With so many products floating around the NAS device market, it’s sometimes nearly impossible to wade through all of the options that are available to you. And in addition to the multiple competitors on the market, competitors seem to release updates and different models with different features to clutter the matter even more. A product that breaks through all of the mess of add-ons and bonus features of different competitors is the Iomega StorCenter ix2-200. The StorCenter ix2-200 tries its best to take the best from all of the other NAS devices on the market and combine them into one, slim line device.
Out Of The Box RAID 1 Support
For the uninitiated, RAID, or a Redundant Array of Independent Disks, is a system in which a device like the Iomega StorCenter is capable of making doubly sure that data is safe. By utilizing the two hard drive bays available within the StorCenter, the device is capable of making what is essentially a mirror image copy of the data on the first hard drive onto the second.
This means that all of the data you send to the NAS for backup from your home computer through automatic backups or Apple’s Time Machine software (yes, it’s Mac compatible as well) is backed up yet again on another hard drive within the Iomega StorCenter to make sure that it stays safe no matter what.
The Iomega StorCenter ix2-200 supports RAID 1 with automatic RAID rebuild out of the box and this feature alone has been one of the main selling of this device.
While it isn’t an entirely new idea to enable the use of USB devices on a NAS device, the Iomega offers 3 independent USB ports for expansion possibilities. The best usage we found for the 3 additional USB ports was setting our router and NAS device near a printer and using the device as a print server next door to our networked printer. For those that don’t have network capable printers, this option is an invaluable suggestion on how to get the most out of your standard USB printer.
And for those looking for ideas for what to do with the extra 2 USB ports available to them, it’s very easy to attach external hard drives for even more space available to network users, be it for UPnP sharing to your Playstation/Xbox 360 or as additional space for the file server capabilities the StorCenter ix2-200 has.
Other Notable Features In A Glance
– Gigabit Ethernet connectivity with Jumbo frame support
– Tailored improvements for database and email application using the most efficient storage utilization through iSCSI technology.
– Secure remote access to your data and media files with an easy to use administration interface
– Access files from any networked Windows PC, Mac or Linux workstation for easy file sharing, data backup and print serving
– Active Directory Support: Functions as a client member in an Active Directory domain allowing the Iomega StorCenter ix2-200 to utilize the domain users and groups
– Folder Quotas: Easily manage capacity by setting a maximum for shared storage folders
– UPS Support: Enables unattended system shutdown via the USB port without data loss in the case of extended power failure
– Expandability: Add storage capacity by connecting external USB Hard Disk Drives. It supports read and write on Fat32, NTFS or ext2/ext3 formatted hard disks
– Advanced Media Support: Includes UPnP support through an integrated DLNA certified media server. Also supports PTP (Picture Transfer Protocol) and Bluetooth upload
– VMware Certified: HCL certified NAS (NFS) and iSCSI storage for VMware
– Security Camera: Connect up to 5 Axis network security cameras and the ix2-200 captures and stores video without the need of a dedicated PC
– EMC Retrospect Express Backup Software (unlimited client licenses) for automated backups on a scheduled basis (client to StorCenter)
– Warranty: 3 years with product registration
One downside to the Iomega is the noise that it produces. We’re not going to fly off the handle and pretend this thing sounds like a jet engine on the desk, because that’s just not true, but for those used to silent computing, the hard drive and fan noise may be a little tough to get used to. If you have a place you can tuck the device away, maybe under a desk, or in a separate room where your router and network equipment is located, the noise should be no problem at all.
The Iomega StorCenter ix2-200 is a great purchase for NAS shoppers that are truly looking for an all in one package that has a plethora of features, including the not so common RAID backup. With fast network speeds and a dedicated BitTorrent client built in, the StorCenter ix2-200 is an ideal NAS for small offices and home networks.
Where Can I Buy Iomega StorCenter ix2-200?
We love to shop for NAS devices at Amazon as they offer the best prices with free shipping. Since this device is available in 3 different sizes (1TB, 2TB & 4TB), price varies depending on what you choose to buy.
Iomega StorCenter ix2-200 1 TB NAS 34749 – $200
Iomega StorCenter ix2-200 2 TB NAS 34481 – $210
Iomega StorCenter ix2-200 4 TB NAS 34560 – $400