Synology has announced that they’ve added a Seagate 5TB hard drive to their compatibility list for their NAS units.  Read on for details.

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Synology has announced that they’ve added a Seagate 5TB hard drive to their compatibility list for their NAS units.  Here is the press release:


Synology® Announces Compatibility with Seagate® Enterprise Capacity 3.5″ 5TB Hard Drive


Milton Keynes, United Kingdom –  April 2014

Synology® today announced the compatibility of its DiskStation & RackStation lineup with the new Seagate® Enterprise Capacity 5TB 3.5” hard drive (ST5000NM0024). Undergoing the stress and compatibility test from Synology, the above Seagate hard drive was proven to be compatible with select Synology DiskStations & RackStations from the x14, x13, x12, x11, and x10 series.

As the pressure to increase storage capacity is rising, many enterprises are in search of solutions to solve such challenge. By supporting the new Seagate Enterprise Capacity 5TB 3.5” hard drive, which is optimised for businesses with demanding data growth by featuring the highest-capacity form factor for an enterprise drive, Synology is providing growing businesses with a more flexible and affordable storage solution.

“By unceasingly expanding our compatibility list, we ensure our DiskStations and RackStations work seamlessly with the latest technology developments, giving our users the best storage options.” said Greg Langford, Product Manager for Synology UK, Ireland and Scandinavia. “With support of Seagate Enterprise Capacity 5TB 3.5” hard drive, Synology NAS servers not only help enterprises tackle storage challenges, but also serve as a foundation for future demand” added Langford.

“This announcement highlights the close relationship Seagate shares with Synology, working together on ensuring our customers receive the best support for our products,” commented Henk Van Den Berg, Director of Sales North and Central Europe at Seagate. “The compatibility of Synology’s DiskStations & RackStations with the new Seagate Enterprise Capacity 5TB 3.5” hard drive will help businesses to store and manage effectively the volume of data they produce. It is critical that businesses select the right drive for the right application.  The Seagate Enterprise Capacity hard drive is perfectly suited for demanding multi-drive environments – delivering performance and reliability due to its rotational vibrations capabilities. The combined Seagate and Synology products address challenges that many of our SMB customers face, including total cost of ownership, product lifespan, as well as performance, allowing them to cope with the ever-growing demand for storage.”


To view the complete supported hard drive models, please visit


LaCie announced their first rackmount storage solution at NAB2014.  Called the 8big Rack Thunderbolt 2, it combines a 1U rackmount storage solution with Thunderbolt 2 speeds to deliver a premium storage device for your network.  Read on for details.


LaCie announced their first rackmount storage solution at NAB2014.  Called the 8big Rack Thunderbolt 2, it combines a 48 TB 1U rackmount storage solution with Thunderbolt 2 speeds to deliver a premium storage device for your network.  Daisy chain 36 of these to deliver a storage array of 1,728TB at speeds of 3000MB/s and pack that into 36U of space.  The 8big features redundant power supplies and fans, and the ability to swap them out with no tools required.  Get up and running with massive storage and Thunderbolt 2 transfer speeds for all of your 4K post production requirements!

Check out this video that shows off the new product:

Here is the press release:


LaCie Introduces its First Thunderbolt 2 Rackmount Storage Solution

Las Vegas – LaCie, the premium brand from Seagate Technology (NASDAQ: STX), announced at the 2014 NAB Show the release of its first Thunderbolt™ 2 rackmount storage solution: the LaCie™ 8big Rack Thunderbolt 2. Compact and stylish, the LaCie 8big Rack features up to eight 6TB 7200RPM HDDs from Seagate, for an impressive 48TB in a mere 1U size. Delivering speeds of up to 1330MB/s*, it is the most powerful plug and play rackmount solution for 4K video editing.

Thunderbolt 2 Speeds

Thanks to Thunderbolt 2, the 8big Rack delivers ample bandwidth to support 10-bit, 4K footage. With this kind of performance, videographers can work directly from RAW files in Apple® Final Cut Pro® or Adobe® Premiere®, get maximum quality from footage and see edits in real time.

Hardware and Data Reliability

The LaCie 8big Rack features data and component redundancy so that users will experience zero downtime in the unlikely case of hardware failure. Fans, disks and PSU** are fully redundant, hot swappable*** and user-serviceable. The LaCie 8big Rack also includes hardware RAID 5/6 for failure-proof data security that doesn’t compromise transfer speeds. Additionally, the hardware RAID controller means that users can connect the product to any workstation without losing the RAID configuration.

Stylish 1U Design

With professional rackmount storage, usability can be a huge differentiator among users. As a result, LaCie designed the 8big Rack to deliver extraordinary usability for professionals. It features a clean, slim, aluminum exterior that includes four or eight hard disks (up to 48TB) in a true 1U size. It provides easy access with gliding drawer functionality and a cable management arm. What’s more, the LaCie 8big Rack features no-fuss access to components and tool-free maintenance of fans, PSU, and disks. And with status indicator LEDs on the front and back, professionals can instantly identify hard drives that need to be replaced.

The LaCie 8big Rack has an innovative cooling system that prolongs component lifespan. It features three efficient, thermoregulated cooling fans to drive airflow. Air flows above and between the two rows of disks, from front to back, to conduct heat away from sensitive components.

