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  1. From a hardware perspective, as we said the 4360X is a 4U unit with 60 bays supporting both SAS and SATA drives. The unit has three built-in SAS interfaces that can connect to either three ReadyNAS EDA2000 12-bay or EDA4000 24-bay expansion chassis, brining a total capacity of 1.32PB. For performance, the 4360X has an Intel Xeon E3-1225v5 Quad Core 3.3GHz Processor and up to 64GB of DDR4 memory. NETGEAR Announces Highest Density 10GbE Single-Node Storage Solution
  2. Hello everyone, I need to replace a bad drive on my HTPC and was wondering what my best option would be? I was thinking of a NAS drive because of the 24/7 a=feature but then saw the new surveillance drives and was wondering if these were better for my usage. I mainly use the HTPC for DVR purposes with WMC and the occasional web browsing. The OS is on a separate SSD and the drive I need to replace is mainly for DVR and media storage. Thanks for any response.
  3. Hi everyone, Does anyone know a proper / comprehensive m.2 SSD cache review? E.g. a NAS like TVS-473, TVS-682 tested with various size and make m.2 SSD models to see which performs best: upload/download throughput and overall power usage? Today it is a total unknown whether or not a 2x128gb SSD performs better than a 2x256gb or 2x512gb m.2 cache. The same applies on whether or not there's a significant difference between generations at the same module size: Samsung 940 pro vs 950 pro vs 960 pro vs sm951vs sm961 vs WD Black m.2 SSD vs the EVO version... for both power and throughput. T his concept of an m.2 ssd cache is becoming the norm in the NAS market but nobody has answered the basic questions on impact and how the systems performs with and without these m.2 modules as SSD cache to see if the investment in 2 of these modules really pays off and by how much. Thanks in advance
  4. Hi All, I am looking to purchase a NAS system that I can plug in a few SSD into. I mainly want it for pictures, videos and work documents. I am thinking of purchasing the Synology ds1515+ with 5 Samsung 850 Pro 2TB. Will this work? Thanks
  5. I need a new backup solution at home as my current 1Tb backup drive is full. I also do not currently have any offsite backup capability, which is a vulnerability. I do, however, in connexion with my work as a barrister (lawyer) need to backup confidential information and information that is subject to the Data Protection Act, which means that it needs to be encrypted, either self-stored or stored with a reputable provider, and in any event, not stored outside the European Union. That information is not very great in volume (a few Gb at most, but it will grow over time; I need to be able to erase it completely after six years but not before). Less sensitive but much more bulky are the products of my hobby of photography, and my large and increasing number of pictures stored in RAW format, as well as my Lightroom catalogue, etc. It is this later category that has exhausted my backup capability. I currently use a WD MyBook which is in my house, connected to my desktop computer through a second network interface port in the computer, and not directly connected to the internet. The data on it are not encrypted, but it has an element of physical separation from the internet. There are two independent CAT-5 connexions going from my under-stairs cupboard (where the MyBook and router both are) to my study (where my desktop computer is). I also have a Synology DiskStation (a 215j, I believe), which is connected to the internet, and which has a further copy of my professional files (encrypted), and some other miscellaneous things, but was not intended for general backup use, but rather as personal cloud storage for my professional data to synchronise with my tablet and desktop computer in chambers. It has 2Tb of storage space, which, whilst enough for my photographs now, may well not be enough a few years in the future, and I should in any event prefer additional redundancy. One solution that I had contemplated was to obtain a further two Synology NAS devices, and install one in my understairs cupboard and one in my parents' house (they have the same sort of WD My Book as I for backup), and use each others' NAS for offsite backup for both of us. However, my parents' internet connexion has only 1Mbps upload and 10Mbps download (which could be improved to 1.9Mbps and 21Mbps respectively with a fibre connexion), and I suspect that this, especially the upload speed, will not be enough. I find the WD MyBook to be unreliable at times: sometimes it will stop responding and need to be reset, and other times it will not be able to be found on the network for a while. The software that I use (Oops! Backup) is also not very good in that the versioning does not seem to work: iI tried once to recover an old version of a file that had become corrupted, and the system purportedly had the delta of the old version stored, but it refused to restore it, giving an incomprehensible error message. Does anyone have any recommendations? How might my parents take advantage of offsite backup given their poor upload speed (mine at home is rather better)? What sort of device might better replace my full MyBook? Can anyone recommend good backup software that will handle both onsite and offsite backup simultaneously? It should be noted that my desktop at home runs Windows 7 and my parents' desktop computers run Ubuntu 14.04 LTS (which is likely to be upgraded to 16.04 LTS when that is released).
