300d and px6-300d supports both 2.5-inch and 3.5-inch hard disk drives (HDD), and all models in the new StorCenter PX Server Class Series supports the use of solid-state drives (SSD). However, it is not clear whether the new NAS models come with support for data tiering to enhance overall performance without having to adopt a full-fledged SSD deployment.

 

"Iomega's new PX Server Class Series is another example of Iomega delivering on its EMC heritage by bringing easy-to-use, world-class EMC enterprise storage capabilities to SMBs, remote offices and distributed enterprises at affordable prices," said Jonathan Huberman, president of Iomega Corporation. According to Huberman, the new NAS offers increased reliability and suitability for continuous operation.


 

All models in the StorCenter PX Server Class Series run on a new version of EMC's LifeLine software, which offers a long list of new capabilities. Based on information gleaned from the official press release, I highlight some of the more advanced features that caught my attention below:

 

  • The ability to back up and restore device-level system configuration information. This includes system properties, users, groups, share names and permissions, among others.
  • Users can create an encrypted volume that is only accessible with an assigned password.
  • Approved third-party applications can be downloaded into the StorCenter PX Server Class Series to extend the core functionality of the NAS.
  • Support for Secure File Transfer Protocol (SFTP) for secure data transfers.
  • Attain high performance through the use of (optional) solid-state drives, and up to four Gigabit Ethernet NICs.

 

The desktop px4-300d NAS is available at a starting price of $699.99, while the px6-300d starts at $899.99. The rackmount px4-300r starts at $1,699.99 and px12-350r (partially populated with 4TB of HDDs) starts at $4,999.99.

 

All models in the Iomega StorCenter PX Server Class Series are available worldwide, and come with a standard three-year limited warranty. Optional service plans with extended warranty period and 24x7 phone support with advance replacement are also available.



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