NETGEAR brings virtualisation to SMBs in the region

Published October 18th, 2009 - 07:40 GMT

NETGEAR, a worldwide provider of technologically advanced, branded networking and storage products, is bringing virtualisation to regional SMBs with its award-winning ReadyNAS family of unified network storage devices. Focused on educating the market on the business advantages of robust Network-Attached Storage (NAS) systems, the company is currently showcasing its complete range of ‘ReadyNAS’ products at ‘GITEX Technology Week 2009’, which opened today (October 18, 2009) at the Dubai International Convention Centre.


The ‘ReadyNAS’ range has been certified as compatible with VMware's industry-leading ESX 4.0 virtualisation solution, which allows the products to fully integrate with VMware and therefore provide SMBs with the benefits of virtualisation at an affordable price point. These certified products, which include desktop ReadyNAS Pro, ReadyNAS NVX, and rack-mountable ReadyNAS 2100 and 3200, can help SMBs reduce their server and storage costs while simplifying infrastructure management and flexibility. SMBs seeking first-time virtualisation can also cost-effectively implement a certified ReadyNAS with VMware solution and eliminate dedicated file servers; while current ReadyNAS users can easily deploy a VMware solution without purchasing additional storage capacity.


“Server virtualisation has transcended the realm of datacentres and is now presenting exceptional advantages for the SMB sector. In line with this, we offer our ReadyNAS systems, which can now bring cost savings and availability to SMBs with newly affordable solutions,” said Ahmad Zeidan, Channel Sales Manager, NETGEAR Middle East. “Our decision to integrate with VMware is an offshoot of our commitment to stay at the leading edge of feature functionality, and our presence in this year’s ‘GITEX’ event is aimed at connecting with leading SMBs in the region who are looking for technology-driven solutions to enhance their business.”


Leveraging its VMware compatibility certification using the Network File System (NFS) protocol, the ReadyNAS range can be used by partners to deliver a powerful yet affordable unified storage solution. Other features of the ReadyNAS product line include a sleek and compact design that makes it suitable for home or office use, built-in media server capabilities that allow users to access content directly without going through a PC, and handling of multiple HD video streams - making it one of the few NAS solutions in the market offering such capability. NETGEAR’s ReadyNAS solutions also have an integrated processor and multi-drive redundancy, ensuring protection against single drive failure.


“NAS simply beats all other solutions in terms of capacity to enhance data accessibility and management for small and medium businesses, as it provides flexible, intelligent, and manageable storage of information. Additionally, the NAS solutions that we offer provide the best value in terms of cost-effectiveness, performance and reliability, and bring the reliability of an enterprise-level backup solution to the small office. With our excellent standing in the worldwide NAS market, we are planning to continually serve the needs of SMB customers in the Middle East to foster the growth of the market, as well as further strengthen our regional presence,” concluded Zeidan.


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