NETGEAR Unveils Its New 2/4/6-Bay ReadyNAS Ultra Family


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These days it seems customers have an endless number of networked storage device options to consider — including backup services in the cloud via PC software. Being the case, NETGEAR has taken the kitchen sink approach and unveiled a new line of ReadyNAS Ultra products that includes every conceivable function one would want, and some novel new features not found in competing products like the addition of Skifta, Orb, TiVo network storage compatibility, and X-RAID2.

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Highlights:

  • 2-bay, 4-bay, and 6-bay model options – with included hard drives or diskless
  • Intel Atom 410 (single core), 510 dual-core CPUs, 1GB RAM
  • Skifta – provides DLNA device discovery, remote file access, browser and DLNA device playback (including to remote DLNA devices), and aggregates other Skifta users media files for a shared pool of content (past coverage on The Register)
  • Orb – transcodes available media on-the-fly for mobile device playback
  • TiVo DVR Expander – NAS will appear in your TiVo menu as a connected storage device for near limitless off-set-top recording
  • X-RAID2 – auto-expandable storage (swap in larger disks into the array when needed)
  • Memeo cloud backup – $4.95/mo unlimited access, first 1GB free

The NETGEAR ReadyNAS Ultra 4 ($599.99 MSRP diskless and $899.99 MSRP 2 x 2 TB) and Ultra 6 ($899.99 MSRP diskless and $1349.99 MSRP 3 x 2 TB) are available for pre-order at amazon.com, with shipping starting in mid-July. The NETGEAR ReadyNAS Ultra 2 will shipping in October. Dedicated site for the new Ultra line will be available at www.netgear.com/ultra.

Related: PC Magazine – ReadyNAS Ultra launch party

NETGEAR Announces the Death of Local Media Storage

The first-ever home storage system to support the media-shifting of multimedia content

SAN JOSE, Calif. – JJuly 12, 2010 – NETGEAR®, Inc. (NASDAQGM: NTGR), a worldwide provider of technologically innovative networking solutions for homes, businesses and service providers, today eliminated the requirement for local media storage. The new ReadyNAS® Ultra family of 2-Bay, 4-Bay and 6-Bay network storage systems is perfect for power users yearning to set their digital entertainment content free. The Ultra family is the first-ever storage with media-shifting capabilities, enabling users to centralize media on a ReadyNAS and consume it in any networked location and on any networked device. The Ultra family is more than twice as fast as legacy ReadyNAS systems and has already received glowing reviews.

NETGEAR ReadyNAS Ultra Beta Testers Praise TiVo®, Skifta and Orb Technology Integration
“The ReadyNAS Ultra 4 is a tech-head’s dream come true; it lets me encode, decode, stream HD video, and no matter where I am, play music and video to any DLNA certified device and a large number of mobile devices thanks to NETGEAR’s embedded Skifta™ and Orb™ technology partnerships,” says Shawn Markins, a beta tester and long-time advanced ReadyNAS user. “Couple it with Intel® Atom™ processors, full X-RAID2™ functionality, and you have a ‘force to be reckoned with’. Now, I have a central location with full data redundancy and enough total storage space to be happy for years.”

The ReadyNAS integration with TiVo® enables users to stream video programming, music and photos to any TiVo box in the house. “By streaming television programming, the ReadyNAS gives easy access to stored content and offers a great way to expand the amount of content available to TiVo users,” says Tom Cramer, ReadyNAS beta tester and TiVo DVR owner.

The ReadyNAS Ultra family transforms the way people interact with their multimedia content
“NETGEAR’s ReadyNAS Ultra family is a major breakthrough, converging mobility and content consumption,” said Drew Meyer, director of storage marketing at NETGEAR. “ReadyNAS has always been an excellent choice for storing, sharing and protecting media content, but now our technology firsts take that content to the next level. Users may now shift media from any networked location onto nearly any device and unplug their direct-attached disks.”

  • NETGEAR ReadyNAS Ultra products are the first TiVo compatible DVR network storage systems. Users can now alleviate storage capacity concerns by streaming HD programming content to any TiVo box in the house at a later date without additional software or computers.
  • NETGEAR ReadyNAS Ultra products are the first storage systems with Skifta media-shifting capabilities, so users can access their private media libraries remotely from any DLNA® certified™ device without worrying about the physical location of their content.
  • NETGEAR ReadyNAS Ultra products are also the first-ever network storage systems to include transcoding. The Orb integration means that a ReadyNAS Ultra device automatically formats and sizes streaming video content for mobile devices or browsers – on the fly.

Industry Analyst Comments on NETGEAR ReadyNAS Ultra
“These are the first storage devices we’ve seen of this kind on the market – no one else is doing this yet,” said Norm Bogen, industry analyst, In-Stat. “The Ultra models are great additions to NETGEAR’s home storage product line. They provide advanced features for the multimedia enthusiast, enabling fast access to stored media content from any location via any DLNA certified device.”

Additionally, the NETGEAR ReadyNAS Ultra family continues to offer the most advanced storage features for the consumer NAS market today, including X-RAID2™, the only self-managing volume expansion technology; ReadyNAS Remote, the only secure drag-and-drop remote access technology; and ReadyNAS Vault, the only embedded online backup and recovery service. ReadyNAS Ultra is the ideal storage system for media enthusiasts looking for a better way to interact with their extensive media collections.

The NETGEAR ReadyNAS Ultra 4 ($599.99 MSRP diskless and $899.99 MSRP 2 x 2 TB) and Ultra 6 ($899.99 MSRP diskless and $1349.99 MSRP 3 x 2 TB) are available for immediate pre-order at amazon.com, with shipping starting in mid-July. The NETGEAR ReadyNAS Ultra 2 will be shipping in October.

For more information, please visit: www.netgear.com/ultra

About NETGEAR, Inc.
NETGEAR (NASDAQGM: NTGR) designs innovative, branded technology solutions that address the specific networking, storage, and security needs of Small- to Medium-sized Businesses (SMBs) and home users. The company offers an end-to-end networking product portfolio to enable users to share Internet access, peripherals, files, multimedia content, and applications among multiple computers and other Internet-enabled devices. Products are built on a variety of proven technologies such as wireless, Ethernet and powerline, with a focus on reliability and ease-of-use. NETGEAR products are sold in over 26,000 retail locations around the globe, and via more than 39,000 value-added resellers. The company’s headquarters are in San Jose, Calif., with additional offices in 25 countries. NETGEAR is an ENERGY STAR® partner.




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