|QNAP TS-659 Pro II NAS Network Server|
|Reviews - Featured Reviews: Network|
|Written by Bruce Normann|
|Thursday, 09 June 2011|
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QNAP TS-659 Pro II NAS Server Review
Manufacturer: QNAP Systems, Inc.
Full disclosure: The product used in this review was supplied by QNAAP Systems
Network storage is a concept that many people use without a second thought in corporate environments, but what about at home? In addition, a larger number of people are beginning to utilize cloud services, and most of those services include some storage capability. What if you could implement both, easily and with one device? All that and much more is readily available in a Network Attached Storage server from industry stalwart, QNAP. The TS-659 Pro II uses a powerful and energy-efficient 1.8 GHz Intel Atom D525 processor with 1GB of DDR3 system memory to eliminate any potential bottlenecks in the device itself. Dual Gigabit Ethernet network interfaces allow failover safety and teaming, while six SATA 6Gb/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 compared its performance against other network attached storage servers.
The TS-659 Pro II NAS server is a larger unit than many other NAS devices, but it's not the biggest. It fits into the middle ground where most small 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, you're left with only two drive bays worth of storage capacity if you go with the minimum size of four drives. The TS-659 Pro II may look like it has a lot of "extra" space, but it's actually in the sweet spot for a high availability NAS appliance.
Three features dominate the discussion of network storage hardware: data capacity, data security, and data transfer speed. In the last couple of years there has been a growing emphasis on the software side, and 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. 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. Now, they've upgraded the software suite with some outstanding new features, and we'll look at both its capabilities and ease of use.
Benchmark Reviews has tested a number of QNAP products: the QNAP TS-119 NAS single-disk offering made for home users, and the Goliath QNAP TS-809 Pro 8-Bay NAS for the storage needs of large businesses. Most recently we tested a 4-bay QNAP TS-459 Pro Turbo-NAS. Let's see how this six-bay device compares to its big brothers and little sisters.