There are two things that first come to mind when looking for a NAS server. Will it be able to handle the workload and how much does it cost? It really doesn't matter if you are the system administrator for a large company that is looking to drop network attached storage in a department of fifty people or just a family of four trying to keep their pictures, music, home movies and other digital data safe. These are the two things that must be answered.
I use these two groups because their needs are very different, but the type of NAS they are looking for is nearly identical. A family of four usually will have mom, an avid picture taker who looks for every chance she can get to whip out her 8 mega pixel point and shoot and has years of images archived on the families NAS server. Dad has a collection of music going back to the stuff he was forced to listen to in the car at the impressionable age of 8. The two teenagers feel the need to lock mom, dad and each other out of their personal areas that have everything from homework assignments to software that just so happened to be on that disk they found on the ground somewhere; also known as, I don't know where it came from. In this digital age families are collecting a lot of digital content and they need a large volume of space. Does this sound like your home?
In the business world you might be a member in charge of keeping the ship sailing. These days everyone works with a computer and some even have a desktop and notebook that they travel or on occasion work from home with. Here data security has a higher role than the typical teenager keeping his text message collection under lock and key. The more members you add to the group the faster you need high speed storage that is capable of handling several requests at once. This is when faster, more advanced dual core processors and large amounts of memory come into play. As the network admin looking after fifty people's desktops, a small collection of notebooks with a NAS server or two running in sync you have a difficult job on your hands and every ounce of prevention is worth a pound of cure, especially when Mary, while on her fourth donut break for the day found the time to get around the firewall and pick up the latest social networking virus going around.
With a cost of around 1050 USD without drives the Thecus N7700 Pro includes everything you need to tackle both of these situations and many more. Thecus has been working hard for the last several years to turn all their products into total solutions that fill many holes. As we move deeper into the digital age the lines are blurring between what was once enterprise and consumer oriented products. This is an area that Thecus has done a very good job keeping up with in each product evolution. When it comes to the software features we needed to write a separate article just to cover everything Thecus' NAS servers and appliances can do. That should say quite a bit since the Software Deep Dive article was just as long as the review of the N7700 Pro.
The Thecus N7700 Pro is one of the highest performing NAS servers we have tested to date. The performance increase over the standard N7700 is apparent in real world usage. I have been using the N7700 since May of 2009 and just bouncing files back and forth between the two see file transfers cut in 1/3 the time.
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- Page 1 [Introduction]
- Page 2 [Specifications, Availability and Pricing]
- Page 3 [Software Features]
- Page 4 [The Packaging]
- Page 5 [The Thecus N7700 Pro]
- Page 6 [Test System Setup]
- Page 7 [Benchmarks - HD Playback]
- Page 8 [Benchmarks - HD Record]
- Page 9 [Benchmarks - Content]
- Page 10 [Benchmarks - Copy]
- Page 11 [Final Thoughts]
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