Not being very familiar with Qsan products I am quite happy with overall performance. That said these aren't typical consumer units as they are missing much of the "app" based ecosystem we are used too. I would, however, put this platform right next to or maybe slightly higher than ReadyNAS for all out-storage. Qsan seems to offer a higher level of flexibility in its design with more backup options and a better filesystem. As for the user interface, I don't find it to be any more exciting or easy to use than something from Synology, Qnap or Thecus.
Build quality is fantastic, the plastics feel like they used high-quality materials and the design offers something new to look at past the typical metal box of many vendors. I enjoy the N+1 design and easy access to memory upgrades with the Qsan solution and tool-less drive bays are always a plus. Performance is top notch across all testing scenarios but the SSD cache does seem to alter performance negatively if it hasn't "warmed" your data. That being said, there is a significant benefit to using SSD cache if you do use any of the SMB workloads tested, at a minimum we saw a 2x performance increase. Adding to this XReplicator, it offers an automated or scheduled backup for your Windows PC, powered by Acronis. I do hope to see this expand into macOS in the future as it offers a higher level of granularity but for now, we do have Time Machine support.
Last updated: Nov 15, 2019 at 01:16 pm CST
The Bottom Line: If you are after a high level storage focused appliance, the Qsan XN3002T is your entry-level platform.
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