Dual Thunderbolt ports

The LaCie 8big Rack features two Thunderbolt 2 ports for daisy chaining. This means that professionals can daisy chain up to six Thunderbolt rack units together, and then connect them with a single cable to a computer. The new Mac Pro® features six Thunderbolt 2 ports, which means that power users could connect up to 36 LaCie 8big Racks to a single workstation, enabling up to a surprising 1.7PB (1728TB) of capacity and speeds of greater than 3000MB/s. Now professionals can create a truly plug and play 4K video editing storage system that delivers increased capacity, incredible speed and unmatched convenience to their workflow.

The LaCie 8big Rack delivers unimaginable scale in half the space, a dramatically simpler setup, and unprecedented performance.


The LaCie 8big Rack, featuring Thunderbolt 2, will be available this quarter in 4-disk (12TB) or 8-disk (24TB and 48TB) configurations through the LaCie online store and LaCie resellers. Pricing will be announced when the product is available for purchase. Thunderbolt 2 is compatible with the same cables and connectors as first-generation Thunderbolt. For more product information, visit


The 8big Rack is protected by a three-year limited warranty. The warranty includes complimentary web-based resources, expert in-house technical support and worldwide repair and/or replacement coverage. Warranty extension and Advance Care Option can also be purchased. For details, visit


Check out these product pictures:



LaCie announced a refresh of their popular 5big NAS unit at NAB2014, adding Thunderbolt 2, support for 6TB hard drives and a hardware RAID controller to enhance performance.  Read on for details.


LaCie announced a refresh of their popular 5big NAS unit at NAB2014, adding Thunderbolt 2, support for 6TB hard drives and a hardware RAID controller to enhance performance.  I have the prior 5big model, and these changes enhance an already nice product.  With faster RAID5 performance and with the ability to deploy a 30TB unit, this is a worthwhile upgrade.  Pricing is still TBD.

Check out this video overview of the Thunderbolt 2 products from LaCie:

Here is the press release:


LaCie Enhances Award-Winning 5big with Thunderbolt 2 Technology and RAID 5

Las Vegas – LaCie, the premium brand from Seagate Technology (NASDAQ: STX), announced at the 2014 NAB Show a leap forward for its award-winning 5big. Now featuring Thunderbolt™ 2 technology, hardware RAID and industry-leading capacity, the new LaCie™ 5big is nearly two times faster – delivering speeds of up to 1050MB/s*. Thanks to Seagate’s new 6TB 7200RPM hard disks it boasts a 20% capacity increase, which makes it the most compact 30TB storage device on the market. With these advances, the new LaCie 5big gives video professionals huge capacity and ample bandwidth for improving 4K workflows right on the desktop.

Storage for the 4k era

As a result of Thunderbolt 2 technology, the LaCie 5big delivers incredible, sustained speeds of up to 1050MB/s. Connect three LaCie 5bigs in parallel to a new Mac Pro® for up to 90TB of capacity and speeds of up to 3000MB/s on a single workstation. This is enough bandwidth to edit several video streams in native 4K resolution. With this kind of speed, videographers working in Apple® Final Cut Pro® or Adobe® Premiere® get maximum quality from footage and see native 4K edits in real time.

“Having enough speed and capacity to back up and edit more than 100 terabytes of REDÒ 4K footage was one of our biggest challenges when self-producing the Macklemore & Ryan Lewis 2013 World Tour documentary series,” said director Jason Koenig. “LaCie’s 5bigs have been critical in allowing us to handle and cut on the tour bus with no issues. I haven’t used a more reliable drive.”

“At the 2014 NAB Show, there is a clear focus on 4K video,” said Jason Ziller, Marketing Director for Thunderbolt at Intel. “We are pleased to see critical players like LaCie introduce robust storage solutions, such as the new 5big, which emphasize the power of concurrent 4K video transfer and data delivery via Thunderbolt 2 capability.”

Raid for speed with security

The LaCie 5big offers a range of RAID modes that allow users to tailor the product to their needs. Its hardware RAID delivers sustained performance, better flexibility and the ability to connect the product to another computer while keeping the RAID configuration.

RAID modes 5 and 6 provide complete data protection against disk failure, while providing excellent speed and capacity. These features make the LaCie 5big an ideal solution for users that want to use a single storage product for both video editing and backup. In protected RAID modes, even in the case of disk failure, the LaCie 5big’s hot-swappable disks mean zero data loss or downtime.

Dual Thunderbolt ports

The LaCie 5big features two Thunderbolt 2 ports for daisy chaining. Professionals can daisy chain up to six Thunderbolt devices to a computer via a single cable (included). Thunderbolt 2 is also backward compatible, using the same cables and connectors as first-generation Thunderbolt** devices and computers. Professionals can now create a plug and play 4K video editing environment with increased capacity, incredible speed and convenience to their workflow.

Advanced Cooling And Long-Term Reliability

The LaCie 5big’s cutting-edge cooling system ensures long-term reliability by preventing overheating. The system consists of three key components: an innovative heat-dissipating aluminum casing, a Noctua® cooling fan, and jumbo heat exhausts. The ultra-quiet Noctua NF-P12 fan pulls heat away from the internal components while producing very little noise. Altogether, this professional cooling system makes the LaCie 5big incredibly reliable and perfect for even the most noise-sensitive creative environments. Additionally, the 5big casing is made from a seamless aluminum cast, acting as armor to protect internal components.


