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NETGEAR ReadyNAS 316 (RN31600-100NAS) Diskless System Network Storage
  • Dual-core Intel 2.1GHz processor and 2GB on-board memory
  • 6-bays for 24TB maximum capacity (expandable to 44TB w/ optional EDA500 chassis)
  • $899.99
  • $554.99
  • Save: $345.00 (38%)
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5 out of 5 eggs Good price for a nice system 10/22/2013

This review is from: NETGEAR ReadyNAS 316 (RN31600-100NAS) Diskless System Network Storage

Pros:

(in no particular order)

The pricing of this new ReadyNAS series is a actually a sweet spot for the technologically advanced who have a need for this sort of device. On top of that, the performance seems to be significantly better than the ReadyNAS Ultra4 I had prior to this unit.

The amount of addons available via the netgear genie marketplace is growing, and it's cool to see the manufacturer working with independent developers to add more features.

It seems SSH is 'officially' supported on this device, due to the fact there is a simple toggle for it within the ReadyNAS OS now. No more having to find and add the .BIN SSH addon.

Remote access and replication features added into these new units, free of charge, is a nice addition.

Integration with Dropbox is a nice touch, though there are multiple vendors that are offering this now.

Did I mention performance? Going to again. The ability to max out a 1 gig connection with a non-enterprise level device is amazing.

iSCSI support on the device, my VM Boxes thank you.

Snapshot features. No more do I have to listen to my daughter scream because she deleted a file today, that she created 3 days ago. Or that she made changes to it, and doesn't like those changes now.

The tool-less drive caddys are a nice touch as well. Also, the fact that the locks for those caddys are easily accessible.

I've not looked into it much, but apparently there is an AV Solution built into the unit. Which, I assume is a ClamAV version. I don't need it, but some home users could find a use for it, I'm sure.

Near instant availability when creating a new RAID array with thin provisioning. With the past ReadyNAS units, you'd have to create the array, and then walk away for the better portion of a day before you could use the unit. This was due to the raid array building itself and establishing a sync. You don't have to worry about this anymore. Feel free to start using the device right away, and it'll finish it's sync in the background. There will be a bit of performance lost during this initial process, but you're not crippled to the fact that you can't use the device anymore.

The new models of ReadyNAS will let you use expansion units to extend your possible storage to just about whatever level you'd like. (spec sheet claims 64TB is max space with this unit and an expansion bay)

5 Year warranty on the unit itself. That's a massive 'Wow factor' to me, especially in the day of everything having only a 1-3 year warranty. 5 years seems incredible to me.

Quiet, and stays relatively cool, compared to my other NAS devices I've used in the past.

Cons:

(again, in no particular order)
The average consumer for this device should be a bit more advanced, and the basic postings on various retailers should indicate this.

Semi steep learning curve for users new to NAS units.
The new UI, while a step up from the old one, still seems a bit unfriendly to novices.

Depending on the situation, the feature-set might be a bit over the top for someone looks for the most basic solution. Not a huge negative, as all the features seem to be able to be turned on and off.

Linux based unit, so someone that's only familar with windows should take care when going into the command line interface to 'poke around'.

Occasional quirk while transferring data via Replication, when using compression. Would just recommend turning it off, to be honest.

Other Thoughts:

I'm supposed to mention that I got this unit free of charge from Netgear after asking some specific questions regarding the newer units and providing some personal contact information to Netgear.

Another few things to note:

While I'm been using ReadyNas devices for years, even before Netgear bought Infrant, I can see why some people would have a few problems with their initial setup and configuration. The documentation included was minimal, and most people often just want to plug a device in, and have it 'just work', without doing any reading.

I've ran into a few small issues here and there, nothing big enough to be considered a show stopper, and I'll reiterate my love for the performance on this unit. We have a datacenter and remote offices using various ReadyNAS devices, and while most of them server their purpose, a few models have earned many a 4 letter word from me.

The only other observation I'd like to make, is the fact there are many websites on the net that have done reviews of this unit, and seem to try to indicate this is a consumer level device... I'd like to take the time to really stress that this is NOT something I'd give to my elderly parents and expect them to know how to use. If people keep their expectations realistic with regards to this unit, you'll come out pleasantly surprised with it's performance and features. :)

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  • Shawn M.
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