Iomega's new StorCenter px12-350r is a rackmount network storage array (NAS) for small-to-medium-sized businesses (SMBs) and distributed enterprises. The px12-350r replaces the ix12-300r as Iomega's flagship rackmount NAS and comes loaded with 12 bays with support for up to 36TB, though SMBs can also opt to slap high performance solid state drives (SSDs) in there as well.
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Iomega is bringing a SSD-based portable storage solution to market in early November. The Iomega External USB 3.0 SSD Flash Drive is designed to be both secure and rugged. It features built-in 256-bit hardware encryption for data security and a metal chassis to guarantee toughness. According to Iomega, the drive can withstand falls from up to 10 feet. The SSD Flash drive will be available in 64GB, 128GB, and 256GB capacities, priced at $229, $399, and $749, respectively. Iomega will be bundling its suite of backup and anti-virus software with the 1.8-inch portable SSD.
It looks as though the folks from Iomega took a seminar in how to be hip and applied everything they learned to their new line of Iomega Skin branded portable hard drives. Check it out, yo:
"The new Iomega Skin Drives exude an alternative personality with eye-catching Skin Industries graphics that demand the attention of anyone who doesn't accept the status quo, who zigs when others zag, especially when it comes to the look and design of their digital devices," said Jonathan Huberman, President of Iomega and the Consumer and Small Business Products Division of EMC. "Iomega's new Skin Drives deliver that kind of excitement in a lightweight, compact design with the quality features people expect from Iomega, including industry-leading ruggedness to protect your data and a top-tier software suite bundled free of charge with every Skin Hard Drive. That's an unbeatable personal storage combination for tech-savvy students and young professionals alike."
Iomega's keeping it real, homie, and these drives come in three different funky fresh designs, including "Red Hot," "Knock Out," and "Radical," all intended to "create a definition of hip and hot for today's young iconoclastic computer user." Sporting 500GB each, there's enough room to store up to 200,000 photo, over 125,000 songs, or more than 190 hours of video, homeslice.
The drives are available now for $120 each. Word up.
Network storage specialist Iomega on Tuesday unveiled what it describes as the "most advanced entry" in its lineup of network storage products, the Iomega StorCenter ix12-300r Network Storage array. Iomega is billing the device as the ideal rackmount storage device for small and medium businesses (SMBs), in addition to small enterprise locations like workgroups, departments, and distributed/branch offices that need expandable storage and advanced features without a dedicated IT staff.
"The new StorCenter ix12-300r is an exciting network storage array that delivers EMC's world class enterprise storage technologies to small businesses and distributed enterprises in the market segment between the current Iomega and EMC network storage offerings," said Jonathan Huberman, president of Iomega and the Consumer and Small Business Products Division of EMC. "From capacity, expandability and reliability to network flexibility to support for applications like Microsoft Exchange 2010, the ix12-300r retains Iomega's signature ease-of-use with key features business users expect and need, including testing and list on EMC's own EMC Storage Matrix (ESM). The software capabilities, testing and certification set the ix12-300r apart from anything else in its category."
The StorCenter ix12-300r mounts in an EIA-310 standard equipment rack and is available in 4TB and 8TB configurations. These can both be expanded in four-drive increments of 4TB or 8TB for a total of 24TB.
CDW will carry the new storage device in mid-May, while other US partners will begin offering it in mid-June. Pricing will start at $5,000 for the 4TB model, Iomega says.
Iomega today announced the next generation of its double-drive desktop NAS box, the StorCenter ix2-200. The box comes available in 1TB, 2TB, and 4TB capacities, each with a four-step setup process, and sports a few noteworthy tricks, such as built-in torrent support.
It also touts multiple IP security camera support, RAID 1 configurations, device-to-device replication, VMWare certification, Time Machine support for Apple computer backups, Bluetooth, remote access, and a bunch more marketing bullets.
"The new StorCenter ix2-200 is definitely the easiest to use small office and consumer network storage appliance in the marketplace today," said Jonathan Huberman, president of Iomega and the Consumer and Small Business Products Division of EMC.
Both the 1TB and 2TB models are available now for $270 and $370, respectively. The 4TB NAS box will debut later this month for $700.
Iomega has announced a quad-drive desktop NAS appliance (StorCenter ix4-200d) aimed at small to medium sized businesses the company promises will offer oodles of storage without thrashing your piggy bank.
On the setup side, Iomega says you can be "up and running in a matter of four mouse clicks and a few minutes." Once configured, you'll have access to up 8TB of networked storage (4TB and 2TB capacities also available).
The StorCenter works with Windows, Mac OS, and Linux PCs and supports a number features. These include iSCSI block-level access, device-to-device replication to network targets (useful for file recovery), various RAID configurations, Windows Active Directory support, remote access and management, IP security camera support, and a new front-panel LCD and QuickTransfer button for one-touch copying duties.
The 2TB, 4TB, and 8TB models are all available now for $700, $900, and $1,900 respectively.
EMC earlier this year acquired storage and network security solutions company Iomega Corporation, who is perhaps best known for its line of Zip and Jaz drives. Today Iomega announces the first co-produced storage drive between the two companies, resulting in the StorCenter ix2. For $300, consumers get a network storage solution the company describes as being "smaller than a large dictionary." The price point works out to $0.30 per gigabyte.
"These are market-based prices," Iomega division president Jonathan Huberman said. "It's ridiculous how cheap these things are, but it is what it is. A great value for the consumer."
Upping the bang for buck factor, a 2TB version is also being made available for $479, or about $0.24 per gigabyte. Of course, the StorCenter ix2 offers more than raw hard drive space. The unit comes with EMC's Retrospect backup software, virus encryption technology, and RAID 1. A bult in media server and Bluetooth, UPnP (Universal Plug and Play), and DLNA (Digital Living Netwrok Alliance) media device capabilities also come part of the package.