  6. We are an innovation company that is looking to create a fast, simple, and easy to use network. We are not IT people, and we don’t want to be. That’s why is so important to us that our network can be managed with ease, performs as fast as possible, and be low maintenance. We need help establishing our storage architecture (which servers do we need? which software? which brand? which configuration? which drives?) in a way that will fit our current needs, be future proof, and is as close to worry-free as possible. Goals: Needs to be easy to manage and worry-free (almost no maintenance). Scale out easily, as we grow. High performance Reliable Easy to manage user permissions, shares... Have a simple way for us to get qualified support, when needed. Work for Mac and Windows users seamlessly. Allow our employees to work directly from the server, as if they were accessing the files directly from their hard-drive. Storage Needs: Virtual Environment - extremely fast storage, with high IOPS - for our VMWare hosts. Business Storage - fast storage for our creative users (mac) and standards users (windows) with considerable size and made for accessing files like they were on the user machine. Security Cameras - storage for 24 cameras, recording 1920x1080, 10fps around 10 hours per day, retaining the footage for 180 days. DAM - database, index, caching… everything our Digital Asset Management solution will need. Backup - everything that we own and operate must be backed up on a daily basis (even with hourly increments for some cases) Archive - made to archive files that will be read not frequently. BitBucket - a big storage so we can dump everything we want to, make sense of it, and move to a better place (or leave it there) - like external drives, old hard-drives, etc. Long-Term Backup - a way for us to backup everything in a cheap but reliable media for a long time. Considerations: We are willing to pay more for a solution that has a brand behind and proven track record, if it makes sense. Video storage will be dealt with later on. Our current solution works for our current needs. Will need to be revisited in the near future. Concerns: Having servers and hard-drives that were bought and custom build, having no brand to support it and provide any help when needed. Every place we read says that FreeNAS should NOT be used in an enterprise environment. Should we use SAS or SATA drives? I am attaching the way we see our storage needs in terms of tiers, showing how the relationship of size x speed x cost is. I am adding also a storage flow that shows how we believe the flow of our data needs to be. Here is the solution that was initially proposed to us, by another consultants: Tier 0 - Flash Storage (For VMs) Chassis: 1U SuperMicro CPU: 2 Intel 4-core Xeon E5-2609v2 RAM: 128GB OS: FreeNAS 9.3 RAID configuration: 2 2-disk RAID 10 vdevs Bays: 8 (4 available) Disks: Samsung 850 PRO 1TB Usable Storage: 1.5TB Max Storage: 27TB (adding 2 more JBODs) Price: $6,350.00 ($2,823.33 per TB) Tier 1 - Business Storage Chassis 4U SuperMicro CPU: 2 Intel 4-core Xeon E5-2609v2 RAM: 128GB OS: FreeNAS 9.3 RAID configuration: 3 6-disk RAID Z1 vdevs + 2 hot spares Bays: 24 (0 available) Disks: Samsung WD RE 4TB Cache: 2-disk read zil, 2-disk write zil (Samsung 850 PRO 256GB) Usable Storage: 40TB Max Storage: 2.46PB (adding 8 more JBODs) Price: $11,704.00 ($292.60 per TB) Tier 3 - Backup Storage Chassis 4U SuperMicro CPU: 2 Intel Xeon E5-1650 RAM: 256GB OS: FreeNAS 9.3 RAID configuration: 13 2-disk RAID 10 vdevs + 4 hot spares Bays: 36 (0 available) Disks: Samsung WD RE 6TB Cache: 2-disk read zil, 3-disk write zil (Samsung 850 PRO 256GB) Usable Storage: 57TB Max Storage: 475TB (adding 8 more JBODs) Price: $24,977.21 ($438.55 per TB) Tier 4 - Archive Storage Chassis 4U SuperMicro CPU: 2 Intel Xeon E5-1650 RAM: 256GB OS: FreeNAS 9.3 RAID configuration: 13 2-disk RAID 10 vdevs + 4 hot spares Bays: 36 (0 available) Disks: Seagate Archival HDD 8TB Cache: 2-disk write zil (Samsung 850 PRO 256GB) Usable Storage: 160TB Max Storage: 1.37PB (adding 8 more JBODs) Price: $17,716.75 ($110.73 per TB) What do you think about this configuration? Shoot holes in it! Anything that is bad that we are being suggested? Anything that we should be aware of? What your configuration would be? What is your recommended storage solution? Drives? Servers? Please share some insights, ideas, recommendations, advice, examples, anything - so frustrated and willing to pay for help.
