Workload testing started with RAID 0. Here we have 300 IOPs for database, 250 for File Server and ~230 for Email Server. Web Server peaks just above 200 IOPs while Workstation jumps back up to ~230 IOPs.
RAID 5 gives us a more consistent result across workloads. Seen above, we hover around 225 IOPs for all scenario minus Email Server which dips down toward 175 IOPs.
Moving to RAID 6, we lose the comparison with the PR4100 from WD as it does not support this mode. That said the Buffalo reaches 200 IOPS across all tests minus Email Server, which is stuck around 160 IOPs.
Buffalo has done quite well with the TS3410 in the configuration we have for testing. I've grown quite accustomed to the quality one gets with a DIY NAS solution over the years and I can't say that Buffalo is any better or worse for that matter. It appears they use similar components for the chassis with steel structures and plastic drive fronts.[img]13[/img]
What I do tend to enjoy with Buffalo appliances is the readiness of the platform. I can, for the most part, get the images I need for the article, plug the unit in and go straight to using the NAS within a few minutes. Adding to this, Buffalo has moved into using more modern hardware with many of their new platforms making them competitive even with diskless solutions from the big three.
Performance of the TS3410 is quite good, I had a larger comparison pool for sequential performance and this unit held its own against some good competition including the turn-key PR4100 from WD. Single Client testing showed the Buffalo excelled in both file copy to the NAS and video record workloads in all RAID modes tested and moving to SMB workloads, we found decent performance in database with RAID 0, and consistency in RAID 5.
That said I wouldn't recommend the Buffalo TS3410 for these heavy types of workloads as its easily outclassed. Seen in the charts above, by Intel platform units such as the PR4100 currently on the market, it however, is a solid performer when it comes to all types of file storage, backup and file management.
|Overall TweakTown Rating||83%|
The Bottom Line: The TS3410 is a all inclusive pre-tested four-bay platform that will have you up and running in minutes backed by stellar warranty service from Buffalo.
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