QNAP TS-879 Pro (10GbE Performance)
Posted on: 05/01/2012 12:55 AM
Building on the success of the QNAP TS-x69 series is the new TS-x79 range, which features two new models. Leading the charge for QNAP are the TS-879 Pro and TS-1079 Pro high-end small and medium business desktop NAS solutions. These new eight and ten bay models are powered by an Intel Core i3 processor and support 10GbE networking for maximum performance...
The TS-879 Pro model that we are focusing on today comes with up to 30TB of online storage, which QNAP says is designed to fulfill the massive storage needs of the high-end SMB environments. Furthermore when coupled with eight 4TB hard drives the TS-879 Pro can provide up to 32TB of high-speed storage.
Helping to make that data readily available to numerous simultaneous users is the 10GbE networking support, which allows for a throughput of over 1GB/s. Also helping to achieve these speeds is a powerful dual-core Sandy Bridge processor with Hyper-Threading.
On paper the TS-879 Pro has the makings of the ultimate NAS device, so we are keen to see how it performs under real world conditions. QNAP doesnít offer read and write performance claims, so we have no idea what to expect when using eight enterprise hard drives.
What we do know is that the TS-879 Pro costs a cool $2200 without any hard drives or 10GbE network card. The slightly larger TS-1079 is fetching $2600 and the only difference here is the extra two drive bays, other than that the units are virtually identical.
Those wanting to utilize the 10GbE support will have to fork out at least $200 per 10GbE network card and will require at least two, unless connecting the TS-879 directly to a 10GbE capable switch. With 10GbE networking still extremely costly many smaller businesses will likely stick with Gigabit Ethernet and for those users QNAP has provided a pair of ports for the option of Link Aggregation.
There are plenty more standard features as well, such as SATA 6Gb/s support on all ports, eSATA, as well as USB 3.0 access at the front and rear. The TS-879 Pro also supports RAID 0, 1, 10, 5, 6, 5+ hot spare, 6+ hot spare, 10+ hot spare, single disk, JBOD, and the new Global Hot Spare feature that allows a spare drive to flexibly replace a failed drive on any RAID volume on the NAS for automatic RAID data rebuilding.
The tower measures 217.5(H) x 327(W) x 321.2(D) mm and tips the scales at 8.39kg, though when loaded with hard drives is considerably heavier than that. With eight drives installed QNAP says the TS-879 Pro generates just 27.4dB when operating and will consume 101 watts. With that said letís move on to check out the internal workings of the TS-879 Pro...
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