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New 4-Bay Storage Appliances Added to the Netgear ReadyNAS Line

ReadyNAS NVX features iSCSI support and support for Time Machine in Mac OS X. By ChannelPro

New 4-Bay Storage Appliances Added to the Netgear ReadyNAS Line

ReadyNAS NVX features iSCSI support and support for Time Machine in Mac OS X.

San Jose, Calif.-based Netgear, a provider of networking, storage, and security solutions, has added new 4-bay storage appliances to its family of ReadyNAS products for SMBs. The ReadyNAS NVX, which is targeted for home offices, workgroups, and small businesses, has increased performance and support for file services (NAS) and application services (iSCSI SAN) for Windows, UNIX/Linux, and Mac systems--including support for Time Machine in Mac OS X v 10.5 Leopard. In addition, the ReadyNAS NVX enables users to store, share, and protect data across a LAN or WAN, guard against disk failures, and grow capacity as needed, according to Netgear.

"Netgear is fully committed to providing the best possible networked storage solutions to the SMB market--offering a range of appliances that address different capacity requirements and thrifty IT budgets," says Paul Tien, vice president and general manager of Netgear's networked storage business unit. "We're extremely pleased to add iSCSI support to this new NVX platform so we can now provide a unified NAS?? storage option in a very compact desktop form factor at such an affordable price point to our hugely successful ReadyNAS line."

The ReadyNAS NVX is an entry-level SMB product that enables end users to centralize data from local systems into one device and solve problems around capacity growth, remote access, backup, and disaster recovery without IT expertise, says Netgear. It simultaneously handles file sharing for Windows, UNIX/Linux, and Mac systems, and also stores data for server applications such as email, databases, and virtualization.

As a new feature, the ReadyNAS RAIDiator operating system works with Time Machine in Mac OS X Leopard. Netgear's ReadyNAS devices continue to support the Apple Filing Protocol (AFP), enabling native Mac files to be used without restrictions or limitations; Apple's Bonjour software technology for auto-discovery of the device over a user's LAN; and dashboard widgets for status monitoring. Now Mac users can leverage Time Machine to back up multiple Macs to a single location.

As with all ReadyNAS products, the NVX includes multiple layers of protection for data including drive fault tolerance (RAID), local USB backups, online backups (snapshots), and secure offsite replication to other ReadyNAS systems. And the embedded ReadyNAS Vault option lets users automatically archive to an Internet data center and recover from any Web browser.

The ReadyNAS NVX 4-Bay Desktop Storage is available for an estimated street price starting at $1,500 with 2 TB of storage. ReadyNAS appliances come with 24/7 technical support and a five-year warranty. A free 30-day trial of the ReadyNAS Vault Internet backup service is also available on all ReadyNAS systems. Pricing for the ReadyNAS Vault service starts at $5.95 per month for consumers and $19.95 per month for businesses.

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