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2 Bay NetSwap Plus

2 Bay NetSwap Plus

4 Bay NetSwap Plus

2 Bay or 4 Bay NetSwap Plus with mirroring.

What makes the NetSwap line different than consumer NAS products is that they have fully enclosed transportable and removable drives.  Unlike Network attached storage with fixed drives the NetSwap can protect against things like fire, flood, and theft.  The removable drive can be used for offsite transport or to seed replication.

New!  Removable drives can now be protected by the hardware using robust AES 256 bit encryption.  Learn more.

Each removable drive pair can be automatically mirrored.  With mirroring turned on, neither your servers or the backup software are aware when drives are swapped.  Because the primary volume can stay connected at all times, this avoids software issues associated with removable drives.  Once synched, one of each pair are typically removed for offsite storage.

Quality hardware design, cool & quiet operation, and knowledgeable U.S. based support are just a few of the other things that make the NetSwap Plus superior to consumer NAS products. We  provide optional dynamic support contracts for up to 3 years with advance replacement on hardware including shipping costs to and from the factory.  The NetSwap offers CIFS connections (a simple Windows share), NFS (easy Linux, Unix, Vmware share), or iSCSI (faster block level drive access that allows backup speeds of 300 Gigabytes/Hr).

Use any popular browser to configure it and use Popular RMM (Remote Management and Monitoring) Tools like Labtech to monitor it.  The simple menu driven interface is similar to popular routers, allowing IP address, machine name, and other basic configuration for easy backup.

With NetSwap Plus you can replace tape. You can also replace (or supplement) expensive monthly cloud strategies. The NetSwap offers SMB connections (a simple Windows share), NFS (easy Linux, Unix, Vmware share), or iSCSI (faster block level drive access that allows backup speeds of 300 Gigabytes/Hr).   The NetSwap is ideal for customers that need rackmounted Backup and Disaster Recovery.

4 Bay NetSwap Plus Block Diagram

Configure via any Browser

Block Diagram 2 Bay NetSwap Plus

High-Rely Classic Removable Drive

Media Carrying Cases

The 2/4 Bay NetSwap Plus is a backup device with up to four removable drives.  Pairs of removable drives can mirror to one another or they can appear as separate drives. 

The NetSwap Plus is an Ethernet attached backup system designed with support for removable hard drives. Conventional network appliances have fixed internal hard drives or RAID drives with exposed SATA connectors that are intended to be replaced only upon failure. By contrast, the NetSwap Plus system has a fully enclosed removable drive for frequent media swaps, making it possible to create multiple transportable copies of your backup.

The system connects via Gigabit Ethernet and supports network shares or iSCSI.  The NetSwap plus is the only NAS on the market made with removable drives designed for daily swap and transport.

By installing the included drive management software on the machine(s) you back up, our Ethernet connected drive can be hot-swapped like a USB drive whether configured as Windows/NFS share or an iSCSI device. Inserted drives will reappear to Windows machines on the network with consistent drive letters, allowing your favorite backup software to send jobs to the removable drive without requiring user intervention or a server reboot.

We know speed is crucial for backup/restore. Using Gigabit Ethernet and our iSCSI software, the removable drive can attain 75% the speed of a locally attached SATA drive. A powerful Intel processor provides sufficient performance for both physical and virtual environments to restore quickly and easily.

The removable drive and data drive can be formatted NTFS (Native Windows format) or EXT4 and will plug into our direct attached (USB3 or ESATA) line of storage products. Use your favorite software for backup and/or additional off-site (cloud) management.

NetSwap Plus Customers:

