By Dave Simpson
-- Iomega, an EMC company, today introduced a RAID array that supports NAS (file) and iSCSI (block) operations. The company claims some enterprise-class features, via EMC's LifeLine software, at prices that may appeal to SMBs with little or no IT support.
A 4TB configuration of Iomega's StorCenter ix12-300r with four 1TB SATA drives is priced at less than $5,000 ($1.25 per GB), while a high-end, 12-drive 2U 24TB version with 2TB SATA drives is priced just under $10,000 ($0.42/GB). The array will be available from CDW next week, and from Iomega's other channel partners, including EMC Velocity partners, in mid-June.
The StorCenter ix12-300r is positioned at the high end of Iomega's array family, and just below EMC's low-end Clariion AX4 arrays.
Features include support for up to 250 users, 2GB of memory, an Intel Core2Duo CPU, storage pools, RAID-0/1/10/5 and RAID 6 (dual parity), and support for virtually all operating systems. The ix12-300r is the first of Iomega's RAID arrays to be listed on the EMC Storage Matrix (ESM).
All configurations come with four Gigabit Ethernet ports and EMC's Linux-based LifeLine data management software, including replication and support for Active Directory. The 64-bit LifeLine operating software now includes a number of new features, including support for Virtual LANs (VLANs), Windows DFS, WebDAV, Ethernet port bonding (link aggregation) for load balancing, and IP video cameras from Axis and Panasonic for video surveillance applications (see "Video surveillance is a real sweet spot for iSCSI").
According to Jay Krone, Iomega's product manager for StorCenter, the company hopes to differentiate the StorCenter ix12-300r from other RAID arrays aimed at SMBs with the following set of features: support for VLAN tagging, EMC E-Lab certification, WebDAV support, secure replication, support for up to 250 Exchange users in a four-drive configuration, and certification with VMware vSphere, Citrix XenServer and Microsoft's Hyper-V.
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