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Netgear ReadyNAS Pro Business Edition Review

ReadyNAS Storage For Small Business / Workgroups

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ReadyNAS Pro

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Model RNDP6350 RNDP6310 RNDP6610 RNDP6620
Installed Disks
Max: 6
3 x 500GB
3 x 1TB
enterprise disks
6 x 1TB
enterprise disks
6 x 2TB
enterprise disks
Capacity *
GB = Gigabyte
TB = Terabyte

RAID0: ~1.4TB
RAID5: ~930GB

RAID0: ~2.8TB
RAID5: ~1.9TB

RAID0: ~5.6TB
RAID5: ~4.7TB
RAID6: ~3.7TB

RAID0: ~11.1TB
RAID5: ~9.3TB
RAID6: ~7.5TB
Expandable Yes + USB Yes + USB USB Only USB Only

Ideal Application:

- Small Business, Medium Business (Workgroups)


  • Netgear ReadyNAS – Solid, reliable, feature rich, easy to use
  • Intel advanced embedded CPU
  • 1 GB DDR2 SODIMM Memory, 4GB Max
  • Compact, energy efficient
  • 2 – High speed gigabit ethernet (10/100/1000) ports with load balancing and failover
  • Hot swap, redundant drives (if configured RAID1, RAID5, RAID6, X-RAID2)
  • External USB support
  • Supports Windows, Mac & Linux computers
  • iSCSI target with expansion support
  • Native SATA II support
  • 1TB and larger drives (if used) are enterprise class drives (500gb are not)
  • Attach a USB printer to share
  • Handles media sharing, streaming well
  • Snapshot with scheduling
  • Windows AD integration support
  • VLAN support
  • Internal Power Supply
  • 5 year warranty
  • Active online support forum


  • Higher price than some other brands, avoid the RNDP6350 since the RNDP6310 is far more cost effective and gives you enterprise class drives in addtion to the increased storage

Bottom Line:

The Netgear ReadyNAS Pro Business is an exceptional network storage device that is perfectly adequate to base an entire small business network around, yet is so versatile as to be an excellent premium, high end choice for home use also.

If you buy a unit prepopulated with 1 TB hard drives you get enterprise class drives that are more reliable than ordinary consumer models. 6 hot swap drive bays give you lots of storage up front if you buy with all drives or room for expansion later on. X-RAID2 makes expansion a breeze while protecting your data as is.

This unit costs more than the ReadyNVX but you will notice a significant performance boost.

This NAS is a solid, versatile and reliable performer that is at home in any size environment. Not too big for your house if you are really into storage for personal or office use, not too small to find usefulness with high performance in any size business environment.

Review Detail:

The Netgear ReadyNAS Pro Business utilizes some of the most advanced network storage technologies available. Intel multi-core CPU, a healthy 1GB of RAM with room to expand (2 RAM slots), 2 gigabit network connections with load balancing and failover, and iSCSI capability tell you that this NAS is ready for business – literally.

It supports SATA I & SATA II hard drives, with native support for SATA II. This network storage device performs well.

You can attach external USB hard drives and create shares on those drives as well. This is not as likely to be done on the Pro Business, in my opinion, but does give you options for backup or data transfer. Keep in mind that performance will not be as high as the internal drives, nor will there be benefit of RAID technology on those external drives.

In a business environment, I would only use those external drives for on-site backup or for offloading seldom used data that is backed up somewhere else but you want to have ready access to.

One of the benefits of buying any ReadyNAS product is the auto-expandable X-RAID technology. The Pro Business has the latest X-RAID2 and FlexRaid with RAID6. While you can configure the drives as a larger, non-redundant data store (RAID0), doing so means that if a hard drive fails you lose data. This is not acceptable to me, but you can decide for yourself.

I highly recommend letting the X-RAID2 give you the optimum storage size while maintaining disk redundancy. This is actually the easiest option for you as well.


The ReadyNAS Pro Business is designed with business of any size in mind. Use share level security or attach to your Windows AD Domain architecture.

If you have a small business where you need to either store data on a more reliable platform than just your PC or need to share files with coworkers, the ReadyNAS Pro Business is a high performance network server to build your network around. The ReadyNAS can function as your file server, print server, DHCP (network addressing) server and provide software and storage for individual PC backup.

The ReadyNAS Pro Business can even replace a Microsoft Server or Small Business Server if you decide you want to simplify and save on maintenance, licensing and consultant costs.

With the Pro Business network attached storage device you simply have to make no compromises with your data, network, or performance.