  • Would like Network Attached Storage (NAS) but need enterprise class hardware and the ability to carry data off-site as needed. They may want to supplement off-site cloud backup, or can only afford to off-site part of the data set, or simply don’t trust data off-site.
  • May want a mirrored copy of NAS storage created automatically so there are 2 copies of all backup data. With  Automatic Mirroring Technology, a physical backup of your data is as easy as removing a media cartridge when you need it.  No clicking, no scheduling, no waiting.  Just pull the media and go.
  • Built in replication. NAS to NAS replication allows placement of a second box offsite.  Supports block level incremental copies,  bandwidth scheduling, bandwidth throttling, and up to 5 replication targets.  Note: allow extra space on source hard drive when using snapshots.  More details.
  • Are tired of waiting for large data sets to update over the Internet. SpeedSeed™ technology offers the fastest possible way to practically sync large volumes of data.  SpeedSeed eliminates the time it takes to make copies of data at both the source and destination site.  By making the SpeedSeed the “primary” drive in the mirror set the destination site is up to date in minutes, not hours.
  • Want enough speed to do FULL backups, in case incremental doesn’t work when needed.
  • Want rapid restore. Using Gigabit Ethernet and our iSCSI software, the removable drive outperforms USB 2 and, when optimized, can attain 75% the speed of a locally attached SATA drive.  We recommend dedicating a separate Ethernet card on machine(s) being backed up for best speed.
  • Need local, fast restore instead of waiting for cloud restore. (Note: Restore speed can be increased even further by attaching removable drive directly onto server using our low cost slimline enclosure.)
  • May need to restore virtual environments from bare metal, which is hard or impossible to do with USB and eSATA since the stripped down hypervisor O.S. may not provide driver support.
  • Have servers that don’t support high speed (USB3 or eSATA) storage controllers or have blade servers with no PCI-e slots.
  • Do not have the budget for expensive NAS/SAN solutions.
  • Want security. Can join a Windows domain.
  • Want a NAS that can recover from lock-ups using watchdog circuitry.
  • Like the idea of U.S. company with telephone tech support for resellers and good customer service, along with ability to purchase 3 year advance replace warranty.

The removable drive and data drive can be formatted NTFS (Native Windows format) or EXT4 and will plug into our direct attached (USB3 or ESATA) line of storage products. Use your favorite software for backup and/or additional off-site (cloud) management.

  • Simple Bare Metal Virtual Machine Restore. Having a NetSwap unit provides backup storage that can be accessed using Windows Networking, NFS networking, or iSCSI. Hypervisor environments that won’t easily recognize USB or eSATA quickly attach via Gigabit ethernet.
  • Interchangeable Media. You can plug your media into our conventional Direct Attached Storage products (USB2, USB3, or eSATA connected). This gives you unprecedented ability to verify and restore your backups elsewhere.
  • High Capacity. Currently up to 4 TB of RAW storage per removable drive (higher if compressed).  So 8TB on 2 bay and up to 16TB on 4 bay total capacity.
  • No Drivers Required. Access the NetSwap via conventional UNC path (Windows Networking) or by connecting via iSCSI or NFS via Gigabit Ethernet connectivity.
  • Free iSCSI and Drive Management Software Included. Our software assists you in safely removing network attached drives, as well as making sure that drive letters stay consistent so that backup jobs run reliably.

If these characteristics are what you’re looking for, the 2/4 bay NetSwap Plus is the perfect hardware platform for your backup needs.

Important Note:  In replication environments where files will be open and changing 24×7, the High-Rely “snapshot” feature can be used to track active file changes, providing integrity for the replication offsite.   When using this snapshot feature the worst case scenario would require having twice the space on the sending side of replication job as is required for your full data set.  For example, a very actively changing 1TB  data set might require up to a 2TB drive on the sending side of the replication to allow room for the snapshot. While doubling space is overly conservative in most cases, it should be considered in drive size planning.

Available Interfaces Gigabit Ethernet port (1 Gps). RJ45.
Operating System Menu driven preconfigured Linux
Removable Drive Capacity High-Rely Classic media – up to 4 Terabyte 3.5”
Write Performance iSCSI Up to 300 Gigabytes/Hr to NTFS
In network share mode up to 200Gigabytes/Hr to EXT4 formatted drives and 100Gigabytes/Hr to NTFS formatted drives.
Speeds will vary based on environment.
Factory Reset Includes USB Key for automated emergency firmware reload
Network Protocols SMB/CIFS (Windows), NFS, or iSCSI
CPU Intel Celeron
Removable Drive File System NTFS (supports GPT for >2TB) or Ext4.
Client Operating System Support Windows XP onwards. For iSCSI Windows XP & 2003 need SP2 & the free MS ISCSI Initiator. Linux, Hyper-V, VMWare.
Quiet & Rackmount Low noise design and rack form factor: 17.25″W x 23.125″ L (to rack ear, add another 1.375″ to rack handle) x 3.5″H (2U) fits in to most rack mount enclosures.  Our standard rack sliding rails included. Please test for fit as some racks vary.
Power Use Supports 110/220 manual switch. 2 Bay 37 Watts idle.  4 Bay 40 Watts idle, 60 Watts during access, 140 BTUs Idle, 211 BTUs during access

High-Rely USB Installer Version 2.1.0.0b

Category: Software


[High-Rely-USB-Installer-2.1.0.0b.exe] - February 24th, 2014

This program will install a NetSwap/RAIDFrame Plus or BNAS Restore Key image onto a USB Flash drive.  Two gigabyte or larger USB Flash drive required (there should have been one included with your system).This program will install a NetSwap/RAIDFrame Plus … Continue reading



NetSwap/RAIDFrame Plus Manual Version 2.10

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[NetSwapRAIDFrameManual_2.10.pdf] - September 26th, 2013

Manual for NetSwap, NetSwap Plus, and RAIDFrame Plus, Version 2.10.



