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QNAP TS-869 Pro 8-Bay NAS Review - Test System Setup

When QNAP went high-end last year with 10GbE capability, they left an opening for lower cost units designed for true small office environments. The x69 Series fills that gap while still offering high drive count NAS products, but reduces some of the enterprise features only used in large office environments.

| SOHO NAS/DAS in Storage | Posted: Nov 1, 2012 6:12 pm
TweakTown Rating: 93%Manufacturer: QNAP

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Intel NASPT

 

The Intel NAS Performance Toolkit (NASPT) is a file system exerciser and analysis tool designed to enable direct measurement of home network attached storage (NAS) performance. Designed to emulate the behavior of an actual application, NASPT uses a set of real world workload traces gathered from typical digital home applications.

 

Traces of high definition video playback and recording, office productivity applications, video rendering/content creation and more provide a broad range of different application behaviors.

 

TweakTown Custom 48-Client Enterprise Test

 

TweakTown's Custom 48-Client Enterprise Test uses NetBench 7.03 with two custom workstations running 24 Hyper-V installs of Windows 7 to simulate small office multiuser performance. Both throughput (in Mbits per second) and latency (in milliseconds) are measured.

 

The tests are conducted in RAID 6 mode with the maximum number of HDDs installed.

 

 

- RAID Level Description

 

JBOD: Combine multiple drives and capacities into one drive.

 

RAID 0: Normally used to increase performance and useful for setups such as large read-only NFS servers where mounting many disks is time-consuming or impossible and redundancy is irrelevant.

 

RAID 1: Create an exact copy (or mirror) of a set of data on two or more disks. This is useful when read performance or reliability are more important than data storage capacity.

 

RAID 5: Use block-level striping with parity data distributed across all member disks.

 

RAID 6: Extend RAID 5 by adding an additional parity block; thus it uses block-level striping with two parity blocks distributed across all member disks.

 

RAID 10: A Stripe of Mirrors. Multiple RAID 1 mirrors are created and a RAID 0 stripe is created over these.

 

RAID 50: Combines the straight block-level striping of RAID 0 with the distributed parity of RAID 5.

 

RAID 60: Combines the straight block-level striping of RAID 0 with the distributed double parity of RAID 6.

 

Western Digital RED - The NAS HDD

 

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TweakTown uses Western Digital RED 1TB hard drives for all of our NAS server tests. You can read our full review of the Western Digital RED 1TB in this article.

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