ZyXEL Outperforms its peers - from CRN Test Center
ZYXEL OUTPERFORMS ITS PEERS
BY MARC SPIWAK
NAS is a lot like aspirin: It relieves most
headaches associated with network storage
issues pretty quickly. Sometimes the storage
space within a server becomes depleted and it’s impossible
or impractical to add another hard drive. Sometimes the hard
drives in computers fill up and it’s either not economical to
replace them or there can be software that’s impossible to
replace or reinstall. Above all, the storage space in some
servers and in most users’ computers just isn’t safe enough
from a redundancy point of view. NAS can relieve these
headaches and more, as it’s a quick and pain-free solution.
In this review, CRN Test Center engineers considered
middle-of-the-road products that would be suitable for SMBs
or enterprise companies. Specifications for this bakeoff called
for NAS devices with at least 1 Tbyte of storage space and a
Gigabit Ethernet interface.The four products examined were
ZyXEL Communications’ 3-Tbyte NSA-2400, Netgear’s 3Tbyte
ReadyNAS 1100 (from its recent Infrant acquisition),
MicroNet Technology’s 4-Tbyte PlatinumNAS 4.0 and Iomega’s
1-Tbyte StorCenter Pro NAS 150d.These capacities represent
the maximums for each unit, not necessarily the as-tested
capacity.A capacity-per-dollar figure was calculated for each
unit based on 2 Tbytes of storage space.
To test the NAS units for performance, engineers set up
all units with the largest RAID 5 array that would fit. Each
NAS unit was connected directly to a PC containing a Gigabit
Ethernet adapter with a crossover cable to avoid using
any unnecessary equipment that could hamper the results.
Next, a folder containing 1.72 Gbytes of data consisting of
41 files was copied first from the attached PC to the array
and then back to the PC from the array. Engineers timed how
long it took each unit to complete the process.
In addition to capacity-per-dollar and performance, engineers
also rated the products on feature set, quality and reliability,
ease of deployment and partner profit potential.
ZyXEL’s NSA-2400 grabbed the top spot with particularly
high ratings for performance and ease of deployment.
Designed for SMBs, it will support up to 3 Tbytes of storage
with four 750-Gbyte drives installed.The test unit came
loaded with four 160-Gbyte drives, which were configured
with a 313-Gbyte RAID 5 array. In performance testing, the
1.72-Gbyte folder was copied to the array in 3 minutes, 40
seconds, and copied back to the client PC in 3 minutes, 25 seconds,
for an average of 3 minutes, 32 seconds—the fastest time of the units tested.
The product is sold only as a barebones unit, which gives solution providers the option to customize the unit based on capacity requirements.
That means partners can shop around to find the best possible price on the drives they need. The barebones unit is priced at $989.99,
with the cost for 2 Tbytes of capacity reaching $1,510, including $130 each for four hard drives.
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