Stephen Foskett already gave us a hint during the VMTN podcast. A brand new low cost SAN solution was about to be unveiled today…. After EMC / Iomega released the Storcenter IX2 and the Storcenter Pro IX4 it just released the rack mountable iSCSI/NFS SAN StorCenter Pro Ix4-200r.
The cool thing about the before mentioned SAN solutions is that all of them are on the hardware compatibility list:
|Partner Name||Model||Array Type||Supported Releases|
|EMC||Iomega ix2||NAS||ESX 3.5 U4, ESX 3.5 U3, ESX 3.5 U2, ESX 3.5 U1, ESX 3.5|
|EMC||Iomega ix4-100||NAS||ESX 3.5 U4, ESX 3.5 U3, ESX 3.5 U2, ESX 3.5 U1, ESX 3.5|
|EMC||Iomega ix4-200r||iSCSI||ESX 3.5 U41 , ESX 3.5 U31 , ESX 3.5 U21ESX 3.5 U11 , ESX 3.51|
|EMC||Iomega ix4-200r||NAS||ESX 3.5 U41 , ESX 3.5 U31 , ESX 3.5 U21ESX 3.5 U11 , ESX 3.51|
How cool is that huh?
Just to give you an idea, you can pick up an IX2 for $ 299(1TB, NFS only), an IX4-100 for about $ 799 (2TB, NFS Only) and the IX4-200r starts at $1,799 (2TB, NFS + iSCSI). I’m thinking of picking one up… Should be more than sufficient to run my home lab on. $ 299 for a device that’s on the HCL, amazing… and word on the street has it that EMC/Iomega is also working on an iSCSI firmware for the IX2/IX4-100… but it’s just a rumor so far.