by September 2, 2004 0 comments



This 1U , 320 GB comes with Windows Storage Server 2003 OS. It has a P4 2.4 GHz CPU, 512 MB RAM and two gigabit-LAN ports. It has four 80 GB, hot-swappable, 7200RPM, IDE HDDs, which by default are configured as a software RAID-5 volume. The device comes with a redundant OS partition, which can be used to boot the system, in case the primary OS or the disk containing it crashes. 

The device supports file sharing with Apple, Linux, NetWare, UNIX and Windows clients. For data reliability, it can take automatic snapshots or back up to an external SCSI tape drive. You can use the default Windows program for data back up or install a third-party software. For centralized authentication, the NAS can be made a part of a Windows domain. You can also map local NAS users to an NIS domain. The NAS provides full file/share-level access control to files and folders. You can also install a third-party anti-virus program for virus protection. It can be managed via web-browser, telnet, RDesktop, or Microsoft management console. You can set quota limits on users for storage-space usage on disks and directories. Its file-screening feature is useful to restrict certain types of files to be stored on the device. Storage reports provide detailed
information about the files and folders stored on the NAS.

The device’s file-serving performance was very good. It achieved 258.9 MBps maximum throughput, which is double that of the QNAP NAS (also reviewed in this section). This was achieved only after enabling the advanced performance option on each of its disks. It’s more expensive than QNAP and provides lower capacity, but has much better performance.

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