Backup Options:

The Netgear ReadyNAS Pro Business really shines, as all model in the ReadyNAS family do, when it comes to data backup. Remember, RAID1/RAID5/X-RAID is NOT data backup! It is data reliability and availability. RAID1 (otherwise known as mirroring) means that hopefully you never have to restore a backup due to media (drive) failure. It does not protect you against data corruption (virus, power loss) or accidental deletion by the user.

Let’s face it, network attached storage is all about your data. So to make it available and reliable, we use redundant disk technology (X-RAID2 in the Pro Business). To make sure we do not lose it to fire, theft, natural disaster or even our own error, we back it up.

Backup with any ReadyNAS network attached storage device can be done using any combination of the following methods:

  • Local backup to an attached USB hard drive
  • Backup to another ReadyNAS unit, local or in a remote location
  • Online backup (in the cloud backup) using the built in support for ReadyNAS vault online backup service based on ElephantDrive technology

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  • Intel multi-core CPU Pentium Dual E2160 @ 1.8GHz, 1024kb cache (3590.26 bogomips)
  • 1 GB Memory (non-ECC), 2 slots, 4GB max
  • 6 Hot-swappable locking disk trays
  • 2 – 10/100/1000 Ethernet port with load balancing and failover
  • 3 – USB 2.0 ports
  • SATA I & II drives supported natively
  • Kensington latch
  • Dimensions: (h x w x d) 250 x 170 x 285 mm (10.0 x 6.7 x 11.2 in)


  • Auto-expandable X-RAID2
  • RAID levels 0/1/5/6 (Flex-RAID configuration)
  • Multiple volume support (Flex-RAID)
  • Hot-swap support
  • Background sync and Smart Sync resume
  • Life Support mode


  • Single volume auto expansion (X-RAID2)
  • Journaled file system
  • User and group level quotas
  • Disk set can be migrated to Pro series ReadyNAS

Network File Services:

  • Windows, Mac & Linux client support
  • CIFS/SMB for Windows & Mac OS X
  • AFP 3.1 for Mac 9 and OS X
  • NFS v2/v3 for Linux/UNIX
  • HTTP and HTTPS for web browsers
  • FTP and FTPS
  • Rsync
  • WebDAV
  • ReadyNAS Remote
  • Print Sharing

Media Streaming:

  • ReadyDLNA
  • SqueezeCenter
  • Network DVD player compatible
  • Apple iTunes server
  • Sony PlayStation® 3
  • Microsoft® Xbox 360, MCE
  • Sonos Digital Music System
  • Netgear EVA Digital Entertainer HD

Network Security:

  • Selectable security mode
  • Windows ADS/Domain security support
  • Windows ACL
  • Encrypted network logins
  • Secure Sockets Layer (SSL)

Network Options:

  • DCHP or static IP
  • NTP
  • WINS Server
  • DHCP Server

System Management:

  • RAIDar™ discovery and monitoring agent
  • Frontview™ Setup Wizard and Advanced Control
  • Configurable performance options
  • Device health status
  • Comprehensive enclosure and disk monitoring
  • Email alerts and event logs
  • Network UPS monitoring


  • Integrated Frontview™ Backup Manager
  • Programmable backup button
  • Backup over CIFS/NFS/FTP/HTTP & Rsync
  • Backup to/from USB Disks
  • Built-in support for Time Machine
  • Syncing between multiple ReadyNAS devices
  • Full and incremental backups
  • Built-in support for ReadyNAS Vault™

Software Included:

  • NTI Shadow for ReadyNAS (Windows/Mac)
  • ReadyNAS Photos
  • Embedded BitTorrent client

USB Device Support:

  • Hard disks and flash drives
  • Support for FAT32, Ext2, Ext3, and NTFS
  • Cameras
  • Printers
  • UPS


  • Approximate 83 Watt usage
  • Internal Power supply
  • Disk spin down option
  • Power on scheduling
  • Automatic shutdown initiated by UPS low battery

Warranty & Support:

  • 5 Year coverage
  • Exceptional online support forum

Where To Buy:

Netgear ReadyNAS Pro Business Edition RNDP6350 (3 x 500GB) Buy at

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Netgear ReadyNAS Pro Business Edition RNDP6310 (3 x 1TB) Buy at

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Netgear ReadyNAS Pro Business Edition RNDP6610 (6 x 1TB) Buy at

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Netgear ReadyNAS Pro Business Edition RNDP6620 (6 x 2TB) Buy at

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