A Word from Yoh-dah
When readynas.com started, it was quite common to see yoh-dah update the site perhaps several times a day (or night). It’s been awhile since I’ve personally posted something, so this is a good chance for me to update you with what’s going on in the ReadyNAS World.
First of all, the ReadyNAS team truly appreciates all of you who have adopted the ReadyNAS into your home and office, and you really are a part of the ReadyNAS family. We take a lot of pride and we’ve put a lot of passion into making a product that we ourselves want in our home and office. Our user base has grown to hundreds of thousands and our active forum community now consists of over 32,000 users with post count quickly approaching 300,000. Readynas.com itself gets over 1.5 million hits per month, and growing at a quite steady pace. And our add-on community has flourished as well, with the number of add-ons available for the ReadyNAS systems surpassing one hundred.
We started the “ReadyNAS project” ten years ago, and I’m proud to announce that Gartner’s market share reports puts NETGEAR as #1 in the sub-$5K NAS/Unified Storage space. Not only that, with our recent push into higher-end storage, NETGEAR has now moved to the #4 spot in the sub-$25K space.
Numbers like this are nice indicators of where we’ve grown within the industry. A lot of folks are realizing the value of a ReadyNAS, value of having RAID, and the value of not having to understand all the intricacy of things like volume expansion. Features like X-RAID allow the ReadyNAS to out-live a lot of other devices in your household. If you take a look at two of our most popular ReadyNAS devices being sold today (ReadyNAS Duo and NV+), they’re still using technology that we introduced 7 years ago. And the majority of these systems we shipped back then are still running today, and our latest firmware update still works with the very first systems we shipped back then. How many devices in your household or office can you pick out that you bought 7 years ago that still works or that’s still supported with software updates?
Of course, the same level of detail we put into X-RAID and X-RAID2, we put into other ReadyNAS features as well. There’s no other useful remote access like our native drag & drop ReadyNAS Remote. There’s no other media streaming service support like our homegrown ReadyDLNA service that integrates seamlessly with TiVo. There’s no easier way to setup backups of the NAS into the cloud than the 3-click ReadyNAS Vault wizard. And there’s no better way to manage and monitor data replication between two NAS than our cloud-controlled ReadyNAS Replicate.
There’s quite a bit I’ll be covering in the upcoming weeks – some really cool things you’ll be able to do with the ReadyNAS and some great tips on how you can maximize your ReadyNAS. Stay tuned and follow @yohdah on Twitter and I’ll be sure to let you know when new announcements are made.
“Your Resident ReadyNAS Jedi”