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Thecus N5550 5-Bay Home NAS Review - Test System Setup

Thecus rehashed a successful design for the successor to the N5500 and increased performance with a new Intel Atom processor paired with twice the amount of RAM. The new N5550 also adds advanced features, HDMI output and USB 3.0 topping that list.

By: | SOHO NAS/DAS in Storage | Posted: Dec 3, 2012 2:01 pm
TweakTown Rating: 94%Manufacturer: Thecus

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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.

 

 

- 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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