August 22, 2011 - Matthijs Haverink

SMB NAS Review: Feature Comparison

This is the last post of our SMB NAS review and comparison.

In the previous period we reviewed these units:

– Cisco NSS324
– Iomega IX4-200d
– Netgear ReadyNAS Ultra 6
– QNAP TS-859U-RP+
– Synology DS1511+

The goal was to get to know the units; their pro’s and con’s. If possible even some performance figures.
But the focus was: features and that we compared, extensively. The results are not easy to provide in this post and to keep it readable we produced a PDF-file that compares al the units in a very detailed manner.

You can download that review by clicking here.

And then about performance; we tested all units with the same disks, except for the IOmega; since that unit comes with it’s own disks that cannot be replaced.
At this moment we don’t have the performance-test results ready yet but because feature-info get’s outdated fast we wanted to get the feature-comparison out now.

We will get back later with performance info.

A small peek into the (virtual)future: the absolute winner was (not really suprising) the QNAP TS859 with throughput speeds that stopped at 110 MB/s because of the 1GB network limit in our lab, Synology following closely. The unit that ended in the bottom of the list was the Iomega struggling to get a 40 MB/s performance, and not a steady one either…

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