ReadyNAS NV+ Storage Device
Our take: Netgear finally broke into the NAS market with their ReadyNAS desktop
and rackmount solutions. No doubt a good move on their part, with entry
Level NAS being a very lucrative market right now. Looks like they're
offering a 500GB thru 4TB solution and a 5 year warranty to boot. Their
linux based operating system should set them apart from the likes of Iomega and
Buffalo entry level NAS.
Netgear consistently produces high-quality networking
devices, but the company has been dragging its feet in the network attached
storage (NAS) market. Thankfully, all is about to change. The
ReadyNAS NV+ is the first product to hit the
market since Netgear's acquisition of privately-held Infrant Technologies
earlier this year.
Infrant was dedicated to bringing enterprise-level storage technology to small
businesses and professional home users at affordable prices. Netgear has
inherited the company's
ReadyNAS family of network attached storage
(NAS) products which implement redundant array of independent disks (RAID) data
protection, enabling you to store and protect critical data easily, efficiently
and intelligently using RAID 0 (stripped), 1 (mirrored) and 5 (parity).
ReadyNAS NV+ lineup is powered by Infrant's
proprietary network storage processor, Linux-based RAIDiator operating system
and patent-pending Expandable Protection (X-RAID) technology, which allows for
automatic RAID volume expansion as additional drives are added. Not only that,
but the device looks fantastic thanks to its robust aluminium enclosure and
Power Mac G5 front grill.
The unit is a single, safe and effective solution for storing and serving all
digital data in a small-business workgroup. Packed with technology previously
reserved for high-end servers, the
ReadyNAS NV+ brings enterprise-level technology
to the masses in a cost-effective manner. Shipping as standard with either 1- or
2TB of removable 3.5-inch SATA storage, the ReadyNAS NV+ supports robust
features such as Gigabit Ethernet speeds, system monitoring capabilities and
built-in backup with hardware RAID.
Supporting Windows, Mac and Linux platforms, the ReadyNAS NV+ is available in
various models. These include the ReadyNAS NV+
RND4425, a 1TB unit sporting four hot-swappable
250GB HDDs, the ReadyNAS NV+
RND4250, a 1TB unit that ships with two 500GB
HDDs (two open slots for future expansion), and the ReadyNAS NV+
RND4450, a 2TB unit fully kitted out with four
500GB HDDs. Regardless of which model you opt for, all have the same dimensions
(135x195x225mm) and features and all support a maximum capacity of 2TB. Weight,
of course, will differ depending on the number of HDDs installed.
The drive's patent-pending X-RAID technology provides full data access and
redundancy with protection even during hot swap of disks and against hardware
failure, ensuring the access and safety of valuable pictures, digital media and
sensitive business files. Not only does it have lower power consumption than
competing products on the market, it also carries a special energy saving mode
for automatic shutdown upon idle.
Setting up managing the
ReadyNAS NV+ is a snap. A flip-open panel at
the front of the unit gives instant access to the four HDD bays. Each bay has a
button which releases a handle for easy removal of a HDD. Being hot-swappable
means you can remove and install HDDs while the unit is powered and operating,
allowing all users on your network to carry on working without any downtime. The
only slightly awkward issue is that you have to remember not to lock the handle
into place before you return a HDD because it won’t sit properly in the unit.
Unfortunately the access door isn't lockable, so all the HDDs could be removed
quickly and easily by a disgruntled employee or burglar.
The front of the
ReadyNAS NV+ offers a single USB 2.0 for adding
an external storage device (there's another two USB 2.0 ports at the rear), as
well as separate Power and Backup buttons. When pressed, the Backup button will
copy data from the ReadyNAS NV+ to a USB storage device directly connected to
the front USB port. You can even configure the Backup button using the supplied
software to backup one or more pre-defined backup jobs. A nice feature is being
able to plug a USB Flash (or other) storage device into a USB port and the data
will automatically be transferred and stored on the media volume. Various UPS
(Uninterruptible Power Supplies) are also supported through a USB port. If the
power fails, the NAS will shutdown and no data will be lost. The NV+ also comes
with backup software from EMC (Retrospect, with five client licenses for Windows
Disk LEDs provide feedback on the status of each installed HDD (they'll blink
when a disk fails), and a dedicated Activity LED blinks when disks are being
accessed. A really neat feature is the stylish LCD which provides 2-line textual
information on the status of the ReadyNAS NV+. For instance, it lets you know
when the unit is booting, whether there's an active network link, or whether
data is being transferred. Not only that, but the LCD provides information on
total and available drive space - brilliant!
Thanks to the acquisition of Infrant Technologies,
Netgear is now in a position to serve the data
storage needs of SOHOs and SMBs more effectively. The ReadyNAS NV+ is a robust
storage solution rich in features. It's also compact, easy to use, extremely
well built, and offers class-leading performance. If your business needs an
affordable centralised network attached storage solution for securing its data,
ReadyNAS NV+ is perfect.