  7. Hello all. At home I have a desktop PC and a Media Center PC. Both have one 2tb 3.5in drive (WD green) and one 1tb 3.5in drive (one seagate, one WD) each as storage. Both boot from 500gb hard drives and I must have about 5tb extra laying around between portable drives and laptops. I keep around 3.5tb between photos, videos and music, mirrored weekly by hand between the desktop and the media center, and backed up from time to time in portable drives. As you may imagine, I'm not happy with the way I keep my data. Also, sometimes either music or videos have to be split between drives. I don't want to spend too much money. Buying two 4tb drives to set up as a RAID 1 in my media center (mainboard supports it) would cost me about 270 euro, but scalability would be limited to buying yet another couple of bigger drives. I think I could move both 2tb drives and both 1tb drives to one DS414j NAS, transferring the data to the external drives in the meantime. According to Synology's webpage, if I use SHR it would give me some 4tb of storage with one drive redundancy. It would cost me 300 euro, but I'm thinking about convenience and scalability. If I understand correctly, should one drive fail I would just need to replace it with one the same size or bigger and set it to rebuild. What I don't have clear is: Let's say one 1tb drive fails and I put a 4tb one: According to the RAID calculator the new array could be of 5tb with redundancy instead of 4 and with a "wasted space" that would be waiting for the next hard drive switch to be used. Would it grow like that, or does it just rebuild it to the original size until I replace all 1tb drives? Thank you for your help.
  8. Good morning everyone! I have currently got a few TB of data sitting on my home desktop with little in the way of backups, redundancy or availability. I am looking at purchasing a NAS to fix all of the above. The data is a mixture of Office documents, pictures, music, videos, and other random file data. Some questions on NAS and drive selection: From a brief look around the various reviews and manufacturer sites, it seems the DS215+ would be a good choice of NAS. Would anyone have any other recommendations (maybe the DS713+ or something QNAP)? Does SHR (Synology Hybrid Raid) allow the creation of volumes on a NAS with different RAID protection levels? Some of the data on the NAS will need drive redundancy, however other data is not so critical and I am more than happy to store them with no protection. With regards to drives, I am looking at WD Reds (4-5TB), however would anyone consider WD Red Pros worthwhile for the above setup? My wireless router only has a single GB port, with multiple 100mb ports. Would connecting the NAS to two 100mb ports have much effect on performance? Thanks in advance for any assistance with these questions!
  9. I should be grateful for any ideas that people may have about a suitable solution to my professional IT requirements. I am a barrister (a type of lawyer in England and Wales), who, as is traditional in the English legal profession, is self-employed, but works from a set of chambers (offices) in which certain facilities are shared. I have recently moved to a different set of chambers with a different IT setup. Previously, I had access to a(n excruciatingly slow) Windows based server on which to store documents: I could access them at home by a remote desktop connexion or remote file access or in chambers by using a number of aeging Windows PCs dotted about and available for general use. I have an Android tablet, but could not access my files on that device from my old chambers' Windows servers in spite of installing various SMB type applications. My new chambers is more of a BYOD environment, and it does not have the central Windows file server (I think) available to members. I briefly looked into services such as DropBox (which would work on my home desktop and Android tablet), but there are issues as to whether using a service such as that for client confidential documents is compatible with the Data Protection Act 1998 because of the difficulty in ensuring and veryfying that the third party provider is complying with the data protection principles. An alternative might well be one of these new personal cloud NAS devices: that would mean that I could put one of these at home and access it from my home computer and from my tablet or smartphone. I could also use it for personal documents (so that I could store my recipes on it, for instance, and access them from my tablet in the kitchen). However, just how secure are they? I have read about some security trouble with ASUS personal cloud devices recently. Also, how do personal cloud devices work with offline storage? If I were at court, for instance, and had no good mobile signal, do any of these personal cloud devices make it easy to set up a system whereby recently accessed documents are duplicated on my Android tablet's internal memory, but ones not accessed recently are not so as not to fill the entire tablet's memory with old documents? A further complication is encryption. I have encrypted my Android tablet, but how easy is it to encrypt files stored on a personal cloud device so as to be able to be compatible with and decrypted by both an Android tablet and a Windows (and possibly Linux) desktop? Backup is another issue: how easy is it to back up an encrypted set of files? I know that Windows encrypted folders have an issue with backup in that, if the OS itself becomes corrupted and has to be reinstalled (catastrophic hardware failure, for instance), the encryption keys are lost forever, and the backups of the encrypted files are useless. Is there a system of encryption that does not have this disadvantage? What is the best way to backup files stored on a personal cloud in any event; how would such a backup system potentially interact with my existing backup system (the "Oops!" backup that goes with my now somewhat old WD NAS backup drive)? I should be most grateful for any thoughts on these issues.
