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Iomega, an EMC company focused mainly on the SMB and SOHO markets, has announced the next generation of its quad-drive desktop NAS appliance with the worldwide launch of the new Iomega StorCenter ix4-200d. Iomega is pitching it as an affordable, high performance NAS appliance for small businesses, distributed offices and home office networks, that require advanced data storage and protection features, but have no IT staff.

The ix4-200d NAS appliance provides up to 8TB of networked storage that easily integrates with existing infrastructure for expanded storage, file-sharing and backup of critical business data. The ix4-200d delivers advanced features such as iSCSI block-level access for efficient storage utilization, device-to-device replication to network targets for business continuity and file recovery, multiple RAID configurations for the highest level of data protection, and a new front panel LCD and QuikTransfer button for easy one-touch copying of selected files. Also included and unique to this category of products is VMware certification for virtualization installations — all at a starting price of less than $700.00.

"The new StorCenter ix4-200d delivers the unquestionable advantages of EMC’s world class enterprise storage technologies to small businesses and distributed enterprises in an affordable and easy to use solution," said Jonathan Huberman, president of Iomega and the Consumer and Small Business Products Division of EMC. "From device-to-device replication and iSCSI support to dual Gigabit Ethernet connectivity, VMware certification and other innovative and user-friendly features, the ix4-200d is an excellent yet affordable NAS appliance that gives smaller organizations and work groups not only cost-effective powerful network storage but many of the same sophisticated data management capabilities as a Fortune 100 corporation that no competitor can match."

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