THECUS N8810U-G Multi-User 8 Bay 2U Rackmount NAS Server
  • Manufacturer Bio
  • Product Overview
  • Product Specs
  • Features
  • Performance

Manufacturer Bio

Thecus NAS ProductsThecus Technology is a specialist NAS and associated product manufacturer based out of Taiwan as well as maintaining healthy channel partnerships with leading storage providers globally including the highly successful regions of Europe and USA. Thecus produces a bevy of products for all sectors inclusive for home and business users alike in various form factors from a single bay to enterprise level 8, 12 and 16 bays.

Thecus has become a leading de-facto manufacturer in this class with its reputation for manufacturing value for money and performance based NAS appliances and continues to maintain its reputation at every conceivable opportunity.

Thecus® USA

487 Montague Expressway, Milpitas, CA 95035
Tel: (408)262-6331
Support Tel: (909) 869 9110

Technology support: http://ussupport.thecus.com/esupport/

Support e-mail: support@us.thecus.com

Product Overview

Thecus N8810U-G is the new generation of SMB rack mount NAS servers built in with a single 10GbE adapter, ready for action. The specification is impressive at the heart of the server is Intel Pentium G850 Dual Core CPU (2.9GHz), with 4GB DDR3 ECC RAM, expandable to 16GB, supporting RAID 0-60 and JBOD (just a bunch of disks), Free Acronis True Image backup utility, and Free McAfee Antivirus.

The N8810U-G is double packed to minimize damage and the box also houses the mounting rails required for installation within a rack. Unlike other manufacturers the rail kit is inclusive and not an optional extra. Once the server has been removed installation of the hard disk drives can commence.

Installation of the unit is pretty straightforward. Secure your Hard Drives within the trays provided and simply insert them into the NAS bays. Connect the network cable provided to the Ethernet port, and the power cable to the mains socket its ready to boot. Locating the NAS is a simple affair insert the default IP address – 192.168.1.100. You may use the wizard to guide you along or go it manually if you feel confident or know what you are doing. Logging in is simple with the username and password being admin as standard you can now access the drive section to check the drives are installed and ready to RAID.

RAID management will allow the selection of the appropriate RAID level, with all eight drives installed our HGST 4TB NAS drives were ready to be initialized. Our RAID 5 selection took over 16 hours for the full process to complete and be ready for action. If you wish to refer to a quick installation guide this can be downloaded from the Thecus website – www.thecus.com

Ready to setup up share folders? from the Storage menu, choose Share Folders, and the Shared Folder screen appears. Continue to create share folders as required.

The Thecus N8810U-G also supports snapshot. SMB and enterprise Thecus IP storage systems are now capable of saving 16 Snapshot versions of files and folders. If snapshot is a feature required ensure to select a “BTRFS” file system as that is required to enable snapshot to work.

Another feature that is useful is iSCSI Thin-Provisioning, when creating an iSCSI target volume, virtual memory is assigned to the target, allowing the physical memory to reach maximum capacity and adding new disks only when needed, to setup iSCSI thin-provisioning, simply select “Thin-Provision” mode from the “Create LUN” setting screen, and you are away.

HA (High Availability) is a feature that is available in Thecus Enterprise NAS servers currently this is only supported for the N8900, N12000PRO and N16000PRO.

Overall the features and value for money elements are impressive, for a NAS servers for under $1800.00 it’s a no brainer, and if you buy from SimplyNAS you can get an extra extended one year warranty to a total of 3 years. This is exclusive to us and a great value add when warranty

Product Specifications

Hardware Platform

Item Spec
Processor Intel® Pentium G850 (2.9GHz Dual Core)
System Memory 4GB DDR3 ECC Memory
LAN Interface (PCI-e) RJ-45x2: Intel 82574L 10/100/1000 BASE-TX Auto MDI/MDI-X,WOL supported
Supports 1 x Single-Port 10GBASE-T Ethernet Network Card
USB Interface USB 2.0 host port x6 (front x2, back x4)
USB 3.0 host port x2 (back x2)
LCM Module Displays system status and information
10GbE NIC (Included x1)
HDMI Output HDMI port (back x1)
VGA Output VGA port (back x1)
Disk Interface 8 x SATA for internal
Power Supply Redundant power supply 400W or more (80plus)
Bundled 10GbE Network Card 1 x C10GTR Installed
Thermal/Fan Control Thermal sensor on processor temperature
System Fan Hot Swappable (x4)
System Clock Battery-backed up system clock
Power Management Auto power on after shutdown due to power loss
Buzzer Adjustable frequency alarm
Buttons Power button
LCM button (ENT, ESC, UP, DOWN)
Environment Temperature: 5°C to 40°C
Humidity: 0 ~ 80 % R.H. (Non-condensing)
Chassis 2U Rack mount
Dimensions (HxWxD) 90 x 428 x 586 (mm)/3.54 x 16.85 x 23.07 (in)
Weight 15.88(kgs)/35.01(lb)(NAS only)
Certificates CE/FCC/C-Tick/VCCI/BSMI
RoHS
WEEE
VMware

