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Netgear Rolls Flexible Storage, Switches For SMBs

Portfolio includes simplifies storage for supporting virtualization, multisite backup, and disaster recovery, plus managed switches with lots of LAN features at affordable prices.

Netgear ReadyNAS Pro
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Netgear ReadyNAS Pro

Netgear announced Friday several products aimed at making storage, backup, and recovery easier and more affordable for small to midsize businesses, and for branch and remote offices of larger companies.

The new products include the ReadyNAS Pro family of business storage products, ReadyNAS Replicate software, and the ProSafe Plus Switch family of managed switches.

The new ReadyNAS Pro family consists of two-bay, four-bay, and six-bay desktop systems. According to the company, Netgear's new ReadyNAS Pro provides storage capabilities suitable for use within reliable small-scale virtualization projects, affordable disk-based backup applications, and hybrid cloud services, as well as hybrid disk/cloud-based backup and recovery, and traditional fileserving.

"Netgear's new ReadyNAS Pro family are entry-level products designed and built for business users, not prosumers," said Drew Meyer, director of storage marketing at Netgear.

Features that distinguish these from consumer-oriented products, according to Meyer, include using enterprise SATA drives, which, said Meyer, "typically have twice the (mean time between failures) of consumer drives, and let us put a five-year warranty on the system." Other business-class features include a free 12-month, 100-GB ReadyNAS Vault cloud archive subscription for online file archive and disaster recovery; ReadyNAS Remote, an automatic virtual private network (VPN) service for secure remote access; and certifications for leading third-party software.

The certifications include VMware Ready certification for vSphere; Microsoft Windows Server 2008 R2 certification for Hyper-V; Veeam and Vizioncore backup software compatibility for virtual environments; Acronis and StorageCraft backup software compatibility for mixed physical/virtual environments; and, according to Netgear, "the only officially supported Symantec Backup Exec agent in this product class."

"For example, if you want to use VMware virtualization to improve application reliability in a remote office, you need network storage, and the ReadyNAS Pro has the certifications," said Meyer.

"This product family is designed specifically for companies with less than 500 employees, as well as other businesses, seeking 'smart IT' solutions -- ones that are reliable, simple, and affordable," said Meyer.

The ReadyNAS Pro family is available now for pre-order (shipping towards the end of November). Product MSRP varies based on storage capacity, starting at $699 for a ReadyNAS Pro 2 with two 1-TB drives, up to $3,999 for ReadyNAS Pro 6 with six 2-TB drives.

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