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Netgear ReadyNAS 312 Review - A New Family of Storage with Enhanced Cloud Support: Page 3 of 4

We go hands on with one of the newest models in Netgear’s line of desktop network storage units with an upgrade that includes the operating system, user interface, and even the file system. By James E. Gaskin

The Extras

Backup is one thing, snapshots at quick intervals that display on a timeline are another new thing entirely. Users can go back through snapshots to grab individual files, but the admin can rollback the state of the device to a previous time if desired. Admin can clone a snapshot to look around and test without risking production data. Ever seen this snapshot depth on a low-end NAS for a few hundred bucks? Neither have we.

Having two Ethernet ports isn't a big deal anymore, but the level of load balancing technology is a surprise. Active standby from port one to port two? How about Round-Robin, Active Backup, Transmit and Adaptive Load Balancing, and XOR? And there's a couple more.

ReadyCLOUD leverages Netgear's own cloud service to connect users to their ReadyNAS boxes over the Internet. Click Cloud in the top menu, then ReadyCLOUD at the top of the list of options that open to take you to the wizard. The admin must connect the device, and each user sets up their own username and password to the cloud service that links them to their particular NAS. Once connected, users can use download and upload files quickly and easily.

Prefer synchronization? Check out ReadyDROP. Have a VPN? Enable ReadyNAS Remote for users. ReadyNAS Replicate copies data from one ReadyNAS to another for disaster recovery protection).

In a bid to be a full application server, Netgear includes 46 apps, with more in a new marketplace. These include SugarCRM, vTiger CRM, WordPress, and multiple development tools for PHP as well as content management systems like drupal and Joomla.

Unfortunately, the MySQL included (one we didn't recognize) never would install properly, so we couldn’t test anything. There are even some programs for sale in Netgear's genie+marketplace online, available through the browser admin screens.

Overreaching? Maybe, but a good overreach. Don't know how many apps an Intel ATOM processer with 2GB of RAM can support. But a smart reseller could customize one of the included apps, like a CRM, and sell a dedicated hardware-software solution. Added value? They can backup all their client data using ReadyNAS replicate.

Summary

The ReadyNAS 312 is an upgrade in all areas over their previous models. Easier to setup, easier to administrate, and more flexibility to protect the data stored therein. Cloud and remote access easier than ever.

About the Author

JAMES E. GASKIN is a ChannelPro contributing editor and former reseller based in Dallas.

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