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Iomega Delivers EMC Enterprise Storage Solutions To SMBs And Distributed Offices

SAN DIEGO, May 4. Iomega, an EMC company and the world's fastest growing provider of network storage to small and medium business, today announced the most advanced entry in its lineup of easy-to-use network storage products with the worldwide launch of the new Iomega StorCenter ix12-300r Network Storage array. Incorporating industry-leading enterprise-class EMC storage technologies, the StorCenter ix12-300r is the ideal rackmount storage device for small and medium businesses, as well as small enterprise locations such as workgroups, departments and distributed/branch offices that require expandability, reliability and advanced capability features without the need for a dedicated IT staff.

Easily supporting groups of up to 250 users, the StorCenter ix12-300r Network Storage array provides up to 24TB of networked storage in a 2-rack unit (2U) form factor. The StorCenter ix 12-300r has sophisticated configuration and networking features often only available in larger enterprise installations, and is ideal for production file (NAS) and block (SAN) data storage, backup to disk (B2D) of critical business data, shared storage for virtualized environments including Microsoft Hyper-V Server 2008 R2 and VMware vSphere, and application-specific storage such as Microsoft Exchange Server 2010. The StorCenter ix12-300r mounts in an EIA-310 standard equipment rack and starts with 4TB and 8TB base configurations that can be expanded in four-drive increments of 4TB or 8TB, up to a total of 24TB.

In the U.S., configurations of the StorCenter ix12-300r will be available in mid-May from CDW and can be purchased in mid-June from Iomega's other US channel partners, including EMC's Velocity partners, at a starting estimated U.S. suggested list price of $4,999.99 (4TB model). Internationally, the new StorCenter ix12-300r is available to IT resellers via select distribution channels. "The new StorCenter ix12-300r is an exciting network storage array that delivers EMC's world class enterprise storage technologies to small businesses and distributed enterprises in the market segment between the current Iomega and EMC network storage offerings," said Jonathan Huberman, president of Iomega and the Consumer and Small Business Products Division of EMC. "From capacity, expandability and reliability to network flexibility to support for applications like Microsoft Exchange 2010, the ix12-300r retains Iomega's signature ease-of-use with key features business users expect and need, including testing and list on EMC's own EMC Storage Matrix (ESM). The software capabilities, testing and certification set the ix12-300r apart from anything else in its category."

Matt Troka, Vice President, Product and Partner Management, CDW, Iomega's exclusive U.S. launch partner for the StorCenter ix12-300r and leading provider of technology solutions for business, government and education in the U.S., said, "Small and medium businesses experience the same information explosion as larger enterprises, driving storage requirements for expandability, capacity and software functionality into product categories with considerably higher price points. The capability, performance and economics of the ix12-300r will be particularly helpful to our SMB customers implementing virtualized environments and deploying specific applications like Microsoft Exchange. And as the storage capacity needs of their businesses grow, the affordable expandability of the ix12-300r will protect and continue to bring value to our customers' storage investment."

"In terms of features, capabilities and price point, the new Iomega StorCenter ix12-300r fits nicely into EMC's low end network storage offerings," said Benjamin S. Woo, Program Vice President of Worldwide Storage Systems Research, IDC. "The product brings advanced enterprises features to small enterprises that require more data management sophistication than what had previously been available at the top of Iomega's NAS offerings. At the same time the ix12-300r tops out in features and benefits just below the EMC Clariion line. This is a cohesive product strategy to address today's dynamic SMB marketplace."

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