QSAN's business-focused XCubeNAS lineup scales to meet the needs of the modern office. The company features 2-bay, 4-bay, 6-bay and the 8-bay system we tested today. There are also similar models with lower processing power still available that cost significantly less but tailored to smaller offices that still require robust storage options with an eye on reliability.
We tested the flagship 8-bay pedestal model today and couldn't ask for anything more for it's designed purpose and target market. Consumers looking for more "fun" features like Plex should look elsewhere, but this isn't a problem for the XCubeNAS. Some administrators may find the temptation too great on other systems, but without the option, you don't have to worry about a rogue employee using company resources to play, or potentially puts your business in the middle of an expensive lawsuit. Additionally, without the extra consumer-focused features, the XCubeNAS stays more secure, and that benefit outweighs the desires of a few.
All of this performance does carry a steep price. The 8-bay system we tested today sells for just over $2,800 without the additional system memory or faster 10GbE connection option. The XN8008T is one of the more expensive pedestal systems we've tested in recent years, but it's also one of the fastest. The performance results show the system never reached a zero IO event for a one second period, unlike the N8880U-10G rackmount system we tested it against. This proves that a company can build a contestant network storage appliance outside of the traditional rackmount structure.
Given the price and the targeted user group, we would like to see a better locking mechanism for the drives to keep them secure. Most of these systems will hide under lock and key in a dedicated room, but the extra security would go a long way ease business owners.
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