Iomega, an EMC company has announced another item in its lineup of network storage products with the worldwide launch of the new Iomega StorCenter ix12-300r Network Storage array. Incorporating enterprise-class EMC storage technologies, the StorCenter ix12-300r is a rackmount storage device for small and medium businesses, as well as small enterprise locations such as workgroups, departments and distributed/branch offices.
Easily supporting groups of up to 250 users, the StorCenter ix12-300r Network Storage array provides up to 24TB of networked storage in a 2-rack unit (2U) form factor. The StorCenter ix 12-300r has sophisticated configuration and networking features often only available in larger enterprise installations, and is ideal for production file (NAS) and block (SAN) data storage, backup to disk (B2D) of critical business data, shared storage for virtualized environments including Microsoft Hyper-V Server 2008 R2 and VMware vSphere(TM), and application-specific storage such as Microsoft Exchange Server 2010.
The StorCenter ix12-300r mounts in an EIA-310 standard equipment rack and starts with 4TB and 8TB base configurations that can be expanded in four-drive increments of 4TB or 8TB, up to a total of 24TB.
In the U.S., configurations of the StorCenter ix12-300r will be available in mid-May from CDW and can be purchased in mid-June from Iomega's other US channel partners, including EMC's Velocity partners, at a starting estimated U.S. suggested list price of US$4,999.99 (4TB model).
Internationally, the new StorCenter ix12-300r is available to IT resellers via select distribution channels.
"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 new StorCenter ix12-300r utilizes the acclaimed EMC LifeLine software, a fully-developed Linux operating environment and suite of applications that protects data and performs valuable business tasks above and beyond simple storage. EMC LifeLine software is designed for cross-platform support of Windows-, Mac-, Linux- and UNIX-based computers and is HCL certified for the leading virtualized environments, including VMware vSphere, Microsoft Hyper-V and Citrix XenServer.
It also features new advances in the EMC LifeLine software's provisioning and storage management capabilities. The ix12 can be configured with different levels of RAID support: RAID 5 (pre-configured), RAID 6, RAID 1 and RAID 10 (all with automatic RAID rebuild), as well as JBOD (a single volume of storage). RAID 6 provides dual parity drives for each group of data drives, further ensuring data integrity should two drives fail. The ix12 supports storage pools, which enables the drives inside the array to be grouped together by similar size and data protection mechanism.
The ix12 supports multiple storage pools -- for example, an eight-drive RAID 6 group for file and database data and a four-drive RAID 10 group for log data. Additionally, the ix12 supports online RAID type migration from RAID 1 to RAID 5 to RAID 6 to let users tune data protection on the fly. Finally, the ix12 supports online capacity expansion so users can expand their ix12 unit without impacting online operations.
With four Gigabit Ethernet connections and a high-performance Intel Core2Duo CPU, the StorCenter ix12-300r can serve as the only shared storage device a small enterprise or remote workgroup needs.
The StorCenter ix12-300r is certified with industry leading virtualization and backup software, including VMware vSphere, Windows Server 2008 R2, Citrix XenServer, Symantec Backup Exec, EMC Retrospect, and Acronis TrueImage and Backup Server 10. Additionally, the ix12-300r is the first Iomega product to be listed on the EMC Support Matrix (ESM). Listing on the ESM ensures customers that EMC has tested a product against its own set of real-world test cases so that product will operate in the most demanding of IT environments.