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Iomega has been slowly evolving its EMC Lifeline OS and it's been awhile since gave the feature set more than a drive-by look. So let's dig in a bit. Before I start, I'm pleased to be able to point you to an online emulator (Virtual Interface) that I almost missed on the product page (you need to scroll left on the Information slider in the top half of the page). There are some differences between the emulator and what I saw on my review unit, so I think the emulator may not reflect the latest firmware.

Let's begin with a bulleted feature summary:

Storage

  • Network file sharing via SMB/CIFS, NFS, AFP
  • WebDAV support
  • Windows DFS support
  • HTTP / HTTPs file and admin access
  • FTP and TFTP servers
  • Single, JBOD, RAID 1, RAID 5, RAID 5+ spare, RAID 6, RAID10 volumes
  • Multiple volume support with resizing
  • iSCSI targets with ISNS support
  • XFS filesystem

Backup

  • Network Backup: Schedulable (smallest interval is one day) to / from rsync targets and SMB/CIFS shares
  • Apple Time Machine backup
  • Auto file copy from PTP-enabled digital cameras

Media

  • Recording and viewing of up to 12 Axis IP cameras via AXIS Video Hosting System
  • Recording and viewing from Axis, D-Link and Panasonic cameras
  • UPnP AV / DLNA media server (Twonky Media)
  • Photo slideshow (uses Cooliris)
  • iTunes server
  • BitTorrent downloader

Cloud

  • Secure Web-based remote access and site-to-site backup (Personal Cloud)
  • Amazon S3, Mozy, EMC Avamar cloud backup

Other

  • Dual Gigabit Ethernet interfaces with VLAN, bonding, failover and load balance modes
  • SNMP support
  • Joins NT Domain / Active Directories for account information
  • Certified for Citrix XenServer 5.6, Windows Server 2003, Windows Server 2008, Windows
    Server 2008 R2, VMware vSphere 4.1, EMC E-Lab tested
  • User level quotas
  • Email alerts
  • Logging
  • File upload via Bluetooth
  • USB printer serving
  • UPS shutdown synchronization via USB

Missing Features

  • RAID migration and expansion aren't supported
  • The FTP server doesn't have a secure mode.
  • You can limit access to shares by user and/or group. But you can't control access by service. So you can't shut off FTP access to certain shares, for example
  • No iSCSI encryption or authentication and no target multiple connects
  • No optional drive / volume encryption
  • No IPv6 support

While RAID level migration and expansion aren't supported, volume configuration is pretty flexible, as is the ability to organize your drives. To allocate storage, you first create a Storage Pool, which can be configured as individual drives or RAID 1, 5, 6 or 10 as your fancy and number of available drives allow. Figure 4 shows three pools created with five drives: an individual drive; two drives in RAID 0; and two in RAID 1

Storage Pool setup

Figure 4: Storage Pool setup

Then you set up Volumes in each Storage Pool, allocating pool space as you desire. Figure 5 shows the 3.6 TB RAID 0 pool divvied up into 2 and 1 TB volumes. I actually started out with two 1 TB volumes and expanded the first to 2 TB. I then tried to change it back, but you can only expand volumes, not contract them.

Volume allocation

Figure 5: Volume allocation

The expanding-section interface is fine for looking at each pool or volume. But an overall view of storage with all pool and volume sizes visible at once would be very handy.

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