Iomega dual-bay NAS server rises to cloud

Iomega announces that its StorCenter NAS server now comes with the Iomega Personal Cloud service.

The StorCenter ix2-200 NAS server from Iomega.
The StorCenter ix2-200 NAS server from Iomega. Josh Miller/CNET

Iomega announced today that it's shipping an upgraded version of its StorCenter ix2-200 that boasts better performance and the company's Personal Cloud service.

The new Iomega StorCenter ix2-200 has the same name and physical look as the existing one. To make it less confusing, the company added "Cloud Edition" to the product's name.

The new dual-bay NAS server comes in 2TB, 4TB, and 6TB capacities (the previous model caps at 4TB). It supports RAID 1, JOBD, and iSCSI, an advanced network storage feature that lets a computer manipulate the NAS server's storage as its local hard drive.

Following in the footsteps of the Synology Disk Station DS410, the Iomega StorCenter ix2-200 Cloud Edition supports up to six IP cameras (from Axis and Panasonic) to create a surveillance system. It comes with a digital photography tool that automatically transfers photos from digital cameras via the USB port. The tool can also resize photos and add a watermark.

Other than that, the product comes with the features shared by new NAS servers from Iomega, including faster speeds, enhanced firmware, media streaming for both UPnP- and DLNA-compliant players, Time Machine support, and device-to-device replication.

The server comes with three USB ports to host extra storage via an external hard drive. It can handle drives formatted for Linux, Mac, and Windows platforms.

The Iomega StorCenter ix2-200 Cloud Edition will be available later this month. The 2TB version is slated to cost $320 and the 4TB version $500, but it's still unclear what the price of the 6TB will be.

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