|NETGEAR ReadyNAS NV+ v2 NAS Server|
|Reviews - Featured Reviews: Network|
|Written by Bruce Normann|
|Tuesday, 31 July 2012|
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NETGEAR ReadyNAS NV+ v2 NAS Server Review
Full disclosure: The product used in this review was supplied by NETGEAR
My last NAS project was over-the-top, way over.... Retail cost of the assembled NAS, including eight drives and the 10GbE NIC was about $5,000. Let's get back to Earth, and spend some time with a NAS that we can all actually afford. The ReadyNAS NV+ from NETGEAR just got a tech refresh of its hardware and software, becoming the ReadyNAS NV+ v2 in the process. It's only $369.99 on a normal day, but until 9/30/12 NETGEAR has a rebate promotion going that will save you $100 on the diskless model, as well as the 2TB & 4TB versions.
The NV+ v2 is aimed right at the typical small business owner or advanced home user, by virtue of its size and its form factor. With four bays you can have both capacity and redundancy with RAID 5 on a three or four disk array. RAID expansion and migration is made very easy with the built-in X-RAID2 software that manages all the hard work. NETGEAR currently offers three versions of the NV+ v2; a diskless model, with 2 TB pre-installed (2x1TB), and 4TB pre-installed (4x1TB). I tested the diskless model, so that I could use the same drives I have used during previous benchmark testing. I also wanted to test the ability to expand the storage size and migrate from a single disk to RAID 1 and then to RAID 5. In short, I wanted to get my hands dirty....
The NETGEAR ReadyNAS NV+ v2 uses a Marvell 6282 CPU, running at 1.6GHz and 256MB of DDR3 system memory to drive this storage server. A single Gigabit Ethernet network port is standard, and there is no expansion capability which will accommodate additional Network Interface Cards (NIC). Four SATA 3Gb/s drive bays offer single disk, JBOD, and RAID 0/1/5 configurations. The capability for hot spares is not available with any of the disk configurations. NETGEAR employs a 128MB flash memory module to store firmware and applications on the NV+ v2 motherboard. This acts like the system drive, yet it takes up very little space and uses almost no power.
Benchmark Reviews has tested a wide array of QNAP NAS products, ranging from the QNAP TS-119 NAS single-disk offering made for home users, to the Goliath QNAP TS-879U-RP 8-Bay NAS for the storage needs of large businesses. We've recently tested the 6-bay TS-659 Pro II and the 4-bay TS-419P II Turbo-NAS servers, which fall in the middle between those two extremes. Let's see how this domesticated 4-bay device compares to its competitors.