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NETGEAR Announces Availability of First Six-Bay Desktop Network-Attached Storage Solution for SMBs

NETGEAR, a worldwide provider of technologically advanced, branded networking solutions, will release the industry’s first six-bay desktop network-attached storage solution (NAS) for small- and medium-sized businesses, in Australia in November.
  • 05 November, 2008 11:18

<p>NETGEAR (NASDAQGM: NTGR), a worldwide provider of technologically advanced, branded networking solutions, will release the industry’s first six-bay desktop network-attached storage solution (NAS) for small- and medium-sized businesses, in Australia in November.</p>
<p>ReadyNAS Pro delivers high availability, performance, expandability, and serviceability in a cost-effective unit that is easy-to-use and quick to deploy. It provides up to 6TB of network-attached storage, enabling SMBs with up to 200 users to store, back up and share digital data across the LAN or WAN from a combination of Windows®, Macintosh® and Linux® platforms.</p>
<p>The ReadyNAS Pro product line is available in storage capacities of 1.5TB (RNDP6350), 3TB (RNDP6310), and 6TB (RNDP6610). It broadens the company’s award-winning ReadyNAS product portfolio and extends its range of business-class products for the SMB market that includes high-speed Gigabit switches, SSL VPN routers and a host of secure wireless solutions for the enterprise.</p>
<p>“Small- and medium-sized businesses have been yearning for a tailor-made storage solution to help them better manage their ever-increasing volumes of digital information,” says Ryan Parker, managing director, NETGEAR Australia. “The ReadyNAS Pro family has the capacity, scalability and performance of a true business-class solution that will help smaller businesses backup and protect their critical information today, and provide additional capacity as their storage needs grow.”</p>
<p>Parker says that SMBs looking to replace their traditional file and print servers should seriously consider the ReadyNAS Pro.</p>
<p>“The ReadyNAS Pro can be added to the network in minutes and easily integrates into an existing server infrastructure with its Active Directory support,” says Parker. “It can then become the primary storage system for all business-critical information, removing the need to persevere with tape backup.”</p>
<p>The ReadyNAS Pro supports RAID 0, 1, 5, 6 and auto-expandable X-RAID2 to provide solid data protection against single or double disk failure. It features dual redundant Gigabit Ethernet ports for failover protection, which ensures high availability to stored data. Housed in a compact desktop form factor, the ReadyNAS Pro products support up to six SATA II hard drives via six lockable, hot-swappable disk trays. Three USB 2.0 ports enable the connection of external USB drives, printers and battery backup devices.</p>
<p>With an Intel dual-core processor, ReadyNAS Pro outperforms all other network storage alternatives in its class – reading data at over 108 MBps and writing at over 102 MBps. In addition to a Web-based graphical user interface (GUI) and setup wizard for ease-of-use and setup, ReadyNAS Pro features an LCD display that provides quick and intuitive system status readings. It incorporates active system monitoring that continually monitors for abnormal situations or part failures, and emails system alerts to the network administrator.</p>
<p>“SMBs represent the next frontier for storage vendors,” said Pushan Rinnen, research director at Gartner, commenting on the global launch of the product. “We’re seeing continued market growth for network-attached storage devices in this market, as businesses are seeking simple solutions to handle an ever-increasing amount of data across their networks. Vendors with a trusted brand that offer innovative ways to reduce storage management complexity while maintaining price competitiveness are in a good position to capture the market potential.”</p>
<p>The NETGEAR ReadyNAS Pro is backed by a five-year hardware warranty and will be available in Australia from November with a suggested retail price starting from $3,099.</p>
<p>Further information and user support is available on NETGEAR’s ReadyNAS Community Forum at:</p>
<p>About NETGEAR
NETGEAR® (NASDAQGM: NTGR) designs technologically advanced, branded networking solutions that address the specific needs of small and medium business and home users. The Company's product offerings enable users to share Internet access, peripherals, files, digital multimedia content and applications among multiple personal computers and other Internet-enabled devices. As an ENERGY STAR® partner, NETGEAR offers products that prevent greenhouse gas emissions by meeting strict energy-efficiency specifications set by the U.S. government. Based in the USA NETGEAR has offices around the world including in Australia and New Zealand. For more information, visit the company's Web site at or call (02) 8117 6800.</p>
<p>©2008 NETGEAR, Inc. NETGEAR, ProSafe, ReadyNAS and the NETGEAR logo are trademarks or registered trademarks of NETGEAR, Inc. in the United States and/or other countries. Other brand and product names are trademarks or registered trademarks of their respective holders. Information is subject to change without notice. All rights reserved. Actual data throughput will vary from maximum signal rates stipulated. Network conditions and environmental factors, including volume of network traffic, building materials and construction, and network overhead, lower actual data throughput.</p>
<p>Safe Harbor Statement under the Private Securities Litigation Reform Act of 1995 for NETGEAR, Inc.:
This press release contains forward-looking statements within the meaning of the U.S. Private Securities Litigation Reform Act of 1995. Specifically, statements concerning the expected performance characteristics, specifications, market acceptance, market growth, specific uses, user feedback and market position of NETGEAR’s products and technology are forward-looking statements within the meaning of the Safe Harbor. These statements are based on management’s current expectations and are subject to certain risks and uncertainties, including, without limitation, the following: the actual price, performance and ease of use of NETGEAR’s products may not meet the price, performance and ease of use requirements of customers; product performance may be adversely affected by real world operating conditions; new viruses or Internet threats may develop that challenge the effectiveness of security features in NETGEAR’s products; the ability of NETGEAR to market and sell its products and technology; the impact and pricing of competing products; and the introduction of alternative technological solutions. Further information on potential risk factors that could affect NETGEAR and its business are detailed in the Company’s periodic filings with the Securities and Exchange Commission, including, but not limited to, those risks and uncertainties listed in the section entitled "Part II - Item 1A. Risk Factors", pages 28 through 39, in the Company's Quarterly Report on Form 10-Q for the fiscal quarter ended June 29, 2008, filed with the Securities and Exchange Commission on August 8, 2008. NETGEAR undertakes no obligation to release publicly any revisions to any forward-looking statements contained herein to reflect events or circumstances after the date hereof or to reflect the occurrence of unanticipated events.</p>

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