In addition to this, the ix2-200 also supports Raid 1 for disk mirroring; provides email notifications for system health and Smart status; an event log for tracking file access on a per user basis; iSCSI functionality; DLNA and UPnP media streaming; iTunes DAAP streaming; the monitoring of up to five IP cameras;remote access; and the obligatory BitTorrent client.
The obligatory Torrent client is included
Out of all of these features, I foresee a problem with only one: remote access. Users now expect to be able to access their files over the internet, usually making use of a DNS service which monitors changing IP addresses and links them to a fixed domain name. While many of us use services such as the free DynDNS, Iomega has opted to utilise TZO DNS, which provides one year of free use, but charges $11 (£7) per year afterwards. Other Nas box makers allow their users to configure their own services, but not Iomega.
Instead, it has taken a rather untraditional approach with the StorCenter Manager software, effectively eliminating the client-side configuration panel and replacing it with a small task-bar app which constantly monitors the location of the ix2-200 and acts simply as a gateway to the web configuration page. The remainder of configuration is simple: a wizard walks you through an initial setup which will suffice for most users, and then advanced users can have access to the full configuration panel.
...his setup will be a helluva lot more noisy and cost a lot more in electricity usage.
I specifically bought a now ancient WD MyBookWorld, hacked open for full linux access on it and an unrestricted Samba install, for these very reasons.
Its been spinning now for about two years without issue, and its claiming, oh, about 10 or so watts when spinning. About 2 watts when in sleep mode.
Not that I'm a greenie, its just saving me cash!
Tin foil hat
As I read it, the CCTV link was the area for tin foil hattery.
That assumes you have the skills and the space.
That assumes you know how to set all of that up.
That iCute case is about 10 times the size of this unit (its smaller than a toaster). As to price you need to add on 2x2TB disks and your total comes to £356 while these retail at £400. The 2TB version would set you back 225 while your solution would be 156 + 2x70? = £296
Add to that these units are whisper quiet and use a fraction of the power and it looks a resonable solution for home backup and/or media storage. Sure if you need massively more storage and other facilities your solution is cheaper but its not the same target market.