There has been a good deal of news about network storage solutions of late and there are many players in the game.  The old school manufacturers usually have the knowhow when it comes to developing high quality, low cost products that are innovative and yet stable.  Take for example the network equipment maker Netgear.  These guys have been around for the last twenty years or so and they have come up with an impressive claim that they have the world’s fastest desktop network attached storage (NAS) device, the ReadyNas 716.

Netgear NAS

The company says that its high performance is thanks to baked in 10-Gigabit Ethernet in the form of two built-in 10GBASE-T ports at the rear. Coupled with 16GB of error-correcting code (ECC) memory, Netgear claims it’s capable of simultaneously streaming the equivalent of three large uncompressed Blu-ray files, or “multiple HD 4K videos”.

The ReadyNAS 716 is powered by Netgear’s ReadyNAS Operating System, which offers an array of different features including X-RAID2 automatic expansion, continuous data protection through unlimited snapshots, disaster recovery with cloud-managed replication and real-time anti-virus.

In terms of storage, the six-bay ReadyNAS 716 comes with 24TB of storage, which can be expanded to 84TB of storage with an expansion chassis equipped for eSATA, allowing support for up to 500 different users. As such, Netgear is particularly marketing the device at business establishments or educational institutions needing to support multiple users.

The ReadyNAS 716 also supports up to 4TB SATA and SSD drives. The other features of the device include VPN quality remote management and data transfer, encrypted remote access, thick provisioned LUNs and Netgear’s Ready DROP storage sync management facility.

The ReadyNAS 716 is available now through Netgear’s channel partners at a manufacturer’s suggested retail price of $4,500 (£2,776)

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