File screening is another useful tool as it enables you to create policies that decide what file types can be stored on the appliance. Client options may be a bit excessive for the target market but the appliance does support the CIFS/SMB, NCP, AFP and NFS file protocols so Windows, Unix, Linux, Macintosh and Netware clients can access it. The appliance can also be used as an FTP server as well.
Data backup options are plentiful as you can use the Volume Shadow Copy Service to take scheduled point-in-time snapshots of selected volumes. The appliance also incorporates an Adaptec Ultra320 SCSI controller and the single channel is routed through to the rear enabling external devices such as tape drives to be connected.
For general appliance backup you can use the Windows Backup utility or spend a bit extra and purchase the optional Symantec Backup Exec for which a trial version is ready to go. Additionally, workstation data can also be secured to the appliance with Iomega’s Automatic Backup software. This runs a local utility on each user’s PC that monitors selected disks for any file changes and automatically secures modifications in real time or at specified intervals directly to the appliance. You even get anti-virus measures as standard with the pre-installed Computer Associates eTrust AntiVirus utility, which provides real-time monitoring of all drives on the appliance and on-demand scanning. It’s also worth noting that daily virus signature updates are included in the price making the 200d look even better value.
With WSS2003 at the helm there’s no denying the NAS 200d provides a lot of storage related features for your money. Although some small businesses will find the number of options far in excess of what they need and this is unfortunately reflected in the price. Undoubtedly though, Iomega is offering a very sleek appliance with a good hardware specification plus a wealth of data backup options and storage management tools. However, you should look carefully at whether your business will benefit from its heavy feature-set before taking the plunge.