By Kevin Komiega
-- Netgear's bid to become a big storage player in the SMB market picked up steam today with the launch of the ReadyNAS 3200. It's the company's highest-capacity NAS/unified storage system to date with a maximum capacity of 24TB for about $10,000.
The ReadyNAS 3200 is a 2U 12-bay unified storage platform equipped with redundant power supplies and dual Gigabit Ethernet ports. In terms of capacity, a half-populated system includes 6TB of capacity using 1TB drives. A fully populated 12-drive system currently maxes out at 12TB but, according to Drew Meyer, director of storage marketing for Netgear's Network Storage Business Unit, 2TB drives are being tested and are slated to ship in July. The 2TB drives will bring the ReadyNAS 3200's total storage capacity to 24TB.
Estimated pricing for a base configuration of the 3200 starts at $4,999. Meyer says the 24TB model will cost about $10,000.
The ReadyNAS 3200 combines the features of the other ReadyNAS for Business products, including the recently launched ReadyNAS 2100 1U rack-mount and ReadyNAS NVX desktop systems. The 3200 can function as a NAS or iSCSI SAN system and, like its smaller ReadyNAS brethren, runs the Linux-based ReadyNAS RAIDiator operating system. The RAIDiator OS supports the Apple Filing Protocol (AFP) as well as Time Machine in Mac OS X Leopard. It also offers support for file services (NAS) and application services (iSCSI) for Windows, UNIX, Linux and Mac systems.
The 3200 includes continuous data protection (CDP) software and the ReadyNAS Remote drag-and-drop remote file sharing utility for remote site data management. It also makes use of Netgear's optional ReadyNAS Vault online backup service for cloud-based, offsite backup at a price of about $.25 per GB per month.