  10. Hi all, Thanks for this great forum. I have a pretty common scenario - 14+ years of family data with a spotty backup/sharing strategy, looking to do it right finally. Here's what we have to work with. I'll give as much detail as I can just in case it is useful. 'client' hardware * MacBook Pro (my business laptop) 512GB SSD * MacBook Air (new, wife/kids/homeschool) 256GB SSD * Various iOS devices 'server' * Mac Mini (media server in utility room) 256GB SSD (new, replaces an old Mini) - used to stream video to Apple TV and other iOS, music to various AirPlay, and as an Internet-accessible family web server storage * USB2 1.5TB HDD * USB2 1TB HDD * USB3 2x4TB RAID1 The most valuable data we have is digital photo/video from SLR's and iOS devices going back 14 years. What I currently have is: * MacBook Pro backup via Time Machine to the USB3 2x4TB RAID1 * Current year photo/video on MacBook Pro system drive (backed up only by virtue of Time Machine) * Photos/Videos up to current year stored solely on the USB3 2x4TB RAID1 * Old Mac Mini backup via Time Machine to the USB2 1TB HDD Issues include: * No offsite backup * No reliable way to access photo/video archive (we make family movies for the kids' birthdays that sometimes include past years). The MacBook Pro is the designated "editing station". * The RAID1 is both Time Machine and sole storage location for a priceless photo/video archive To resolve these, here is what I am thinking: * Purchase a fast (Thunderbolt 2?) DAS for photo/video editing station - Which one? Considering LaCie 5big, Promise Pegasus R4/R6, and OWC ThunderBay 4. I have seen you guys recommend buying empty chassis and HGST enterprise grade HDD's. Is that still the recommendation? - Which RAID level? RAID5 to balance performance and some semblance of safety, or RAID0 for maximum performance then clone to a second identical unit as a backup?? HW or SW RAID? - What capacity? - Do not quite understand yet what exactly is backed up from this and to where. Just the raw source files? * Maybe centralize the USB3 2x4TB RAID1 on the Mini and use it as a Time Machine backup of the Mini, MacBook Pro, and the MacBook Air as well as a central place to put business/tax/legal documents. Maybe separate partitions? * Use the 1TB or 1.5TB USB2 as a clone of the boot drive on the MacBook Pro * Purchase a cheap ~$30 USB3 HDD dock and 2 or 3 4TB-or-so HDD's to connect to the Mini and use as a rotating offside backup - what will go on this? from where and can it be automated somehow? - I think this should be business/tax/legal documents, the photo/video library, and ?? I know these solutions potentially have a significant cost, but I feel like I have a 'debt' of years of putting this off, so I want to pay the debt and move forward with something we'll feel good about. Thanks in advance for your help guys! Patrick
  11. The Synology DS414j is a reasonably powerful, cost effective NAS for SOHO use. It's not going to blow the doors off, but for small workgroups that can benefit from all a NAS and Synology's deep bench of DSM tools can offer, it's a great starting point for shared storage. Synology DiskStation DS414j Review
  12. Hello Friends, > I have really enjoyed learning from your professional performance reviews. However I am still a novice when it comes to SAN/NAS systems. I am creating a side by side comparison of the dual controller (HA) 12 (3.5)drive+ NAS systems that you have reviewed so that I have a better understanding of which vendor fits where on the performance list. I have data from your website for: EMC / VNXe 3200, EchoStreams / DuraStreams DSS320 and Quanta / mesos cb220. I have a few questions that I would greatly appreciate if you could answer for me if you found a little time: > > 1) For the 4k random 100% R/W, average and Max latency, 8K and 128K sequential data. Was that data gathered from fio? Its not alway clear if fio was the synthetic benchmark > 2) Were these devices configured in a RAID set with the Device GUI/Utility? In what RAID formation was the durastreams_dss320 & mesos cb220 data gathered at? RAID 5 like the EMC VNXe3200 review? > 3) Besides the three devices mentioned above, do you have data on any other Medium-sized dual controller (HA), 10gE NAS systems that I missed? > 4) According to a 2013 report EMC shares this market mostly with NetApp. Have you reviewed any of NetApp's devices (I see FAS2240-2 but that is a 2.5 drive array and SSD reliant)? > 5) For the JetStor NAS 1600S do you have RAID 5 data (as opposed to the data on your site which is RAID 10, 50 & 60)? So that I can unify the results with the other reviews... > 6) I know that i am asking a lot here but are you able to send out raw data to me from these devices? As I couldn't possibly afford to do all this testing myself... > > Thank you in advance > Steven Roberts
