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NAS Product Briefs


The Thecus N7700PRO / N7700 PRO systems are well endowed as it is on par with all the other units at this level. The QNAP TS-809PRO is slightly slower whilst the Netgear 6-bay ReadyNAS PRO Business edition is again slightly slower as is the ReadyNAS Ultra 6 Plus which is much the same as the ReadyNAS PRO business edition. The N7700PRO is the fastest of the bunch just piping the TS-809PRO to the finish line.

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THECUS N8900 Full-Featured 8 Bay 2U Rackmount NAS Server

The Thecus N8900 features the latest firmware revision as well having full 64-bit kernel support making provision for 6Gb/s dual SAS and SATA support courtesy of the PCI-e LSI combo controller. Designed from the ground up and not like many other units, merely a CPU upgrade here and there then repacked and sold, this one hosts the Intel Core i3-2120 processor, integrates 2 cores at 3.3GHz and the performance is optimized with a generous 8GB of DDR3 memory allowing for excellent response times for virtualized environments and storage operations.

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QNAP TS-879U-RP 8 bay Rackmount NAS

The TS-879U-RP features USB 3.0 ports for high speed backup to external hard drives. EXT3, EXT4, NTFS, and HFS+ file systems are supported to ensure compatibility with Windows, Mac® OS X, and Linux operating systems. Also the TS-879U-RP offers network expansion options which include dual-port 1 GbE and dual-port 10 GbE network expansion cards, to aggregate and boost network performance. The TS-879U-RP includes two Gigabit (GbE) LAN ports which can be expanded to four GbE LAN ports or two 10 GbE LAN ports plus two GbE ports.

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The Synology DS2413+ has excelled in performance compared to other 12 Bays Tower NAS. The DS2413+ showed the capability to handle multiple host connections and file transfers simultaneously. Link Aggregation which enabled the DS2413+ can deliver speeds averaging 201.03MB/sec reading speed under a SHR Configuration, and 196.87 MB/sec writing. This also allows the DS2413+ to be a great storage solution for all your virtualization needs being iSCSI and virtualization ready.

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Synology RS10613xs+ NAS server

The RS10613xs+ and the RS3413xs+ both turned in excellent performance ratios, even more so, if upgraded to 10GbE platform. The sequential IOPS resulted in a figure of 410215.05 for Reads and 268510.06 for Writes. The RS10613xs+ is a tremendously versatile NAS server despite its business tendencies it will still also appeal to professional home users as well as the serious hobbyist who tend to generate enormous amounts of data. We have yet to do undertake comprehensive performance testing, but initial IOPS results are pleasing making this model a must for users wanting good performance, reliability and compatibility.

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