I must say after using the Atlas S8+ for well over a month now; it does do storage exceptionally well. The largest benefit I find with the unit is the ability for it to have an extremely quick Thunderbolt 3 connection to my iMac while still being connected to my home network. This allows me to have a streamlined and smooth workflow while editing images or writing articles. At the same time, the Atlas is streaming media to any number of devices in my home.
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 with the 2.5" drive tray tucked away and easy access to memory upgrades with the Promise solution, as well as the tool-less drive bays are always a plus.
Performance wise was fantastic across Thunderbolt 3, but I'm equally confident those that decide to go with a 10Gbe model can reach these levels as well. Thunderbolt 3 is a bit harder to setup over a typical DHCP connection, but for those that have configured static addresses in the past you will have very little issues here. In testing we found a peak of 1250 MB/s read with the S8+ in Thunderbolt mode while write performance reached 950 MB/s.
All of this said, we must talk about the elephant in the room, and that is the glaring similarity of the Atlas S8+ to the XN8008T from Qsan. It's quite obvious they are the exact same platform and I do find this interesting as Qsan is just now moving into the US market. I do wonder if one platform will undercut the other, but as it stands now, Qsan does not sell this platform as a turnkey unit whereas Promise only sells this unit in 32, 64 or 80TB turnkey solutions.
|Overall TweakTown Rating||86%|
The Bottom Line: The Atlas S8+ is full featured enterprise NAS with the advantage of Thunderbolt 3 connectivity.
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