The new LaCie 5big, featuring Thunderbolt 2, will be available this quarter in 10, 20 or 30TB capacities through the LaCie online store and LaCie resellers. Pricing will be announced when the product is available for purchase. For more product information, visit


The LaCie 5big is protected by a three-year limited warranty. The warranty includes complimentary web-based resources, expert in-house technical support and worldwide repair and/or replacement coverage. Warranty extension and Advance Care Option can also be purchased. For details, visit


Check out these product pictures:



NETGEAR was good enough to send along a RN102 NAS unit to review; this is Part One of the review where I perform the installation.  Read on for details!


NETGEAR was good enough to send along a RN102 NAS unit to review; this is Part One of the review where I perform the installation.

If you have purchased a diskless unit, install your drives. There are two drive bays with locking caddies; flip open the drive cover door, release the caddy lock by pushing down, and slide out the caddy. Mount your drives in the caddies, reinsert them into the bay and lock the release lever.

If you have a unit with drives already mounted, or if you have already installed your disks, go ahead and plug the unit it, connecting the LAN cable to your network. I plugged mine into a CISCO SG-200-26 gigabit switch, which is connected to my router, and then powered on the NAS. Once the blue power LED is solid blue, you are ready for the next step.

Installation Using Internet Explorer

Open your browser of choice (I used Internet Explorer 11 on Windows 8.1), and point it at and you’ll see this:


Click Discover to find our RN102.


Click Setup to continue to set up the unit.

Installation Using RAIDar

This failed for me, so I had to resort to breaking out the RAIDar application on the included CD. Load the CD into your DVD/CD drive and open File Explorer.


Click Autorun.EXE.


Choose ReadyNAS RAIDar Utility.



NETGEAR has updated the firmware on their ReadyNAS 6 units.  Read on for details!


NETGEAR has updated the firmware on their ReadyNAS 6 units.  Here is the changelog:

ReadyNAS OS Version 6.1.6

ReadyNAS OS V6.1.6 Release Notes:

Enhancements & Bug Fixes:

  1. Fixes USB device detection with certain devices or multiple hot plugs.
  2. Updates a few components to address security vulnerabilities.
  3. Optimizes filesystem behavior to avoid occasional high I/O latency.
  4. Optimizes filesystem block allocator for efficiency in finding free spaces.
  5. Reduces disk readahead size for better random performance.
  6. Fixes Antivirus app errors after firmware upgrade.
  7. Fixes SMB home directory access from trusted domain users in ADS mode.
  8. Updates backup manager to improve CPU resource usage.
  9. Accepts keyword “AUTO” in NETBIOS domain name field to auto-discover the proper value when joining domain.
  10. Fixes rare case of disappearing single-character files/folders in Windows AD.
  11. Fixes potential RAID 6 superblock update issue.
  12. Fixes ReadyDLNA specification compliance issues.
  13. Fixes Web UI authentication with usernames containing “@”.
  14. Fixes broken filesystem scrub progress calculation.
  15. Fixes possible crash during defrag of very large files in ReadyNAS 102, 104 and 2120.
  16. Fixes potential system hang during extreme iSCSI loads.
  17. Fixes access problem from Windows 8.1 clients using Microsoft accounts.
  18. Fixes power supply unit (PSU) status errors on RN3220 and RN4220.

Deployment Notes / Limitations:

  1. After deleting a volume and creating a new one the old volume may still show up until after a reboot.
  2. WOL will not be supported on 3220/4220 at this time for 10GbE.  Use 1GbE port for WOL.
  3. Disk failure on the 3220 and 4220 will not show LED failure for the exact drive that has failed, use local web admin page for disk failure information.
  4. Deleting volume with ReadyNAS Vault enabled will show error. User must turn off vault first.
  5. Can’t set up bond on interfaces that are not already connected.
  6. If the USB key is missing from the system for Encryption, there is no error message presented.
  7. If USB key is missing for encryption, the user has to wait on a 10 minute timeout. After that, the encrypted volume is displayed as inactive.
  8. If a Flex-RAID volume has been expanded, the volume cannot be switched back to X-RAID mode.
  9. If you wish to remove a USB storage device, you should follow the safe removal procedure of first unmounting before removing the USB device. If these steps are not followed then you may develop errors on the file system on the USB device.
  10. UPS may report incorrect status after reboot, it may send out a warning during this time. After sometime, the UPS will start reporting the correct information.
  11. ReadyNAS 102, 104, and 2120 only support creating iSCSI LUNs 8TB and smaller.

Download Link:

arm (RN102 / RN104 / RN2120)
x86 (RN312 / RN314 / RN316 / RN516 / RN716x / RN3220 / RN4220)

I’m currently reviewing a RN102, so look for some articles on that in the next several weeks.  Here’s a hint: I rather like the device!  For now, if you have one of these units, go ahead and update that firmware!


ASUSTOR has announced a new beta program for ADM 2.1, adding some really useful features.  Read on for details!


ASUSTOR has announced a new beta program for ADM 2.1, adding some really useful features.  ADM is a well-executed operating system, giving ASUSTOR NAS units a useful and rich experience.  There are gaps to the current functionality, though, compared to competitors like QNAP, Synology and NETGEAR.  ASUSTOR’s ADM 2.1 beta should close most of the remaining gaps.  Here is the press release:

ASUSTOR Launches ADM 2.1 Beta Program

ASUSTOR releases ADM 2.1 Beta Program featuring all new MyArchive storage technology, thumbnail previews and the My Computer function for File Explorer, added Bluetooth support, multiple new NAS Apps and the music streaming AiMusic mobile app. All users are welcome to download and experience the beta for themselves.

