Storage specialist Netgear expands its family of ReadyNAS storage solutions with the addition of the ReadyNAS 3100 and ReadyNAS 4200, aimed at cost-conscious businesses.
Networking solutions specialist Netgear announced the release of two
high-performance network storage platforms optimized for storage virtualization
applications, aimed at small to medium-size businesses.
The 1U rack-mount ReadyNAS 3100 comes equipped with 4TB or 8TB of storage
capacity at an estimated street price starting at $3,800, while the 2U ReadyNAS
4200 comes equipped with 12TB or 24TB of storage capacity at an estimated
street price starting at $10,000.
Both solutions offer hot-swappable enterprise SATA drives, redundant system
cooling, redundant network ports, Error-Correcting Code (ECC)
memory and redundant power supplies, as well as unified architecture support
for both NAS and iSCSI SAN applications,
cross-platform file sharing, secure replication, easy remote access, cloud
backup, disaster recovery and server virtualization.
"The introduction of the ReadyNAS 3100 and ReadyNAS 4200 further solidify
Netgear as the leader of network storage in the SMB market segment," said Paul Tien,
vice president and general manager of the company's network storage business
unit. "From enterprise branch office to midrange data center, Netgear provides
powerful but affordable storage solutions that support advanced applications
and virtualized server environments. Combined with advanced switching, wireless
and security product lines, Netgear provides more complete solutions for
channel partners than any other vendor in the market."
Additionally, the company claims that the ReadyNAS 4200, with 12 SATA
channels, is the first ReadyNAS to support the 10 Gigabit Ethernet network
infrastructure and that the ReadyNAS 3100, with four SATA channels, is the
first sub-$5,000 1U rack-mount storage system with redundant power supply. Both
are VMware-ready and are unified storage systems powered by the Linux-based
ReadyNAS RAIDiatoroperating system.
Benjamin Woo, vice president of IDC's
Enterprise Storage Systems research group, said IT departments are looking for
cost-effective yet reliable and high-performance storage systems to support the
foundation of the IT infrastructure.
"As such, organizations have begun adopting virtualization solutions as they
cut costs and increase operational flexibility and environmental friendliness,"
he said. "Netgear's new storage systems exemplify the kind of affordable yet
powerful platforms that IT needs in their virtualized environments."
Netgear also announced two next-generation HomePlug AV-certified powerline
kits: the compact Powerline AV 500 Adapter Kit and the Powerline AV+ 500
Adapter Kit with a filtered "pass-through" power socket. Designed to be
compatible with the draft international IEEE P1901 powerline standard,
powerline technologies enable consumers to create a Gigabit Ethernet connection
from any ordinary electrical outlet.
Stephen Baker, vice president of industry analysis at market research firm
The NPD Group, said today's consumers are looking for networking technologies
that offer speeds to support their abundance of Internet-connected home theater
devices and ensure uninterrupted connectivity in wireless problem areas.
"Powerline technology operating effectively at 500M bps is not only an ideal
solution to complement consumers' existing wireless networks, but it's also a
terrific solution for small business owners who are looking for an easy and
cost-effective way to expand their network without having to run additional
Cat-5 cabling or install additional network nodes," he said.
Nathan Eddy is Associate Editor, Midmarket, at eWEEK.com. Before joining eWEEK.com, Nate was a writer with ChannelWeb and he served as an editor at FierceMarkets. He is a graduate of the Medill School of Journalism at Northwestern University.