Iomega StorCenter pxr review The network storage market is crowded, and it can be difficult for manufacturers to make their products stand out. With the StorCenter pxr, Iomega has aimed to do just that by adding a bevy of cloud storage options to the standard range of network storage features. Status LEDs for the drives are located above each one, and to one side is a tiny LCD panel, which provides not only basic system information, but also details on the amount of storage you have available and how much is occupied. Redundancy is good, with room at the back for a pair of W hot-plug power supplies. The appliance supports mirrors, stripes and RAID5 arrays, and its pair of Gigabit Ethernet ports can be bonded together into fault-tolerant, load-balanced or The Storage Manager utility makes light work of installation, locating the appliance on the network, and automatically mapping all the predefined shares to drive letters.

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The PXd and the pxd are desktop devices that support up to four drives and six drives respectively. The pxr model is a rack unit that supports up to four drives. Feature-wise, the StorCenter PXd has everything a business or power user could want: a media server, cloud-based remote access, integration with social media websites, support for iSCSI targets, virtual integration, and compatibility to work with Windows Active Directory.

The PXd is packaged with the power brick, an Ethernet cable, and a software management-tools CD. On the front, you will find the power button at the top right and a welcomed USB 3. The PXd supports both 2. After opening the door, users can easily remove the driver carriers; however, both the door and the individual drives are not lockable, so you must ensure that unit is kept physically secure.

After adding the drives, plugging Ethernet in, and powering it up, the control panel displays the time, IP address, storage space and the name of the device. It is a handy feature introduced by Iomega, as it makes it much easier to detect any issues with the NAS by having this useful LCD display at your disposal.

Setup Setting up the StorCenter PXd was very quick, easy, and will require little work by the user. It should only take several minutes to power up the NAS and have the Iomega Storage Manager locate the device on the network. During its initial set up, a wizard walks you through some common tasks, such as setting up networking and users.

The StorCenter PXd also creates default folders and has automated mapping, which can be easily accessible from Windows Explorer. This is a very welcomed feature since users typically have to manually create all folders and drive mappings.

In this section the StorCenter PXd continued to perform well. Moving to even smaller transfer sizes with the random 4K transfers, the PXd is back on top. Read speeds varied between 0. Though the PXd average latency led the pack with its lowest reading of 4. Its max latency also vastly improved.

Power Consumption One of the best reasons to consider a small embedded platform NAS for home or small business network-storage is the low power consumption. Though a desktop could serve a similar purpose, it would never be as efficient or have the very handy accompanying software. Iomega rates the StorCenter PXd with average active power rate of 53W and a hibernation drives spun down rate of 32W. In our tests we found access requirements to be a little higher than specified, although some of that could vary depending on what drives were used we used 4 drives in RAID5 for or tests.

To test the power consumption we used a Kill-a-Watt power meter and IOMeter to simulate disk loads during normal activity. The highest measured power consumption from the PXd reached watts for a several seconds. After the system was up and running, rates varied between 42W at idle to 50W under constant sequential write access.

Out of the box it is simple to setup and start serving files to your work group or home office. Long term maintence is also easy through the web interface, with quick status messages without having to dig through the console. Active Directory, SNMP and cloud integration that allow it to be used in a wide range of environments. Overall we were very pleased by the good mix of performance or usability, with only some reservations about the power consumption… which could be mitigated by low-power drives.

Overall, this is a recommended network storage device.


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