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Written by Bruce Normann   
Wednesday, 05 December 2012
Table of Contents: Page Index
EonNAS 1100 NAS Network Storage Server
Closer Look: EonNAS 1100
Insider Details: EonNAS 1100
Technology Details: EonNAS 1100
EonNAS 1100 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 1100 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 1100 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 1100 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 awhile. The cost to upgrade switches and routers to 10 GbE is still cost prohibitive for everyone who doesn't have a dedicated LAN room with several racks full of equipment. This 4-bay NAS is sized for the smaller business, without tons of data. For the medium-sized business, or the small business that is data-centric, the EonNAS 1310 or EonNAS 1510 are a better fit, with their increased capacity, higher transfer speeds, 10GbE connectivity options, and redundant power supplies. If you're making that kind of investment in IT infrastructure, I hope this article highlighted the features of the EonNAS 1000 series. For the rest of us, this 4-bay GbE NAS offers high-end business features for the small business that's concerned about its data. This leads me to ask, "What small business isn't concerned about its data?"

So, what conclusions can we draw about this high performance, four-bay EonNAS 1100 NAS server? Click NEXT to find out, and discuss...



 

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# socalbadboyErnest Ngalula 2012-12-06 16:53
I didn't know Infortrend make NAS... I thought they have always focused on enterprise-level storage? This looks pretty interesting... Can't believe they are using ZFS with dedupe, compression, ZFS checksum on an 1U server that's so cheap.

Very interesting....
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# Me too...Bruce 2012-12-08 18:41
I was surprised myself when I first saw the press release for the new EonNAS 1000 line. THIS is something new, I said to myself, at the time. Then another reader commented that he wished some NAS maker would see the light and start using ZFS. I put 2 & 2 together and said, we have to review this!
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# Self-Made Geekzack 2012-12-06 17:19
great review. my start-up has actually been looking into a ZFS storage solution, but didn't know if it was worth the cost. really glad i read this review, now actually considering trying this product out.
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# Just curiousBruce 2012-12-08 18:43
Were you looking at strictly commercial products or were you considering a DIY solution with FreeNAS, or another open source software?
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