Iomega has announced the next generation of its popular double-drive desktop NAS appliance with the worldwide launch of the new Iomega StorCenter ix2-200.

Based on enterprise-class EMC storage technologies, the versatile yet affordable StorCenter ix2-200 wraps ease-of-use around big business data management functionality and advanced media serving and other consumer features that make it the ideal NAS appliance for small business users and home users.
Available in 1Tb, 2Tb and 4Tb capacities, the new ix2-200 utilises a very simple four-step setup to be operational in a matter of minutes – be it in a business setting or in the digital home.  The ix2-200 employs an easy-to-understand interface to provide robust data management and protection for the serious business user, as well as the latest in multimedia serving and remote access features that make it simple to access data, whether in the office, the home, or anywhere else in the world.
The business features of the new StorCenter ix2-200 include device-to-device replication for business continuity and file recovery; iSCSI block-level access for efficient storage utilisation; RAID 1 configurations for optimised data protection; Windows Active Directory support, as well as a new front panel QuikTransfer button for easy copying of selected files. It also features user replaceable hard drives; multiple IP security camera support; and for the forward-thinking small business, VMware certification for virtualisation installations.
For the digital home, the new StorCenter ix2-200 features a DLNA certified UPnP AV Media Server that makes it the central repository for serving up movies, pictures, music and other files to any compatible device on the network. It also serves as a Time Machine target for Apple computer backups, has built-in torrent support for file-sharing without the need for a dedicated PC, includes Bluetooth capability for uploading all kinds of digital content from a smart phone as well as Cooliris slide show plug-in allows for easy photo viewing and remote access to the ix2-200 from anywhere in the world.
“The new StorCenter ix2-200 is definitely the easiest to use small office and consumer network storage appliance in the marketplace today,” says Michelle Kasselman, key account manager for Iomega in South Africa. “Combining EMC’s world class enterprise storage and security technologies with advanced media serving features makes the ix2-200 a versatile and affordable NAS appliance that gives smaller organisations, work groups and home users not only cost-effective and robust network storage but some of the same sophisticated data management capabilities as a Fortune 100 corporation – but without any need for IT experience.”
The new StorCenter ix2-200 NAS desktop appliance utilises the acclaimed EMC LifeLine software, a fully-developed Linux operating environment and suite of applications that is designed for cross-platform support with Windows, Mac and Linux computers.
The LifeLine operating system presents a simple-to-use graphical interface that makes it easy to perform valuable business tasks while remaining confident that data is securely stored, protected, and accessible whenever and wherever needed.
Small office users will enjoy the ix2-200’s fast Gigabit Ethernet connectivity and high-performance embedded architecture, which boosts productivity by making data readily accessible and secure over a local network at the office or in the home.  The ix2-200 also boasts the versatility of three USB 2.0 ports for adding printers or additional storage capacity with external USB drives.
The new ix2-200 NAS appliance’s many features include device-to-device replication (copy jobs), allowing copy or backup files to and from the ix2-200 to any other NAS or USB-attached storage device without the need for a client computer. Jobs can be set to run at pre-determined schedule or at the touch of the ix2-200’s new QuikTransfer button. The ix2-200 uses either the rsync or Windows File Sharing protocol to transfer data between itself and another network storage device.
iSCSI Support provides block-level access for the most efficient storage utilisation, especially for database, email and backup application performance.  This feature also allows host-based operating systems and virtualization software to use the full capabilities of their native file systems, such as enabling VMFS for VMware utilisation.
The ix2-200 is certified as both NAS (NFS) and iSCSI storage for VMware ESX Server 3.5 and 4.0 vSphere.  The ix2-200 is listed on the VMware hardware compatibility list, enabling small offices and work groups to affordably take advantage of the benefits and advanced features offered by shared storage in a VMware environment.  The ix2-200 is the ideal storage match for smaller virtualisation deployments that use the new VMware vSphere Essentials and vSphere Essentials Plus software packages.
Set up remote access and remotely manage and access pictures, videos, work files and other digital data on the ix2-200 from anywhere in the world.  Just enter a personalised web address into any browser for easy downloading and uploading of files securely.
RAID Support includes RAID 1 with automatic RAID rebuild for data redundancy and protection. Single volume (JBOD) mode also available. It works in Windows, Linux and Mac environments with network protocol support including CIFS/SMB/Rally, NFS, and AFP/Bonjour.  The ix2-200 also supports advanced protocols such as HTTP, FTP and SNMP. Apple users can easily backup to the ix2-200 with Mac computers running OS X (10.5 or later) using Time Machine, while Windows Active Directory Support allows the ix2-200 to function as a client member in an Active Directory domain, giving users and groups access to the ix2-200.