Low cost shared storage for test/home lab
A few weeks ago I attended the ‘What’s new in VMware vSphere 4‘ course given by Eric Sloof. Eric pointed us to a very nice and cheap shared storage solution from Iomega which he also uses in his home lab, the Iomega Storcenter ix-series.
I have been scouting the local hardware vendors for the Iomega ix2 but I could decide to go for the cheaper 1TB or the more expensive 2TB version. Today I was browsing through the VMware HCL when I remember the dilemma and was wondering if VMware even knew/supported the little Iomega storage box. And what do you know ………… the Iomega ix-series is on the VMware HCL!
The Iomega StorCenter ix2 and the ix4-100 are supported for all versions of VMware ESX 3.5 and the larger rack mountable ix4-200r is even supported on ESX 4.0 as NAS or iSCSI.
So I will be heading for the shops to get my own home shared storage solution.
The Iomega StorCenter ix is available in the following configurations:
|Iomega StorCenter ix2||1 TB||€ 299,-|
|Iomega StorCenter ix2||2 TB||€ 419,-|
|Iomega StorCenter Pro ix4-200r||2 TB||€ 1.844,-|
|Iomega StorCenter Pro ix4-200r||4 TB||€ 2.141,-|