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NETGEAR Storage Central breaks new ground with fail-safe, expandable and easily shared storage for consumers

  • 19 September, 2005 11:33

<p>NETGEAR, (Nasdaq: NTGR), a worldwide provider of technologically advanced, branded networking products, has released its networked data storage device in Australia, the first to provide home and SOHO users with advanced data centre storage technology at a fraction of the cost. The SC101 Storage Central offers a fail-safe, expandable and easily shared networked storage solution for protecting and sharing large volumes of valuable digital content such as music, game, photo, and video files, and office documents wired or wirelessly over the network.</p>
<p>Incorporating the unique and powerful Z-SANTM IP storage technology from Zetera Corporation, NETGEAR’s Storage Central is versatile enough to accommodate any home or small office user’s storage needs. As the only multi-drive solution in its class offering spanning and mirroring capability, the Storage Central provides users with the peace of mind of knowing their data is protected from drive failure by mirroring the data on two different physical drives.</p>
<p>“Storage Central marks NETGEAR’s first foray into the storage space, expanding our innovative line of networking products to make enterprise-level technology available to the consumer market,” said Ian McLean, Vice President, NETGEAR Asia-Pacific. “Our new storage solution enables users to capitalise on the convergence of rapidly advancing storage and network technologies, providing them with an easy and cost-effective way to share and protect their commercial files, music, video, photos, and games.”</p>
<p>“Used in either the home or small business environment, Storage Central stores digital content in a location where multiple networked PCs can access them, providing users with more disk storage for greater network flexibility. It automatically creates duplicates of all files and ensures maximum protection against data loss via mirrored volumes, so people can rest assured that their most valuable files are safe.”</p>
<p>Consumers can choose two IDE disk drives of any size in their first Storage Central unit as well as link multiple Storage Central units together for creating a storage depot of virtually unlimited capacity. Users can then choose to designate individual drive volumes as private, hidden or shareable with others on the network. The NETGEAR and Zetera solution is not only more cost-effective than competing Networked Attached Storage (NAS) devices, but also highly reliable with automatic data mirroring, as easy to use as accessing a local drive, and more scalable.</p>
<p>Currently available in Australia for $229, NETGEAR’s Storage Central features:
- Z-SAN™ IP-storage technology for fast, block-level access;
- Support for IDE drives from 80GB to 800GB - increased capacity available with the addition of multiple Storage Central units;
- SmartSync Pro backup and recovery software for reliable file backup and synchronisation;
- Integrated heatsink for silent performance;
- Compatibility with Windows 2000 (SP4), XP Home or Pro (SP1 or SP2);
- Easy set-up - once plugged into a power outlet and connected to a wired or wireless router or switch via 10/100 Mbps Ethernet interface, it appears on the computer and behaves as a local disk drive.</p>
<p>The SC101 Storage Central is supported by 24x7 technical support and comes with NETGEAR’s standard three-year warranty. Increased technical support is also available with NETGEAR's advanced warranty.</p>
<p>A high-resolution image of the SC101 Storage Central is available at:</p>
<p>About Zetera Corporation
Founded in 2002, Zetera Corporation is a developer of patent-pending technology that enables networked storage to be realized at unprecedented price-performance levels. The technology was invented by the creators of the IDE and ATAPI disk drive standards, which have shipped in billions of disk drives. Leveraging the latest IP advances, Zetera has created a new class of network storage technology that is superior in performance, cost, scalability and compatibility to all other types of network storage. Based in Irvine, California, Zetera licenses its technology to leading storage, computer, peripheral and device manufacturers worldwide, including NETGEAR and StorCase. For more information, visit the company's Web site at</p>
<p>About NETGEAR®, Inc.
NETGEAR® (Nasdaq: NTGR) designs technologically advanced, branded networking products that address the specific needs of small and medium business and home users. The company's product offerings enable users to share Internet access, peripherals, files, digital multimedia content and applications among multiple personal computers and other Internet-enabled devices. NETGEAR is headquartered in Santa Clara, Calif. For more information, visit the company's Web site at or call 02 8448 2072.</p>
<p>©2005 NETGEAR, Inc. NETGEAR®, the NETGEAR logo and RangeMax are trademarks or registered trademarks of NETGEAR, Inc. in the United States and/or other countries. Other brand and product names are trademarks or registered trademarks of their respective holders. Information is subject to change without notice. All rights reserved.</p>
<p>Safe Harbor Statement under the Private Securities Litigation Reform Act of 1995 for NETGEAR, Inc.:
This press release contains forward-looking statements within the meaning of the U.S. Private Securities Litigation Reform Act of 1995. Specifically, statements concerning NETGEAR’s Storage Central (SC101) product and RangeMax family of products, and expected performance characteristics, specifications, market acceptance, market growth, specific uses, user feedback and market position of NETGEAR’s products and technology are forward-looking statements within the meaning of the Safe Harbor. These statements are based on management’s current expectations and are subject to certain risks and uncertainties, including, without limitation, the following: the actual price, performance and ease of use of NETGEAR’s products may not meet the price, performance and ease of use requirements of end-users; the performance of NETGEAR’s products may be adversely affected by real world operating conditions; the ability of NETGEAR to market and sell its products and technology, including the Storage Central (SC101) product and RangeMax family of products; the impact and pricing of competing products; and the introduction of alternative technological solutions. Further information on potential risk factors that could affect NETGEAR and its business are detailed in the Company’s periodic filings with the Securities and Exchange Commission, including, but not limited to, those risks and uncertainties listed in the section entitled “Risk Factors Affecting Future Results”, pages 19 through 28, in the Company’s Quarterly Report on Form 10-Q for the fiscal quarter ended July 3, 2005, filed with the Securities and Exchange Commission on August 12, 2005. NETGEAR undertakes no obligation to release publicly any revisions to any forward-looking statements contained herein to reflect events or circumstances after the date hereof or to reflect the occurrence of unanticipated events.</p>
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