Western Digital Sentinel DX4000 16TB RAID5 4-Bay NAS Review
29 June 2013
Conclusion: Having a drive vendor manufacture a NAS to work with their own line of drives is a welcomed approach to mass storage technologies. With this being Western Digital’s first revisions of their own NAS, a system that from the outside looks the part and on paper has a fair amount to offer shows that they have done some good research into what is needed and that they have what is needed to delve into this particular market.
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.
Excerpt: As the most expensive server in our roundup we had high expectations for WD’s SOHO server offering. It’s obvious that the bulk of the cost has gone into the storage with a whopping 4TB of storage space — a country mile ahead of the competitors. However as you’ll see from our review this emphasis on storage space has come at the cost of functionality as there’s not much else that the default DX4000 can do.