Your small or midsize business will get a whopping 3TB of storage from the four hot-swappable 750GB SATA II drives in the Iomega StorCenter 150d—and the price is certainly right. The NAS device—which uses an embedded Linux operating system, supports external USB drives (with two ports in the front and two in back), and has a Gigabit Ethernet port in the back—very nearly beats Ngadgeti's current SMB NAS Editors’ Choice, the Netgear ReadyNAS NV+.
The included and easy-to-use management console software comes in both Windows and Mac versions and lets you perform the setup—a simple process—from any PC on the network. The 150d fully supports Linux, Mac, and Windows file shares as well as Active Directory, so you can import users and groups from an Active Directory store. And I especially like the way you can make any share available in multiple protocols: By simply checking a box, you can open the NAS to AFP, FTP, and NFS in addition to CICS.
What you won’t find is the easy OS update capability or advanced reporting and logging that a Windows Storage Server system provides. And while the 150d proved very fast on write operations over a Gigabit network, managing 26-MBps and 17.2-MBps throughput with 32MB and 1GB files, respectively—read numbers were mixed (22.4 MBps and 13 MBps). Overall, though, the box performs more than acceptably. That, along with the huge capacity and very reasonable price, makes it a definite recommendation for SMBs needing a big storage resource for standard business duties.Iomega StorCenter Pro NAS 150d ReviewPrice Range: $1,699, listCheck This Out:Iomega eGo: Storage to GoHP Pocket Media Drive PD0800: Cartridge-Style Portable Hard DriveWestern Digital My DVR Expander Review: Store More of Your Favorite Shows