Excerpt: We all know the old saying; if it ain't broke, don't fix it . That's usually pretty solid advice for a company, especially when they make some of the best products available on the market. QNAP doesn't follow that line of thinking at all and each year they look at their product line and ask how they can make it better.
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Pros: 106 / 99 MBps best read/write performance, New features in v3.4 software are SOTA, Support Apps for multiple cloud services, Support App for Mobile access, USB 3.0 ports on front and back, VMware Ready iSCSI for virtualization deployments, Online RAID Capacity Expansion and Level Migration, Hot-swap RAID storage, Dual Intel Gigabit Ethernet with teaming and failover, RAID 0/1/5/6/10/JBOD disk configurations, SATA 6Gb/s interface for all drive bays, Two eSATA ports for...
Cons: Marvell 88SE9125 6Gb/s controller may not keep up with new SSDs, Some capabilities will be too daunting for a novice SOHO user, Many consumer HDDs not suitable for drive arrays, enterprise units are $$$
Summary: The TS-659 Pro Turbo NAS device is built for those who need 12TB of storage capacity but aren't fussed too much about speed. There are much faster - and cheaper - alternatives. However, the TS-659 Pro Turbo has plenty of server features to suit both the home and small offices.
Pros: Comprehensive server functionality, eSATA, good write speeds
Cons: Slow read speeds and poor streaming performance, doesn't support HFS+ file systems