The ReadyNAS platform expands NETGEAR's entire product lineup, from the entry-level 210 series to the flagship RN620 series that we were fortunate to look at in our review of the RN626X just a few months ago. The product in-house today falls just short of that flagship series. A second-tier solution from NETGEAR in the RN524X.
The RN524X is a four-bay NAS solution in the ReadyNAS 520 series. This range of platforms is designed for medium office data storage and small virtualized networks supporting up to 80 users. These provide both local and remote access and are powered by Intel's Pentium Server platform.
This range features four, six, and eight bay options and all offer 10 Gigabit Ethernet. The RN524X offers flexible capacity options with diskless options for those that bring their own drives, along with 16 and 24TB options in both desktop and enterprise drive solutions.
Going over the specifications, we first find this platform VMware certified with the logo at the top. This is followed by the processor in the Intel D1508 dual-core operating at 2.2GHz paired with 4GB of DDR4 supporting ECC memory. It's a four-bay unit and as mentioned previously supports 80 users. Each of the drive bays supports the SATA 6GB/s protocol and hot swap while offering support for 2.5" and 3.5" HDDs and solid state drives.
Drive expansion is available via rear mounted eSATA port, while three USB 3.0 ports are available along with a single 10Gbe Copper input. The MSRP of the four-bay RN524X comes in at $899.99 with a five-year warranty.
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