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Next Generation 'Green' Desktop Network Storage Appliance

Easy-to-understand interface to provide robust data management and protection, as well as the latest in multimedia

Iomega announced the next generation of its popular double-drive desktop NAS appliance with the worldwide launch of the new Iomega StorCenter(TM) ix2-200. Based on industry-leading 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 utilizes 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.

Starting at less than $270.00, 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 makes it a breeze to access your own data, whether in the office, the home, or anywhere else in the world.**

Among the standout business features of the new StorCenter ix2-200:

  • Device-to-device replication for business continuity and file recovery
  • iSCSI block-level access for efficient storage utilization
  • RAID 1 configurations for optimized data protection
  • Windows Active Directory support
  • A new front panel QuikTransfer button for easy copying of selected files
  • User replaceable hard drives
  • Multiple IP security camera support
  • And for the forward-thinking small business, VMware certification for virtualization installations

The new StorCenter ix2-200 also has a treasure trove of features for the digital home, including:

  • A DLNA certified UPnP AV Media Server that makes the ix2-200 the central repository for serving up all your movies, pictures, music and other files to any compatible device on your network
  • Serves as a Time Machine target for Apple computer backups
  • Built-in torrent support for file-sharing without the need for a dedicated PC
  • Bluetooth capability for uploading all kinds of digital content from a smart phone
  • Cooliris(TM) slide show plug-in allows for easy photo viewing
  • And remote access to the ix2-200 from anywhere in the world

The new Iomega StorCenter ix2-200 NAS appliance is now available in the Americas and Europe from retailers, VARs and IT resellers, including valued Iomega partner CDW.

"When it comes to managing and protecting digital content, small businesses today face many of the same challenges as much larger organizations," said Matt Troka, vice president, Product & Partner Management, CDW Corporation. "Iomega's new StorCenter ix2-200 delivers cost-effective network storage with advanced enterprise features at extremely affordable prices. For the budget conscious small business with a need for dependable network storage that is easy to setup and maintain without any internal IT expertise, the compact StorCenter ix2-200 offers a great value proposition, which makes it a viable data storage and back-up solution for our customers."

The new StorCenter ix2-200 NAS desktop appliance utilizes the acclaimed EMC LifeLine(TM) 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 your data is securely stored, protected, and accessible whenever and wherever you need it.

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 StorCenter ix2-200 provides data backup and protection for any number of desktops and laptops with integrated EMC Retrospect Express backup software. During the set-up process, users choose files and folders for scheduled automatic backups. After that, any changes or additions are updated and saved automatically.

For data security, the ix2-200 also includes RSA BSAFE encryption security technology for protecting installs and upgrades from viruses or malware. RSA is the security division of EMC that protects digital data at many of the world's largest banks.

The StorCenter ix2-200 utilizes such power saving features as automatic hard drive spin down when the ix2-200 isn't copying or serving up data, power consumption "green" hard disk drives, and an Energy Star® certified power supply. All of these features ensure the most efficient or minimal power consumption.

The StorCenter ix2-200 is compatible with Windows, Mac OS, and Linux PCs. The interface is localized in 11 supported languages (English, Spanish, Portuguese, French, Italian, Japanese, Korean, Traditional and Simplified Chinese, German, and Russian.

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