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Netgear ReadyNAS RN716X 10GbE NAS

Oct 10,2014 0 Comments

Netgear ReadyNAS RN716X 10GbE NAS

Netgear ReadyNAS RN716X 10GbE NAS. If you were to build a NAS for yourself, what would you build? Would you start out with an underpowered two-core processor? Or, would you rather have the full power of a quad-core Xeon processor with Turbo to 3.5GHz? What about DRAM; do you want 4GB of vanilla DDR3, or 16GB of ECC DDR3?

Most pedestal style NAS products ship with Atom, Pentium, or Core i3 dual-core processors, and paired with 2GB to 4GB of DRAM. It’s a cookie cutter mold; companies tell you what you need, and then make your needs fit into this mold. Some even offer 10GbE capability, but stick with the base platform that can limit performance. If you want to gain more performance, then companies try to push you into large rackmount products that increase exponentially in price, and provide features that everyone may not need, like redundant power supplies, and more drive bays.

Earlier this year Netgear, the largest NAS shipper on the market, broke the mold. The Netgear ReadyNAS RN716X is a small pedestal NAS with six drive bays, a high performance Intel Xeon E3-1265L v2 (L for low power) processor, and a massive 16GB of ECC DRAM. The increased processing power is necessary because the RN716X includes dual 10GbE connectivity as a standard feature, right out of the box.

With disk drive capacity increasing, now up to 10TB in a 3.5″ form factor, SMB NAS products no longer need to fit into a 19″ rack space to have sufficient capacity. The Netgear ReadyNAS RN716X specifications sheet lists capacity up to 24TB with the six drive bays, but when it was made, the new larger 8TB and 10TB drives were not announced. Netgear also makes a pedestal expansion unit that increases disk capacity, and you can stack the units.

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