Benchmarks - RAID 5
RAID 5: Block-level striping with parity data distributed across all member disks.
HD Video Playback
HD Video Play - 720p HD stream from Windows Media Player 256kB reads
2HD Video Play - 2x playback
4HD Video Play - 4x playback
HD Video Record
HD Video Record - 720p HD stream, 256kB writes
HD Video Play & Record - One playback, One record simultaneously
2x HD Video Play & 2x Record - Two playback, Two record simultaneously
Photo Album - All reads - Wide distribution of sizes
Office Productivity - Reads and writes, 1kB & 4kB reads; Mostly 1kB writes
Content Creation - 95% writes; 1k, 4k & little reads; Writes up to 64kB
File / Directory Transfer
Directory Copy From NAS - 64kB reads
Directory Copy To NAS - Predominantly 64kB writes, wide scattering under 16kB
File Copy From NAS - 4GB file copy, 64kB reads
File Copy To NAS - 64kB writes
Single Client Performance Wrap-up
The NAS ships preconfigured in RAID 5, and it should stay there. RAID 5 uses fewer system resources than RAID 6, and at the same time it still keeps your data in a redundant environment. The system supports RAID 0, 1, 5, and JBOD.
The Seagate Business Storage Windows Server does very well when reading data from the system, but the write performance is lower than many of the other systems on the chart. This also lowers the performance in mixed workload environments.
In some instances the read performance is very high though. On the final chart, we see the Directory Copy from NAS test where the Seagate unit outperforms everything else.