Taipei, Taiwan, January 16th, 2014 – ASUSTOR Inc., a leading innovator and provider of network storage solutions, has announced the release of the ASUSTOR Data Master (ADM) 2.1 Beta Program for all of its NAS devices (2, 3, and 6 Series). All ASUSTOR users are welcome to download the beta firmware from the official ASUSTOR website and experience all the brand new features firsthand.

The ADM 2.1 Beta Version expands the core functionality of the system and includes newly expanded support for Bluetooth devices along with MyArchive, an exclusive new storage technology developed by ASUSTOR. Furthermore, a number of in-house developed Apps have been added to ASUSTOR’s App lineup that are sure to please both business and home users alike.

Additional information on the new features in the ADM 2.1 Beta Version is as follows:

New Core Features

  • File Explorer: File now provides users with thumbnail previews of files, drag and drop file transfers from computer to NAS, high-speed file transfers of large files through their web browser, and the My Computer feature which allows users to seamlessly transfer files between their computer and NAS from within File Explorer.
  • MyArchive: The revolutionary MyArchive feature allows users to use hard disks as removable storage archives. Users can simply plug in an archive when they need it and swap it out for a different one when they don’t.  MyArchive truly provides “plug and play” convenience as users are free to swap between different data collections and even share terabytes of media archives with friends. Furthermore MyArchive allows users to save power as the archives that are not in use can be taken out for storage and do not have to be always powered on.
  • Bluetooth Support: ADM now features support for Bluetooth devices including speakers, keyboards and mice.  Users will be able to stream music from the NAS to their Bluetooth speakers using SoundsGood, while keyboards and mice will bring added convenience to the ASUSTOR Portal experience.

New Apps from App Central

  • Takeasy: Takeasy allows users to conveniently download online videos and playlists from sites such as YouTube, Vimeo, YouKu, Tudou and more. Users have the option of selecting the type of video file and video quality that they want. Furthermore, Takeasy features online playback which allows users to instantly play any downloaded videos.
  • VPN Server: ASUSTOR’s VPN Server App allows an ASUSTOR NAS to act as either a VPN server or client, allowing users to quickly establish secure connections. VPN Server supports commonly used PPTP and OpenVPN protocols, gives users the ability to instantly view and disconnect connections when acting as a VPN server, and supports the ability to disconnect and automatically connect upon system startup when acting as a VPN client.
  • Antivirus: ASUSTOR’s antivirus App stops malware from infecting the NAS, user accounts and other external devices. It effectively protects critical data on the NAS and prevents malware from spreading by providing automatic virus definition updates and quarantining of infected files.

New Mobile App

  • AiMusic: Available for both iOS and Android, AiMusic integrates with ASUSTOR’s SoundsGood App to allow users to stream music from their NAS to their mobile device, letting them enjoy their entire music collection while on the go. AiMusic also allows for the creation of different types of playlists and also allows for the downloading of songs to the mobile device for offline listening.

New Chrome/FireFox Add-on

  • Download Helper: Download Helper is an add-on for Google Chrome and FireFox that allows users to right click on any download link and then instruct their NAS to download the file for them. Download Helper also provides a simple management interface, allowing users to quickly view the status and execute simple management tasks on all their downloads.

For more information about the ADM 2.1 Beta Program, please visit:

If you are running an ASUSTOR NAS unit, go ahead and download the beta to see how ADM 2.1 will stack up.  I will; stay tuned for my impressions soon.


Synology has announced two new business-focused NAS units, RS814+ and RS814RP+, replacing the RS812+ and RS812RP+.  Read on for details!


Synology has announced two new business-focused NAS units, RS814+ and RS814RP+, replacing the RS812+ and RS812RP+.  The new units feature the following improvements:

  • Dual Core CPU with Floating-Point Unit
  • Over 330MB/s Reading, 196MB/s Writing
  • 4 LAN with Failover and Link Aggregation Support
  • 2GB RAM for Boosting Multitasking Power
  • Features USB 3.0 ports
  • Scale up to 32TB with Synology RX410
  • Redundant Power Supplies Ensure Service Uptime (RS814RP+ only)
  • VMware® / Citrix® / Hyper-V® Compliance

Here is the press release:

SynologyLaunches RackStation RS814+ and RS814RP+
Scalable, resilient and reliable fully-featured NAS

Milton Keynes, United Kingdom – 14th January 2014 – Synology UK ltd today announced RS814+ and RS814RP+, a scalable 1U 4-bay rackmount NAS server offering high-performance, expandable, and fully-featured network attached storage solutions for small and medium-sized businesses.

“The need for more processing power is rising as data usage grows.. The RS814+/RS814RP+ is designed to address such needs, and is also optimised for business environments by providing the performance, reliability, and scalability at an affordable cost,” said Michael Wang, Product Manager at Synology Head Quarters, Taiwan.

