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MicroNet MaxNAS 2.5TB Server Review

Nemo    -   November 27, 2009
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Higher is Better

 

Lower is Better

The MaxNAS unit managed to post a drive index score of just over 36MB/s that, on the surface, seems like a fairly decent score. However, the score is not as impressive when compared to the QNAP TS-509 and the Synology DS408 units, which hit 50.7- and 39.7MB/s respectively.

 

Higher is Better

 

Lower is Better

In the RAID 1 configuration we expect to see a drop in performance compared to RAID 0, with the MaxNAS hitting 28.8MB/s, with a slight improvement when set up as an iSCSI target. Both the QNAP and Synology units are still faster with about a 30% performance advantage in RAID 1.

 

Higher is Better

 

Lower is Better

The QNAP TS-509 proved to be a stellar performer when we reviewed it and the TS-509 continues to dominate the MaxNAS in the RAID 5 tests with a better than 60% edge in speed.  The Synology DS408 also posted a higher drive index score beating the MaxNAS, which is disappointing from the MaxNAS' point of view as it has five spindles in the RAID 5 array compared to the DS408's four.

 

Higher is Better

 

Lower is Better

The MaxNAS fell even further behind the QNAP TS-509 in the RAID 6 tests with a score of 27.1MB/s compared to 47.4MB/s; that makes the QNAP unit almost 75% faster than the MaxNAS. It also means the Synology DS408 is about 40% faster than the MaxNAS.

 

Higher is Better

 

Lower is Better

The MaxNAS is the first unit we've reviewed that offers support for RAID 10, something the other units don't have. Here we see speeds of around 28MB/s for the regular configuration, increasing to almost 34MB/s when set up as an iSCSI target.

 

Higher is Better

 

Lower is Better

The Synology DS408 dropped out from this test as the version of the firmware we tested did not support JBOD configurations. It comes down to a one-on-one match-up against the TS-509. Again, the QNAP walked away from the MaxNAS, outperforming it by over 56%.

The MaxNAS offered fairly consistent performance across all volume configurations with scores ranging from 25-36MB/s, but performance was more consistent in the true RAID configurations. However, consistency didn't win the MaxNAS any blue ribbons against the comparison units as it was bested across the board, unless you consider the RAID 10 setup, which the other two units don't offer.




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