It's a good business to be in, this storage sector. Regardless of how
much people have, they seem to always end up wanting more. As media
grows in size and things become larger and more space-consuming to
archive, people are turning to NAS
drives and big RAID stacks to handle
all of the content that they'd like to keep safe.
has been a major player in this market for a long while, and the
company is now introducing their ReadyNAS Ultra line for home users
that are more like prosumers than anything else. Being that this is a NAS drive at heart, it boasts some of the same features that you would normally
expect to find on a network storage drive. There's plenty of redundancy
and space for up to 12TB of storage, but unlike vanilla drives, these
can be used in a few special ways.
There's a partnership with TiVo
that allows the drives to used as a TiVo
DVR extender, and another partnership with Orb "allows unprotected
files to be streamed out to all manner of mobile
devices including iPads, BlackBerry phones, and Android-based devices."
Netgear is apparently hoping to move beyond "dumb" local storage, and
since they also support the Skifta media shifting service, it'll also be
great for those who like to stream their programming to various
The company plans to start selling these this month in a four-bay system
with two 2TB discs ($899); the two-bay system will ship in October.