High-Rely iSCSI Connector 2.1

Category: Software


[hriscsicon210_setup.zip] - April 11th, 2013

iSCSI Connector software for use with the NetSwap, NetSwap Plus, and RAIDFrame Plus running software version 2.x.  This software allows hot-swapping and safe removal of NetSwap iSCSI disks. Version 2.1. Remove any previous versions before installation.



High-Rely USB Installer Version 2.0.9.0

Category: Software


[High-Rely-USB-Installer-2.0.9.0.exe] - April 24th, 2013

This program will install a NetSwap/RAIDFrame Plus or BNAS Restore Key image onto a USB Flash drive.  Two gigabyte or larger USB Flash drive required (there should have been one included with your system).



High-Rely USB Installer Version 2.1.0.0

Category: Software


[High-Rely-USB-Installer-2.1.0.0.exe] - September 26th, 2013

This program will install a NetSwap/RAIDFrame Plus or BNAS Restore Key image onto a USB Flash drive.  Two gigabyte or larger USB Flash drive required (there should have been one included with your system).



High-Rely USB Installer Version 2.1.0.0a

Category: Software


[High-Rely-USB-Installer-2.1.0.0a.exe] - December 11th, 2013

This program will install a NetSwap/RAIDFrame Plus or BNAS Restore Key image onto a USB Flash drive.  Two gigabyte or larger USB Flash drive required (there should have been one included with your system).



HRDM2

Category: Software


[HRDM2V0.zip] - January 25th, 2012

HRDM2 – the Drive Letter assignment software has gotten even better! Now, HRDM2.5: Installs as a service – no more login required or tray start and stop hassles. New easy to use Administrative interface. HRDM2 Administrator safely and quickly helps … Continue reading



NetSwap Manual Version 2.0

Category: Downloads


[NetSwapManual_2.0.pdf] - June 4th, 2012

Manual for NetSwap and NetSwap Plus, Version 2.0.



NetSwap Manual Version 2.04

Category: Manuals


[NetSwapManual_2.04.pdf] - August 14th, 2012

Manual for NetSwap and NetSwap Plus, Version 2.04.



NetSwap/RAIDFrame Plus Manual Version 2.06

Category: Manuals


[NetSwapRAIDFrameManual_2.06.pdf] - October 18th, 2012

Manual for NetSwap, NetSwap Plus, and RAIDFrame Plus, Version 2.06.



NetSwap/RAIDFrame Plus Manual Version 2.07

Category: Manuals


[NetSwapRAIDFrameManual_2.07.pdf] - January 11th, 2013

Manual for NetSwap, NetSwap Plus, and RAIDFrame Plus, Version 2.07.



NetSwap/RAIDFrame Plus Manual Version 2.08

Category: Manuals


[NetSwapRAIDFrameManual_2.08.pdf] - March 7th, 2013

Manual for NetSwap, NetSwap Plus, and RAIDFrame Plus, Version 2.08.



NetSwap/RAIDFrame Plus Manual Version 2.08 Revision 1

Category: Manuals


[NetSwapRAIDFrameManual_2.08r1.pdf] - June 13th, 2013

Manual for NetSwap, NetSwap Plus, and RAIDFrame Plus, Version 2.08, Revision 1.



Basic Hardware Warranty – NAS USA (Click for Full Doc) Includes:

  • 1 Year return to factory parts and labor limited warranty from date of our invoice.
  • 1 way domestic shipping from factory via ground shipping on repaired units.
  • 1 Year Installation support from time of purchase. Limited Installation tech support is provided on best effort basis only for NAS appliances with Operating System unmodified from factory defaults. Support provided 9am to 5pm during Pacific Standard Time via email, chat, phone, or remote session.

