Netgear's ReadyNAS 6.0 OS Targets SMBs, SOHOs

ReadyCloud also brings advanced snapshot capabilities, including the ability to access unlimited snapshots, to NAS appliances costing only $200, Pahnke said. It runs on the open-source Btrfs (pronounced ButterFS) kernel that allows multiple snapshots to be tied to a single full data set to same capacity, he said.

"This is fairly advanced stuff for the home user," he said. "This is fairly advanced stuff for the business user."

Netgear also added thin provisioning, replication, real-time antivirus including encryption, and the ability to back up data to and restore from Apple Time Machine, he said.

On the hardware side, NetApp introduced three new members of its ReadyNAS family.

The ReadyNAS 100 series for prosumers comes in two-bay and four-bay models and can be purchased diskless or with hard drives already installed. Pricing starts at $199.

The ReadyNAS 300 series for small businesses or remote or branch offices come in two-bay, four-bay and six-bay models in a 1U rack-mount form factor. Pricing starts at $449.

The ReadyNAS 500 is a six-bay appliance the company said supports up to 250 concurrent users, with prices starting at $1,299.


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