Date: August 18th, 2008
Article by: Joe Anderson (Hardware Reviewer)
Edited by: Nathan Glentworth (Owner / Head Editor)
Product was submitted by: Thecus
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THECUS N5200B PRO INTRODUCTION
Network Attached Storage has been a welcome addition in business environments for some time. Recently, NAS appliances have also made inroads into the home network arena, and for good reason. These units are just the ticket for the digital home of today (and tomorrow,) providing a secure and safe home for data and music/video along with an easily navigated interface for access and distribution of said data. There is no shortage of NAS devices for home/small office applications, but this time out we have a higher-end device provided by Thecus, a company that specializes in just this sort of technology, and I'm excited to try this one out. As for what their N5200PRO can do, I'll defer to Thecus' own description of the device. After putting the N5200PRO through its paces, we'll see how well they've done.
“Designed for hardware enthusiasts and SMBs, the N5200PRO packs some serious power under the hood. Driving the N5200PRO is an Ultra-Low Voltage Intel® Celeron® M Processor
memory, making the N5200PRO the fastest 5-bay NAS on the market. With five 3.5" SATA drive bays
, the N5200PRO features up to 5TB of storage capacity
, and support for multiple RAID levels
allows multiple RAID volumes on a single system for optimal flexibility. To access data faster than ever before, the N5200PRO supports iSCSI initiators
, enabling users to access the N5200PRO as an iSCSI target
device over the Internet or LAN. With these features, users will experience high system performance, flexibility, and data reliability.
But that's not all. The N5200PRO offers superior power management features with scheduled power on/off and Wake-on-LAN . Users are able to have the system turn on and off to conserve energy and lower overall cost of ownership. To back up data, the N5200 comes complete with Thecus' suite of backup utilities, including the Thecus Backup Utility and Nsync , Thecus' remote backup solution. And because the network has to be reliable, Thecus offers two options for users. With the built-in LCD screen , the N5200PRO is a breeze to setup and administer, and an eSATA port allows for easy storage expansion. Users that need load balancing and failover can choose the N5200B PRO , while users that prefer a built-in 4-port Gigabit switch can opt for the N5200BR PRO . No matter which is chosen users can look forward to Thecus' signature performance, reliability, and ease-of-use.”
With its own processor and memory, the N5200PRO has ample horsepower to manage multiple RAID levels and up to 5TB of storage and serve up all this content to your network. Your data can be easily backed up for safe storage and the low-volt hardware and power management features assure that this appliance sips power from the grid, keeping cost of ownership as low as possible.
THECUS CORPORATE PROFILE
In today's networked world, digital content is truly the most precious asset. At Thecus, we take pride in developing innovative storage solutions that keep data safe and secure. Founded in 2004, the Thecus team brings decades of R&D expertise, sales channel development, and a strong customer focus to deliver high-quality products that meet the storage needs of individuals and large organizations alike.
Thecus focuses on hardware and software integration and development, and the core protocols of digital media storage. The result is products that are easier to use and can offer greater connectivity to consumer devices. Thecus envisions greater integration of multimedia data storage for both home and office environments, and we strive to be a pioneer in these fields and provide our users with the products that are second-to-none.
To develop optimal storage solutions for such a wide range of users, Thecus has assembled a best-in-class development team with extensive experience in both storage hardware and software development. By combining engineering expertise with a keen focus on the end-user experience, Thecus builds products that are not only powerful but easy-to-use, making advanced storage products accessible to users of all skill levels. By crafting technology that is transparent as possible, Thecus continues to bring exceptional data storage solutions to individuals and organizations around the world.