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Written by Bruce Normann   
Thursday, 14 February 2013
Table of Contents: Page Index
EonNAS 850X NAS Network Storage Server
Closer Look: EonNAS Pro 850X
Insider Details: EonNAS Pro 850X
Technology Details: EonNAS Pro 850X
EonNAS 850X Features
Hardware Specifications
Software Specifications
NAS Setup and Usage
NAS Testing Methodology
Basic-Disk Test Results
RAID 5 Test Results
Intel NASPT Test Results
Non-Traditional NAS Results
NAS Server Final Thoughts
EonNAS Pro 850X Conclusion

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:

  • the drive controller goes bad and corrupts the data on all the drives in the array
  • the entire storage device is physically or electrically damaged by external forces
  • the entire storage device is lost, stolen, or destroyed
  • a single drive in a RAID 5 cluster dies and during the rebuild process, which puts higher stress on the remaining drives, a second drive fails
  • floods, earthquakes, tornadoes, etc. (AKA El Niño, Derecho)

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.

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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...



 

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# RE: EonNAS 850X NAS Network Storage ServerDavid Ramsey 2013-02-18 09:27
On the first page of the review you refer to an "Intel Atom Core i3 CPU". I think the word "Atom" needs to be removed...
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# True That !!!Bruce 2013-02-18 17:12
There is NO WAY an Atom CPU came anywhere near this product!
Thanks, David.
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# Unable to purchaseSaturn2888 2013-04-02 23:06
Is this product available from anywhere for purchase? It's an awesome box which is actually exactly what I've been looking for the last 4 years.
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# Available in US - YesBruce 2013-04-03 07:06
There are several specialty vendors in the US that have a very deep product line in storage hardware. Here are two that have the 850X:

simplynas.com/eonnas-pro-850X-8-bay-diskless-tower-nas.aspx

provantage.com/infortrend-eonnas-pro-850x~7IFTR0A0.htm
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# Mr.Dean 2013-04-03 07:22
Freenas and Nas4Free uses ZFS. My thoughts on this configuration are:

1. Why no ECC memory?
2. Why RAID when you can use zpools?
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# RE: Mr.Bruce 2013-04-03 09:39
I can't speak for Infortrend, but here's my opinion.

1. Even though the 850X is a high performance model, it's still not in the same class as the EonNAS 3000 and EonNAS 5000 series, which DO have ECC memory as standard equipment.

2. The underlying technology may be using VDev and zpool; I don't know. I'm not a Solaris tyro, so I can't log in to the OS and see that deeply into the machine. The application SW does use the terms "volume" and "pool" in the disk configuration commands, but RAID is mentioned as well.
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