Software Functions

RAID
RAID Modes RAID 0, 1, 5, 6, 10, 50, 60 and JBOD
Auto-rebuild Supported
Hot-swap Supported
Hot Spare Supported
RAID Level Migration Supported
RAID Expansion Supported
RAID Volume Encryption AES256bit
Disk
Power Management Available spin-down while idle setting
Bad Block Scanning Supported
SMART Info Supported
SMART Test Supported
Disk Roaming Supports volume-based roaming to other Thecus NAS (Require ThecusOS 5 64 bit)
Network
Configuration Fixed IP address, dynamic IP address
Transport Protocols TCP/IP/AppleTalk
File Protocols SMB/CIFS, HTTP/HTTPS, FTP, NFS v4, AFP
Link Aggregation Load balance, Failover, 802.3ad,  Balance-XOR, Balance-TLB, Balance-ALB, Broadcast
TCP/IP IPV6 & IPV4
DDNS Supported
SSH Supported
UPnP Supported
UPnP Port forwarding Supported
System status
System Monitor Monitoring CPU, memory, network utilization and protocols access user count
Syslog Management Send syslog to assigned location
Act as syslog server to receive log info from other systems
Data Access
Client OS Support Windows XP and after
Windows Server 2003 and after
UNIX/Linux
Mac OS X
FTP Built-in FTP server with bandwidth control 
Secure FTP Built-in secure FTP server with bandwidth control
TFTP Users can download and upload files with TFTP programs
Download Manager BitTorrent downloads (via Transmission Module)
NZB download (via NZB module)
Printer Server (IPP) Supports USB printers
Supports a wide range of IPP printers
Client can manage print tasks  (list/delete) via web user interface
Data Backup
Client Incremental Data Backup Acronis True image (OEM version)
Client System Disaster Recovery Acronis True image (OEM version)
Client Side Backup Software Thecus Backup Utility (Windows/Mac OS X)
Data Burn Create files to ISO image and burn to optical disc
Create files to ISO image
Read ISO image from optical disc and write to NAS
Mac OS X Time Machine Supported
Data Guard Remote Backup/Local Backup
Block Level Access
iSCSI Target/Initiator Supports Microsoft/Mac OS X/Linux initiators and Thecus NAS targets
iSCSI Thin Provisioning Supported
MPIO Supported
MCS Supported
Clustering Supported
SCSI3 Persistent Group Reservation Supported
Power Management
Scheduled Power On/Off Supported
Volume Management
Multiple RAID Supported
Multiple File System Selectable EXT3/EXT4/XFS
Multimedia Support
iTunes Server Supports AAC, MP3 w/ID3 tag and WAV
Piczza!™ Photo Server (via module) Supports GIF, JPG (JPEG), BMP, PNG
Support EXIF display
Support slide show
Media Server Support uPnP AV streaming protocol (via Module)
User Authentication
Local User Supports built-in user accounts
Local Group Supports built-in user groups
Windows ADS Supported
LDAP Supported
Access Guard Supports Black & White list/IP Filter
Cloud Backup
DropBox Supported (via module) 
ElephantDriver Supported (via module) 
Amazon S3 Supported
File System
Type Journaling File System
Language Support Unicode Support
Authorization (ACL) “Read”, “write”, or “deny” privileges to individual users or groups in folders and sub-folders
User Quota Supported
Administration
User Interface Web-based user interface supports English, Traditional Chinese, Simplified Chinese, Japanese, Korean, French, German, Italian, Spanish, Russian, Polish and Portuguese
Utility Program MS Windows Setup Wizard
Supports Windows XP and after
Mac OS X Setup Wizard
Email Notifications Sends system messages via email to the system administrator
SNMP Trap System information trap out
Mobile Applications (iOS/Android)
T-Dashboard™ Mobile monitoring and administration (via module)
T-OnTheGo™ Upload, download and stream multimedia
Data Security
Virus Scan Supports McAfee® (via module)
Capacity Expansion
Stackable Can extend for 5 additional iSCSI volumes from other Thecus NAS
Others
Recycle Bin Supported
Web Disk Supported (via module)
Web Server Supported (via module)
ISO Mount Supported
IP Cam Surveillance Supports up to 10 IP cameras (via module)
Auto Module Installation Thecus’s module server automatically provides the latest modules and updates through the user interface.
Local Display X-Window via HDMI output

Outstanding Features

10GbE Included
High-end data centers often need a level of speed that today’s average network cannot provide.The 10GbE solution offered by the N8810U-G models makes them ready for the next step in network evolution straight out of the box.

AES 256-bit RAID Volume Encryption
Thecus’s AES 256-bit RAID volume encryption tool allows users to fully encrypt their entire RAID volume, defending essential data even in instances of theft.

Data Guard
Data Guard backup solution is the ultimate software as it provides both local and remote parts. Currently, data is backed up across RAID volumes, external USB drives, and eSATA. In addition, Data Guard uses innovative technology to sync data across the network to other NAS and servers. More importantly, Thecus® Data Guard is the total backup solution which makes managing NAS user-friendly and convenient.

