Last week
Iomega  announced a new NAS appliance called the Iomega StorCenter ix4-200d. It is based on  EMC storage technologies and contains four SATA-300 drivebays. With a storage capacity of 2, 4 and 8 TB it is the ideal NAS appliance for small businesses, distributed offices and home office networks that require advanced data storage and protection features without the need for a dedicated IT staff.

By default the Iomega StorCenter ix4-200d is configured as a RAID 5 array but RAID 10 or JBOD is also possible. Free disk space can be monitored on the front LCD display.

The Iomega StorCenter ix4-200d is equipped with two gigabit ethernet ports which support link aggregation, network failover and subnetting. It also supports various protocols like iSCSI, NFS, DLNA, uPnP, Bonjour, SNMP, FTP, HTTP and Samba so it can be used with Mac-, Windows- or Linux hosts.

For communication with external devices the Iomega StorCenter ix4-200d has three USB 2.0 ports which, with the quick-transfer feature, can be used to quickly transfer data from external USB disks to the build-in disks.

To top it of it is a VMware certified device and has Microsoft Active Directory support which makes it a very small but very promising device. Add a price of $699,99 for the 2TB model, $899,99 for the 4TB model and $1899,99 for the 8TB model and it makes me want to run to the store and get one.