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Netgear gets NAS server ready for business

Netgear expands its ReadyNAS storage solution to support small- and medium-size businesses.

If you're not familiar with Seagate's all newBlackArmor NAS servers, there's another network storage option for your business that's a little more commonplace.

The new ReadyNAS NVX from Netgear. Netgear

Netgear, a networking and storage vendor known for its ReadyNAS network storage servers, decided Monday to expand this family of NAS devices to further support the business environment.

The new NAS server, called the ReadyNAS NVX, is designed for homes and small businesses. According to Netgear, the device offers double the performance of previous NV+ units and supports file and application services for Windows, Unix/Linux, and Mac systems, including Time Machine backup technology (available in Mac OS X 10.5).

The new ReadyNAS NVX includes four drive bays, each of which can hold a SATA hard drive of any capacity. It features iSCSI interface to offer a high throughput speed.

Like other ReadyNAS servers, the NVX has multiple layers of data protection, including drive fault tolerance (RAID), local USB backups, online backups, and secure off-site replication to other ReadyNAS systems. It also comes with the embedded ReadyNAS Vault option that lets users automatically archive data to a cloud-storage data center, from which data can be recovered via a Web browser.

The new ReadyNAS NVX is available now with 2TB of storage for an estimated street price of $1,500. The device comes with full 24/7 technical support and an generous five-year warranty.

Personally, I think this is good news, as the ReadyNAS I reviewed a while ago was one of the best on the market at that time.