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News Netgear boasts of "world's fastest" desktop NAS

Discussion in 'Article Discussion' started by Gareth Halfacree, 26 Nov 2013.

  1. Gareth Halfacree

    Gareth Halfacree WIIGII! Staff Administrator Super Moderator Moderator

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  2. -Xp-

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    Hardly seems worth it for the price. Anyone can build a NAS from off-the-shelf components for much less than this. 10GBe cards come in at around £400 each.
     
  3. dyzophoria

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    if it has ECC memory, maybe the cpu is a server class cpu? (entry level xeons), might be the reason too for the price aside from dual 10gbe
     
  4. Gradius

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    No point to put 10Gb/s if only do a bit better than 1Gb/s. Total bad joke specially at this price.
     
  5. Mister_Tad

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    It supports up to 21 disks through external enclosures and has 16GB of cache, I don't doubt that it could get close to saturating a 10GbE pipe with the right workload, and would certainly be able to surpass 1Gbit.

    With regards to the price, you have appreciate that NetGear calling it a "desktop" NAS simply means that it's not a rackmount, as opposed to them think this is going to live inside someone's home. This is competing against entry level products from "real" storage vendors - many of which are appreciably more expensive.

    The quad core Xeon in this box should give it fairly decent performance for low-scale server virtualisation and CIFS for a good few users - all that for £2500 + disks ins't too bad.
     
  6. leslie

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    Desktop infers home use, it should be a workstation NAS.
     
  7. Mister_Tad

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    Technically speaking, you infer, it implies... :worried:

    You'll find this NAS nowhere amongst Netgear's "Home" products page though - the NAS is positioned correctly, though clearly the press release is badly worded.
     
  8. RedFlames

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    Complete overkill for most people's/company's needs...

    ...I want one

    EDIT: And I have to agree with Mister_Tad in that I read 'Desktop' purely as 'free-standing'/'not rack-mounted'... in no way, shape or form is that thing aimed at home users...
     
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    Positively entry-level when you consider you can cluster 24 of these :thumb:
     
  10. Atomic

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    Nice little budget device, but I do question that a company who's running a 10GbE network would skimp and not buy storage of the same caliber.
     
  11. Mister_Tad

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    You make a good point. Perhaps a niche product aimed at small media houses with a handful of users working on >HD content?

    But then any 10GbE gear you're going to get is going to be rackmount, making this form factor somewhat of an odd choice.

    Another use case would be for a portable storage device, to use for ingesting from/seeding to remote sites on to "proper" storage, where WAN links make moving data over the wire impossible. A company I previously worked for had a pool of various QNAP boxes that were used for just this, but the single 1Gb port on most of them made shifting data painful on times.
     
  12. Andy Mc

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    Uggh, Netapp.... Bain of my existence at the moment (next to iPhones). The number of disk failures we are getting on a daily basis is a joke, all because some drive firmware may be incompatible with a software update. I feel sorry for the netapp 3rd party engineer, the guy comes here so often he may as well move in.
     

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