Iomega Launches StorCenter PX Series NAS for SMBs

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EMC subsidiary Iomega this week introduced a new family of network-attached storage (NAS) appliances for the SMB market in the form of the StorCenter PX Series. Targeted at businesses with modest storage needs, the new lineup consists of two models in a desktop form factor and a rackmount model.


The two NAS devices in desktop form factor are the px4-300d and the px6-300d, which come with four and six disk drive bays for 3.5-inch SATA II hard disks. Using 3TB hard disk drives (HDD), the former can support up to 12TB of raw storage while the latter is expandable up to 18TB. The rackmount model (px4-300r) comes with four bays. All HDDs are hot-swappable with optional support for solid-state disk (SSD) drives.


The px4-300d and the px6-300d NAS appliances are powered by an energy-efficient, but powerful, dual-core Intel Atom processor, as with other NAS devices such as those from Synology or QNAP. Iomega's NAS offerings support the usual RAID levels (RAID 0, 1, 10, 5 and 5+1), though apparently without support for the more advanced capabilities found in Synology's SHR or Drobo's BeyondRAID. In addition, USB ports are available and can be used to connect to external HDD, printers, UPS or Bluetooth dongles. Finally, the presence of dual Gigabit Ethernet LAN ports and ample 2GB of memory also serves to differentiate the StorCenter from other lower-end or small-office offerings.


According to the technical specifications page of the px4-300d, the user interface has been localized for English, French, Traditional and Simplified Chinese, as well as 12 other languages. The StorCenter comes with business-class features such as support for Active Directory, and is certified for VMware vSphere 4.0, Citrix XenServer and Windows Server 2003/2008/2008 R2 with full Hyper-V support. A "Cloud Disaster Recovery" feature allows two devices to replicate data across a supported cloud-based storage service such as Amazon S3 or MozyConnect.


With Iomega's storage products traditionally leaning towards the lower end of businesses with 50 users or below, the arrival of the StorCenter PX Series does indeed represent a step up for the company. Depending on usage requirements, the new lineup can be used by small- and mid-sized businesses with up to 250 employees. In an interview with InformationWeek, Marc Tanguary, Iomega's general manager of network storage, said:

This is definitely an expansion upwards for us.

As reported by PC Magazine, disk-based models of the StorCenter PX Series will be carried by CDW for 30 days from its ship date of May 11, with the devices being made available through Iomega's distribution channels after that. For diskless configurations, the list price for the four-bay px4-300d is $799. The six-bay px6-300d is pegged at $1,199 and the rackmount px4-300r is priced at $2,299.

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