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Seagate Enterprise NAS HDD Review (NAS Testing)

By: Chris Ramseyer | HDDs in IT/Datacenter | Posted: Jan 5, 2015 7:22 pm
TweakTown Rating: 94%Manufacturer: Seagate

Benchmarks - RAID 5

 

RAID 5: Block-level striping with parity data distributed across all member disks.

 

 

HD Video Playback

 

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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

 

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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

 

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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

 

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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 Summary

 

Using a server with an Intel X540 10GbE NIC to the NAS connected to the network with 2x 10GbE SFP+ connections, we measured single client performance with Intel's NASPT utility. The Enterprise NAS outperforms our baseline Seagate NAS 4TB array in nearly all tests. The NAS server's cache does help to level the field in some tests, allowing the gap to decrease. In some of the other tests, we see the Enterprise NAS walk away from our baseline drive.

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