  13. Hey guys! I've tried to read as many of the other posts here and figure out the answer myself, but I'm a little lost unfortunately. I would like to buy a 4 bay NAS and 4 x WD red 4tb drives, configured in raid 5, to store photos, videos and music. I have a plasma tv with hdmi in (but does not do DLNA), a desktop computer, an old media centre PC running XBMC (with a small SSD drive), an xbox360 gathering dust, a Sonos bridge & speakers, an ipad and an iphone. I travel for work and occasionally get to stay in hotels with decent internet connectivity I invariably have a mix of files including flac, mkv, etc. The NAS would sit next to the TV and I'd like to have it on 24x7, so I'd prefer something quiet. I primarily want to use it as storage which I'd access from my PC, my Sonos system and to serve 1080p videos to the TV... and it's the later piece I'm not sure about. I think I've three options (please correct me if I'm wrong) 1) purchase a NAS and play videos through XBMC on my media PC. Examples would be Synology DS414, or something a little slower but quieter would be the DS414j (is it fast enough?) 2) purchase a NAS with an HDMI out e.g. 4gb QNAP TS-451 (which is more expensive, seems to have less apps than a Synology model but is significantly faster). This would mean I could retire my media PC 3) purchase a NAS and somehow use the xbox360? (I've heard transcoding is not ideal and the xbox360 can only handle 480p? so was discounting this option) I also will explore other uses once I get the NAS e.g. downloading TV shows, etc. (I've heard mention of Transmission and nzbdrone but not sure of what they are yet). What are your thoughts and thanks in advance for the advice! Cheers, Warren
  14. The Synology DiskStation DS414 is a 4-bay NAS targeted at SMB and consumers looking for a powerful NAS with a competitive price. The DS414 has a max capacity of 16TB (4TB HDD x 4) and features a Dual Core 1.33 GHz processor, 1GB of DDR3 RAM, and Synology’s DiskStation Manager (DSM) software. The device also sports USB 2.0, USB 3.0, and two Gigabit LAN ports. The DS414 has four tool-less, hot-swappable bays accessed beneath the front panel for quick drive swap out. Running Synology’s award-winning OS, the device allows seamless file-sharing across multiple platforms. Synology DiskStation DS414 Review
  15. The DS415play is designed specifically to benefit homes and media enthusiasts who have more than one display, as it is able to share multiple streams of HD content without being tethered to a single television or computing device. Users can also play media using: DLNA, Apple TV, Roku Players, and computers; all the while iOS, Android, and Windows Phone devices allow users to access the NAS on the go. Synology DiskStation DS415play Announced
  16. Today Seagate Technology announced a new line of NAS solutions specifically designed for small businesses without dedicated IT resources. Seagate Announces New NAS Lines
  17. Today QNAP systems announced the launch of their new pocket-sized mobile NAS, the QGenie. The QGenie works as a mobile NAS, personal cloud, phonebook backup, a power bank, a wireless AP, an in-vehicle media server, and a USB 3.0 SSD. QNAP Launches QGenie, a 7-in-1 Mobile NAS
  18. QNAP Systems has announced the immediate availability of the HS-251, the next model in its Silent NAS series. Designed for the living room and as a home theater PC/NAS combo due to its quiet, fan-less build, the HS-251 is equipped with powerful hardware, a wide range of multimedia applications, real-time and offline Full HD video transcoding, and HDMI connectivity for local playback. QNAP HS-251 Silent NAS Now Available
  19. Today QNAP systems launched new enterprise-class ECx80 Pro Series Turbo NAS and a new high-density expansion encloure, the REXP-1000 Pro, both feature a tower form factor. These new 8-bay and 10-bay Turbo NAS models can deliver scalability, up to 250TB (when combined with the REXP-1000 Pro), and high performance, throughput up 2,200 MB/s and 226,000 IOPS. QNAP Launches ECx80 Pro Series Turbo NAS
