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Written by Larry Fraser   
Tuesday, 11 March 2008
Table of Contents: Page Index
QNAP TS-409 Pro 4-Drive SATA Gigabit NAS
Closer Look: QNAP TS-409 Pro
Detailed Features
TurboStation Setup
TurboStation Setup Cont.
TurboStation Feature Setup
NAS Testing Methodology
NAS Testing Results
Final Thoughts and Conclusion

QNAP TS-409 Pro NAS

Times are a little tough right now for many small business owners, so any product that offers to save them money while still performing every function they require is sure to interest many of them. The task of providing an affordable product, that cuts overhead yet still performs up to par is not any easy undertaking. Most small businesses today have at least some level of data storage needs. It may be as simple as storing bookkeeping records, emails and customer contact information, it may involve storing legal documents or patient records, it may involve storing work product such as digital artwork or CAD drawings, or it may even involve hosting the company's retail sales website. The bottom line is that in today's business world it is hard to find a small business that doesn't have some need to store their digital data. This is where the Network Attached Storage servers come in and today Benchmark Reviews will be taking a close look at one of these NAS Servers, the QNAP TurboStation TS-409 Pro.

The idea that a device as small as the QNAP TS-409 Pro can fully replace an multi-thousand dollar rack server is a little hard to swallow and the honest truth is that it can't. But the question that may need to be asked is not wether the TS-409 Pro can replace the large rack mounted server but wether you really need that extremely expensive, loud, electricity hogging, Bill Gates retirement fund supplementing server that you have to hide in the back room or closet. The average server for a small business cost well over a Thousand Dollars and the software that most run on them (Windows Server) usually cost more than the server does. But the cost doesn't end there. Those big, loud servers require lots and lots of juice from your local electric company. An easy way to put it into perspective is to imagine turning on five light bulbs. But instead of turning them off when we leave the house, we are going to leave them on, every day, every night, every year. Now if we only had to turn on one of those light bulbs we should see a noticeable reduction in power usage. Most of these small NAS servers use anywhere from 1/5 to 1/10 of the power required to run a typical rackmounted server. So back to the question of wether you really need one of those full blown rack servers. If your company has hundreds of employees that need constant access to the server or if your server hosts your retail web site that services thousands of readers or customers a week then you most likely will not be replacing that rack server anytime soon with a small device such as the TS-409 Pro, however, if you are like the rest of us who's business consists of a small number of employees and who use their servers more for storing important documents and files then you might just be surprised at how well a small NAS server could perform for you.

QNAP TS-409 Pro 4-Drive SATA Gigabit NAS Network Attached Storage Server Performance Test Review

A Network Attached Storage server should not be confused with an external USB hard drive that hooks up to your network rather than plugging in to the USB port of your computer. These little devices are actually miniature computers, most of them running a very small version of Linux or Unix. The TS-409 Pro actually has a 500mhz CPU and 256MB of DDRII Ram inside. While that may pale in comparison to your desktop computer or your rack mount server it may surprise you with everything that it provides.

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Some of the uses for the TS-409 Pro include the following:

  • File Server: File sharing across Windows/ Mac/ Linux/ Unix and centralized management.
  • FTP Server: Support data access from remote location via FTP (max. 32 concurrent connections); FTP with SSL/ TLS (explicit) mode; Passive FTP port range control.
  • Backup Server: Client-side backup software-NetBak Replicator supports Instant, Schedule, and Auto-sync backup; 3rd party backup software support: Acronis True Image, CA Brightstor ARCserver Backup, EMC Retrospect, Symantec Backup Exec.
  • Printer Server: Network printer sharing via USB (support Windows & Mac platform); Support all-in-one printer (max. 3 sets).
  • Remote Replication: Block-level remote replication supports instant, schedule backup management; support synchronization mode.
  • Web Server: Establish users own web page and interactive websites with editable PHP.ini, SQLite and MySQL dual support.
  • My SQL Server: Support MySQL database server.
  • UPnP Media Server: Support UPnP/ DLNA multimedia technology; share stored photos and home videos on TV, listen to music on Hi-Fi system via DMP; Enjoy more than hundreds of worldwide Internet radio (built-in TwonkyMedia); Support DLNA media playing with PS3, Xbox360, PSP; Support Nokia N95 (DLNA control point)
  • Download Station: Support PC-less BitTorrent/ FTP/ HTTP download; Unique remote download control software: QGet (Windows-based application), allows you to control the download tasks of multiple Turbo Stations on one PC via LAN/ WAN; BitTorrent download supports DHT (automatic relaying if interrupted); Download configuration (current seed number, configurable port range, bandwidth control, download percentage, UPnP NAT port forwarding for BitTorrent download); Download status list management (download percentage); Support access from Mac by Mozilla Firefox.

About the company: QNAP Systems, Inc.

QNAP Systems, INC. (QNAP) is a devoted and dominant provider of Internet Appliance products. With solid and integrated expertise on the Linux embedded platform, QNAP has delivered more than 30 models of network storage and surveillance products in the past 5 years. These products provide consumers with storage, backup, surveillance and many other professional applications that constitute the core competency of QNAP. Today, QNAP continues to lead the industry in innovation with its award-winning servers. For example, TS-101 was honored "the best choice of Computex" and QBack-25 honored the 1st place by Chip Magazine. To keep the proud and success, QNAP is dedicated to providing top quality products and best support for customers.

What Makes QNAP Different?

  • The Most User-friendly User Interface
  • Hot-Swappable Hard Disks & Automatic Data Rebuilding
  • RAID Level Disk Configurations + Hot Spare
  • Leading RAID technology - RAID Recovery
  • Hot-swappable & Redundant Power Protection
  • Remote Data Management
  • Data Backup & Remote Replication
  • Embedded Linux
  • Cross-platform Support
  • Built-in DNS & DDNS Support
  • Web Page Management
  • User Quota
  • Journaling File System
  • SNMP Management & E-mail Warning
  • WINS Server
  • Backup/Restore User's Setting
  • System Upgrade




 

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