NETGEAR Broadens ReadyNAS SMB Storage Line with New Rack-Mount System

May 11, 2009 by  
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NETGEAR’s ReadyNAS 2100 and ReadyNAS Remote Secure Access Capability Offer Businesses High-Performance, Flexible, Affordable and Easy to Manage Network Storage

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SAN JOSE, Calif. – May 11, 2009 - NETGEAR®, Inc. (NASDAQGM: NTGR), a worldwide provider of technologically innovative, branded networking solutions, today announced the addition of rack-mount Unified Network Storage appliances and secure remote access to its award-winning family of ReadyNAS® products for Small- to Medium-sized Businesses (SMBs). The ReadyNAS 2100 is a high-quality yet affordable 1U 4-bay storage system that enables SMBs to securely share, store and protect business-critical files across a LAN or WAN, guard against disk failures, and grow capacity as needed. The ultra-compact ReadyNAS 2100 has enterprise-grade hard drives and Error Correction Code (ECC) RAM for higher reliability, as well as Intel® Architecture for two times the performance of the previous ReadyNAS 1100 product. Compared to competitive 1U products, the shallow form factor enables a 100 percent increase in rack density through back-to-back mounting in a four-post datacenter rack.

“Combined with our existing ReadyNAS Pro and ReadyNAS NVX, the addition of a rack-mount solution broadens the SMB portion of our award-winning ReadyNAS storage line,” said Mark Song, product line manager for NETGEAR’s Network Storage Business Unit. “We’re dedicated to providing a complete range of solutions for the SMB, and we’re extremely proud that our ReadyNAS unified architecture solves numerous data management problems with a single system, making capacity management, access, backup, restore and disaster recovery worries obsolete. With ReadyNAS, SMB network managers can eliminate common data concerns and revolutionize their storage environment without needing to become an expert.”

Ideal for small businesses and workgroups, the ReadyNAS 2100 provides all of the features and benefits of the recently launched ReadyNAS NVX 4-bay desktop model for sharing, storing and protecting SMB data (see press release at www.netgear.com/About/PressReleases/en-US/2009/20090406.aspx), but in a convenient rack-mountable 1U form factor. Its innovative modular design – the “X-CHANGE” rapid system board module, with the system board, power supply and cooling fans packaged into a discrete module – and remarkable 12-inch depth make it ideal for easy servicing, and facilitate back-to-back physical arrangements. Users of the ReadyNAS 2100 also benefit from energy efficiency; the device has an Intel advanced embedded processor as well as smart power management options, such as sequential drive spin-up and idle drive spin-down, which reduce overall power consumption to less than 80 watts.

Store: The ReadyNAS 2100 now enables businesses and channel partners requiring a rack-mount form factor to build solutions using the most current ReadyNAS technology. Backup and recovery in mixed client environments, entry-level server and desktop virtualization, and simple cross-platform file sharing can all be leveraged on one single storage platform. Even large enterprise customers can meet extreme affordability requirements for compliance or remote office concerns.

Share: ReadyNAS 2100 offers support for file services (NAS) and application services (iSCSI) for Windows®, UNIX®/Linux and Mac® systems. The ReadyNAS RAIDiator™ operating system supports the Apple Filing Protocol (AFP), enabling native Mac files to be used without restrictions or limitations, as well as Time Machine in Mac OS X Leopard.

New in the ReadyNAS 2100, the ReadyNAS Remote™ feature, available on all ReadyNAS systems, enables users to simply drag-and-drop files over a secure connection between any Windows or Mac computer and their ReadyNAS, from anywhere in the world, eliminating firewall configuration, VPNs and awkward web-based remote access solutions.

Protect: NETGEAR’s ReadyNAS 2100 is one of the most versatile and effective backup to disk options on the market, providing standard Continuous Data Protection (CDP) software as well as the ReadyNAS Vault™ embedded cloud backup service for archive and disaster recovery. ReadyNAS Vault automatically moves multiple archive copies to an Internet datacenter, which can be recovered from any web browser in case of disaster. Mac users can leverage Time Machine to back up multiple Macs to a single location and recover from disasters without expert assistance.

“The ReadyNAS 2100 is just what we’ve been looking for,” said Matt Rogish, CTO at the J. Peterman Company, a leading lifestyle brand that delivers apparel and home furnishings through catalogs, retail and the Internet. “It has the performance to support our virtual machine farm, and I especially like the affordability of the X-Change module. It helps us stretch our budget by offloading from our more expensive equipment and freeing it up for other uses. My past experience with ReadyNAS products has been very positive, so this is an obvious next step.”

The ReadyNAS 2100 – with 2TB and 4TB of storage – will be available in early June from value-added resellers at an estimated U.S. street price starting at $1,899. A model with 8TB of storage will be available later in 2009. ReadyNAS Remote comes automatically with all new ReadyNAS systems. ReadyNAS Vault is included as a 30-day trial of pre-paid and annual capacity plans. ReadyNAS systems come with full 24/7 technical support and an industry-leading five-year warranty. More information for the entire ReadyNAS product line can be viewed at www.readynas.com.

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 29,000 retail locations around the globe, and via more than 41,000 value-added resellers. The company’s headquarters are in San Jose, Calif., with additional offices in 25 countries. NETGEAR is an ENERGY STAR® partner. More information is available by visiting www.netgear.com or calling (408) 907-8000.

© 2009 NETGEAR, Inc. NETGEAR, the NETGEAR logo, ReadyNAS, RAIDiator, ReadyNAS Remote and ReadyNAS Vault are trademarks or registered trademarks of NETGEAR, Inc. in the United States and/or other countries. Other brand and product names are trademarks or registered trademarks of their respective holders. Information is subject to change without notice. All rights reserved.

Safe Harbor Statement under the Private Securities Litigation Reform Act of 1995 for NETGEAR, Inc.:
This press release contains forward-looking statements within the meaning of the U.S. Private Securities Litigation Reform Act of 1995. Specifically, statements concerning the expected performance characteristics, specifications, market acceptance, market growth, specific uses, user feedback and market position of NETGEAR’s products and technology are forward-looking statements within the meaning of the Safe Harbor. These statements are based on management’s current expectations and are subject to certain risks and uncertainties, including, without limitation, the following: the actual price, performance and ease of use of NETGEAR’s products may not meet the price, performance and ease of use requirements of customers; product performance may be adversely affected by real world operating conditions; failure of products may under certain circumstances cause permanent loss of end user data; new viruses or Internet threats may develop that challenge the effectiveness of security features in NETGEAR’s products; the ability of NETGEAR to market and sell its products and technology; the impact and pricing of competing products; and the introduction of alternative technological solutions. Further information on potential risk factors that could affect NETGEAR and its business are detailed in the Company’s periodic filings with the Securities and Exchange Commission, including, but not limited to, those risks and uncertainties listed in the section entitled “Part II – Item 1A. Risk Factors,” pages 29 through 43, in the Company’s quarterly report on Form 10-Q for the fiscal first quarter ended March 29, 2009, filed with the Securities and Exchange Commission on May 7, 2009. NETGEAR undertakes no obligation to release publicly any revisions to any forward-looking statements contained herein to reflect events or circumstances after the date hereof or to reflect the occurrence of unanticipated events.

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