Asustor is still a young company even though the parent company, ASUS, is a worldwide brand. In its short time, Asustor grew its distributor network, and we can now purchase products on Newegg, Amazon, Tiger Direct, and a few other well-known e-tailers in the US.
Asustor also has one of the best operating systems on the market right now. In our testing, we've noticed that even when the hardware specifications are equal to other products, the Asustor performance is almost always a bit higher. The systems are very efficient with the CPU cycles as shown in the IOPS tests where we work the NAS hard at high queue depth.
In terms of features, it's difficult to find anything wrong with the AS-604RD, but the lack of locking drive sleds may be an issue for some businesses. The redundant power supply makes up for the drive bays, though, as most SMBs will want redundancy all the way around. In the 1U size, we rarely see redundant PSUs, but that isn't the only useful feature. The software packages open the NAS up for several uses, and you can use more than one at the same time. This reduces the cost of having dedicated servers for each task. Sadly, this unit does not ship with rack rails, and they are an expensive, but necessary, add-on.
When it comes to price, the AS-604RD comes in at around $1,100. You can save around $100 on the AS-604RS, but you lose the redundant power supplies. Competing directly with the AS-604RD for market share, we found the QNAP TS-469U-SP ($1,149.99) and Thecus N4510U Pro-R ($1019.00). All three systems use the same Intel Atom dual-core processor at 2.13 GHz, but the Thecus ships with 2GB of DRAM, rack rails and a redundant PSU.
PRICING: You can find the Austor AS-604RD for sale below. The prices listed are valid at the time of writing but can change at any time. Click the link to see the very latest pricing for the best deal.
United States: The Austor AS-604RD retails for $1,099.00 at Amazon.
- Page 1 [Introduction & Hardware Specifications and Pricing]
- Page 2 [Software Features]
- Page 3 [Packaging and Accessories]
- Page 4 [Asustor AS-604RD]
- Page 5 [Inside the Asustor AS-604RD]
- Page 6 [Test System Setup]
- Page 7 [Benchmarks - RAID 5 Single Client Performance]
- Page 8 [Benchmarks - iSCSI Enterprise Workloads]
- Page 9 [Benchmarks - iSCSI Workload Latency]
- Page 10 [Benchmarks - Multi-Client Test]
- Page 11 [Final Thoughts]
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