Netgear last week announced the ReadyNAS Pro family of business storage products designed to make storage and backup easier for small and mid-sized businesses. The new Pro family of network attached storage (NAS) will be available in two-bay, four-bay, and six-bay desktop systems, and offers a good complement to the Business version of the ReadyNAS, which are available in rack-mounted formats for data closets or larger infrastructure deployments.
Drew Meyer, director of storage marketing at Netgear explained that the new ReadyNAS Pro appliance was designed and built with business users in mind, and not for consumers or power users. "This product family is designed specifically for companies with less than 500 employees, as well as other businesses, seeking 'smart IT' solutions," says Meyer, noting that the company has focused on reliability, simplicity and affordability, stressing that the latter two are absent from hardware geared for what he calls "Big IT."
The ReadyNAS Pro comes with a five-year warranty and uses enterprise SATA drives, which the company says have twice the MTBF (mean time between failures) as standard hard-disk drives sold to consumers. In support of a hybrid on-site and cloud-based backup deployment, every purchase of ReadyNAS Pro comes with a free 12-month subscription to 100GB of ReadyNAS Vault cloud archive.
It also supports the most popular virtualization solutions. The ReadyNAS Pro has the VMware Ready certification for vSphere and Microsoft's Windows Server 2008 R2 certification for Hyper-V. For local backup, the ReadyNAS Pro will work with backup software from Acronis, Symantec, Quest Software and Veeam Software. Finally, an embedded virtual private network (VPN) service called ReadyNAS Remote allows for secure remote access.
SMBs interested in a more sophisticated deployment will want to consider ReadyNAS Replicate for multi-site file backup and restoration for disaster recovery. While I did not have an opportunity to try it out, the ReadyNAS Remote is a software component that runs on the ReadyNAS appliance. Netgear touts it as a single interface from which customers can schedule and manage multi-site backups and restores, which greatly simplifies data replication and backups.
The ReadyNAS Pro family is shipping at the end of November, though pre-orders can be placed now. MSRP starts at $699 for a ReadyNAS Pro 2 (Two 1-TB drives) and ranges to $3,999 for the six-bay ReadyNAS Pro 6 (Six 2-TB drives). There is no information about whether additional ReadyNAS Pro 6s can be daisy-chained together to achieve higher storage. The ReadyNAS Replicate option requires a separate transferable license per desktop that is priced at $199 for the ReadyNAS Pro family.