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What a NAS file server should be…
As NAS file servers are new to the market, there are no clear guidelines on how to evaluate their performance. In my opinion, NAS file servers should be:
Easy to Install
Typically, it should be as simple as plugging in the power cord, connecting the network cable and powering up the unit. Total time taken should be less than 10 minutes and the NAS file server should be able to integrate itself seamlessly with the existing network.
This is extremely important. The NAS server should be able to connect to a wide variety of operating systems (it should not only be limited to the Windows platform.). The NAS server should appear on the network like a native file server to its clients with files saved and retrieved in their native file formats.
Ease of Administration
Ease of administration via the web interface is something I would like to see on a NAS server. This is to avoid installing extra programs/utilities in order to configure the NAS server.
The ease of administration brings possible network security breeches. Access to the configuration realm should be strictly limited to authorized IPs and userids.
A NAS server with RAID support will be fantastic. If data integrity is of utmost importance, RAID 1 disk mirroring should be supported. If speed is of higher priority, RAID 0 should be supported. For the best of the two worlds, the NAS server should probably support RAID 5.
High Threshold to Heavy Load
What this means is that the NAS server should be able to withstand high loads. In other words, the memory and processor of the NAS should be sufficiently adequate to serve the needs of users.
The SMC 7208SBR with 5 huge LED lights.
After mentioning what a NAS server should be, let us carry on with the testing of the server. As usual, here is my test-bench setup for reference:-
- 02 x PIII 850 MHz processors
- 4 x 128 MB PC133 SDRAM
- 1 x Tyan Tiger 100 motherboard
- 01 x Creative GeForce2 GTS video card; Official Nvidia 6.47 Win2K drivers
- Attached to Promise FastTrak 100 ATA-100 RAID controller: 02 * 45 GB Maxtor DM45+ drives.
- Attached to standard ATA-33 IDE slot: 01 x 40 GB Maxtor Diamond Max 40
- 01 x 21” Sony G500 monitor
- 01 x 10/100 INTEL Pro Express NIC (connected to Motorola SB3100 Cable Modem)
- Microsoft Windows 2000 Professional w/ Service Pack 1
With bated breath, I fumbled with my paws but managed to hook up the NAS file server to the power transformer. The Barricade will be operational just be following the five simple steps listed below!
The power adapter and power cord.
The network cable and side brackets for the Barricade.
- Plug in power cord
- Connect network cable
- Turn on power
- Insert CD into PC and run SETUP
- Some configurations here and there and I’ve finished setting up the NAS!