Netgear adds to ReadyNAS line for SMBs

By Kevin Komiega

-- Netgear continued to move upstream in the small and medium-sized business (SMB) market today with the addition of a rack-mount unified network storage appliance.

The new ReadyNAS 2100 is essentially the same system as Netgear's recently announced ReadyNAS NVX desktop model, except that it's a 1U four-bay storage system in a rack-mount form factor designed for VARs that serve SMBs.

The 2100 offers all of the data protection features of its desktop counterpart, including support for file services (NAS) and application services (iSCSI) for Windows, UNIX/Linux and Mac systems, and read/write performance of 70MBps. The ReadyNAS RAIDiator operating system supports the Apple Filing Protocol (AFP), as well as Time Machine in Mac OS X Leopard.

It also provides continuous data protection (CDP) software as well as the ReadyNAS Vault cloud backup service for archiving and disaster recovery. ReadyNAS Vault automatically moves multiple archive copies to a remote data center, which can be recovered from any Web browser in case of a disaster. Mac users can use Time Machine to back up multiple Macs to a single location and recover from disasters without expert assistance.

New to the 2100 – and now available on all ReadyNAS platforms – is a feature called ReadyNAS Remote. Remote gives users native file access over the Web, allowing them to drag-and-drop files over a secure connection between any Windows or Mac system and the ReadyNAS systems, bypassing firewalls, VPN connections or other Web-based remote access technologies.

The ReadyNAS 2100 will be available in 2TB and 4TB configurations in early June. Pricing for the systems starts at an estimated $1,899. A higher capacity model with 8TB of capacity will be available later this year.

The ReadyNAS Remote feature is included in the price of all ReadyNAS systems, while the ReadyNAS Vault option is included as a 30-day trial of pre-paid and annual capacity plans.

Netgear's director of SMB storage, Drew Meyer, says small businesses are the target customers for the ReadyNAS family.

"The sweet spot for us is 250 users and below, although we're comfortable [supporting the storage requirements] of organizations with up to 500 users," he says.

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This article was originally published on May 13, 2009