Affordable, External RAID 5 Solution: Ready NAS NV from Infrant Technologies.

By Jeffery Hicks

I think IT people are sometimes the worst about backing up their own data. I needed an affordable, external RAID 5 solution. After a lot of research, I finally purchased a Ready NAS NV from Infrant Technologies. I’ve had the device for almost a year and it’s great.

First of all, it’s just a little bit bigger than a toaster, with four hot swappable 500GB Seagate drives in a RAID 5 configuration. It supports gigabit Ethernet with jumbo frames. The proprietary OS supports most file system protocols including CIFS, NFS, AFP, FTP, HTTP and Rsync. It can integrate with Active Directory. It can even act as a DHCP and WINS server. You can even attach another USB device to it like a printer. And most importantly, because it sits right behind me, it’s quiet.

Setting up shares and volumes is a breeze through a Web browser. The ReadyNAS includes VLAN support. The device can be configured to send alerts to you via SMTP or SNMP. In short, this is a pretty full-featured NAS that doesn’t take up much space.

I like this product. In fact, they now have an upgraded model which looks like a great addition for SOHO setups or even small companies or departments that need some solid NAS storage that is easy to setup and integrates with Windows,
Macs or Linux.

You can learn more about the Ready NAS NV and Infrant’s other products
at http://www.infrant.com.

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