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QNAP TS-451+ & QTS 4.2
     Tue, Nov 17 2015 | 4:00P | Servers | PermaLink
Posted by: STAFF
The TS-451 was released last year, and it was a milestone for QNAP since it featured a new external design. Today, we will evaluate its successor, the TS-451+ with an upgraded CPU and the ability to take up to 8 GB of RAM.

ASUSTOR AS1002T Network Attached Storage Review
     Tue, Nov 17 2015 | 12:03P | Servers | PermaLink
Posted by: STAFF
You will have to be a user of a good NAS to understand why they are so popular nowadays. Will the ASUSTOR AS1002T be your gateway drug?

QNAP TS-563 5-bay Affordable Quad-Core Business NAS Review
     Mon, Nov 16 2015 | 9:00A | Servers | PermaLink
Posted by: STAFF
This is not the first AMD-based NAS we are testing on MadShrimps and it has been demonstrated to us once again that the platform has potential even when dealing with a lower clocked SoC and to be more exact the GX-420MC. This quad-core component is lacking a GPU (hence we do not have a HDMI interface on the back of the unit), is equipped with a total of 2MB of shared L2 cache, comes with a power rating of 17.5W and a frequency of 2GHz per core. While the unit is initially equipped with only 2GB of DDR3L RAM, we always have the option to open it up and install up to 16GB (2x8GB).

Troubleshooting the Thecus W5000
     Thu, Nov 12 2015 | 3:10P | Servers | PermaLink
Posted by: STAFF
Recently, I have been experiencing some strange issues with the Thecus W5000 that we had reviewed some time ago. The NAS is fantastic; and what it does, it does well, given the limitations Microsoft has put on the OS. Lately, things have been a little wonky though. The NAS goes offline intermittently, it becomes unresponsive …

QNAP TS-453 Pro Review
     Thu, Nov 12 2015 | 12:00P | Servers | PermaLink
Posted by: STAFF
At first glance the QNAP TS-453 Pro has little in common with the TS-453mini we recently reviewed, however they share a fair amount of hardware. In particular both NAS are powered by a Celeron J1900 processor that is paired with 2GB or 8GB of DDR3L memory, and naturally they both run on QNAP’s QTS software. We are also pleased to see that both models come with a decent array of USB 3.0 ports for rapid data transfer from external devices.

QNAP TS-251 High-Performance 2-Bay Prosumer NAS Review
     Thu, Nov 12 2015 | 9:01A | Servers | PermaLink
Posted by: STAFF
QNAP created their TS-251 Turbo NAS as a great high-performance solution for home users as well as small and medium-sized offices, and today I’m taking a closer look at what it has to offer and how well it performs in our testing area. The TS-251 provides a high performance and high-capacity storage solution thanks to a great combination of QNAP’s advanced QTS operating system and some great hardware. It is an easy-to-use yet powerful NAS for data backup, file synchronization, remote access, home entertainment, and it is also ideal for users to build a personal cloud where they can access their data easily and secure, outside of the prying eyes of strangers and commercial hosting solutions.

Synology DS214+ NAS Review
     Tue, Nov 10 2015 | 4:02P | Servers | PermaLink
Posted by: STAFF
Thanks to data theft and surveillance scandals, systems such as Network Attached Storage - or briefly NAS, again have a growing fan base. Today we have a NAS of a well-known manufacturer in our review - the Synology DiskStation DS214+. Whether it is a high-performance data storage at home, and if it can keep up with current cloud solutions, we will determine in this review.

Asustor AS6202T
     Thu, Nov 05 2015 | 4:26P | Servers | PermaLink
Posted by: STAFF
The Asustor AS6202T performed exceptionally well in most of our tests and quickly proved that it can hang with Synology’s latest flagship 2-bay NAS, the DS715. The AS6202T has the added benefit of HDMI support @ 4K making it a viable alternative to a HTPC. At its heart the Braswell N3150 quad-core SoC not only affords the AS6202T features such as hardware transcoding and hardware encryption, but it also has more than enough power to serve up files to multiple clients.

     Sun, Nov 01 2015 | 4:03P | Servers | PermaLink
Posted by: STAFF
Breaking into the network attached storage (NAS) industry is no easy task these days, as competition for users’ data storage is fierce. Thankfully for ASUSTOR, they entered the industry in 2011. With the NAS industry growing by leaps and bounds, the products that a company must offer to potential customers must provide a plethora of additional services and features to stand out from the crowd. Gone are the days of NAS units only providing basic file sharing capabilities. We are now living in a world where NAS units often come with a robust user interface and the ability to run multiple advanced services like media streaming, file downloading, and even virtual machines.