Powered by a 2.13GHz dual-core processor, 2GB DDR3 RAM and four gigabit LANs with Link Aggregation enabled, the RS814+/RS814RP+ brings forth over 330MB/s reading and 196MB/s writing under RAID 5 configuration in a Windows® environment. Businesses can further upgrade system RAM to 4GB in tandem with their expanding workloads and grow the total storage space up to 32TB by pairing it with an expansion unit RX410.

The RS814+/RS814RP+ is equipped with a comprehensive set of reliable mechanisms to ensure continuous system uptime during unexpected events. Four LAN ports with failover support provide redundancy in the event of unexpected network failure while hot swappable drives also help to minimise system downtime during drive replacement. The redundant power supplies in RS814RP+ further guarantee uninterrupted service when power failure strikes.

The RS814+/RS814RP+ runs on DiskStation Manager (DSM) 4.3, an intuitive operating system that provides a host of applications to bring better productivity at work. Synology was voted as “PCMag Business Choice Award 2013 winner and received the highest rating in every element of the survey, including reliability, overall satisfaction, value, and likelihood to recommend.

Please go for more information.


Synology RackStation RS814+ and RS814RP+ are now shipping globally.

If you are in the market for a business-focused rackmount NAS, these units look interesting!


ASUSTOR was nice enough to send on a AS-202TE for review.  In this installment, I show you how to run through the basic installation of the NAS.  Read on for details!


ASUSTOR was nice enough to send on a AS-202TE for review.  In this installment, I show you how to run through the basic installation of the NAS.  Before we get started, let’s give you some background on this unit:


Takes care of all your multimedia entertainment needs from downloading to local playback

Takes care of all your multimedia entertainment needs from downloading to local playback

  • Listen to your music with Web music player SoundsGood
  • 24/7 round-the-clock download assistant
  • 1080P HD multimedia playback via HDMI and XBMC
  • Expand storage capacity with USB 3.0 external hard drives
  • Support for a variety of mobile apps from ASUSTOR
  • ASUSTOR’s exclusive FTP client: FTP Explorer
Hardware Specifications

  • CPU: Intel® ATOM™ 1.2GHz Dual-Core Processor
  • Memory: 1GB Memory DDR3
  • HDD: 2.5″ / 3.5″ SATA II/ III or SSD x 2¹ Compatibility
  • Expansion: USB 3.0 x 2, USB 2.0 x 2
  • Network: Gigabit Ethernet x 1
  • Output: HDMI x 1
  • System Fan: 70mm x 1
  • Infrared Receiver
  • 3.5mm Audio Jack
  • Input Power Voltage: 100V to 240V AC*
  • Certification: FCC, CE, VCCI, BSMI, C-TICK

* WD Red 3 TB HDD

  • Power Consumption: 19.7W (Operation); 13W (Disk Hibernation); 0.8W (Sleep Mode)²
  • Noise Level: 24dB
  • Operation Temperature: 5°C~35°C (40°F~95°F)
  • Humidity: 5% to 95% RH
ASUSTOR Hightlight
  • System Migration
  • Cloud Connect
  • 2-way Backup
  • Task Monitor
Eco-Friendly Design
  • System Sleep Mode (S3)
  • Auto-Standby for Both Internal and External Disks
  • Auto Fan Control
  • LED Night Mode
  • Power Schedule: On, Off, Restart, and Sleep

Size and Weight


This is a 2-bay unit with one gigabit ethernet connection and an HDMI Out port, and is aimed at the home user who wants to directly connect a NAS to their TV for content playback.  Check out these product pictures:


This is an attractive-looking unit that will look fine in most home entertainment racks, and is made from high-quality materials.  Let’s set this unit up!


NETGEAR has launched the REadyNAS 716, a quad-core Xeon-equipped NAS that they claim is the fastest NAS in the world.  Read on for details!


NETGEAR has launched the REadyNAS 716, a quad-core Xeon-equipped NAS that they claim is the fastest NAS in the world.  The 716 runs ReadyNAS OS 6, and addresses what NETGEAR views as the highest-end virtualization and video editing requirements in the market today.  In addition, NETGEAR claims that this is the only NAS on the market capable of simultaneous streaming of hi def video content to multilple clients.  MSRP will be $4,500 so this is positioned as a premium NAS aimed at the small to medium sized business.  Here is the press release:


Leveraging the revolutionary ReadyNAS operating system, ReadyNAS 716 features advanced data protection, rapid file transfer and unique capabilities for simultaneous HD streaming

SAN JOSE, California — November 18, 2013 — NETGEAR®, Inc. (NASDAQGM: NTGR) (, a global networking company that delivers innovative products to consumers, businesses and service providers, today announced ReadyNAS® 716 (RN716X). A 10GE-ready addition to the award-winning ReadyNAS product family (, ReadyNAS 716 is the world’s fastest desktop network attached storage (NAS) device. With a maximum capacity of 24TB (up to 84TB with expansion chassis), the six-bay ReadyNAS 716 enables easy storage and extreme throughput for businesses and campus environments supporting up to 500 concurrent users. Providing up to 10GE throughput, ReadyNAS 716 is also the only NAS on the market today capable of simultaneously streaming multiple large uncompressed Blu-ray® files.

Earlier this spring, NETGEAR introduced a new portfolio of ReadyNAS devices, running on the revolutionary ReadyNAS operating system (OS), that delivers high value, high performance storage with enterprise-class features. The custom-built ReadyNAS OS not only protects stored data with X-RAID2® automatic expansion, but also features continuous data protection through unlimited snapshots, easy disaster recovery with cloud-managed replication, and native threat protection with real-time anti-virus. Each NAS device was created with ease-of-use in mind, so business users can confidently centralize, share, and back up all the data on their network.

