March 20, 2013
| by Rachel Cericola
Netgear is giving you a new place to store all of your digital files. The company just debuted a slew of new networked-attached-storage (NAS) products, all of which run on the brand-new ReadyNAD OS 6.
That OS basically means that each of these products are designed to make storage easy—as in, you should really have a central spot for all of your digital stuff.
Each model is designed to hold music, photos, videos and all sorts of other important files. From there, users can snag and manage files through Netgear’s cloud-based ReadyCloud platform, via any web-connected device.
Starting at $199, the entry-level ReadyNAS 100 Series is perfect for home use, with two-bay (RN102xx) and four-bay (RN104xx) models. Starting at $449, two-bay (RN312xx), four-bay (RN314xx), and six-bay (RN316xx) versions of the ReadyNAS 300 Series are also available.
For something a bit more hard-core, the four-bay ReadyNAS 2120 is a 1U form factor that starts at $1,229. The six-bay ReadyNAS 500 Series (RN516xx) is also available—but it’s really more for business use, with options for up to 260 concurrent users. That one starts at $1,299. All four lines are available diskless or populated with drives.
Other features include on-box data protection, native encryption, and access to the genie+ marketplace. The latter provides users with access to third-party applications that can be installed on the ReadyNAS with a single click. For instance, there are plenty of media sharing apps available, such as Polkast and the QNext FB social cloud application. Each ReadyNAS product also supports SATA (up to 4TB) and SSD drives. ReadyNAS 300 and 500 models include an eSATA expansion port for scaling capacity as the storage needs of a business grows (up to 84TB).
“We designed the new ReadyNAS OS from the ground up with ease-of-use in mind, so users can confidently centralize and back up all their data,” said Matt Pahnke, senior product marketing manager for Netgear Storage. “Customers could not be more excited about our revolutionary ReadyCloud technology for cloud-based set-up, provisioning, and management. The cloud-based set-up and comprehensive, but simple-to-use interface is unlike anything else in the NAS market.”
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Over the past 15 years, Rachel Cericola has covered entertainment, web and technology trends. Check her out at www.rachelcericola.com.