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New Iomega Network Storage Gear Starts at 1TB, $220

Iomega adds two products to the growing army of network devices designed to make storing and serving up date easy and affordable.

Iomega brings two new network storage devices to CES this year. The Iomega StorCenter ix2 targets small businesses in search of a flexible product that supports PC-free video surveillance and major cloud backup services as well as general data storage and backups, while the Iomega EZ Media & Backup offers an array of more consumer-oriented features such as built-in support for Torrent, Time Machine, and easy posting to popular social media sites.

Both are slated to ship in February, Iomega says.

The StorCenter ix2 is a two-bay desktop storage device that Iomega offers in multiple configurations, starting at $200 with no installed hard drives. With a SATA hard drive installed, it's $250 for 1TB, $350 for 2TB, or $450 for 3TB; or $420 for 2TB, $580 for 4TB, or $770 for 6TG for two-drive models. All units have USB ports so you can add even more storage.

The StorCenter ix2 runs EMC LifeLine, a Linux-based OS created for enterprise-level storage devices. Setup via a web interface requires no CD. The two-drive units support RAID 1 (mirrored) data protection.

The StorCenter ix2 provides built-in support for up to five UPnP network webcams by Axis, Bosch, or Panasonic. The device saves the images captured by these cameras in MPEG4 video and stores them so you can look at them later as well as in real time.

You can opt to back up your data using a cloud-based service such as Amazon S3, EMC-Atmos or Mozy, or use Iomega’s own Personal Cloud technology.

The EZ Media & Backup is also based on EMC LifeLine. It comes with either 1TB ($220), 2TB ($300), or 3TB ($400) models. It’s DLNA certified, supports Time Machine and Torrent, and has a built-in iTunes server. Its Active Folders technology lets you automatically post files to Facebook, Flickr or YouTube; resize photos; or even e-mail files to users you specify in setting up your Active Folders.

You can also access your media from any web browser using the Iomega Personal Cloud.

[For more blogs, stories, photos, and video from the nation's largest consumer electronics show, check out PCWorld's complete coverage of CES 2012.]


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