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The range of Iomega’s network attached storage products available on the international market numbers eight models. The two low-end ones are targeted at home users; they are based on the ARM platform and offer two disk bays. There is also a 4-disk NAS for the SOHO market, with an ARM processor, too. The tower-design StorCenter px4-300d and px6-300d are the two mainstream models. Based on Intel’s Atom processors, they offer four and six disk bays, respectively, for SMBs and large corporations. The three top-end models are rack-mounted NASes for 4 and 12 disks. They feature Intel Celeron and Core 2 Duo processors.

In this review I will be talking about the StorCenter px6-300d. With six disk bays and a rather high price, it is not a typical home NAS, although homes differ. It can be shipped diskless or with preinstalled HDDs in the following configurations: 3x2 TB, 6x2 TB or 6x3 TB. You may want to prefer one of the latter to have no worries about compatibility and to be able to quickly install your NAS on your network.

It is important for such NASes for support server OSes. The StorCenter px6-300d is certified for Citrix, Microsoft and VMware software. The NAS’s firmware is based on LifeLine from EMC, a well-known maker of corporate storage systems Iomega is part of. Users are offered 24/7 tech support and extended warranty servicing.

A large part of the description of the NAS’s functionality can be applied to the px4-300d model which has the same firmware.

Package and Accessories

We’ve got a business product here, so its packaging is robust cardboard with a minimum of decorations. Besides the NAS, the box contains an external power adapter with cord, a LAN cable, some screws, a CD with software, a brief installation guide, and an Iomega product catalogue.

It’s somewhat odd for a six-disk NAS to be equipped with an external power adapter (19V/6.32A) because its dimensions are large enough to accommodate one inside. The potential benefits of this solution (better cooling, lower noise, easy replacement) can hardly outweigh the downsides (you have to find some place for the external adapter; external connections are less reliable).

The CD contains a document with links to the manufacturer’s websites where you can download electronic versions of user manuals and the Iomega Storage Manager tool for Windows, Mac OS 10 and Linux. In the website’s Support section you can find a lot of useful information, particularly various NAS usage scenarios and answers to frequently asked questions. The manufacturer offers technical support by phone and email. You can find the list of phone numbers and email addresses at the website.

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