Dynamic Support – NAS USA (Click for Full Doc) This Dynamic Support Contract Extends The Basic warranty and provides for additional services such as advanced hardware replacements during coverage period. Add On Coverage Includes:

  • Advance hardware replacement (with credit card guarantee) plus extended warranty period (1, 2, or 3 years depending on contract purchased).
  • 2 way domestic shipping to/from factory via 2 Day for units needing repair. Faster shipping methods are available for the cost difference between them and ground.
  • Free firmware and software updates and upgrades upon request as they become available.
  • Technical Support on all issues during period of contract including best efforts to assist with OS and software issues. Chat/ Email/ Web/ and Telephone support for technical assistance 8am to 5pm during business hours Pacific Standard Time.

Basic Hardware Warranty-NAS Canada (Click for Full Doc) Includes:

  • 1 Year return to factory parts and labor limited warranty from date of our invoice.
  • 1 way domestic shipping from factory to customer via ground shipping on repaired units. Assuming item was registered properly as a warranty return with Canadian Customs when it was shipped back to us, we will pay return shipping and fees back to customer.
  • 1 Year Installation support from time of purchase. Limited Installation tech support is provided on best effort basis only for NAS appliances with Operating System unmodified from factory defaults. Support provided 9am to 5pm during Pacific Standard Time via email, chat, phone, or remote session.

Dynamic Support-NAS Canada (Click for Full Doc) This Dynamic Support Contract Extends The Basic warranty and provides for additional services such as advanced hardware replacements during coverage period. Add On Coverage Includes:

  • Advance hardware replacement (with credit card guarantee) plus extended warranty period (1, 2, or 3 years depending on contract purchased).
  • 1 way outbound shipping plus duties and fees from factory via 2 Day for units needing replacement/ repair. Also packaging materials are provided at no charge. Faster shipping methods are available for the cost difference between them and ground. Cost of shipping unit from Canada back to Manufacturer in the U.S. is responsibility of the customer
  • Free firmware and software updates and upgrades upon request as they become available.
  • Technical Support on all issues during period of contract including best efforts to assist with OS and software issues. Chat/ Email/ Web/ and Telephone support for technical assistance 8am to 5pm during business hours Pacific Standard Time.


2 Bay NetSwap Plus

Thumb2 Bay NetSwap Plus Rackmount with Replication
MSRP: Base Unit. Order two or more removable drives to provide a complete off-site rotation and mirroring solution.
$1499.00
Part #: NETSPLUSR-2B-RM (Stock #: 15738)


4 Bay NetSwap Plus

Thumb4 Bay NetSwap Plus Rackmount with Replication
MSRP: Base Unit. Order four or more removable drives to provide a complete off-site rotation and mirroring solution
$1659.00
Part #: NETSPLUSR-4B-RM (Stock #: 15739)

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Dynamic Support - 2B NetSwap Plus 1 Year

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MSRP: 1 Year US/Canada Dynamic Support Contract for 2 Bay NetSwap Plus Rackmount. Includes Advanced Hardware Replacement.
$240.00
Part #: DS-NETSWAP2BAY-1YR (Stock #: 15562)


Dynamic Support - 2B NetSwap Plus 2 Year

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MSRP: 2 Year US/Canada Dynamic Support Contract for 2 Bay NetSwap Plus Rackmount. Includes Advanced Hardware Replacement.
$450.00
Part #: DS-NETSWAP2BAY-2YR (Stock #: 15563)


Dynamic Support - 2B NetSwap Plus 3 Year

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MSRP: 3 Year US/Canada Dynamic Support Contract for 2 Bay NetSwap Plus Rackmount. Includes Advanced Hardware Replacement.
$600.00
Part #: DS-NETSWAP2BAY-3YR (Stock #: 15564)


Dynamic Support - 4B NetSwap Plus 1 Year

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MSRP: 1 Year US/Canada Dynamic Support Contract for 4 Bay NetSwap Plus Rackmount. Includes Advanced Hardware Replacement.
$272.00
Part #: DS-NETSWAP4BAY-1YR (Stock #: 15565)


Dynamic Support - 4B NetSwap Plus 2 Year

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MSRP: 2 Year US/Canada Dynamic Support Contract for 4 Bay NetSwap Plus Rackmount. Includes Advanced Hardware Replacement.
$510.00
Part #: DS-NETSWAP4BAY-2YR (Stock #: 15566)


Dynamic Support - 4B NetSwap Plus 3 Year

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MSRP: 3 Year US/Canada Dynamic Support Contract for 4 Bay NetSwap Plus Rackmount. Includes Advanced Hardware Replacement.
$680.00
Part #: DS-NETSWAP4BAY-3YR (Stock #: 15567)