NetGear ReadyNAS 2312: Product Overview and Insight

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Bottom line:

NetGear has made a name for itself in home and SMB networking. The ReadyNAS 2312 offers decent price performance for SMBs and remote office deployments. Think of it as a solid unit, with a few special tools – like a fast Ethernet interface – made by a name you can trust.

To be sure, ReadyNAS 2312 lacks the feature set needed by larger enterprises. It lacks the heft and capacity needed for the largest outfits, yet it’s price is not too demanding either. A worthy “mid range” pick in the NAS market.

Company description:

NetGear (NASDAQ: NTGR) is a provider of networking devices for small businesses, the smart home and online game play. As well as networking, it offers storage and security solutions that are said to lack the cost and complexity of big IT operations.

Product description:

NetGear boasts that its ReadyNAS 2312 is the “industry’s first 1U 12-bay high-density network storage solution.” It promises high-performance with a quad gigabit Ethernet interface, plus five levels of data protection and automated backup and disaster recovery. It can be used by small enterprises or SMBs, and it includes RAID protection for high availability.

Key Features:

  • Intel Atom C3538 Quad Core Processor
  • 2 GB DDR4 RAM
  • Hot swappable drives
  • 2 rear USB 3.0 ports
  • 5-year warranty
  • Compatible with VMware vSphere ESXi 6.0
  • 1U 12-bay

RAID/Data Protection features:

  • Automated disaster recovery
  • ReadyDR, a block level disaster recovery solution
  • Unlimited snapshots

Storage Saving Features:

  • Thin provisioning

Data Management features:

  • Insight app managed, same management tool for all other NetGear Business products.


Full system setup takes fifteen minutes, including setting up user credentials.

“Easy to install, configure and operate,” said a director of sales in the communications industry.

Technical support:

90-day free technical support by phone, mail and chat. Additional support contracts are available for purchase.

Five-year hardware warranty, the longest in the industry.


120 TB


RR2312 is designed to support 12 TB HDDs but performance will be in SATA ranges.

Markets and Use Cases:

  • RR2312 is ideal for small businesses that need to store critical data.
  • Schools, municipal governments, and creative agencies for data archiving.
  • NETGEAR has 10Gig models that are ideal for file serving, on-line editing for the creative agencies.


Rackmounted hardware, with software built in, and additional software and services that can be added on later. Form factor: 1U rack-mount Media: SATA 3.5″ HDDs or SSDs.


$1,599.99 and up ($1,499 without HDDs).

NetGear ReadyNAS 2312

Capacity Up to 120 TB
IOPS/rpm 7,200 rpm HDDs
Throughput 90 MB/s
Delivery Rackmount
Media HDDs/ some SDDs
Price Starting at $1,599
Differentiator Good for home, SMB
Drew Robb
Drew Robb
Drew Robb is a contributing writer for Datamation, Enterprise Storage Forum, eSecurity Planet, Channel Insider, and eWeek. He has been reporting on all areas of IT for more than 25 years. He has a degree from the University of Strathclyde UK (USUK), and lives in the Tampa Bay area of Florida.

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