The bundled RAIDar utility displays all discovered appliances and provides direct access to the secure web browser interface. The appliance supports Windows, Unix, Linux and Macintosh clients and it’ll also function as an FTP server. Backup features are extensive as volume snapshots can be scheduled to run at specific times of each day. You can also schedule a multitude of backup tasks and select any location on the appliance as a source, while for a destination you can use another local location, a different ReadyNAS appliance or even a remote network share as a destination. Workstation data can also be secured directly to the appliance at scheduled intervals with the bundled Genie Backup Manager Pro utility.
There’s more though – pressing the Backup button on the front panel automatically secures selected data on the appliance to a storage device plugged into the front USB port. Getting this to work is not so easy as Infrant merely supplied the same manual as that used for its other NAS appliances so this feature is not documented. You need to create a backup job with a folder selected as a source and the USB device as the destination. When job creation is completed you are then given an option to assign it to the backup button. In practice this worked fine although you must have the USB device defined in the job inserted before pressing the button. There is also an option to automatically copy the contents of any USB drive to a share on the appliance on device insertion.
Access controls are well above average as you can restrict access to all shares with an optional password or use local user and group membership allowing read and write access to specific shares to be determined. In Domain mode the appliance can use a designated domain controller and Active Directory Services to authenticate users. Each mode also supports a range of disk quotas which can be applied to individual users or groups and extensive alerting facilities allow emails to be sent when quotas are being reached.
The ReadyNAS NV is one of the slickest NAS appliances we’ve yet seen. Infrant has been very lazy with the documentation but apart from this if offers a remarkable range of features, security options and backup tools and does so at a very competitive price.