Over the years I've seen several digital tragedies. Family, friends and even friends of friends bring their computers over when tragedy strikes. Normally a virus or other undesirable has infected a computer, but from time to time a complete HDD failure has occurred and the person with the computer starts to freak out with the thought of lost data. It's actually very rare to hear that the data was backed up somewhere else. Obviously there is a need for low cost NAS servers that offer data redundancy. It really doesn't matter who you are or what you do, if you keep important data on your computer hard drive, you need to protect it.
Till now the thought of a high performance, low cost NAS has been an oxymoron. The two just don't go well together. NAS appliances these days are mini computers; they have several components and have to be fast to handle the required tasks. Additional costs like the drive sleds, backplane and software development add to the build of materials list and thus the final price. We've seen several 4 and 5 bay NAS appliances priced in the 800 Dollar plus range, but the ineo I-NA559N Pro is one of the first to hit the 600 Dollar mark. 600 Dollars seems like quite a bit, but it sure sounds better than 800 Dollars. When you start to calculate the value of the data being protected on your NAS, that Dollar figure starts to fade away.
The ineo I-NA559N Pro 5-Bay NAS delivers where it counts the most to home users, reading back and streaming digital data. It would be really hard to fathom how much your life changes when you've got the power to watch recorded episodes of Top Gear in any room while at the same time the kids are occupying their time watching an old episode of Wrestlemania and your wife is occupying her time looking for the right picture to use in a new picture frame. This might sound like a once in a lifetime thing, but it was mine last night, last week and most likely my upcoming weekend. The best thing is that with RAID 5 and RAID 6 all of that digital content is safe.
The ineo NAS is very good at reading data, but in RAID 5 and RAID 6 write performance is around 3x slower than the read speed. The ineo I-NA559N Pro has enough write speed for you to send a couple of HD streams at the same time to the NAS. This is more than what most people do, but when sending files from a PC to the NAS you will notice the transfers being limited to around 35MB/s.