Iomega StorCenter ix2 review

A speedy two-drive NAS packed with features for the small office

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There are plenty of NAS options on the market; many of the two-disk offerings concentrate on personal storage but the StorCenter ix2 combines very good read/write performance with a mix of tools that will be useful for businesses as well as power users at home.

We liked

You can use the StorCenter ix2 to share storage in the office and let people access files via Iomega's cloud proxy, and you can manage local and remote users separately.

Support for cloud backup – from Amazon S3 to Flickr to IP cameras – complements tools for syncing content to and from local devices. This makes it possible to bring different storage options together to roll your own backup system.

We disliked

You have to do all of that in the web console. Even if you install the Iomega Storage Manager software you will still need to do most of the setup and administration through the web interface, which doesn't organise the wealth of features particularly well.

Unless you buy a unit with an empty drive bay, upgrading to larger drives is problematic (not least because only two models of drive are qualified to work with the StorCenter), so your options are adding an external USB drive or buying a second StorCenter.

Overall verdict

A great little NAS for the small office with a wide range of features, from sync features to remote access, and fast performance.

Tech Specs

Product TypeNetwork Storage Server
Processor ManufacturerMarvell
Total Hard Drive Capacity2 TB
RAID SupportedYes
Number of 3.5" Bays2
Product FamilyStorCenter
Total Number of USB Ports3
Number of Hard Drives Installed2
Brand NameLenovoEMC
Form FactorDesktop
Processor Speed1 GHz
Standard Memory256 MB
Number of Total Expansion Bays2
Network (RJ-45)Yes
Number of USB 2.0 Ports3
Processor Model6281
ManufacturerLenovo Group Limited
Product Modelix2-200
Product NameStorCenter ix2-200 Network Storage Server
Product LineStorCenter
RAID Levels1, JBOD
Manufacturer Part Number34482
Manufacturer Website Address
Marketing Information

The Iomega StorCenter ix2-200 Network Storage offers content sharing with advanced security, and is ideal for small and remote offices, workgroups or home networks. Based on enterprise-class EMC storage technology, the StorCenter ix2-200 provides easy file sharing, iSCSI block access, and multiple RAID configurations for optimized data protection. Business users will appreciate the robust data protection features such as UPS support, print serving, folder quotas, rsync device-to-device replication, and user replaceable drives for business continuity and disaster recovery.

Package Contents
  • StorCenter ix2-200 Network Storage Server
  • Ethernet Cable
  • Power Supply
  • Printed Quick Start Guide
  • Solutions CD with User Help Documentation
Limited Warranty3 Year