NETGEAR Announces Availability of First Six-Bay Desktop Network-Attached Storage Solution for SMBs
Easy-to-Use and Expandable ReadyNAS Pro Provides up to 6TB of Network Storage with Gigabit LAN Access, Enabling SMBs to Protect and Share Critical Data
SAN JOSE, Calif. – NETGEAR®, Inc. (NASDAQGM: NTGR), a worldwide provider of technologically advanced, branded networking solutions, today announced worldwide availability of the industry’s first six-bay desktop network-attached storage solution (NAS) for small- and medium-sized businesses. Designed specifically to meet the centralized network storage needs of up to 200-user SMBs, NETGEAR’s ReadyNAS® Pro Gigabit Desktop Storage family delivers high availability, high performance, expandability, and serviceability in a cost-effective unit that is easy to use and quick to deploy. The ReadyNAS Pro product line is available in storage capacities of 1.5TB (RNDP6350), 3TB (RNDP6310), and 6TB (RNDP6610) – broadening the company’s already successful, award-winning ReadyNAS product portfolio that has established NETGEAR as one of the fastest-growing players in the NAS market.
ReadyNAS Pro, the newest and fastest member of the ReadyNAS product family, provides up to 6TB of network-attached storage, enabling users across the LAN or WAN to store, back up and share digital data from a combination of Windows®, Macintosh® and Linux® platforms. The robust ReadyNAS Pro supports RAID 0, 1, 5, 6 and auto-expandable X-RAID2™ to provide solid data protection against single or double disk failure. To ensure high availability to stored data, the ReadyNAS Pro features dual redundant Gigabit Ethernet ports for failover protection. Housed in a compact desktop form factor, the ReadyNAS Pro products support up to six SATA II hard drives via six lockable, hot-swappable disk trays. Three USB 2.0 ports enable the connection of external USB drives, printers and battery backup devices.
“Small- and medium-sized businesses have yearned for a high performance, high capacity NAS device tailored for their IT infrastructures and IT budgets,” said Sam Feng, NETGEAR’s director of product marketing for networked storage. “We’re particularly excited to announce the availability of the industry’s first six-bay networked-attached storage product, our ReadyNAS Pro, as it will enable growing businesses to store and protect critical data on their networks like never before. SMBs have unique storage needs and our powerful ReadyNAS Pro provides the essential combination of performance, flexibility, ease-of-use, versatile features, and, perhaps most important, value.”
With an Intel® dual-core processor, ReadyNAS Pro outperforms all other network storage alternatives in its class — reading at over 108 MBps and writing at over 102 MBps. In addition to a Web-based graphical user interface (GUI) and setup wizard for ease-of-use and setup, ReadyNAS Pro features an LCD display that provides quick and intuitive system status readings and incorporates an active system monitoring capability which continually monitors the entire system for abnormal situations or part failures and e-mails system alerts to the network administrator.
The new ReadyNAS Pro network-attached storage solutions include:
* RNDP6350 ReadyNAS Pro 1.5TB Gigabit Desktop Network Storage (includes three 500GB SATA drives);
* RNDP6310 ReadyNAS Pro 3TB Gigabit Desktop Network Storage (includes three 1000GB SATA drives);
* RNDP6610 ReadyNAS Pro 6TB Gigabit Desktop Network Storage (includes six 1000GB SATA drives)
“The small business represents the next frontier for storage vendors,” said Pushan Rinnen, research director at Gartner. “We’re seeing continued market growth for network-attached storage devices in this market, as businesses are seeking simple solutions to handle an ever-increasing amount of data across their networks. Vendors with a trusted brand that offer innovative ways to reduce storage management complexity while maintaining price competitiveness are in a good position to captivate the market potential.”
The ReadyNAS Pro joins NETGEAR’s family of industry-leading ReadyNAS products that already include the four-bay ReadyNAS RND4000 series, the four-bay ReadyNAS rack mount model RNR4000 series, and the two-bay ReadyNAS Duo RND2000 series.
The NETGEAR ReadyNAS Pro is backed by a 5-year hardware warranty and is now available via leading direct marketers, e-commerce sites and value added resellers at a U.S. list price starting at $2,000. High-resolution photos are available for download on NETGEAR’s Web site at: http://www.readynas.com/.
About NETGEAR, Inc.
NETGEAR (NASDAQGM: NTGR) designs technologically advanced, branded networking solutions that address the specific needs of small and medium business and home users. The Company’s product offerings enable users to share Internet access, peripherals, files, digital multimedia content and applications among multiple personal computers and other Internet-enabled devices. As an ENERGY STAR® partner, NETGEAR offers products that prevent greenhouse gas emissions by meeting strict energy-efficiency specifications set by the U.S. government. NETGEAR is headquartered in San Jose, Calif. For more information, visit the company’s Web site at www.netgear.com or call (408) 907-8000.
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