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NETGEAR ReadyNAS Ultra 2-bay (diskless) w/ 3 yr warranty
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  • Owned For: 1 day to 1 week

3 out of 5 eggs Shockingly slow in ESXi 5 12/24/2012

This review is from: NETGEAR ReadyNAS Ultra 2-bay (diskless) w/ 3 yr warranty

Pros: Fast enough in ESXi 5 using NFS (up to 80mbps). High quality construction and running a fully usable linux distribution.

Cons: Bought to use as storage in ESXi 5 via iscsi. Firmware 4.2.20 is the first version to support esxi 5, I installed 4.2.22 which is supposed to have further refinements. Using dedicated intel gig nics and a crossover cable, I can only get around 2 to 4mbps to the NAS over iscsi. NFS is much higher at around 80mbps, but iscsi is effectively useless.

Other Thoughts: I've tried several work arounds including disabling header and data digests, setting static discovery, different nics, cables, even going so far as to get into the NAS itself and mess with the ietd.conf. Hopefully a newer firmware will make this dude love iscsi. Not sending it back, still very useful via NFS and great for ghetto-vcb.

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Raidon GR3630-2S-SB2 (+) RAID 0, 1 2 3.5
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  • Owned For: 1 day to 1 week

Pros: It's ready for RAID 1 right out of the box. Works like a champ in vmware ESXi, no need to buy an expensive RAID controller for redundant vmfs storage! Looks very cool with its LCD and the drive lights only flash during activity.

Cons: Im not certain why the manual is even included with this unit, it's pretty much useless.

Other Thoughts: I can't comment on noise levels because this is stored in my computer rack in my basement. It does take the unit about 10 seconds to boot up, but it's independently switched on and off so you just need to be sure to power it on first. Didn't try RAID 0, but I dont see any performance impact from RAID 1 using this device over a single esata external drive.

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G.SKILL Ripjaws Series 4GB 240-Pin DDR3 SDRAM DDR3 1333 (PC3 10666) Desktop Memory Model F3-10666CL9S-4GBRL
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  • Owned For: 1 month to 1 year

Pros: Great RAM. good timing, recognised immediately with correct timing values and stays cool.

Cons: Wish I had more DIMM slots to put more of this RAM

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Display Name: Jason C.

Date Joined: 12/07/05

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  • Last Review: 12/24/12
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