It has been awhile since I last had a Buffalo NAS appliance in the lab. In fact, we last tested the TeraStation 5200 Windows Storage Server in October 2015. Since then, Buffalo has updated its lineup to include a more modern and aesthetically pleasing chassis that includes a locked door, activity LEDs, and good-sized LCD. Build quality with these changes has increased more so on the face of the appliance as the underlying structure remains steel.
Turn-key performance for this unit was quite good with the included IronWolf drives. In Single Client, we saw several occasions where it tested higher than other appliances including RAID 0 single video playback and RAID 5 and RAID 6 4x playback.
Sequential throughput topped out around 570 MB/s in our RAID 0 configuration. RAID 5 managed 445 MB/s and RAID 6 560 MB/s. Workloads proved no issue for the TS5410. We saw steady performance throughout with peak IOPS reaching 3500 in database, 2300 in Email and File server, and Workstation topped 3600 IOPS.
The web management for the TS5410 is very simple and does lack some higher-end features found on competing platforms. With that said, Buffalo does offer everything needed to make this a SMB-class solution with multiple options for offsite backup, Hot Swap drives, disk quota, share level replication, failover, and support for ISCSI target.
It does come at a higher cost than most traditional four-bay appliances, but Buffalo does try to offset that by including drives and ECC memory on its entry-level solution.
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The Bottom Line: With its included drives, ECC memory, and business features, the Buffalo TeraStation 5x10 series is a great option for SMBs wanting a solid turn-key solution.
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