updated 02:45 pm EDT, Mon April 28, 2008
Netgear has debuted a new series of small form-factor, 6-bay network attached storage (NAS) devices under the ReadyNAS nameskae. They include 1.5TB, 3TB and TB offerings, delivering centralized network storage to up to 200 users. The devices support RAID 0, 1, 5, 6, and auto-expandable X-RAID2. They also feature dual redundant Gigabit Ethernet ports for failover protection. The ReadyNAS Pro products support up to six SATA I or SATA II hard drives via six lockable, hot-swappable disk trays. Three USB 2.0 ports enable the connection of USB drives or printers.
ReadyNAS Pro devices also include an LCD display that provides qsystem 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 NETGEAR ReadyNAS Pro is backed by a 5-year hardware warranty and will be available in Q3 2008 with prices starting at $2,000.