Sometimes when the term "server" is used in conjunction with a NAS device, I think that it is an overstatement, especially if the term is being used to indicate processing power that will allow multiple services such as video transcoding to be accomplished by the NAS. However, when used in the context of the ASUSTOR AS7010T, the word is certainly fitting.
This NAS has a Intel’s Core i3-4330 processor (a dual-core Haswell chip running at 3.5 GHz) along with 2GB of RAM (expandable up to a whopping 16 GB) which makes this device a "super NAS" in the terms of wegotserved.com which recently reviewed it. It is a 10 bay device with enough power to truly serve as a transcoding device while still serving multiple clients.
The NAS includes a HDMI 1.4a port (allowing for this server to also be used as a media client), and with 10-bays, the NAS would allow for a staggering 60 TB of data (54 in a RAID 5 array) using currently available hard drives.
Wegotserved was impressed with the ASUSTOR's performance:
ASUSTOR’s new 70 Series includes SMB 2.0 support, a more modern file transfer protocol which increases Windows networking performance, according to ASUSTOR, by 30%-50%. Those seeking the additional security and encrypted transfers of SMB 3.0 will need to look elsewhere, or wait for a future software update. SMB 2.0 also increases the number of concurrent Windows client connections that can be managed by the NAS server as well as the number of simultaneously opened files – again equipping the AS7010T for office use.
We ran our standard file transfer benchmark on the AS7010T NAS server, which was fitted with two WD Red 6TB hard drives in a RAID 1 configuration. As expected, the AS7010T performed very well, topping our current NAS charts. Read/Write speeds over the network clocked in at 100.0/113.7 Mbps respectively, no doubt helped by that Core i3 processor on-board. However, all that power comes with consequences, and with power consumption averaging 45W under load, it would be tough to class the AS7010T as a “low power” NAS server.
Clearly this is a NAS to consider if you have the money and want the ultimate in NAS performance.
- High Performance ASUSTOR AS7008T and AS7010T NAS Servers Unveiled (wegotserved.com)
- ASUSTOR Launches 7 Series NASes (smallnetbuilder.com)
- ASUSTOR Launches AS7008T and AS7010T Models Designed for Enterprise and Multimedia Applications (google-seo.biz)