Netgear Launches ReadyData 516 Desktop Device

With ReadyData 516, there are no additional licensing fees or maintenance contracts required, and the appliance incorporates ReadyData Hybrid Cloud.

Networking solutions specialist Netgear announced an addition to the ReadyData family—the first device in desktop form, ReadyData 516, which is aimed at small and midsize businesses (SMBs).

The device provides edge-to-core data protection, which enables a business to manage storage centrally and replicate data from a remote or branch office to corporate headquarters or a central site. The desktop device offers virtualization vendor certifications from VMware, Microsoft and Citrix, and backup software compatibility with vendors such as Symantec, Acronis, CommVault, StorageCraft, Veeam and Quest.

ReadyData products are available May 27 from authorized Netgear PowerShift channel partners and other reseller channels and e-commerce sites. A diskless ReadyData 516 (RDD516) has a U.S. price of $2,400, while the ReadyData 5200 (RD5200) with 12x1TB drives has a U.S. price under $10,000.

The ReadyData 5200 is a 2U 12-bay network-attached storage device, and the ReadyData 516, a 6-bay desktop network-attached storage device, is designed for a business without a data center or with branch offices requiring an on-site storage solution. It is also designed to deliver to the desktop a set of features traditionally found only in the data center.

"We designed the new ReadyData 516 as data center storage in a box," Matt Pahnke, senior product marketing manager for Netgear Storage, said in a statement. "Netgear’s market-leading storage business is expanding to include solutions with enterprise-class functionality and ReadyData 516 is helping to lead the charge. No one else packs so many advanced data management features into such a small form factor, for one simple, upfront cost."

Other features include thin provisioning, compression and de-duplication of block (SAN) and file (NAS) data, unlimited snapshots of block and file data for continuous data protection, ability to mix solid state drive (SSD) and SATA drives within a volume to optimize overall performance, replication over 128-bit secure socket layer (SSL) connections for block and file data, instant capacity expansion eliminating RAID configuration time and virtual network interface support for network traffic management.

With ReadyData 516, there are no additional feature licensing fees or maintenance contracts required, and the appliance also incorporates ReadyData Hybrid Cloud, a new feature providing data replication from ReadyData to the public cloud. With the addition of the 516 desktop model, Netgear now has two products in the ReadyData family.

"We want our customers to enjoy a unified storage solution that is cost-efficient, easy to use and provides enterprise-class data management, without having to pay the typical Big IT premium," Pahnke said. "ReadyData 516 fits this mold and is the most capable feature-rich desktop storage on the market."