NetGear Adds Hybrid Cloud Services to Rack-Mount Storage Devices

By Chris Preimesberger  |  Posted 2010-10-15 Print this article Print

The company is offering 100GB of cloud storage, onsite/offsite file sharing and customized portals for service billing with new machines.

NetGear, which makes desktop video storage devices and rack-mounted storage and networking equipment but now aims to be a player in the cloud sector, on Oct. 14 came out with three hybrid cloud storage service options for its business customers.

The company is now including up to 100GB of online archive capacity to go with the purchase of one of its rack-mount ReadyNAS storage servers.

In addition, its newest business-class ReadyNAS storage platforms now support a cloud file server option that enables a user to share files between local and offsite users. Thirdly, the company is now offering customizable portals designed to simplify service billing and management for channel partners.

Egnyte's Office Local Cloud service is the provider for the hybrid file sharing on all business-class ReadyNAS systems. Egnyte runs directly on the ReadyNAS; service plans start at $70 per month.

Most cloud storage services do not enable file sharing with onsite and/or outsourced locations. NetGear's new hybrid models offer pay-on-demand and sharable cloud storage services while preserving the original data on site.

"These new cloud services get businesses of all sizes into hosted architectures," said Mark Song, product line manager for storage at NetGear. "The hybrid model enables IT departments to smooth budget cycles and improve service levels with minimal risk. Our channel partners can now deliver these managed services without needing their own investment in storage capacity or cloud infrastructure."

Many companies are interested in the cost savings associated with cloud computing but are still reluctant to commit their data to an online provider model, said Benjamin Woo, program vice president of worldwide storage systems research at IDC.

"Hybrid cloud service models are a novel approach to mixing the trust level of local storage with the benefits of cloud services, thus helping businesses take a low-risk, simple and cost-effective approach to IT," Woo said.

ReadyNAS business-class systems offer up to 100GB of storage for 12 months, and the ReadyNAS Ultra family includes up to 2GB for 24 months. Pricing currently starts at $.40/GB.

The new portals for both ReadyNAS Vault and the Egnyte Office Local Cloud give partners a single Web-based interface where they can maintain locations and monitor accounts. These new hybrid cloud services enable NetGear partners as managed service providers without private cloud investment.

Chris Preimesberger Chris Preimesberger was named Editor-in-Chief of Features & Analysis at eWEEK in November 2011. Previously he served eWEEK as Senior Writer, covering a range of IT sectors that include data center systems, cloud computing, storage, virtualization, green IT, e-discovery and IT governance. His blog, Storage Station, is considered a go-to information source. Chris won a national Folio Award for magazine writing in November 2011 for a cover story on and CEO-founder Marc Benioff, and he has served as a judge for the SIIA Codie Awards since 2005. In previous IT journalism, Chris was a founding editor of both IT Manager's Journal and and was managing editor of Software Development magazine. His diverse resume also includes: sportswriter for the Los Angeles Daily News, covering NCAA and NBA basketball, television critic for the Palo Alto Times Tribune, and Sports Information Director at Stanford University. He has served as a correspondent for The Associated Press, covering Stanford and NCAA tournament basketball, since 1983. He has covered a number of major events, including the 1984 Democratic National Convention, a Presidential press conference at the White House in 1993, the Emmy Awards (three times), two Rose Bowls, the Fiesta Bowl, several NCAA men's and women's basketball tournaments, a Formula One Grand Prix auto race, a heavyweight boxing championship bout (Ali vs. Spinks, 1978), and the 1985 Super Bowl. A 1975 graduate of Pepperdine University in Malibu, Calif., Chris has won more than a dozen regional and national awards for his work. He and his wife, Rebecca, have four children and reside in Redwood City, Calif.Follow on Twitter: editingwhiz

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