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Buffalo TeraStation 5200 Windows Storage Server Review

By: Tyler Bernath | SOHO NAS/DAS in Storage | Posted: Oct 5, 2015 5:10 pm
TweakTown Rating: 86%Manufacturer: Buffalo

Final Thoughts

 

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As we found in testing, the Buffalo TeraStation 5200 WSS is certainly a surprising appliance when it comes to performance. I, for one, didn't expect to see this amount of performance from a WSS machine and certainly not a pre-built unit. It is quite apparent with these new Windows Server solutions that Buffalo is stepping up its game.

 

 

Build quality is solid and certainly on par with other SMB solutions I have had in the lab. Top to bottom, a steel chassis and shell is used, while the front panel and drive trays use some decent quality plastics. The drive trays slide with ease making swapping drives simple and while they are not tool-less, I had no issues with the screws. For those that want to swap drives, either for more capacity or performance, the TeraStation unit does come with a bootable recovery disk. And by flipping the switch on the back of the unit, it will be in USB boot mode.

 

The performance was good and what we expected of this unit. While Intel Atom based platforms are standard these days, they do have a place in the storage market and as we found today can perform quite well with the right drives. Sequential read and write topped 100 MB/s in both RAID 0 and RAID 1 modes. In workload testing, there were many times the TeraStation unit was at the top or near the top of our charts.

 

With all the Linux based appliances on the market, some may not realize there are affordable options on the market for a Windows Storage Server. Things are certainly set to change as Buffalo begins to launch turnkey solutions from the TeraStation product lineup.

 

Overall, the TeraStation 5200 WSS is a surprisingly solid performer that comes in with an MSRP of $1049.99 and a three-year warranty.

Product Summary Breakdown

Performance90%
Quality including Design and Build90%
General Features85%
Bundle and Packaging85%
Value for Money79%
Overall TweakTown Rating86%

The Bottom Line: Buffalo's TeraStation 5200 WSS does have a high initial cost, but it does come as a turnkey solution with ample performance for any small medium business.

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