Iomega hopes the StorCenter ix2-200's energy efficiency and big-company features will help it stand out in an increasingly crowded market for entry-level storage appliances.The two-drive-bay ix2-200 is targeted at small offices with fewer than 25 employees, said Bill Hansen, Iomega's worldwide general manager for desktop NAS products, but its media server features will also make it attractive to pro-sumers. (Iomega released the 4-bay StorCenter ix-4200d for larger companies this summer.)
The market segment is growing, Hansen said, as small offices ramp up data creation, particularly HD video, which consumers prodigious amounts of storage space. At the same time, he added, awareness is starting to grow about the advantages of network attached storage (NAS) in small-office environments. "A lot of offices don't realize what these devices can do for them," Hansen said. Many offices still use "an old PC lying around" for storage.
So what's different about the ix2-200? According to Hansen, key features include
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