  20. Built with a rugged fanless design, the new Turbo NAS is built specifically for factories, warehouses, vehicles, shop floors, and other non-office settings looking for a reliable NAS and surveillance solution with high performance, durability, and persistent throughput. QNAP IS-400 Pro Turbo NAS Now Available
  21. The WD My Cloud Mirror provides mainstream users with an attractive NAS that has robust consumer-centric functionality and the easiest setup on the market; all at a very competitive price. WD My Cloud Mirror Review
  22. QNAP Systems announced today the availability of QTS 4.1, the latest version of their app-driven NAS operating system. Building on the usability and features of QTS 4.0, 4.1 adds even more apps to heighten entertainment for home users and productivity for businesses. There is also an array of mobile apps for Android and iOS devices allowing users to monitor, sync, stream, and share from their Turbo NAS anytime, anywhere. QNAP Releases QTS Version 4.1
  23. ASUSTOR has announced the launch of their new 4-bay rackmount AS-204RS NAS device which supports up to 24TB of raw storage with 6TB hard drives. The new NAS is designed for small to medium enterprises and is equipped with a Intel Atom 1.2 GHz dual-core processor as well as 1GB of DDR3 memory. In addition, the AS-204RS comes with 2 gigabit Ethernet ports and 4 SuperSpeed USB 3.0 ports. ASUSTOR AS-204RS 4-Bay Rackmount NAS Released
  24. Hey folks, I hope I do not miss any specific forum guidelines by starting the topic right here. Please notify me if I am missing something. I checked out a couple of reviews on and on other places on the internet as well as friends related to the IT sector. Short summary of facts: - ambitious amateur photographer with a lot of RAW image data - Mac only network, which means there is a MacBook Pro Retina and two MacBook Airs at the moment (total internal capacity of ~1,8TB) - TimeMachine backup running to external USB hard drive, an Apple TimeCapsule as well as CrashPlan online backup - an old Drobo FS with mixed old HDDs, total ~13-14TB (do not like it, very very slow, bad performance) - several USB 2.0 and FW800 drives, total ~6-7TB Aims: - buying a MacMini running OS X Server for home media consumption on HDTV, tv recording and automation workflows - buy a NAS or DAS (attached to MacMini and available via network share from the OSX Server) with about 20 TB raw capacity Use: - storage will mainly be used for storing large HD video files, RAW images and backups from the network computers - depending on hardware solution a dual disk redundancy should be workable My options: a) Synology DS1813+ with 8x 4TB HDD - what performance is to be expected from a DS1813+ if used with a single gigabit ethernet connection in a Mac network? I read about a couple of performance issues with SMB/AFP file transfer on Mac OS X Mavericks - I will not be able to purchase a switch with 802.3ad capability for my use as they are quite expensive. That means no link aggregation possible, correct? - use of RAID 6? External backup solution might be a couple of USB drives b ) Drobo 5D with 5x 4TB HDD - dual disk redundancy using Drobo's Beyond RAID - performance using Thunderbolt on a Mac should be around 100-150MB/s - network share using a Mac as a server - external backup using old Drobo FS or a couple of USB drives c) Lacie or G-Technology RAIDs - Lacie thunderbolt drives with 8TB or one 20TB, but they all come with RAID0/1, therefore having an exact copy on another Lacie drive is necessary - expensive - G-Technology also offers 8TB thunderbolt, same problem as Lacie but maybe more reliable hard drives - G-Technology G-Speed Q RAID is very pricey Choose of HDD: If deciding for a Drobo or Synology NAS, which hard drive is optimal to chose in terms of long life reliability? Performance should be ok with all of them for my needs - WD SE or WD RED 4TB - Hitachi Deskstar 4TB I do not like to go with Seagate as I had bad experience, however I had a couple dead-on-arrival WD RED 3TB last year in my Drobo FS. Other suggestions on 4TB are welcome. Looking forward for any feedback and suggestions, personal experience and recommendations! Best, Robert
  25. The Thecus N8810U0-G offers 8 bays of 10GbE NAS functionality that's flexible enough to be used in both small workgroups and home environments with a media serving focus but doesn't find a way to stand out in the crowded NAS space. Thecus N8810U-G NAS Review