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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

EonNAS 850X NAS Server Setup & Usage

The first thing you need to do with most NAS devices is discover them on your network and set them up. Most NAS vendors bundle a small, lightweight "finder" application with their products that has some system utilities included. The EonNAS NASFinder2.2 app provides Device Discovery, System Login, Network Configuration, Storage Configuration, User Account Setup, and Share directory setup, all before you log in to the full monitoring & control application via a standard web browser. The finder app cycles through all these sub-menus during initial setup; once you do that, the setup wizard is always available in case you forget your password or need to reconfigure the NAS. Otherwise, just use your browser and login to the IP address that the NAS is configured to; the default address is for the first Ethernet port. Once setup is complete, the NASFinder app will show you a summary of your initial settings at the end, so you can double check that everything's set the way you want it.

Once the initial setup is complete, you need to log in to the main admin application, which is accessed by typing the IP Address of the NAS device into your browser. The areas you can control are divided up into the following groups:

  • Status
  • Configuration
  • Storage
  • Folder
  • Account
  • Backup
  • Maintenance

Each of these menu items is broken down further, as you can see below. If you read through the entire Software Features section, then the number of sub-menus should not be a surprise for you. I can only fit about half of the menu tree on the screen, but you get the idea.

The individual menu items are also available in a larger window to the right of the menu tree. There's an opportunity to view a brief description of the function before you start clicking on anything. Here's what the System Information screen looks like:


One of the critical aspects of setting up a NAS is the networking configuration. It's so easy to get it wrong and accidentally shut down access, that Infortrend includes tools in their setup wizard application, which you can still access after you have inadvertently locked yourself out. If you get it completely out of whack, it's still possible to recover by using the system reset function, which can be accessed on the rear panel. Once you navigate to the Network Configuration screen, you can change global settings and individual settings for each of the Ethernet ports available on the system. Manual and DHCP setting of port addresses is allowed, and I ended up setting static IP addresses for testing of this NAS. IPv4 and IPv6 are both accommodated and the two integral ports are labeled LAN1 and LAN2. Ports LAN3 and LAN4 are the two 10GbE ports coming off the additional NIC on the EonNAS Pro 850X. I'll be testing those and reporting on them in a follow-up article.

A separate Network Trunking menu allows two or more ports to be linked together and configured for 802.3ad Link Aggregation Control Protocol (LACP) mode. The two ports on the EonNAS Pro 850X are easily linked and unlinked, by using these tools, but may require a restart to be fully functional. All testing in this review was done with single port connections, to keep the playing field level. I have had very mixed results so far using LACP on a variety of NAS products; it's not a simple plug-and-play way to double your throughput, that's for sure.

Infortrend uses the concept of storage "pools" to manage drive allocations. This does not replace RAID volumes, but works with them to provide more management options. One major benefit to this method is that the EonNAS can quickly and easily migrate from a single disk configuration to a fully populated RAID system without having to backup your data to a separate drive. I went from a single disk configuration to a four-disk RAID 5 system in less than five minutes, without losing any data that was on the single disk. I've only tested one other NAS that could do this, but that unit took many hours (6-8) for the disks to resynchronize, after I added additional drives. I used to think this was just a nice feature for reviewers, who have to test with multiple disk configurations, but I had a forum exchange recently that highlighted how useful this capability is during data migrations. During a "normal" setup, the NASFinder software will ask you to select the desired RAID configuration at startup, and you can choose the one that fits your needs the best. RAID 10, 50, and 60 are missing from this setup screen. You have to build these configurations manually, starting with a single RAID set, and then add another RAID set to it, in striped mode. Definitely not as easy as selecting a radio button, but it's all explained in the manual.


Ok, if you've been following along this far, there's not much more I can show you except how fast it is. So let's get down to some benchmarking, and compare it to a variety of other NAS products that we've tested recently.



# 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:
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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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