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May 04, 2011


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Brent Ozar

Great info, but might wanna include product links to make further research a little easier:

PX4-300d: http://go.iomega.com/en-us/products/network-storage-rack/px4-px6/px4-300d/?partner=4760

PX6-300D: http://go.iomega.com/en-us/products/network-storage-rack/px4-px6/px6-300d/?partner=4760


Looks impressive, Chad, especially for PX6 applications in small, budget constrained applications. You mentioned the headroom on the SOC for the IX series, based on the specs provided by IOMEGA, the Atom dual-core seems to be the big "data mover" logic.

Do you have any additional info to share on how RAID levels may be accelerated in hardware or is Atom the sole processor? I'd be interested in seeing some headroom data on the new PX line-up...

Stuart Buckland

I'll admit I haven't paid much attention to Iomega over recent years. With these new products I should be watching them more closely in future.

My Readynas pro should last me for a few more years though before my uses outgrow it's capabilities. Wheb the time comes to replace/supplement I now have a new option to consider.


What a great new product! Both the PX4 and the PX6 look great. Just imagine loading the PX6 up with 6 SSD drives :)

Barry Weeks

If it was your business would you bid a PX with SSD's for a customers VDI solution? Is it really a viable product or a showcase of performance within some specific boundries?

Chad Sakac

@Barry, I absolutely would. The KEY consideration would come down to a basic question. The PX (and all Iomega platforms) are non-clustered, and are missing features that are "classic" enterprise storage. For consumers and SMBs - they are unbelievably feature rich.

If non-HA (the brains are a SPOF) design is acceptable, and those additional features aren't needed (which for very small VDI deployments - often are OK), then yeah.

If not, I'd go VNXe (for low hundreds) of users or VNX (for hundreds to thousands of VDI users).

Thanks for the question!

A Facebook User

Great information. I've been fretting over what to do with my proposed VDI implementation (VMware View) as to storage. I'd love to have a "real" SAN but I just don't think we're quite at that point. I've tried some iSCSI NAS (won't mention vendor) and for VMware the results have been disappointing.
I think we're going to go with a px6-300d for 'regular' storage and a px4-300d with SSD's for the "replica" disks. I'll run two SSDs mirrored. And if I get to the point where I'm not feeling so good about my data security I'll just build another and replicate them or something. Same with the 'regular' storage. And I still won't have spent what I would on a "real" SAN...
Oh, forgot to mention < 100 users.


"...out of the box support for the really, really cool Personal Cloud offering (basically, your PX unit can be shared in a “DropBox like way” – but with TONS of storage, and NO service charges. Oh, and it can replicate remote using a “only changes get replicated” async replication mechanims (no, SRM support is not there yet – working it)."

- So how do you set up "only changes get replicated" with async replication? This is essentially how DropBox works, which is what I want, but I haven't been able to find any iomega documentation on how to set this up.

Can you or someone explain, or at least point me toward some form of documentation? Thanks!

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