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LaCie 5big NAS Pro Review

By: Chris Ramseyer | SOHO NAS/DAS in Storage | Posted: Jul 12, 2013 7:15 pm
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TweakTown Rating: 93%Manufacturer: LaCie

Benchmarks - Multi-Client Test

 

The Intel NAS Performance Tool (NASPT) is an excellent way to determine NAS performance in a single user environment. Any review that only uses NASPT assumes that only a single computer will access the target NAS at one time. We took issue with this method of testing and spent over a year designing, building, programming and finally validating the TweakTown Multi-Client Test.

 

The test uses Microsoft Office data recorded to traces and played back to the NAS from up to 120 client Windows 7 installations (clients). We record total throughput of all clients and average response time per client.

 

Over time we'll populate the two multi-client charts with several NAS products from a span of categories. The products range from a dual Xeon server with 2x 10GbE to a 2-bay NAS with a single gigabit Ethernet connection. The products will fall into their performance categories based on performance and not marketing material or opinion.

 

Throughput

 

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The LaCie 5big NAS Pro dominates the other products in the same price category. We have the Thecus N8900 with an Intel X520-SR2 installed for our own reasons. It also helps to keep small performance differences from appearing larger than they really are.

 

LaCie is one of the few companies to list a recommended user count. Here we see their 50 user suggesting is spot on, the point just before the throughput flattens out, but latency increases.

 

Latency

 

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Looking at the latency, the 5big does a really good job of keeping the latency low. The 5big is also the only product shown with Seagate HDDs and not our standard Western Digital REDs. This is a topic we'll have to cover in a future article when we put the RED head to head with Seagate's new NAS HDD.

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