Hardware Specifications and Pricing
Modern NAS servers have moved beyond data storage through a wire network. In order to get the most out of a NAS, you need to look at the extra I/O hardware and the mountain of potential software features.
Netgear sells the ReadyNAS 516 in a handful of configurations. Those are diskless; today we're looking at the 6TB volume, a 12TB version, 18TB version, and a 24TB model with 6x 4TB drives. Netgear also offers an expansion chassis with five additional bays. The ReadyNAS 516 in conjunction with several expansion chassis can hold up to 84TB of data.
At the heart of the ReadyNAS 516 is an Intel Ivy Bridge Core i3-2120 dual-core processor running at 3.3GHz. The processor is fed by 4GB of ECC DDR III DRAM, a sizable amount considering many NAS manufactures only include 2GB out of the box.
As mentioned, the ReadyNAS 516 is a six-bay model. Unique to Netgear ReadyNAS products is a trayless drive sled. Our 6TB model shipped with three screws per sled, but we also tested this system using Western Digital Red drives and enjoyed the ease of the tool less design when swapping drives.
When it comes to connectivity, the ReadyNAS 516 packs a lot of I/O option. Two gigabit Ethernet ports with 802.3ad provide the primary data transfer duties. Three eSATA ports on the back provide expansion; two rear USB 3.0 ports take expansion a bit further, and a front USB 2.0 port in conjunction with the proximity touch display adds quick USB backup capability to the system. A single HDMI port provides A/V options and a front infrared remote port provides IR capabilities.
Looking online, we found a wide variety of prices. Part of that may have been researching on Black Friday. The diskless ReadyNAS 516 sells for around $1200 at several e-tailers. The 12TB (6x 1TB) that we received sells for roughly $1,970. The 12TB model jumps to $2,550, 18TB for $3,200, and the largest capacity size, 24TB for $3999.99. Newegg shows a 5 year parts and labor warranty.