Every member of the award-winning ReadyNAS product family combines industry-first innovations with unmatched ease-of-use. With the launch of ReadyNAS 716, NETGEAR once again takes features and capabilities previously available only from expensive, large-enterprise vendors and dramatically simplifies deployment and manageability to provide businesses with affordable, dynamic, and reliable storage. With a 10GE line rate on the two built-in 10GBASE-T ports, this newest member of the NAS portfolio also showcases the latest in performance capability related to simultaneous HD video streams.

“When performance matters and you need storage made easy, there’s no better product on the market than the new ReadyNAS 716,” said Matt Pahnke, senior product marketing manager for NETGEAR Storage. “We designed ReadyNAS 716 to be the world’s fastest desktop NAS, complete with unmatched data protection features and the ability to stream multiple HD 4K videos simultaneously. So whether you’re streaming a business presentation to clients around the globe or a lecture across a college campus, the ReadyNAS 716 is the only NAS product that has you covered.”

ReadyNAS 716 offers the highest performance in the desktop category with 16GB ECC memory — more than any desktop NAS on the market — and features cutting-edge ReadyCLOUD™ technology for cloud-based set-up, provisioning, and full file management from any browser. What’s more, the world’s fastest NAS supports 10GE infrastructures, making it ideal for streaming multiple HD videos concurrently to different media clients – whether it’s 85 streams for a college seminar, 25 streams to a kindergarten class, or three uncompressed Blu-ray files.

“Our goal is to provide our customers with an affordable, high performance, easy-to-use storage solution,” said Moisés Izquierdo Blasco, a systems engineer with Ingeniería Informática Interactiva, S.L., headquartered in Barcelona, Spain. “NETGEAR ReadyNAS 716 not only delivers fast, reliable storage, but also makes it easy to stream multiple simultaneous HD video files from everywhere. With ReadyNAS, our customers get a compelling experience without having to invest a ton of money on complex solutions, and can rest easy knowing they have continuous data protection.”

ReadyNAS Family Growing by Leaps and Bounds

With the addition of the RN716 model, NETGEAR now has seven innovative product lines in the ReadyNAS family all running on the revolutionary ReadyNAS OS:

  • The ReadyNAS 700 Series (RN716X) is designed for campus and high performance business environments supporting up to 500 concurrent users. It is a six-bay device and is only offered diskless.
  • The ReadyNAS 500 Series (RN516XX) is designed for small to medium-sized business networks supporting up to 250 concurrent users. It is a six-bay device offered as either diskless or populated with drives.
  • The ReadyNAS 300 Series (RN312XX, RN314XX, RN316XX) is optimized for small business networks and remote or branch office needs. It offers two-bay, four-bay, and six-bay desktop models that are either diskless or populated with drives.
  • The entry level ReadyNAS 100 Series (RN102XX, RN104XX) is designed for home use. It comes in two-bay and four-bay desktop models that are offered as either diskless or populated with drives.

In the summer, NETGEAR launched three new ReadyNAS devices for easy rack-mounted deployment, all of which are offered as either diskless or populated with drives:

  • The 12-bay ReadyNAS 4220 is designed for high performance business environments supporting 50 to 500 concurrent users.
  • The 12-bay ReadyNAS 3220 is ideal for supporting 26 to 250 concurrent users.
  • The four-bay ReadyNAS 2120 is perfect for small office environments from five to 25 simultaneous users.

Like other members of the ReadyNAS family, ReadyNAS 716 has a simple-to-use interface. It supports SATA (up to 4TB) and SSD drives, and includes three eSATA expansion ports for scaling capacity as the storage needs of a business grows (up to 84TB). Additional advanced capabilities featured on the NETGEAR ReadyNAS 716 include:

  • Two built-in 10GBASE-T ports
  • VPN quality remote data transfer and management
  • Encrypted remote access
  • Thin or thick provisioned LUNs
  • ReadyDROP™ file synchronization
  • ReadyDLNA™ mobile clients for remote media streaming

Pankhe added: “At NETGEAR, we strive to meet our customers’ needs and that means expanding opportunities for what they can do with their NAS devices to create the best user experience possible. With this in mind, the latest addition to the ReadyNAS family reinforces our commitment to delivering only the most secure, fastest, and innovative storage solutions. Only ReadyNAS combines data protection and performance into one product. That’s the bottom line.”

Pricing and Availability

NETGEAR ReadyNAS 716 is now available worldwide through authorized NETGEAR PowerSHIFT™ partners ( and authorized resellers and DMR channels. The MSRP in the U.S. is $4,500, although pricing for the end customer may vary depending on the reseller.

More Information

To learn more about NETGEAR ReadyNAS, please visit Information on the full line of NETGEAR storage solutions for businesses is at

I have a RN102 running ReadyNAS in for review, so stay tuned for a review of that hardware and of ReadyNAS OS 6.


Seagate has released a new NAS unit, powered by Storage Server 2012 R2, aimed at small to medium sized businesses.  Read on for details.


