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QNAP TS-451+ SOHO NAS Review

November 1st, 2015 No comments

AnandTech reviews the QNAP TS-451+ NAS.

A look at the specifications reveals that the core SoC and memory capacity seem to be similar to the TS-x53 Pro launched last year. However, while the TS-x53 Pro targets the mid-end SMB market, the focus of the TS-x51 is more towards the home consumer side.

Source: QNAP TS-451+ SOHO NAS Review

Categories: Prebuilt NAS, QNAP, Reviews

HGST Deskstar NAS 6 TB Review on AnandTech

January 17th, 2015 No comments

HGST aims to fill that space with the 6 TB Deskstar NAS. It falls in the same market category as the WD Red. However, the HGST Deskstar NAS drives have a 7200 RPM rating and the 5 / 6 TB variants come with 128 MB of DRAM cache. This is expected to make them perform closer to the Seagate Enterprise Capacity v4 and Enterprise NAS HDD drives. In the remainder of the review, we will try to determine whether that is the case.

via AnandTech

Categories: Benchmarks, Reviews

ASUS P9A-I/C2550/SAS/4L (Intel Avoton) Server Motherboard Review

August 30th, 2014 3 comments

Tweak Town reviews and benchmarks a Mini-ITX, passively cooled, 18 drive, 4 NIC, IPMI NAS motherboard by ASUS.

The unique feature of this platform is low power use or green design, which allows it to be run with a passive cooling system. This also offers low running cost with power saving features.

via Tweak Town

Categories: Benchmarks, Reviews

Building Your Own NAS: Silverstone DS380 Chassis Tested, Reviewed

August 17th, 2014 1 comment

TechSpot combines some popular NAS components, a Silverstone DS380 case, Asrock C2750D4I motherboard, and FreeNAS.

Assembling your own NAS would net more performance as well because you’d be using a Celeron or Pentium over the Atom or other SoCs, while power shouldn’t be a concern with Haswell using less than 30 watts at idle. As the cherry on top, open source software such as FreeNAS and enclosures like Silverstone’s DS380 should make it less daunting to get started with your homebrewed eight-bay NAS server.

via TechSpot.

WD Red Pro Review: 4 TB Drives for NAS Systems Benchmarked

August 8th, 2014 No comments

AnandTech reviews and benchmarks a bunch of 4TB NAS and server hard drives.

Categories: Benchmarks, Reviews

The Ars NAS distribution shootout: FreeNAS vs NAS4Free

July 6th, 2014 No comments

Ars Technica takes a look at the most popular NAS distributions available for x86/x86-64 hardware.

Today, we’re going to look at two ready-to-rock ZFS-enabled network attached storage distributions: FreeNAS and NAS4Free.

via Ars Technica.

Categories: FreeNAS, Reviews

Synology DiskStation DS214se Review

December 7th, 2013 No comments

The DiskStation DS214se is Synology’s economical two-bay NAS with the capability to host, share, and protect data and is optimized to be an personal NAS server running the ever incomparable DiskStation Manager (DSM).

via StorageReview.com

Categories: Reviews, Synology

Battle of the 4 TB NAS Drives: WD Red and Seagate NAS HDD Face-Off

September 4th, 2013 No comments

AnandTech reviews and benchmarks the Western Digital Red, Seagate NAS HDD, Western Digital SE, and Western Digital RE 4 TB NAS hard drives.

The correct choice of hard drives for a NAS system is influenced by a number of factors. These include expected workloads, performance requirements and power consumption restrictions, amongst others. In this review, we will discuss some of these aspects while evaluating four different hard drives targeting the NAS market:

via AnandTech | Battle of the 4 TB NAS Drives: WD Red and Seagate NAS HDD Face-Off.

Recommend a NAS to Linus Torvalds

April 6th, 2013 2 comments

Linus Torvalds is asking for a NAS recommendation on Google+:

If it runs Linux, that’s obviously a plus, but no, I’m not looking for something to play with. Quite the reverse. I’m looking for something I can ignore and not worry about.

via Linus Torvalds

Categories: Prebuilt NAS, Reviews

Five Best NAS Enclosures

December 16th, 2012 No comments

Lifehacker has a list of the top five NASs, as voted by their readers.

Earlier in the week we asked you which NAS enclosures you thought were the best. We heard your nominations loud and clear, and now we’re back to take a look at the top five.

A fast NAS with class: 5 months with the Synology DS-412+

September 26th, 2012 No comments

Ars Technica provides a 6 page review of the Synology DS-412+, focusing on features, software, and pretty much everything you’d want to know about any NAS.

Other contenders in the home NAS space include QNAP, NetGear, and Iomega, but I went with Synology chiefly due to their reputation for performance. The DroboFS was the very definition of “easy to use,” but after more than a year the slow read and write speeds just became too much. After scouring forums and reviews to find a replacement, I kept coming back to the then-newly released DS-412+.

via Ars Technica

Categories: Benchmarks, Reviews, Synology

Western Digital Red NAS Hard Drive Review

July 15th, 2012 No comments

Western Digital released a hard drive aimed directly at home NAS users. It should also work great for home file servers, and any server where a 5400 RPM SATA drive is appropriate.

WD has several features that they’re touting as critical for the NAS user including; NASware specialized firmware, Intellipower low power spindle, robust NAS compatibility list, three year warranty and a dedicated WD Red 24×7 customer support line (1-855-55-WDRED if you need them).

via  StorageReview.com

Categories: Hard Drives, News, Reviews

LaCies 2big NAS Review

June 10th, 2012 No comments

AnandTech reviews the LaCie 2big NAS

On May 15th, LaCie launched an updated version of their 2big Network 2 2-bay product, the 2big NAS. The 2big NAS comes in diskless and 6TB versions, priced at $299.99 and $649.00 respectively. At this price point, the NAS competes with advanced 2-bay SMB solutions such as the Synology DS211+, and not the LG NAS N2A2 which is geared primarily towards home users. In this review, we set out to find whether the features and performance match up to the price point.

via AnandTech

Compact Network Attached Storage from Synology: DiskStation DS411 Slim

February 4th, 2012 No comments

This compact product working with 2.5”hard drives brings low power consumption “green” solution, quiet operation, reliability and easy disk replacement in a small size. The operating system, Synology DiskStation Manager 3.0, delivers rich features for multimedia, Internet sharing, data protection and energy-saving options. Read more in our review.

via X-bit labs.

Categories: Reviews, Synology

QNAP TS-659 Pro II Review

September 19th, 2011 1 comment

We have been playing around with the QNAP TS-659 Pro II unit over the last month or so. Based on the Intel Atom D525 platform, it has 6 bays and dual GbE ports, making it a candidate for the high end SMB market.

via AnandTech

Categories: Benchmarks, iSCSI, NFS, QNAP, Reviews, Samba