Netgear rolls out unified storage family

Netgear Inc. announces the ReadyDATA unified storage family. The company says ReadyDATA is an enterprise-class storage product that is significantly less expensive and dramatically easier to use than traditional enterprise offerings.

The new product features scalability, native de-duplication, thin provisioning and unlimited snapshots, with support for SATA, SAS and SSD disk drives. ReadyDATA scales to 180TB capacity (five times larger than the current flagship model), and is the first product of its kind to include data replication as a standard feature. 

The ReadyDATA platform delivers tier-1 storage features with extraordinary simplicity. Users can leverage thin provisioning in virtual environments, replicate files and databases to offsite locations and recover data from unlimited point-in-time snapshots, all with just a few mouse clicks.

According to Netgear, every ReadyDATA includes cloud-managed replication, ensuring secure, high-performance disaster recovery without extra software, servers or network configuration. The company says that customers and partners can now avoid complex licensing, expensive installation specialists and incremental maintenance agreements, as well as the intimidating prices associated with traditional “big IT” offerings. 

Capabilities of ReadyDATA systems include a full set of datacenter-class storage capabilities, such as thin provisioning, compression and de-duplication of block (SAN) and file (NAS) data, and replication over 128-bit SSL connections for block and file data.

ReadyDATA is also capable of unlimited snapshots for block and file data, and is scalable up to 60 drives and 180TB total capacity.

The system features two 10Gb Ethernet ports and mixed configurations of SATA, SAS and SSD drives, and comes with instant capacity expansion support that eliminates RAID configuration time.

ReadyDATA is compatible with backup software from major vendors like Symantec, Acronis, CommVault, StorageCraft, Veeam and Quest.

Additional features include virtual network interface support for powerful network traffic management, and virtualization vendor certifications from VMware, Microsoft and Citrix.

ReadyDATA 5200 is available for SGD6,888 (before GST). From now till March 31, 2013, each purchase of ReadyDATA 5200 will come with two 3TB Enterprise Hard Disc Drive and a two-hour ReadyDATA user workshop.