Excerpt: Initial setup was a breeze - just install hard drives, plug in and the setup wizard gets it up and running quickly. As with any NAS of this caliber, the bottleneck has moved from disk I/O to network I/O - easy to saturate the built in Gigabit network without taxing the QNAP's CPU or disk. Nice that there's an option to upgrade to 10G networking down the road.
Blazingly fast server when equipped with 10Gb ethernet..
29 May 2013
Summary: This NAS is smoking fast if you have a 10Gb ethernet setup.. with iSCSI setups, you get 1 Gibabytes (not bits) transfer rates! File transfer speeds under Samba and AFP werent as fast, but WAY faster than standard gigabit ethernet. Almost went with the 12-bay big brother, but this 8-bay gets the same performance. Decided it was worth spending the money on 10Gb ethernet instead of buying 4 more drives.. WELL WORTH IT! NAS comes loaded with features and a simple setup.
Summary: We work in post-production video with extremely demanding data transfer amounts. 4 users are rigged with 10 gigabit cards, the rest on gigabit. We are getting better speeds than if we were working off local SSDs, even when accessing it simutaneously. The administration is a breeze. Not much IT skill is needed to set it up, but its still very versitile and powerful.
Summary: This is a great NAS appliance. It can do so many things on your network and has such a fantastic, intuitive web interface. We love it and keep finding uses for it. The only drawback, and it is a BIG one (minus one egg from an otherwise 5 egg product) is the lack of support for SFTP in Real Time Remote Replication (RTRR). RTRR let's you pick "FTP" as the transport method for replication, but SFTP is not one of the choices.
Pros: - Capacity - Form Factor - Expandability - Price / Value - Flexibility - Stability