Qnap TS-879 Pro Turbo NAS review
Impressively fast over Gigabit and 10GbE, and drowning in features, including support for popular cloud backup services
Review Date: 28 Nov 2011
Reviewed By: Dave Mitchell
Price when reviewed: Diskless, £1,370 (£1,644 inc VAT)
Features & Design
Value for Money
Qnap has been making eyes at the SMB network storage market for some time now, and the new TS-879 Pro gives it a big edge over the competition. Most significantly, Qnap has made a break from the popular Atom processor: the TS-879 is one of the first to use a much faster Intel Core i3 CPU.
There’s more, too: it supports the latest 6Gbits/sec SATA III interface, has a pair of fast USB 3 ports and is 10GbE ready. Qnap also supplied our review system with an optional Emulex dual-port 10GBase-SR adapter so we could plug it into the Lab’s 10GbE network and see how fast it can go.
The appliance is well built. The eight hot-swap drive bays have locking buttons to stop the drives accidentally popping out. The USB 3 port at the front is linked to a Copy button above, and pressing it fires up a copy that will send the contents of the inserted device to a predefined folder on the appliance.
At the rear sits a plethora of ports, with another USB 3, four USB 2, two Gigabit and two eSATA ports. There’s also a PCI Express slot, and Qnap offers dual-port Gigabit or 10GbE cards. Fitting the supplied Emulex 10GbE card was easy; we removed the casing to access the slot.
Installation is swift, with Qnap’s Finder utility locating the appliance on the network and offering quick access to the newly designed Qnap Storage Manager (QSM) 3.5 web interface. This provides a side menu listing all features, and selecting one shows its details in the main window alongside, making it easy to use.
We popped in a quartet of 2TB SATA II hard disks and configured them as a RAID5 array, which took five hours to build. Unlike Thecus appliances, you don’t need to set space aside for IP SAN targets during volume creation.
We dived straight into performance testing over Gigabit using a Broadberry dual X5560 rack server running Windows Server 2008 R2. Iometer reported a fast read speed of 110MB/sec for a mapped Windows share, while drag-and-drop copies of a 2.52GB video clip returned read and write speeds of 104MB/sec. Using the FileZilla client to FTP the video clip returned the same speeds.
- Dell profits slide 79% amid buyout talks
- Forget cloud subscriptions: users prefer standard licences
- McAfee: cloud storage could help spread viruses
- Analysts question Windows 8 as UK PC shipments slump
- Google pools storage across Gmail and Drive
- Ofcom accused of killing off VoIP competition
- ShoreTel dock turns iPhones and iPads into desk phones
- Bill Gates says iPad users "frustrated"
- Intel Silvermont promises three-fold boost for tablets
- Customers fume as BT introduces IP sharing
- Hands on with the new Google Maps
- Nokia Lumia 925 review: first look
- Why I won't subscribe to Creative Cloud
- GoPro camera strapped to a remote-control helicopter: the ultimate boy's toy
- Acer Iconia A1 review: first look
- Acer Aspire P3 review: first look
- Acer Aspire R7 review: first look
- How we produce the PC Pro podcast
- Google Now draining iPhone battery
- The government website that doesn't work with IE, Chrome, Firefox, Safari, Macs or smartphones
- How to get a job in cloud computing
- Are today's tech start-ups simply get-rich-quick schemes?
- Choosing the right tablet for business
- Best free antivirus for 2013
- The best business broadband: how to choose the right package
- Choosing your web hosting package: space, bandwidth, service-level agreements and email handling
- Windows Server 2012 features in-depth
- How to protect your business against spear phishing
- How to install virtual servers with Hyper-V
- Implementing virtualisation through Hyper-V
- How to fix Facebook: Social Fixer
- Taking the stress out of WordPress updates
- Where to download free web fonts
- Turn your tablet into a Sky+ remote control
- How to measure the success of a new IT system
- Three years on: the state of the tablet market
- Windows 8: what works and what doesn't
- Yes, I write down my passwords
- How to make money from apps
- Hack your own radio transmitter
There are dozens of exciting prizes up for grabs on PC Pro Competitions. All our competitions are free to enter. Try your luck.ENTER NOW