|QNAP TS-419P II NAS Network Storage Server|
|Reviews - Featured Reviews: Network|
|Written by Bruce Normann|
|Tuesday, 01 November 2011|
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QNAP TS-419P II NAS Server Review
Manufacturer: QNAP Systems, Inc.
Full disclosure: The product used in this review was supplied by QNAP Systems
The official name for this type of device is "Network Attached Storage", but in today's environment, I prefer to think of it as "Connected Storage". With the ability to directly access your data via cloud services or with your favorite mobile device, it's increasingly about connectedness more than the ability to store files and transmit them over 1000BASE-T in your home or your workspace.
All that and much more is readily available in a Network Attached Storage server from industry stalwart, QNAP. The TS-419P II Turbo NAS uses an upgraded, energy-efficient 2.0 GHz Marvell ARM-based processor with 512 MB of DDR3 system memory to drive this storage server. Dual Gigabit Ethernet network ports allow failover safety and teaming, while four SATA 3Gb/s drive bays offer single disk, JBOD, and RAID 0/1/5/6/10 configurations. Benchmark Reviews recently examined the QNAP TS-659 Pro II Turbo NAS in detail, and now we compare the performance of this smaller, less expensive unit against several other network attached storage servers.
The TS-419P II NAS server is the next logical step up from a two-bay device. While it's a larger unit than many other NAS devices, it's not the biggest. It fits into the middle ground where high-tech households and smaller businesses operate. If you need both capacity and redundancy, you need to implement RAID 5 at a minimum, and that means at least three disks. If you want to go to RAID 6 or RAID 10, you need a minimum of four disks, with two spindles completely occupied by providing multiple levels of redundancy for your data. Now you're left with only two drive bays worth of storage capacity, and a four-bay device like the TS-419P II is really the bare minimum for a high availability NAS appliance.
Three features still dominate the discussion of network storage hardware: data capacity, data security, and data transfer speed, but in the last couple of years there has been a growing emphasis on the software side. The current crop of NAS devices offer a dizzying array of applications to help manage and distribute the data, and provide several new ways of accessing that data. In the past, this level of control and communication has been limited to the corporate world, because you needed an MSCSE to figure them out. Now they're available without having to keep a full IT staff on overhead. QNAP has always aimed for the high end of the NAS server market with performance and features such as dual Gigabit Ethernet with failover, a full range of RAID functionality, and a diverse, feature-rich user interface. Version 3.4 was a major upgrade to the QNAP software suite, and we have explored many of its outstanding features and capabilities in recent reviews. Version 3.5 was released a few weeks ago, and we will do a follow up in the near future, to see what's new there.
Benchmark Reviews has tested a wide array of QNAP NAS products, ranging from the QNAP TS-119 NAS single-disk offering made for home users, to the Goliath QNAP TS-809 Pro 8-Bay NAS for the storage needs of large businesses. Most recently we tested the 6-bay TS-659 Pro II and the 2-bay TS-219P+ Turbo-NAS servers. Let's see how this 4-bay device compares to its big brothers and little sisters.