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Seagate Business Storage Windows Server 4-Bay NAS Review - Intel Atom Powered - Benchmarks - RAID 5 and Single Client Wrap-up

By: Chris Ramseyer | Network Storage in IT/Datacenter | Posted: Feb 11, 2014 3:04 pm
TweakTown Rating: 91%Manufacturer: Seagate

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



Content Creation




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.

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