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Netgear launches six-bay ReadyNAS Pro

by Parm Mann on 14 October 2008, 15:23

Tags: ReadyNAS Pro, NetGear (NASDAQ:NTGR)

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It's shaping up to be an eventful couple of days in the network-attached storage (NAS) market. Thecus got the ball rolling a little under a week ago with the launch of its seven-bay 7TB N7700, and Lacie followed up the very next day with its five-bay 7.5TB 5big Network.

Today, it's Netgear's turn. The UK-based manufacturer of networking solutions has announced its first six-bay solution, the ReadyNAS Pro - a device which it states is designed specifically to meet the centralised network storage needs of up to 200-user SMBs.

The ReadyNAS Pro is available in 1.5TB, 3TB and 6TB capacities, and supports RAID 0, 1, 5, 6 as well as Netgear's auto-expandable X-RAID2.

There are six lockable and hot-swappable SATA II drive bays, dual Gigabit Ethernet ports, and three USB 2.0 ports for connecting external drives and devices.

Armed with a dual-core Intel processor and 1GB of RAM (expandable to 4GB), the ReadyNAS pro delivers read and write speeds at over 108MBps and 102MBps, respectively. Netgear claims it "outperforms all other network storage alternatives in its class", and prices start at $2,000 for the base 1.5TB model.

Official product page: Netgear.co.uk



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altho it sounds sexeh from the specs, is there actually any need for a dual core CPU in there ?
seems a bit of overkill for marketing sakes
“108Mbp/s”??

So it's got six RAIDed drives, a dual core CPU and loads of memory yet can only manage to turn out 13.5MB a second across dual gigabit connections?

There has got to be something wrong there, either that's supposed to be 108MB/s or this unit is never going to handle the claimed 200 users… even 108MB sounds pretty poor for a 6 drive RAID, a single drive is capable of that if you buy the right one.
Alternativly, get one of these:

http://www.misco.co.uk/applications/SearchTools/item-details.asp?EdpNo=330378&sourceid=2459&CAWELAID=239939044

4GB of standard DDR2 RAM.
4x drives

and install OpenFiler

Does the same job, but much much much cheaper.

I've actually installed VMWare server on top, and I have an Ubuntu VM in there in order to be able to do other bits and pieces too….
Probably just a slight misreport, sounds like something you'd get from a wireless setup. With the detailed specifications it lists the gigabit ports so I don't think there's a problem there.

But will agree, seem's overkill - could probably build one yourself given the parts, with 6x 1tb drives for little under $1600 using something like Freenas with more features.
b0redom
Alternativly, get one of these:

http://www.misco.co.uk/applications/SearchTools/item-details.asp?EdpNo=330378&sourceid=2459&CAWELAID=239939044

4GB of standard DDR2 RAM.
4x drives

and install OpenFiler

Does the same job, but much much much cheaper.

I've actually installed VMWare server on top, and I have an Ubuntu VM in there in order to be able to do other bits and pieces too….

Any pointers on a RAID controller to use with OpenFiler? It being something I've been considering for a bit…