NetGear ReadyNAS data storage devices now VMware Ready certified

NetGear's ReadyNAS product line is now VMware Ready certified, an important feature for shared storage devices.

NetGear Inc. announced that its entire product line of ReadyNAS storage devices has received VMware Ready certification. All of the ReadyNAS products, including the ReadyNAS 3100 and the ReadyNAS 4200 went through VMware testing for NFS and iSCSI protocols through AppLabs, a software testing and quality management company.

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Having VMware Ready certification is a good feature for shared storage devices. According to Greg Schulz, founder and senior analyst at the StorageIO Group, "for a storage system, being VM-ready for VMware, or for that matter, compliant with other hypervisors such as Microsoft Hyper-V, should bring with it a piece of mind [knowing] it has been tested with those solutions."

The business-class ReadyNAS products were designed specifically for small- to medium-sized businesses (SMBs), especially those with tight budgets. The rack-mount ReadyNAS family comes with 1U 4-bay models as well as the 2U 12-bay models. All ReadyNAS business-class models also come with unified network-attached storage (NAS) and iSCSI storage architecture, data replication and offsite data archiving.

While the certification is nice to have and can inspire confidence, it is not an absolute necessity. "In theory, most interoperable shared iSCSI, SAS, Fibre Channel (FC) or NAS storage should work with the various hypervisors, however having a tested program helps to assure how well the product can integrate and coexist," said Schulz.

Pricing for the ReadyNAS product line starts at $1,000.

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