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Netgear boasts of "world's fastest" desktop NAS

Netgear boasts of "world's fastest" desktop NAS

Netgear's ReadyNAS 716 is claimed to be the world's fastest, boasting 16GB of ECC memory and two 10-gig Ethernet ports at the rear.

Netgear has announced what it claims is the world's fastest desktop network attached storage device (NAS), the 10-gigabit-Ethernet equipped ReadyNAS 716.

Designed for media-hungry small or home offices, the ReadyNAS 716 is certainly an impressive beast. Inside its safe-like black chassis, which features a front-facing dual-line liquid-crystal display and central indicator lights, is 16GB of server-class ECC memory and six SATA-III drive bays for a total possible storage of up to 24TB - assuming you're willing to risk spanning your storage pool over so many devices.

The performance claims don't come from the drives installed, however, but from the company's choice of networking: in place of the usual gigabit Ethernet ports found on desktop NAS boxes is a pair of 10-gigabit-Ethernet (10GBASE-T) network ports - allowing those with compatible switches to enjoy ten times the potential throughput of a gigabit NAS.

It's this network backbone, coupled with the capacious memory, that lets Netgear make its performance boasts with claims of the ability to stream numerous 4K videos simultaneously without stressing the system. As with the company's other ReadyNAS devices, the system runs the Linux-based ReadyNAS OS with snapshot, cloud-based replication support and automatic storage pool expansion via the X-RAID2 system. For those who need additional storage, the box includes eSATA connectivity for an optional external drive chassis - boosting the potential peak storage capacity to an impressive 84TB.

Sadly, all these features don't come cheap. Users anxious to speed up their network storage will have to shell out at least £2,200 excluding VAT for the box with no disks included, assuming the network to which it is to be connected is already 10-gig ready. The company has not indicated whether it plans to offer a cheaper variant more suited to home use, keeping at least one 10-gig port but switching to a lower amount of non-ECC memory - but should this model prove popular, it would be foolish of the company to not consider such a move.

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-Xp- 26th November 2013, 14:16 Quote
Hardly seems worth it for the price. Anyone can build a NAS from off-the-shelf components for much less than this. 10GBe cards come in at around £400 each.
dyzophoria 26th November 2013, 16:55 Quote
if it has ECC memory, maybe the cpu is a server class cpu? (entry level xeons), might be the reason too for the price aside from dual 10gbe
Gradius 26th November 2013, 19:32 Quote
No point to put 10Gb/s if only do a bit better than 1Gb/s. Total bad joke specially at this price.
Mister_Tad 26th November 2013, 21:29 Quote
It supports up to 21 disks through external enclosures and has 16GB of cache, I don't doubt that it could get close to saturating a 10GbE pipe with the right workload, and would certainly be able to surpass 1Gbit.

With regards to the price, you have appreciate that NetGear calling it a "desktop" NAS simply means that it's not a rackmount, as opposed to them think this is going to live inside someone's home. This is competing against entry level products from "real" storage vendors - many of which are appreciably more expensive.

The quad core Xeon in this box should give it fairly decent performance for low-scale server virtualisation and CIFS for a good few users - all that for £2500 + disks ins't too bad.
leslie 26th November 2013, 23:41 Quote
Desktop infers home use, it should be a workstation NAS.
Mister_Tad 27th November 2013, 01:09 Quote
Technically speaking, you infer, it implies...

You'll find this NAS nowhere amongst Netgear's "Home" products page though - the NAS is positioned correctly, though clearly the press release is badly worded.
RedFlames 27th November 2013, 01:28 Quote
Complete overkill for most people's/company's needs...

...I want one

EDIT: And I have to agree with Mister_Tad in that I read 'Desktop' purely as 'free-standing'/'not rack-mounted'... in no way, shape or form is that thing aimed at home users...
Mister_Tad 27th November 2013, 11:18 Quote
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Originally Posted by RedFlames
Complete overkill for most people's/company's needs...

Positively entry-level when you consider you can cluster 24 of these ;)
Atomic 27th November 2013, 14:29 Quote
Nice little budget device, but I do question that a company who's running a 10GbE network would skimp and not buy storage of the same caliber.
Mister_Tad 27th November 2013, 15:09 Quote
You make a good point. Perhaps a niche product aimed at small media houses with a handful of users working on >HD content?

But then any 10GbE gear you're going to get is going to be rackmount, making this form factor somewhat of an odd choice.

Another use case would be for a portable storage device, to use for ingesting from/seeding to remote sites on to "proper" storage, where WAN links make moving data over the wire impossible. A company I previously worked for had a pool of various QNAP boxes that were used for just this, but the single 1Gb port on most of them made shifting data painful on times.
Andy Mc 28th November 2013, 06:16 Quote
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Originally Posted by Mister_Tad
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Originally Posted by RedFlames
Complete overkill for most people's/company's needs...

Positively entry-level when you consider you can cluster 24 of these ;)

Uggh, Netapp.... Bain of my existence at the moment (next to iPhones). The number of disk failures we are getting on a daily basis is a joke, all because some drive firmware may be incompatible with a software update. I feel sorry for the netapp 3rd party engineer, the guy comes here so often he may as well move in.
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