The latest network-attached storage products, called ReadyNAS NV+, are based on technology from Infrant, which Netgear bought this year. The systems come in 1.5-, 2-, 3-, and 4-Tbyte models. Topping the product line, which comes with a five-year hardware warranty, is a 4-Tbyte rack-mount version.
ReadyNAS products support RAID 0, 1, and 5 and use Netgear's proprietary X-RAID technology. RAID, or redundant arrays of independent disks, is a computer data storage scheme that divides and replicates data across multiple hard disk drives. X-RAID technology makes it possible to hot swap disk drives without taking down the system.
The new products stem from Netgear's $60 million acquisition of Infrant, which was announced in early May. The ReadyNAS NV+ line uses Infrant's network storage processor and its Linux-based RAIDiator operating system. Infrant also developed X-RAID.
Other features of the new products include Gigabit Ethernet and a graphical user interface that launches in a Web browser. The storage devices also ship with EMC's Retrospect backup and recovery software, which supports Linux, Macintosh, and Windows-based computers.
The appliances also have an integrated backup manager for moving data to an external hard drive via a USB port or to a remote server. The systems also provide a centralized file system for networked devices and support video streaming to multiple devices simultaneously.
Pricing for the new products, unveiled late last week, starts at $1,099.