Iomega ( has announced the next generation of
its quad-drive desktop NAS appliance with the worldwide launch of the
new Iomega StorCenter ix4-200d. It’s designed as a NAS appliance for
small businesses, distributed offices and home office networks that
require advanced data storage and protection features without the
need for a dedicated IT staff, according to Jonathan Huberman,
president of Iomega and the Consumer and Small Business Products
Division of EMC.

The ix4-200d NAS appliance provides up to 8TB of networked storage
that easily integrates with existing infrastructure for expanded
storage, file-sharing and backup of critical business data. The
ix4-200d delivers advanced features such as: iSCSI block-level access
for efficient storage utilization; device-to-device replication to
network targets for business continuity and file recovery; multiple
RAID configurations for the highest level of data protection; Windows
Active Directory support; remote access and management; IP security
camera support; a front panel LCD and QuikTransfer button for
one-touch copying of selected files; and VMware( certification for
virtualization installations.

Available in 2TB, 4TB and 8TB capacities, the new Iomega StorCenter
ix4-200d NAS desktop appliance utilizes the acclaimed EMC LifeLine
software, a fully-developed Linux operating environment and suite of
applications. EMC LifeLine software is designed for cross-platform
support with Mac, PC and Linux computers.

The ix4-200d can be configured with different levels of RAID support:
RAID 5 (pre-configured) and RAID 10 (both with automatic RAID
rebuild), as well as JBOD. The four drives in the ix4 are user
replaceable SATA II hard drives that minimize downtime. It touts dual
Gigabit Ethernet connectivity, an embedded architecture, three USB
2.0 ports for adding printers or additional storage capacity with
external USB drives.