Iomega Adds Surveillance to ix2 Network Storage

Device includes more than the usual features

Iomega is beginning to ship its StorCenter ix2 Network Storage, a two-bay desktop device designed for content sharing, cloud computing and video surveillance.

With a price of $199 for the diskless model, the ix2 can scale up to 6TB. That configuration is priced at $699, while separate drives sell for about $100 per terabyte.

Although the ix2 performs many of the features expected in a connected storage device – RAID 1 protection; automatic setup of Iomega’s QuikProtected backup software for PCs and Macs; Personal Cloud for sharing, protecting and access data from anywhere; and Native Time Machine support, to name a few – Iomega is pushing the unit’s video surveillance capabilities as its differentiator.

While the device is aimed at providing enterprise-like performance to small- and medium-size businesses, the video surveillance features also make it suitable for consumers looking to bring a cost-effective, feature rich solution to the home. It has built-in support for up to five universal-plug-and-play (UPnP) network camers by Axis, Bosch and Panasonic.

Users can also download MindTree’s SecureMind video management software, which includes one free camera license ($29 for each additional license). The software enables the user to control the focal length and resolution of individual cameras, set up an activation schedule for each camera, and switch from live view to recording mode, among other features.

“We look at this as a new opportunity for prosumers,” said Marc Tanguay, Iomega’s senior product manager. “It’s an early technology for consumers but it’s one that will eventually reach the mainstream. We’re on the front end of the curve.”

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