Seagate has released a new NAS unit, powered by Storage Server 2012 R2, aimed at small to medium sized businesses.  Here is the press release:

November 18, 2013Seagate Technology plc (NASDAQ: STX) today introduced the latest addition to the company’s business storage product offerings, Seagate® Business Storage Windows® Server 4-bay NAS. Designed for offices or workgroups with up to 50 employees, this new 4-bay NAS centralises storage to allow access, collaboration and sharing of files securely from all computers within a business network, while simultaneously hosting PC backups in one central location.

“Windows Storage Server 2012 R2 introduces groundbreaking new storage functionality for organisations of all sizes, and the Seagate Business Storage Windows Server 4-bay NAS takes advantage of these advances to serve the growing demand from small- and medium-sized businesses,” said Brian Hillger, director, product marketing, Microsoft. “We are happy to have collaborated with Seagate in developing a NAS solution that integrates into existing server infrastructures.”

Seamless Windows Integration

Seagate Business Storage Windows Server 4-bay NAS makes it easy to expand into a branch office or add local storage to an existing network because it’s designed specifically for businesses utilising an existing Windows IT infrastructure. With native support for Active Directory, management of users is easy with simple setup through an existing directory instead of the manual entry of users for access and control on each device. Perfect for the IT pro, the Windows Storage server seamlessly integrates into existing Windows environments, including complete compatibility with Active Directory.

“Seagate takes great pride in our ability to develop specialised solutions for a wide-range of business storage use cases,” said Scott Horn vice president of global marketing for Seagate. “As businesses grow, they will need a simple way to seamlessly integrate more storage capacity within their existing business applications. The new Seagate Business Storage Windows Server 4-bay NAS provides a reliable yet simple data management and data protection solution for these fast-growing small business customers.”

Keep Business Critical Data Secure

Windows Storage Spaces helps protect your data by storing redundant copies on multiple disks. The BitLocker encryption provides peace of mind in knowing that files are secure from unauthorised access. Windows Storage Spaces automatically manages installed drives to give you the best blend of capacity and redundancy.

“Growing small businesses demand dependability and security for their data storage, backups and transactions,” said Richard Doherty, research director for The Envisioneering Group. “Seagate’s employment of Windows Server 2012 in the company’s latest addition to their new Business Storage portfolio delivers on these storage demands that are so central to the growth of small businesses.”

Performance at a Value

The Seagate Business Storage Windows Server 4-bay NAS delivers on performance at an affordable price point for small to medium businesses.

  • Powered by a 2.13 GHz dual-core Intel Atom processor combined with Windows Storage Server 2012 to deliver incredible network file transfer performance.
  • Featuring best in class hard drives optimised for NAS to support customised error recovery controls, specialised power management and vibration tolerance for optimum performance and reliability, Seagate NAS HDD drives provide the best performing high-capacity storage for NAS servers.

Support for third-party Windows Server add-ins allows a business to do even more with a Windows Server enabling the 4-bay NAS to be customised for specific business needs. Additionally, Seagate has developed and included System Monitoring software that simplifies management by integrating the most common tasks into a single interface. Plus, the built-in support for iSCSI enables maximum performance and compatibility for virtualised environments.

“HDD manufacturers, such as Seagate, are uniquely positioned in the SMB NAS market given their expertise to integrated workload-optimised HDDs into a multi-bay Windows Storage Server device,” stated Mark Geenen, president of TRENDFOCUS. “Seagate’s NAS-specific HDDs include datacenter-class features tuned for smaller multi-drive racks, ensuring high performance, reliability and affordability for a wide range of small and medium business environments.”

Pricing and Availability

Seagate Business Storage Windows Server 4-bay NAS comes in a range of capacities from 8TB for $1599.99 MSRP to a high capacity 16TB for $1999.99 MSRP to meet the needs of IT professionals with existing Windows Servers systems deployed.

The pricing quoted above is for a unit with hard drives installed.  This looks like an interesting option for businesses needing reliable storage.


QNAP has begun to ship their new TS-X70 Pro NAS units, with support for on-the-fly transcoding.  Read on for details.


QNAP has begun to ship their new TS-X70 Pro NAS units, with support for on-the-fly transcoding.  Here is their press release:

Pomona, CA – 11/15/2013 – QNAP, Inc  a global network attached storage (NAS) company announced the availability of the TS-x70 Pro series Turbo NAS, available in 4, 6 and 8-bay tower models, for home and small/home office use. Powered by a Dual-Core Intel® Core™ i3 3.3 GHz Processor, the TS-x70 Pro series is not only a powerful storage with raw capacity up to 32 TB, but also supports streaming with on-the-fly transcoding. The TS-x70 Pro series delivers unbeatable high system performance along with ultra-fast transferring speed and is specifically designed as a storage center for multimedia files for home theater, designers and video production houses.

