Netgear ReadyNAS Pro Business Edition (RNDP6310) NAS device

Netgear's business-focussed NAS device is feature-packed but extremely expensive

Netgear Australia ReadyNAS Pro Business Edition (RNDP6310)
  • Expert Rating

    4.25 / 5

Pros

  • X-RAID2 automatically expands capacity, third-party add-ons, extensive backup options

Cons

  • Pre-configured models are poorer value, no support for HFS+ external hard drives, front USB port intrudes on disk bay door

Bottom Line

It may be expensive, but there's still plenty of value in the ReadyNAS Pro for the medium to large business. The ability to set and forget the NAS device is great for IT admins, and the read/write performance is certainly beneficial for multiple simultaneous users.

Would you buy this?

  • Price

    $ 3,669.00 (AUD)

Though older than the ReadyNAS NVX, there is still plenty to like about Netgear's ReadyNAS Pro Business Edition network-attached storage (NAS) device. It has a potential storage capacity of 12TB and Netgear even bundles hard drives with some configurations (though expect to pay a premium). There are plenty of backup options to ensure your data is safe, and it performed well during our tests.

The ReadyNAS Pro Business Edition's hot-swappable drive bays are hidden behind a large magnetic door, though neither the door or the drives themselves are lockable. Above the drive door, a blue OLED display provides basic information including available drives, IP address and health status. There is no control panel to configure the NAS directly (unlike the QNAP TS-639).

The NAS device sports two Gigabit Ethernet ports that provide failover support if one port fails and load balancing over a single IP address. There are also three USB ports — two at the back and one up front — that can be used for UPS devices, printers and external hard drives with NTFS, FAT32, ext2 or ext3 file systems. HFS+ external hard drives aren't supported.

We tested the RNDP6310 configuration, which comes bundled with three 1TB Seagate Barracuda ES.2 hard drives, giving you three empty drive bays to insert your own storage. Netgear also offers 1.5TB, 6TB and 12TB configurations, as well as a "Pioneer Edition," which doesn't include any hard drives. The diskless configuration is by far the best value, but because it's targeted primarily towards home and small businesses it lacks Business Edition features like iSCSI, Active Directory support, snapshot backups and load balancing.

Out of the box, the ReadyNAS Pro Business Edition NAS device is set up to use Netgear's X-RAID2 system, which automatically expands capacity and levels data across the array whenever a new hard drive is added. X-RAID2 reserves one drive for redundancy, however, which can have a slight impact on performance. If you'd prefer to stick to the tried-and-true standard RAID methods, the NAS device provides a "Flex-RAID mode" that lets you choose from levels 0, 1 and 5.

Netgear's ReadyNAS Pro Business Edition supports networking protocols to suit Windows, Apple and Linux environments and can host Web (HTTP and HTTPS) and FTP servers. Though primarily a business-targeted NAS device, it offers UPnP AV and DLNA compatibility, as well as server support for iTunes and Squeezebox media players.

There are an impressive number of backup options that can be scheduled or initiated from the one-touch backup button. The NAS device can copy from internal storage, external hard drives, local and remote shares as well as FTP, Web, NFS and rsync servers to internal storage or USB drives. You can even initiate incremental backups from PCs and NAS devices over the local network; a definite boon for backing up your entire workgroup's data overnight.

Netgear ReadyNAS Pro Web-based interface

The Web-based interface is tricky to navigate but provides plenty of configuration options

The Web-based interface can be a little tricky to navigate, but it is certainly functional. Along with backup and protocol configuration, you can import users, dictate usage quotas and even install third-party add-ons similar to QNAP's QPKGs and Synology's packages.

The ReadyNAS Pro Business Edition boasts a 1.8GHz Intel dual-core CPU and 1GB of DDR2 memory; a generous configuration for a NAS device. However, this NAS device isn't as energy-efficient as other ones we've tested: our review unit consumed between 66 Watts and 84W of electricity.

We tested the NAS device in both X-RAID2 and RAID 0 configurations using Intel's NAS Performance Toolkit, which performs simultaneous tasks and streams high-definition 720p video from the NAS. We also conducted two file transfer tests between the Netgear ReadyNAS Pro Business Edition and a PC equipped with a 300GB Western Digital Velociraptor hard drive over a Gigabit network. The first file transfer test comprised 3GB of 1MB files while a second involved a 20GB batch of 3-4GB files.

