Netgear ReadyNAS RN426 review

A good value 6-bay NAS appliance that teams up unbeatable data protection features with an impressive performance.


Pros 

Quick performance; Loads of data protection features; Quiet

Cons 
RAM can't be upgraded; Unused mSATA slot

Verdict: 
The Netgear ReadyNAS RN426 is a great NAS choice for SMBs with data protection uppermost in their minds as it offers top-notch snapshot, backup and replication features. It may not be as app-rich as similar products from Qnap and Synology but it is better value and its speedy Atom C3538 CPU won't be faulted for performance either.

Netgear's ReadyNAS appliances have a sharp focus on data protection and the 6-bay RN426 adds even more to the mix. It showcases Netgear's latest ReadyOS 6.8 firmware which augments its unlimited snapshots, copy on write protection and myriad backup tools with new private and public cloud capabilities.

The RN426 also steals a march on the competition, as it's the first NAS to showcase Intel's latest C3000 Series 'Denverton' Atom CPU. Netgear doesn't state which model it is but we checked the appliance's log files and found it to be a quad-core 2.1GHz Atom C3538.

The C3538 supports DDR4 memory and the RN426 comes with 4GB but after removing the lid, we found this can't be upgraded. We also spotted a vacant mSATA slot on the motherboard but this is unusable as ReadyOS doesn't yet support SSD caching.

Assemble quality is excellent as the machine utilizes an overwhelming steel suspension and similarly strong metal cover. The front entryway has a status show with catches beneath for getting to a neighborhood menu and running fast reinforcement duplicates from a USB stockpiling gadget embedded in the front port. 

Cooling is dealt with by a 12cm distance across fan at the back which is to a great degree calm. Utilizing the SPLnFTT iOS application on our iPad, we recorded a breeze like 38.4dB at one meter in front. 

For testing, we stacked four 8TB Seagate NAS HDD drives yet needed to evacuate the plastic snappy introduce slides and fit them straightforwardly into the metal bearers. The slides are intended for hard plates with three mounting gaps on each side however all high-limit Seagate drives just have two. 

Advance establishment was uncomplicated; the ReadyCloud gateway found our machine, stacked ReadyOS and made it remotely open. It made a solitary X-RAID2 cluster which enables ability to be extended rapidly by including more drives, however you can have conventional RAID exhibits by picking the Flex-RAID alternative. 

The RN426 is an incredible entertainer; an offer mapped to a HPE ProLiant DL380 Gen9 Windows rack server returned quick Iometer successive read and compose rates of 113MB/sec and 110MB/sec. Genuine paces are up there as well, with simplified duplicates of our 25GB test record returning read and compose midpoints of 112MB/sec and 109MB/sec. 

It's the genuine article in the reinforcement stakes either, as securing a 22.4GB envelope containing 10,500 little documents to the mapped share restored a quick 85MB/sec. We increased the weight by mapping committed offers to four E5-2600 v4 Xeon Windows servers each associated over their own particular Gigabit connection and saw Iometer record amazing aggregate read and compose velocities of 452MB/sec and 366MB/sec. 

Previews are empowered on NAS offers and iSCSI LUNs by checking the consistent insurance box and planning them to keep running at general interims. Recuperation is a quick procedure where you select the Rollback alternative on the chose depiction - NAS previews can likewise be exhibited as system shares for intuitive document reestablishes. 

Cloud highlights are enhanced as alongside Dropbox, Amazon Cloud Drive and Egnyte record matching up, ReadyOS 6.8 backings Amazon S3 and Google Drive. We likewise made a private cloud by welcoming clients to our ReadyCloud account and subsequent to introducing the application on their Windows 10 desktops, they could adjust chose organizers with their home registry on the machine. 

The ReadyDR remote replication and recuperation benefit gives awesome catastrophe recuperation as it utilizes previews to take point-in-time duplicates of chose NAS shares and secure them to nearby ReadyDR shares or those on remote ReadyNAS apparatuses. Information can be effectively reestablished from ReadyDR shares by review their previews from Windows Explorer or the ReadyCloud entry. 

The RN426 is an extraordinary NAS decision for SMBs with information security highest in their brains as it offers first class preview, reinforcement and replication highlights. It may not be as application rich as comparative items from Qnap and Synology however it is better esteem and its expedient Atom C3538 CPU won't be blamed for execution either.