by Adam Armstrong

NETGEAR Releases ReadyNAS Operating System 6.2

Today NETGEAR Inc. announced today the release of its newest version of the ReadyNAS OS, version 6.2. The new version of the OS is for both desktop and rack-mount NAS devices. ReadyNAS OS 6.2 continues on NETGEAR’s mission to “provide the strongest data protection in the industry.” While ReadyNAS OS already had auto RAID, unlimited snapshots, real time anti-virus, and cloud-managed replication for data protection, the 6.2 version adds Bitrot protection as a key new feature. Storage media gradually decays over time. With Bitrot, NETGEAR can automatically detect and correct data corruption due to media degradation on the redundant RAID volumes. Bitrot can be enabled at the per Share level.

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by Lyle Smith

WD Sentinel DX4200 Storage Server Now Available

WD has announced the Sentinel DX4200 storage server is now available, expanding their business-class NAS portfolio. The WD Sentinel DX4200 is a complete solution that provides SMBs the advantages of on-premise centralized storage and is designed to meet the demands of today's SMBs by combining Windows Storage Server 2012 R2 workgroup operating system and the Intel Atom C2338 Dual Core CPU. In addition, because it supports up to 16TB in capacity, the DX4200 allows small businesses to expand their office storage by upgrading the drives as their businesses grows in size.

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by Lyle Smith

Synology DiskStation Manager 5.1 Now in Beta

Synology has unveiled the beta release of DiskStation Manager (DSM) 5.1, the latest version of its operating system for NAS servers. DSM 5.1 beta gives users the opportunity to try the latest of DSM, which provides feature-rich backup and security tools, increased productivity, media functionality, and management.

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by Adam Armstrong

Seagate NAS Pro (4-Bay) Review

The Seagate NAS Pro line is a 2, 4, or 6-bay small desktop form factor NAS designed with power users and small to medium businesses with up to 50 employees. The Seagate NAS Pro comes with an Intel dual core 1.7GHz processor, 2GB of DDR3 RAM, and can run up to 30TB of capacity (6x 5TB HDD). The NAS also comes with Seagate’s new operating system, NAS OS 4 and ships with Seagate HDDs. Having all of the software, hardware, and drives made by Seagate enables the system to work together seamlessly. The NAS come preconfigured to save setup time but users can change the configuration through SimpleRAID technology built into the OS.

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by Tucker Mindrum

Synology EDS14 Mini Rugged NAS Review

Synology has designed a new diskless and fan-less NAS specifically for law enforcement and military implementations. The EDS14 is an extremely durable and versatile (it is hailed as Synology's most versatile NAS yet) palm-sized NAS with a 1.2GHz CPU and 512MB of RAM. Additionally, it can be used with a wide range of DC input voltages (7 to 24V), which allows it to function in a variety of powering situations (including the cigarette lighter of a car), making this rugged NAS an ideal option for all kinds of automotive use cases, particularly with law enforcement and military vehicles. The EDS14 also can also be powered over PoE using splitters and its compact design of 125 x 125 x 31mm makes it roughly 70% smaller than a typical 2-bay NAS server and perfect for areas where space is an issue.

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by Lyle Smith

QNAP Turbo NAS TS-x53 Pro and SS-x53 Pro Series Now Available

QNAP Systems has announced the release of their new tower-based Turbo NAS TS-x53 Pro series (available in 2, 4, 6, and 8-bay models) and their new 2.5”-drive SS-x53 Pro series (available in 4 and 8-bay models), which offer a powerful and reliable solution for data storage and mission-critical business applications for small and medium businesses. With its exclusive QvPC Technology, these new series from QNAP are inexpensive PC substitutes that enable direct access to stored data, real-time surveillance monitoring with local display, and XBMC digital entertainment.

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by Adam Armstrong

Seagate Announces New NAS Lines

Today Seagate Technology announced a new line of NAS solutions specifically designed for small businesses without dedicated IT resources. The two new NAS lines are the Seagate NAS and Seagate NAS Pro. The Seagate NAS family is available in 2- and 4-bay configurations, comes with a Marvel Dual core 1.2GHz processor, 512MB of RAM, and runs in capacities from 2TB to 20TB. The Seagate NAS Pro line is available in 2-, 4-, and 6-bay configurations, debuts Intel's latest dual-core 1.7GHz C200 Series processor, 2GB of RAM and runs in capacities from 2TB to 30TB. Both NAS lines use a new operating system, NAS OS 4.

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by Lyle Smith

NETGEAR ReadyRECOVER Backup Solution Launched

NETGEAR has announced the immediate availability of the ReadyRECOVER backup appliance, the newest addition to their ReadyDATA unified storage (NAS/SAN) platform and designed to run exclusively with the ReadyDATA line of storage appliances. ReadyRECOVER allows small and medium-sized businesses to create full backups of servers, desktops and laptops every 15 minutes, which can be independently used to quickly and reliably restore files, folders, databases or systems to any platform: physical or virtual.

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by Adam Armstrong

QNAP Launches ECx80 Pro Series Turbo NAS & REXP-1000 Pro High-density Expansion Enclousre

Today QNAP systems launched new enterprise-class ECx80 Pro Series Turbo NAS and a new high-density expansion encloure, the REXP-1000 Pro, both feature a tower form factor. These new 8-bay and 10-bay Turbo NAS models can deliver scalability, up to 250TB (when combined with the REXP-1000 Pro), and high performance, throughput up 2,200 MB/s and 226,000 IOPS. 

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by Lyle Smith

QNAP IS-400 Pro Turbo NAS Now Available

QNAP Systems has announced the release of their IS-400 Pro Turbo NAS, an all-in-one industrial, 2.5” SSD/HDD compatible four-bay NAS designed for reliable operation. Built with a rugged fanless design, the new Turbo NAS is built specifically for factories, warehouses, vehicles, shop floors, and other non-office settings looking for a reliable NAS and surveillance solution with high performance, durability, and persistent throughput. The IS-400 Pro is equipped with a dual-core 1.1 GHz Intel Celeron Processor and 2GB DDR3 RAM, providing speeds of up to 221MB/s read and 214MB/s write.

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