Data Burn
NAS data can now be burned directly to CD, DVD, and Blu-ray discs with Data Burn, this hassle-free module makes burning data to a disk effortless. In addition, burning ISO image file is also supported. Whether you’re managing audio, media or essential files; Data Burn copies information fast while significantly reducing waiting time. The process of burning file to disk is now easy and smooth with Data Burn module.

Link Aggregation
Link aggregation can sustain multiple network connections and provide redundancy in case one of the links fails. Thecus NAS supports 7 modes which provide Load Balance, Failover, 802.3ad, Balance-XOR, Balance-TLB, and Balance-ALB, Broadcast.

Antivirus
Thecus’ innovative hardware helps prevent failures. But sometimes you have to protect the NAS against itself. Adding an antivirus to the already comprehensive software bundle will provide the necessary software protection by scanning the files on your NAS and defending it against possible threats. McAfee is the world’s largest dedicated security technology company and shares Thecus’ spirit of dedication and quality. By establishing a strong partnership with them, Thecus will allow users the benefit of McAfee’s powerful software on their NAS entirely for free.

Cloud Backup
The private and public clouds meet with Thecus’ new DropBox, Amazon S3 and ElephantDrive cloud backup functionality! Guard your data with RAID at home and an additional level of protection in the Cloud. Just drag and drop files into the folder on your NAS and access them on any computer or mobile device with DropBox, Amazon S3 or ElephantDrive.

HDMI Output
Make your NAS into the ultimate multimedia hub! The N8810U-G’s HDMI output allows you to connect your NAS directly to your TV for device management.

USB 3.0 Connectivity
The next generation of connectivity is here with speeds 10x faster than USB 2.0. Whether connecting digital cameras and smart phones, backing up large external hard drives, or extending the capacity of your NAS, USB 3.0 will make sure it's done in no time at up to 5 Gbit/s. Backwards compatibility adds the connectivity of a world full of USB 2.0 and USB 1.1 devices to get the best combination of speed and universal access.

Acronis True Image
Thecus brings the best to the table with Acronis’s advanced backup software. Back up all your data with One-click Protection or pick and choose only your most important files. Acronis sports a slick interface, user-friendly design, and comprehensive features to keep your data safe.

Multiple RAID
When it comes to data management, Thecus NAS truly let you have it your way. Create multiple RAID volumes each supporting different RAID modes including RAID 0, 1, 5, 6, 10, 50, 60 and JBOD for your own balance of performance and data protection. Should a hard drive malfunction occur, changing one is simple thanks to online RAID migration and expansion, hot spare, and auto rebuild.

Multiple File Systems
Support for multiple file systems including EXT3, EXT4, and XFS, gives Thecus NAS flexibility to handle many different types of environments. Users can simultaneously use different file systems across multiple RAID volumes to get the best of each one.

iSCSI Thin-Provisioning
Get the most out of your storage space with the extreme speed of iSCSI and the efficiency of iSCSI thin provisioning. Connect through iSCSI for the fastest data transfer speeds available and make wasted disk space a thing of the past with thin provisioning's flexible storage functionality.

iOS/Android Connectivity
In the modern world, nothing is as important as reaching your data from anywhere. With T-OnTheGo and the T-Dashboard, you can manage your NAS, and upload to and download/stream from your NAS using an iOS or Android device on the go.

Rsync
Backing up your data is very necessary, and everyone has specific needs when it comes to storage. Thecus’s Rsync functionality gives users great flexibility with remote backup capability, a flexible scheduler, and the stability of Linux-based transfer.

User Quota
Divide the massive storage of a Thecus NAS among multiple users. Whether there are two users or 100, User Quota make it easy to divvy up and manage disk space.

Performance

Cleary with a new processor, chipset and completely redesigned motherboard we did expect the system would do well, paired with 10GbE as well, it was a safe bet to expect an increase in performance.

Just using Gigabit the performance was better than the Thecus N8800PRO, and 3.4% faster when compared with Synology RS3412RPxs, QNAP TS-879U-RP, and in many instances with its own N8900 NAS servers, but not toppling the Xeon based NAS units. Just in the performance section it was impressive within the Gigabit category.

The Real World Test performance results are an average of twelve full test cycles. The N8810U-G was connected via the HP Procurve Switch and performance was impressive with a raw read speed of 621MB/sec and for writes it was 738MB/sec for a mapped share. We also tested a 4GB video file using IOMETER which returned a combined average read and write speed of 292MB/sec.

The Thecus N8810U-G is a great addition to the Thecus range, if performance is the only criteria it’s a great little 8-bay. Speedy, compact, and with 10GbE installed it has a great price tag as well. We were unable to find anything that will compete on performance, specification and warranty at a price that can compete with the Thecus N8810U-G. Clearly a lot of thought’s gone into what customers demanded and Thecus seems to have clearly delivered. Thecus N8810U-G is a good choice for business network storage, with a sharp focus on data protection.

 

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