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Netgear has expanded its ReadyNAS family of storage units for home and business use, and added new features.

New models in Netgear's ReadyNAS range will arrive next month.

ReadyNAS Ultra Plus units promise "the world's best streaming media experience for music, movies, photos and files", with up to 30% better performance than regular ReadyNAS Ultra units.

Like the rest of the Ultra range, they are TiVo compatible, and support Orb for streaming to mobile devices, and Skifta to extend DLNA connectivity across the Internet. They also work as conventional file servers, supporting CIFS/SMB, AFP, and NFS.

The devices can also be used as backup servers. Memeo Premium Backup licences are included, and units also work with Time Machine and Rsync.

Three models have been announced: Ultra 2 Plus (two bays, up to five concurrent streams), Ultra 4 Plus (four bays, 10 streams), and Ultra 6 Plus (six bays, 15 streams). The 3.5in SATA drives are hot-swappable.

What about business users? Please read on.

The corresponding family for business users is the ReadyNAS Pro range, which are also offered in two, four and six-bay models. Designed with virtualised environments in mind, ReadyNAS Pro units can simultaneously support SAN and NAS functions.

For backup, they are also compatible with Symantec Backup Exec, Veeam, Vizioncore, Acronis, and StorageCraft software, while ReadyNAS Replicate handles scheduled multi-site backup with the ability to restore files across locations.

"The ReadyNAS platform is a great example of how Netgear maximises the performance of technology for the benefits of the business and home users,' said Ryan Parker, Managing Director, NETGEAR Australia and New Zealand.

"It doesn't matter if you are a business or a personal user, Netgear's comprehensive range of business and prosumer NAS solutions will provide the perfect solution to ensure a centralised, easily accessible, storage space for your digital data," said managing director Ryan Parker.

"Business and consumer data requirements generally grow at 50 percent per year and Netgear's ReadyNAS platform makes it easy to grow your storage capacity as your needs increase," he added.

Prices were not been announced; deliveries will begin in mid December.



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