Coming away from the Lockerstor 8, I'm certainly pleased to see a platform that offers 2.5Gbe as its base network configuration and adding to this a pair of 10Gbe ports for those that have a suitable environment for the increased throughput. Build quality is on point with a fantastic chassis design that enables a clean exterior aesthetic and easy access to ports for upgrading memory and adding SSD cache.
I was easily able to reach the limits of the 2.5G interface with four SSDs, but for those that use this as a capacity-driven platform with HDDs, it should comfortably support your needs in the near-term, while 10Gbe is waiting should you ever need it.
In testing, I was able to reach upwards of 300 MB/s in sequential read while write workloads were reaching peaks of 230-240 MB/s. In Workload testing, we saw upwards of 20K IOPS for database and 16K IOPS for workstation across all RAID modes.
As far as pricing goes, ASUSTOR has come away with an amazing product that should surely affect what other vendors are doing moving forward. The Lockerstor 8 is the first platform I know of to offer a base 2.5G configuration with secondary 10Gbe built-in under $1000. When doing my research, the closest Synology platform is the DS1819, which requires you to purchase an add-on card, and the same can be said of QNAP as well.
The Bottom Line
ASUSTOR pushes the market forward with the introduction of the Lockerstor lineup, featuring top level networking and storage in one platform.