The Iomega ix2-200d is now out – this is the 2 drive next-gen iomega platform – basically similar features to the ix4, but in a very small 2 drive form factor. iSCSI, NFS, ships in 1,2,4 TB raw configurations (RAID 1/JBOD).
At home, I use my ix4 to stream movies and my itunes library to my PS3 (which does an awesome job with divx) and Xbox360. The other thing that’s awesome is the systems support drive spin-down, which is a nice power-reducing effect.
Here’s info in a nice little youtube-sized nugget…
Remember folks – its no rocket. As I wrote in Chapter 6 in the Mastering vSphere 4 book – storage newbies think only in terms of capacity. IOps and throughput matter. If you only have 2 5400 RPM drives – well – even though you COULD put a ton of VMs on there, just don’t expect it to be a rocket.
On the other hand – it does start for $297 :-)
When I get back from this europe road trip – will benchmark my ix4 and ix2.