Intel's NAS Performance Toolkit - HD Streaming
Model Price Storage Capacity RAID
type
HD Playback (MBps) HD Playback &
Record (MBps)
HD Playback &
Backup (MBps)
Netgear ReadyNAS Pro Business Edition $3669 3TB RAID 0 44.4 48.5 30.4
Netgear ReadyNAS Pro Business Edition $3669 2TB X-RAID2 (Redundancy) 40.8 23.7 17.3
Netgear ReadyNAS NVX $2519 2TB X-RAID2 (Redundancy) 69.05 50 33.1
Synology Disk Station DS409 $678 3TB RAID 0 53.2 50.1 32.1
ProWare DN-500A-CM $1599 3TB RAID 0 56.5 68 33.2
Western Digital Sharespace $3799 8TB RAID 5 26 14.5 10.7
Promise SmartStor NS4600 $700 4TB RAID 0 38 37.4 26.8
QNAP TS-809 Pro Turbo NAS $2699 4TB RAID 0 75 102.2 41.6

Small File (3GB) Transfer Test Results
Model Price Storage Capacity RAID
type
Read
speed (MBps)
Write
speed (MBps)
Read/write
speed (MBps)
Netgear ReadyNAS Pro Business Edition $3669 3TB RAID 0 49.2 51.7 17.9
Netgear ReadyNAS Pro Business Edition $3669 2TB X-RAID2 (Redundancy) 55.6 24.4 13.2
Netgear ReadyNAS NVX $2519 2TB X-RAID2 (Redundancy) 47.6 21.8 11.4
Synology Disk Station DS409 $678 3TB RAID 0 36.6 6.9 5.2
ProWare DN-500A-CM $1599 3TB RAID 0 31.6 33.3 16.7
Western Digital Sharespace $3799 8TB RAID 5 8.9 5.8 3.6
Promise SmartStor NS4600 $700 4TB RAID 0 28.3 22.5 11.9
QNAP TS-809 Pro Turbo NAS $2699 4TB RAID 0 44 38 16.5

Large File (20GB) Transfer Test Results
Model Price Storage Capacity RAID
type
Read
speed (MBps)
Write
speed (MBps)
Read/write
speed (MBps)
Netgear ReadyNAS Pro Business Edition $3669 3TB RAID 0 88.2 78.5 38.2
Netgear ReadyNAS Pro Business Edition $3669 2TB X-RAID2 (Redundancy) 86.6 56.7 25.4
Netgear ReadyNAS NVX $2519 2TB X-RAID2 (Redundancy) 78.5 51.7 25.8
Synology Disk Station DS409 $678 3TB RAID 0 55.3 36.6 21.1
ProWare DN-500A-CM $1599 3TB RAID 0 40.4 43.5 19.4
Western Digital Sharespace $3799 8TB RAID 5 21.4 10.6 7
Promise SmartStor NS4600 $700 4TB RAID 0 63.3 35.5 19.5
QNAP TS-809 Pro Turbo NAS $2699 4TB RAID 0 85 74 43.7

Netgear's redundancy X-RAID2 array has a noticeable impact on the ReadyNAS Pro's performance when writing data or perfoming simultaneous tasks, thought this is understandable given that the NAS device must write data to two locations. However, the NAS device is still faster than the newer ReadyNAS NVX, and in RAID 0 mode is one of the fastest NAS device we have tested, even with performance optimisation for the SMB/CIFS network protocol disabled.

There's no denying that the ReadyNAS Pro Business Edition offers a lot of features, but Netgear charges a premium for this. If you can afford to do without iSCSI and load balancing, we would recommend opting for the diskless Pioneer Edition, but for enterprise workgroups and medium businesses, the Business Edition packs in plenty of functionality.

Stay up to date with the latest news, reviews and features. Sign up to PC World’s newsletters

Follow PC World Australia on Twitter: @PCWorldAu

Join the newsletter!

Or

Sign up to gain exclusive access to email subscriptions, event invitations, competitions, giveaways, and much more.

Membership is free, and your security and privacy remain protected. View our privacy policy before signing up.

Error: Please check your email address.
Read more on these topics: storage, netgear
Show Comments

Brand Post

Most Popular Reviews

Latest News Articles

Resources

PCW Evaluation Team

Tom Sellers

MSI P65

This smart laptop was enjoyable to use and great to work on – creating content was super simple.

Lolita Wang

MSI GT76

It really doesn’t get more “gaming laptop” than this.

Jack Jeffries

MSI GS75

As the Maserati or BMW of laptops, it would fit perfectly in the hands of a professional needing firepower under the hood, sophistication and class on the surface, and gaming prowess (sports mode if you will) in between.

Taylor Carr

MSI PS63

The MSI PS63 is an amazing laptop and I would definitely consider buying one in the future.

Christopher Low

Brother RJ-4230B

This small mobile printer is exactly what I need for invoicing and other jobs such as sending fellow tradesman details or step-by-step instructions that I can easily print off from my phone or the Web.

Aysha Strobbe

Microsoft Office 365/HP Spectre x360

Microsoft Office continues to make a student’s life that little bit easier by offering reliable, easy to use, time-saving functionality, while continuing to develop new features that further enhance what is already a formidable collection of applications

Featured Content

Product Launch Showcase

Don’t have an account? Sign up here

Don't have an account? Sign up now

Forgot password?