Friday January 27, 2017

Netgear ReadyNAS 4312X Review: Slick 2U Storage

Here's one for those of you who hang out in the Server/Storage/VM sections of our forums. Servethehome has a review up for Netgear's new ReadyNAS 4312X, and it looks like they like it. It's tough to blame them. Relatively low cost, 10G NIC's, and lots of upgrade flexibility make this one a winner for sure. Personally I'm not too sure I'd be willing to trust the Marvell storage controllers though. Relying on a combination of on-board Intel SATA and Marvell controllers seems a bit like a "home consumer" build to me. I'd prefer a real LSI SAS HBA. What do you guys think?

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We recently had the opportunity to test the Netgear ReadyNAS 4312X, which is a 2U NAS capable of replacing larger legacy NAS units that cost several times as much. With its 12 bays and 120TB capacity (we expect this to go higher with 12TB+ drives) the ReadyNAS 4312X would be an interesting option for companies looking to migrate from legacy filers such as a NetApp FAS2020, FAS2040 or FAS2220. Netgear has a solid hardware platform and a solid set of features that would allow a SMB organization to use a lower cost NAS rather than buy into a higher-end and higher-priced vendor’s entry solution.