TS-x70 Pro pairs the high performance and scalability with cutting-edge technologies such as:

  • 447 MB/s Read and 446 MB/s Write speed with optional 4 Gigabit LAN port configuration
  • QTS 4  operating system
  • Multiple HD video stream support plus on-the-fly transcoding with low CPU usage
  • Ultimate multimedia experience powered by XBMC, remote controllable by iOS & Android app
  • Qsync: A powerful Dropbox-like feature to synchronize files between PC, NAS and mobile devices
  • Plex Media Server, DLNA and AirPlay support
  • Optional 10GbE card support for performance-demanded applications

By connecting a TS-x70 Pro to a HDTV via HDMI, users can enjoy multimedia contents with 5.1 channel surround sound through the XBMC media player provided in the QNAP HD Station. The TS-x70 Pro series delivers high-speed transcoding capabilities with high-quality audio to provide a complete home theater experience.By using the Photo Station, Music Station and Video Station, users can easily play, manage and share all of their multimedia files.
The TS-x70 Pro series is also a flexible backup center to store files and media contents. Windows and Mac users can use the QNAP NetBak Replicator and Apple Time Machine for simple data backup and restore.
Lastly, Users can enjoy and explore the unlimited capability of their NAS with the built-in App Center which provides various install-on-demand apps developed by QNAP and 3rd-party developers. QNAP’s development platform also allows developers to create various applications, adding more value to the TS-x70 Pro series and providing near-unlimited functionality for users.

The new TS-x70 Pro series is now available. For more information on the TS-x70 Pro series and the full QNAP Turbo NAS lineup, including where to buy, please visit

The TS-670 Pro shows up at NewEgg for about $1,500 diskless at this point; if you are looking for a high-performing home or small business NAS with HDMI and live transcoding support, this should be on your list.


Western Digital has expanded its recently introduced My Cloud family of personal cloud solutions with My Cloud EX4, a high-performance four-bay network attached storage (NAS) solution for creative professionals, prosumers, workgroups and anyone looking for a reliable way to save, share, back up, stream and manage massive amounts of digital data.

“The reception for our recently introduced My Cloud personal cloud platform was extremely positive,” said Jim Welsh, executive vice president and general manager of WD’s branded products and consumer electronics groups. “Our single drive My Cloud system is the perfect solution for users that want an easy and private way to store all of their data at home and then share, save and manage it from anywhere in the world, on any device. Expanding our My Cloud platform to a four-bay system delivers the advanced features, customisation capability and capacity that many of our customers are looking for.”


Featuring the category leading WD Red line of hard drives specifically designed for home and small office NAS systems, My Cloud EX4 customers enjoy ultimate reliability from the trusted name in storage. WD Red drives are powered by NASware 2.0 technology, which improves drive reliability and protects customer data in the event of a power loss or disruption. Additionally, WD Red hard drives feature 3D Active Balance Plus, an enhanced balance control technology that significantly improves overall drive performance and reliability.

My Cloud EX4 provides several capacity options, allowing customers to choose from a drive-less enclosure that allows customers to customise their capacity and add additional drives as their library of digital content grows, or an 8 TB, 12 TB or 16 TB model. With Easy-Slide-Drive technology, My Cloud EX4 allows customers to easily install or hot-swap drives in seconds, without the need for a screwdriver, toolkit or trays. Additionally, customers can attach a compatible USB 3.0 hard drives to the USB expansion ports on the My Cloud EX4 to instantly expand their storage capacity.

Ultimate Data Protection

My Cloud EX4 arms users with multiple options to secure digital data from a potential loss by providing RAID 0, 1, 5, 10 or allowing users to select from spanning and JBOD modes for even more options to manage data. Customers can also use their My Cloud EX4 to back up all of their computers and devices with WD SmartWare Pro software for PC users. Mac users can utilise all the features of Apple Time Machine backup software to protect their data. The My Cloud EX4 can also backup itself, either to another My Cloud EX4 in a different location, or to cloud services such as Amazon S3 and ElephantDrive. To ensure 24/7 data protection and reliability the My Cloud EX4 includes redundant power supplies and Ethernet ports.

Advanced Streaming and Serving

My Cloud EX4 serves as a home’s digital entertainment hub, configurable for up to 16 TB of movies and music that can then be streamed to any DLNA/UPnP certified multimedia device such as gaming consoles, smart TVs and WD TV Live media players. The Twonky 7.2, DLNA-certified 1.5 media server and iTunes server make for simple streaming of large movie and music libraries.

Additionally, the integrated file server, FTP server, backup server and P2P download server provide advanced data serving options for My Cloud EX4 users.

Customers can also customise their NAS, monitor system health, manage users and energy saving features with the My Cloud EX4 dashboard, as well as use a suite of third party apps, including aMule, Icecast, Joomla!, phpBB, phpMyAdmin and SqueezeCenter.

Anywhere Access to My Cloud EX4

Available for iOS and Android devices, the WD My Cloud mobile app allows users to view photos, stream video and share, save and manage files from anywhere on their smartphones or tablets. The mobile app makes file sharing and collaborating simple and secure, allowing customers to easily email files, share files as a link, and print and open files with third party apps. The My Cloud mobile app integrates major public cloud services so that customers can easily transfer files from their Dropbox, SkyDrive and Google Drive public cloud accounts.

Price and Availability

My Cloud EX4 is currently available at select retailers and online at the . MSRP is £319.00 for the drive-less My Cloud EX4, £679.00 for 8 TB, £799.00 for 12 TB and £999.00 for 16 TB. The My Cloud mobile app currently is available for download from the App Store and Google Play. My Cloud EX4 comes with a two year limited warranty.


My Cloud EX4 is compatible with Windows 8, Windows 7, Windows Vista, Windows XP, OS X Mavericks, Mountain Lion, Lion, Snow Leopard, as well as DLNA/UPnP enabled devices.




On a recent trip to Paris with Ubisoft for Watch Dogs, I had the chance to play Watch Dogs for a few hours, from the start, and here are my thoughts.