ASUSTOR AS6204T NAS Server Review
     Fri, Oct 30 2015 | 12:02P | Servers | PermaLink
Posted by: STAFF
After roughly 8 years of testing NAS servers i still get asked quite a lot by both regular consumers and people of the electronics industry as to why i refer to network attached storage devices as servers. We did answer that last time we had one such review with a small history "lesson" so once again although when introduced in the market over a decade ago NAS devices had but one purpose which was to make lots of storage space available to local network computers that changed over the year and since right now they can be used for a plethora of things other than that (by both regular consumers and professionals alike) i think that they have won every right to be called that. It's been a while since we last had a NAS server by ASUSTOR in our lab but since they recently released their brand new AS620xT series it was just a matter of time before the 4bay model made it here.

QNAP TurboNAS TS-453Mini-8G NAS Server Review
     Sat, Oct 24 2015 | 9:00A | Servers | PermaLink
Posted by: STAFF
When NAS servers made their main debut in the market well over a decade ago they were designed to be a easy to deploy centralized storage solution which could provide local systems with large amounts of available storage capacity and data. Since then however things have changed for the best and so currently NAS servers can be used for many things including file sharing, web hosting, direct and torrent downloads, local backups, media streaming and sharing and of course as email servers. With the recent arrival of the Virtualization feature high-end NAS servers can also be configured to run your OS of choice thus further widening their range of uses. Still if there's one thing i always felt missing from that market that's a compact yet high-end NAS model which i could place even in my own bedroom and not worry about it waking me up in the middle of the night. Well QNAP seems to share my thoughts and so they just released the TurboNAS TS-453Mini, a powerful yet quiet 4 bay NAS.

Home Server Build Part 4 – Optimisations
     Mon, Oct 19 2015 | 4:01P | Servers | PermaLink
Posted by: STAFF
"We considered this a long test phase and we are at a point where we can understand and discuss some of the issues and benefits we have experienced over the last few months. If you are facing the same challenge, have a look over parts one, two and three, it will help set as context for this article."

StarTech 25U Open-Frame Server Rack Cabinet
     Tue, Oct 13 2015 | 9:02A | Servers | PermaLink
Posted by: STAFF
"If you are looking for an open-frame, four-post rack cabinet that's the perfect size for some home server/media equipment and doesn't run floor-to-ceiling, the StarTech.com 25U 4POSTRACK25U is a great fit. After having had great success with my 48U StarTech.com racks, I turned to the 25U rack for something smaller that can fit and look more normal outside of the server room."

Synology DS415play Review
     Sun, Sep 27 2015 | 12:02P | Servers | PermaLink
Posted by: STAFF
The latest release from Synology’s enormous range of NAS is the DS415play. This 4-bay NAS looks pretty much identical to the DS414j (review) however it includes the features we saw in the DS214play(review). In essence this means the dual core ARM processor in the DS414 has been replaced with a dual core Intel Atom to ensure the DS415play has enough grunt to stream HD media across a network.

QNAP TVS-863+ vNAS Server Review
     Fri, Aug 28 2015 | 4:00P | Servers | PermaLink
Posted by: STAFF
The QNAP TVS-863+ Turbo vNAS is part of a new hardware platform for QNAP that brings a high level of performance to the small tower-based format, at a lower cost than was possible before. That’s not an uncommon theme for NAS product announcements, but this is. The TVS-x63 series is based on a System-On-Chip (SOC) offering from AMD. Stunned…? I know I was when I first heard it. After years of suffering with multiple generations of Intel Atom-based NAS devices with lackluster performance, from every NAS manufacturer in the market, finally we have a low power replacement that rocks the world. The Intel Bay Trail-D CPU is a great little replacement for the Atom, but the new AMD GX-424CC is in another league altogether. The Radeon graphics section inside, plus four CPU cores running at 2.4 GHz, and a well-developed APU architecture that marries the two together for challenging loads, provides a sea change in computing performance for the low-power, low-cost NAS segment.

Synology Diskstation DS414slim 4-Bay NAS Server
     Tue, Aug 18 2015 | 3:15P | Servers | PermaLink
Posted by: STAFF
Overall your interpretation of the performance of the Synology Diskstation DS414slim may vary depending on your particular use. As mentioned, this unit appears to be designed for entry level users that are just looking for a secure place to keep some family photos, videos, and some other random files. For this purpose, this unit is a fantastic device since the read speeds are among the best we have tested.

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