This friday I received a package. I felt 10-years old again, it was like unwrapping a Christmas present. One hell of a Christmas present I must say and I want to thank EMC and especially Chad Sakac! I un-boxed the two Iomega IX4-200d units and turned them on.
After a couple of minutes I had them up and running. It’s a matter of turning them on and wait until they receive an ip-address from your DHCP server. Of course I changed the DHCP address to a fixed address, this is literally a couple of clicks.
I guess that’s the story of the Iomega IX4-200d, everything is just a couple of clicks. You want to enable iSCSI? Three clicks. You want to set Quotas? Three clicks. You want to add a user? Three clicks… I see a trend don’t you?!
Within a matter of minutes I did not only had both devices running I also setup a replication schedule for the CIFS share… That’s another great thing about this device: CIFS, NFS, iSCSI, Apple File Sharing and FTP. There should at least be one that fits your needs. I will try to do some decent testing soon when I receive my new desktop and a decent 1Gb switch…
For now I can recommend the Iomega IX4-200d to everyone. They are simple to use and look awesome.
Hi Ducan, can you tell what the perfs are in RAID 5 ?
Forbes Guthrie says
Two! That’s just greedy. Do you not want to share the love? 🙂
Do not forget support for jumbo frames!
My unit is 4TB (4x970GB), I teseted bot RAID5 and RAID0 with no great differences.
Anyway this is not a high performance production unit, but perfect for LAB & testing.
Very silent unit!
Of course I switched definitively to RAID5 that means 2,7 available…
The device has serious cons; no hot-plug drive cage, next you cannot exchange built in disks with bigger ones when they are available so you’re stuck with the model you bought for the next few years, and finaly limited processor/memory…
But it has a great design and it is on the Vmware HCL!
Chad Sakac says
@pironet, you can hot-swap the drives, but need to unscrew the lid to do it. Iomega is carefully considering various disk configs including ‘add your own’.
I’m of the same mindset – I would like to just add my own drives (nice 7.2K drives or some SSDs!!!) – but they tell me that customer feedback is that we’re the exception, not the rule. For most, simple ease of order, install, support is more important…..
@Chad, thx for the inside info. Yes we must be some sort of exception. My thought, this is related to VMware HCL constraints, isn’t it?
I would love to see a VMware approved IOmega StorCenter but w/o disks, just the NAS box. In the mean time I bought another NAS box which sticks to my requirements for my home lab and media center needs.
Roger Lund says
Hey!, most of us have to scrap together old hardware and make a white box for iSCSI testing, cry…
grats on the hardware.