Iomega has begun shipments of its new flagship storage array, the StorCenter px12-450r. And in keeping with the EMC subsidiary’s M.O., the new hardware extends some enterprise-grade capabilities to small and midsized business IT environments.

“The launch of the new StorCenter px12-450r continues Iomega’s expansion of its high performance PX series NAS product line to meet the storage solution needs of our growing SMB customers,” says Iomega Chief Operating Officer Mike Nikzad in a statement.

Addressing those needs involves a step up to Intel’s latest server processor technology, Ivy Bridge. “Designed with the latest Intel processing architecture at its core, Iomega is among the first to market with the highest performance at the best value available in its class,” adds Nikzad.

StorCenter px12-450r is a 2U, 12-bay rackmount unit that supports 3.5-inch SATA hard drives (up to 4 TB) for a total of up to 48 TB of raw capacity. At its core is a quad-core, 2.5 GHz Intel Xeon E3-1200 v2 processor — a first for an EMC storage system. Paired with 8 GB of DDR3 memory, the 22 nm chip delivers enough punch to handle advanced storage management capabilities and on-board applications, according to the company.

Nikzad states, “Built with scalable server class storage, the StorCenter px12-450r is also designed to support today’s cloud and virtualization storage demands while having enough available headroom to meet the future storage and application growth opportunities.”

The px12-450r is bundled with an Avamar-based deduplication, McAfee VirusScan Enterprise, StorCenter Manager and EMC LifeLine, the company’s cloud-enabled storage OS and backup platform. Iomega boasts that the hardware can also handle virtual desktop infrastructures (VDI), databases and video surveillance.

Those workloads will consume a bit less energy, too. Xeon E3-1200 v2 processors are up to 32 percent more energy efficient than their predecessors.

Rounding out the px12-450r are solid state drive (SSD) support and three USB 2.0 ports. Four 10 GbE ports connect the storage system to the network. The unit’s two open PCIe slots allow buyers to upgrade to 10 GbE via a compatible network card.

Iomega StorCenter px12-450r is available now. Prices start at $6,999.99 for a 4 TB starter system.

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