|EonNAS 850X NAS Network Storage Server|
|Reviews - Featured Reviews: Network|
|Written by Bruce Normann|
|Thursday, 14 February 2013|
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NAS Server Final Thoughts
My first and solemn duty is to remind everyone that relying on a collection of drives in any RAID configuration for data backup purposes is a huge error. RAID systems provide protection against loss of services, not loss of data. Several examples will illustrate the problem, I hope:
All these points lead to the inescapable conclusion that multiple drives in a common system, in a single location do not provide effective and reliable data backup. Throughout this review I've talked about high-availability systems, and the EonNAS Pro Series from Infortrend fits that description well, especially when employed in a RAID 5 or RAID 6 configuration. With a single drive failure, your data is still available and accessible. The NAS device stays online the entire time while the failed drive is replaced and the array is rebuilt. That's what RAID systems are designed to do. The inherent redundancy is not meant to serve as a backup file set. Remember, we're not talking about losing data here, we're only talking about the ability to keep working uninterrupted, if one or two drives should fail.
The EonNAS Pro 850X falls squarely in the business side of the marketplace, for a couple of reasons. All of the basic operating software and applications are strictly business. Forget about streaming HD video to your SmartTV or your iPhone. There's no current or planned support for using DLNA/UPnP digital devices. What you will find are interfaces for Active Directory, VMware, Citrix and Hyper-V virtualization, HTTPS and SSH, and iSCSI. All of the important IT boxes get checked, and none of the consumer ones. Infortrend offers no apologies for this, and are very clear that Data Integrity, Security, and Availability are the primary concerns that their product line addresses.
The home and small business network is going to stay on Gigabit Ethernet for a while, but the writing is on the wall. The cost to upgrade switches and routers to 10 GbE is still higher than regular GbE, but it soon won't be cost prohibitive for users who don't have a dedicated LAN room. There are some new low-cost 10GBASE-T switches on the horizon. Stay tuned to Benchmark Reviews for a first look at the latest technology to trickle down from the data centers. This 8-bay NAS is sized for a medium-sized business or the small business that is data-centric, with its high capacity, higher transfer speeds, and 10GbE connectivity options. If you're making that kind of investment in IT infrastructure, I hope this article highlighted the business-centric features of the whole EonNAS series.
So, what conclusions can we draw about this high performance, eight-bay EonNAS Pro 850X NAS server? Click NEXT to find out, and discuss...