Conclusion: WD is expected to become a major player in centralised business storage, and one of its first efforts - the Sentinel DX4000 - shows that the company has what's required to succeed in this market. Well built and suitably easy to use, the DX4000 offers up to 16TB of storage in a package that's simple to configure and maintain, from both an admin and client perspective.
Summary: Today we are going to talk about the new NAS storage system from Western Digital based on Intel 1.8 GHz Atom dual-core processor and featuring two hard drives inside. It is also is powered by Windows Storage Server 2008 R2 Essentials and is targeted for SMBs with 25 client devices or less.
Summary: Western Digital has delivered an interesting product here. On the one hand, they have made it clear that they are aiming for the SMB and SOHO market. On the other, they have put features into the NAS that make it closer to an enterprise product. Since they are aiming for the Sentinel to be a plug and play appliance for the small office, they can’t be docked for doing things like limiting the types of replacement drives that can be installed.
Western Digital Sentinel DX4000 Small Office Storage Server
15 January 2012
Conclusion: In order to test the Sentinel flexibility we firstly set to work two test systems. First test system consisted of an Intel Dual Xeon now several years old but still extremely powerful within its own rights as many of these systems had been supplied out from the Tier 1 and System Integrators . The secondary test unit, a modern Intel Core i7 supported by the new X79 chipset. The final configurations of the test systems are as follows; Power Consumption This is an all...
Summary: WD accomplished what it wanted, bringing enterprise grade software and hardware that's easy to use to the SMB with the Sentinel DX4000. As we look at the Sentinel as a potential line of many other NAS devices, Western Digital is certainly pointed in the right direction and poised to be a major player in the NAS market. It offers the most serviceable design, with spring loaded hot-swap trays that don't even require a screwdriver to install or replace a hard drive.
Pros: Excellent build quality, Dual power supplies, dual LAN with fail-over, Microsoft Storage Server software is easy to work with
Cons: Excellent build quality, Dual power supplies, dual LAN with fail-over, Microsoft Storage Server software is easy to work with, Excessive RAID rebuild times