ReadyNAS Pro in 2 Bay, 4 Bay and 6 Bay
Netgear has announced the new ReadyNAS Pro Series lineup and they are expected to start shipping by the end of November 2010 (wishful thinking?).
Confusingly, these models still go by the RNDP prefix but instead of a -100 at the end of the model number, these sport a -200.
There seems to be little difference between the ReadyNAS Pro Business Edition (6 Bay) and the new ReadyNAS Pro 6; which is fine, there really was not much needed improving in the older model – EXCEPT, they could have added USB 3.0
Interestingly, only the ReadNAS Pro 2 (not the 4 or 6) has one USB 3.0 port on the front of the unit, with two USB 2.0 ports on the rear.
According to Netgear, the Pro 2 was the last of the three to be designed and they were able to stuff in the USB 3.0 function, but it was too late for the 4 and 6.
For some people, this is a deal breaker. ReadyNAS has said they are NOT going to do eSATA connections for external drives, but use USB instead. Not having USB on their latest models is a definite buzz kill.
More on these models coming soon.