NETGEAR INTRODUCES ENTERPRISE STORAGE UNDER $10,000

Up to 180TB with Superior Affordability and Simplicity

SAN JOSE, Calif. — May 30, 2012— NETGEAR®, Inc. (NASDAQGM: NTGR), a global networking company that delivers innovative products to consumers, businesses and service providers, today announced the NETGEAR ReadyDATA™ unified storage family. ReadyDATA is an enterprise-class storage product that is significantly less expensive and dramatically easier to use than traditional enterprise offerings. These new products feature native de-duplication, thin provisioning and unlimited snapshots, with support for SATA, SAS and SSD disk drives. ReadyDATA scales to 180TB capacity (five times larger than the current flagship model), and is the first product of its kind to include data replication as a standard feature. 

The ReadyDATA platform delivers tier-1 storage features with extraordinary simplicity. Users can leverage thin provisioning in virtual environments, replicate files and databases to offsite locations and recover data from unlimited point-in-time snapshots, all with just a few mouse clicks. And, every ReadyDATA includes the world’s first cloud-managed replication, ensuring secure, high-performance disaster recovery without extra software, servers or network configuration. Now customers and partners can avoid complex licensing, expensive installation specialists and incremental maintenance agreements, as well as the intimidating prices associated with traditional “big IT” offerings. 

ReadyDATA systems include a full set of datacenter-class storage capabilities, such as:

  • Thin provisioning, compression and de-duplication of block (SAN) and file (NAS) data
  • Replication over 128-bit SSL connections for block and file data
  • Unlimited snapshots for block and file data
  • Scalability up to 60 drives and 180TB total capacity
  • Two 10Gb Ethernet ports and mixed configurations of SATA, SAS and SSD drives
  • Instant capacity expansion support that eliminates RAID configuration time
  • Backup software compatibility with major vendors like Symantec, Acronis, CommVault, StorageCraft, Veeam and Quest
  • Virtual network interface support for powerful network traffic management
  • Virtualization vendor certifications from VMware, Microsoft and Citrix



“SMBs favor IT solutions that are modular in design and provide the entry-level functionality that they may need initially, while providing the flexibility to scale to future needs,” said Jim Browning, Gartner VP. “This modularity provides them with investment protection and enables them to make incremental investments as time, resources and budget permit. However, they want a complete feature set in their standard pricing. SMBs have cited frustration resulting from unexpected additional charges for key functionality after the initial deployment.” 

“We didn’t think we could afford a storage solution with so many advanced features and still make sense of it ourselves. The ReadyDATA 5200 gave us all of the tools that we thought we couldn’t afford, and we’re especially pleased with the usability,” said Dave DePillis at Kelly Kronenberg, a legal services firm in the southeastern United States. “I’m familiar with traditional enterprise vendors and this does just as much - but costs me a lot less.” 

“Not only are we excited by NETGEAR’s growing leadership in the storage market, we’re astonished by how simple this system was to quote, assemble and deliver to our customers,” said Jeff Wilhelm, Director of Engineering with Envision Technology Advisors, LLC, a NETGEAR reseller partner in the northeastern United States. “We’ve been quietly increasing momentum in the entry-level storage space and are now the leader, according to Gartner,” said Drew Meyer, senior director of marketing for the NETGEAR commercial business unit. “We’re breaking new ground for midmarket organizations with the ReadyDATA platform, serving the needs of a market that has long been neglected by traditional vendors.” 

Pricing and Availability
NETGEAR ReadyDATA products are available from authorized NETGEAR PowerShift® channel partners worldwide in late June: - The NETGEAR ReadyDATA 5200, with up to 12 drives in a 2U enclosure and support for two expansion disk arrays. List pricing with 12 enterprise SATA drives is $14,000 with a North American street price estimated under $10,000 USD. - The NETGEAR ReadyDATA EDA4000, a 4U expansion disk array allowing up to 24 additional drives. List price is $3500, with a North American street price estimated around $2500 USD (SATA, SAS and SSD drive packs sold separately). 

More Information
To learn more about NETGEAR ReadyDATA family, please visit: http://www.netgear.com/readydata

About NETGEAR, Inc.
NETGEAR (NASDAQGM: NTGR) is a global networking company that delivers innovative products to consumers, businesses and service providers. For consumers, the company makes high performance, dependable and easy to use home networking, storage and digital media products to connect people with the Internet and their content and devices. For businesses, NETGEAR provides networking, storage and security solutions without the cost and complexity of big IT. The company also supplies top service providers with retail proven, whole home solutions for their customers. NETGEAR 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 approximately 29,000 retail locations around the globe, and through approximately 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 at http://www.NETGEAR.com or by calling (408) 907-8000. Connect with NETGEAR athttp://twitter.com/NETGEAR and http://www.facebook.com/NETGEAR

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