Netgear introduces new range of network attached storage (NAS) products, including three desktop models and a 1U rackmount model. All of them are designed for needs of home users and small-to-medium-sized businesses and run on the new ReadyNAS OS 6 software. The ReadyCLOUD feature makes setup easy and allows users to have full data management from any Internet-connected device. They all support 2.5-inch and 3.5-inch SATA hard drive or SSD.
The entry-level ReadyNAS 100 Series is intended for home use and comes in two bay RN102xx and 4-bay RN104xx models. They are powered by Marvell’s Armada 370 1.2Ghz CPU and 512MB of RAM. The 2-bay and 4-bay models support up to 8TB and 16TB of total capacities. Each of them has a USB 2.0, one eSATA port and two USB 3.0 ports. The RN104xx will provide two Gigabit LAN ports.
The small business-oriented ReadyNAS 300 Series includes three models, the 2-bay RN312xx, 4-bay RN314xx, and 6-bay RN316xx. They sport Intel’s dual-core Atom 2.1GHz processor and 2GB of RAM. The 300 Series support up to 24GB of capacity. Other than two Gigabit LAN ports, one USB 2.0 and two USB 3.0 ports, each of them also provides eSATA connector.
The ReadyNAS 500 Series (RN516xx) is the highest performance desktop model in the range. The 6-bay NAS is designed for small to medium sized business networks supporting up to 250 concurrent users. It is boosted by an Intel Ivy Bridge Core i3-3220 CPU and 4GB of RAM. Up to 24GB of capacity is supported. You can find two Gigabit LAN ports, two USB 3.0 ports and three eSATA ports.
Lastly, the ReadyNAS 2120 is a 1U rackmount server with four drive bays ideal for small data center environments. It supports up to 16TB of capacity and offers two USB 3.0 and two eSATA ports.
All these ReadyNAS NAS servers are ideal for data backup and data sharing over the network. They can also be used for virtualization with vSphere and Hyper-V certification and support for iSCSI. Media streaming via DLNA and iTunes is also possible.