Netgear moves up-market with ReadyNAS systems

By Kevin Komiega

-- Netgear is preparing to ship a pair of new ReadyNAS unified storage systems as it attempts to continue its climb into the midrange market, specifically targeting its new platforms at VMware virtual machine (VM) deployments.

Netgear is positioning the ReadyNAS 3100 and 4200 unified storage systems, which support both NAS and iSCSI SAN applications, as primary storage for midrange enterprises and high-performance, secondary storage for larger businesses, respectively.

The ReadyNAS 3100 is a 1U four-bay rack-mountable platform that provides up to 8TB of capacity at a starting price of $3,800. The ReadyNAS 4200 is a 2U 12-bay rack-mountable system that provides up to 24TB of capacity with redundant drives for $10,000. The ReadyNAS 4200 also features optional support for 10 Gigabit Ethernet (10GbE) connectivity.

According to Netgear's director of storage networking products, Drew Meyer, both models run Netgear's Linux-based ReadyNAS RAIDiator operating system and are certified for VMware environments.

Like Netgear's other ReadyNAS products, the 3100 and 4200 feature cross-platform file sharing, secure replication, remote access, and the company's optional ReadyNAS Vault cloud backup service.

Both solutions will be available from Netgear's PowerShift channel partners next month.

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This article was originally published on March 04, 2010