Iomega Eyes the Enterprise with New Storage Unit

Back in 2008, enterprise storage titan EMC bought Iomega, the venerable consumer/small-business storage provider best known for the once-ubiquitous Zip drive. Iomega still makes plenty of low-priced consumery products, but it’s been interesting to watch the EMC-owned Iomega emphasize more business-oriented network products. And never more than today: The company is announcing the StorCenter ix12-300r, a rack-mounted network storage unit with twelve bays, giving it the ability to hold up to 24TB of storage.

Iomega Eyes the Enterprise with New Storage Unit

This StorCenter starts at “under $5000? (yes, that’s $4999.99) for a 4TB version and tops out at $10,000 if you fill all twelve bays with 2TB disks. Iomega says it expects small and medium-sized businesses–it’s designed to serve up to 250 users–to use it for production storage (ie, general-purpose stuff), backup, virtualization, Exchange, and recording video surveillance footage. It sports an Intel Core 2 Duo CPU, four gigabit Ethernet ports, and a full complement of certifications for the applications companies are likely to use it with.

The new model makes StorCenter one of the most expansive tech-product lineups I can think of, given that the line starts with the StorCenter ix2-200, a 1TB model that sells for a couple of hundred bucks. I asked an Iomega representative whether the company considered making this an EMC product instead; yup, he said, they did–but the Iomega brand is resonant even for a device as heavy-duty as this one.

The ix12-300r will be available from CDW on May 10th, and other Iomega resellers in June.

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