NETGEAR ReadyNAS for Business Products Achieve VMware Ready(TM) Certifications Leading Storage Company Enables Businesses and Channel Partners to Leverage the Most Trusted Virtualization Platform

SAN JOSE, Calif., April 20 /PRNewswire-FirstCall/ -- NETGEAR®, Inc. (Nasdaq: NTGR), a worldwide provider of technologically innovative, branded networking solutions, today announced that its entire ReadyNAS® family of business-class, high-performance unified network storage devices has achieved VMware Ready™ status. Both desktop and rack-mount ReadyNAS for Business products, including the recently announced ReadyNAS 3100 and ReadyNAS 4200, have all passed their rigorous VMware testing for the NFS and now the iSCSI protocols.

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"Virtualization drives network storage adoption, and NETGEAR is a world leader in affordable, reliable storage solutions for businesses," said Drew Meyer, director of storage product marketing for NETGEAR's Network Storage Business Unit. "We are thrilled to be completely VMware Ready™ on our business-class ReadyNAS systems. As a result, our channel partners can deliver trusted virtualization solutions for as little as $1,000."

"The VMware Ready™ designation signifies to customers that the products have passed detailed VMware testing, met stringent interoperability criteria, and are ready to run in production environments," said Parag Patel, vice president, alliances, VMware. "We are delighted that NETGEAR's ReadyNAS solutions now carry the VMware Ready logo."

AppLabs is the world's largest software testing and quality management company, and also VMware's approved testing company. "The VMware Ready™ logo indicates that the ReadyNAS products have gone through AppLabs' rigorous evaluation process," said Alex Whittaker, AVP of quality assurance services at AppLabs. "Our expertise and experience in VMware certification has ensured everything met the highest standards."

Cost-effective Virtualization Solutions for Businesses

Server virtualization projects require network storage to give business customers dramatic improvements in hardware efficiency, cost savings and scalability. According to NPD Intellect, one in five business storage customers buy ReadyNAS, and a December 2009 VMware study cited cost as the leading reason IT managers have not yet virtualized their servers. The VMware Ready logo ensures that first-time adopters or current users can deploy affordable NETGEAR and VMware solutions without interoperability concerns. Reseller partners can use NETGEAR to deliver affordable unified storage solutions from the industry's leading technology vendors.

Business-class ReadyNAS products include form factors to fit any budget or location. The desktop NVX (4-bay) and Pro (6-bay) are ideal for smaller firms or remote offices/branch offices with the tightest budget constraints or moderate availability requirements. The rack-mount ReadyNAS family includes 1U 4-bay models (the 2100 and 3100), as well as 2U 12-bay models (the 3200 and 4200). All models include a unified (NAS and iSCSI) storage architecture, secure replication, an offsite archive option, and yield highest performance and reliability metrics in their class. Pricing starts under $1,000.

ReadyNAS business products include the new ReadyNAS 3100 and 4200, which are available in late April exclusively from NETGEAR PowerShift Partners, starting with CDW. ReadyNAS systems come with full 24/7 technical support and an industry-leading five-year warranty with spare parts support and extended service options. ReadyNAS Vault is included as a 30-day trial of pre-paid and annual capacity plans. In addition, ReadyNAS products integrate seamlessly with NETGEAR's ProSecure® and ProSafe® lines of security, switching and wireless networking products to provide a complete solution. More information for the entire ReadyNAS product line can be viewed at http://www.readynas.com.

The complete ReadyNAS business product range is now on the VMware Hardware Certification List (HCL) and is compatible with the industry-leading VMware vSphere™ platform. The HCL is available at http://www.vmware.com/resources/compatibility/. Specific NETGEAR products can also be searched within the online VMware Partner Product Catalog at http://alliances.vmware.com/public_html/catalog/.

About NETGEAR, Inc.

NETGEAR (NASDAQGM: NTGR) designs innovative, branded technology solutions that address the specific networking, storage, and security needs of Small- to Medium-sized Businesses (SMBs) and home users. The company offers an end-to-end networking product portfolio to enable users to share Internet access, peripherals, files, multimedia content, and applications among multiple computers and other Internet-enabled devices. Products are built on a variety of proven technologies such as wireless, Ethernet and powerline, with a focus on reliability and ease-of-use. NETGEAR products are sold in over 28,000 retail locations around the globe, and via more than 39,000 value-added resellers. The company's headquarters are in San Jose, Calif., with additional offices in 25 countries. NETGEAR is an ENERGY STAR® partner. More information is available at http://www.netgear.com or by calling (408) 907-8000. Connect with NETGEAR at http://twitter.com/NETGEAR and http://www.facebook.com/netgear.

©2010 NETGEAR, Inc. NETGEAR, the NETGEAR logo, ProSafe, ProSecure and ReadyNAS 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.

VMware, VMware Ready, and VMware vSphere are registered trademarks and/or trademarks of VMware, Inc. in the United States and/or other jurisdictions. The use of the word "partner" or "partnership" does not imply a legal partnership relationship between VMware and any other company.

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 business, product availability timelines and the expected performance characteristics, specifications, reliability, specific uses, 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 customers; product performance may be adversely affected by real world operating conditions; failure of products may under certain circumstances cause permanent loss of end user data; new viruses or Internet threats may develop that challenge the effectiveness of security features in NETGEAR's products; the ability of NETGEAR to market and sell its products and technology; 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 "Part I - Item 1A. Risk Factors," pages 10 through 27, in the Company's Annual Report on Form 10-K for the fiscal year ended December 31, 2009, filed with the Securities and Exchange Commission on March 1, 2010. 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.

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SOURCE NETGEAR, Inc.



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