LaCie 5big NAS Pro Review - Part Iby Ganesh T S on January 7, 2013 7:00 PM EST
Miscellaneous Factors and Concluding Remarks
Our NAS reviews include RAID expansion and rebuild times as well as an overview of the power consumption of the unit during various operations. At the time of the lift of the NDA, our RAID-5 rebuild is 85% done (Update: Done!). However, we do have the elapsed time and power numbers for some of the other operations.
|LaCie 5big NAS Pro RAID Expansion and Rebuild / Power Consumption|
|Activity||Duration||Average Power Consumption|
|RAID-0 to RAID-1 (4 TB to 4 TB / 1 to 2 drives)||11h 50m 45s||41.14 W|
|RAID-1 to RAID-5 (4 TB to 12 TB / 2 to 4 drives)||32h 50m 22s||58.84 W|
|RAID-5 to RAID-5 (12 TB to 16 TB / 4 to 5 drives)||44h 14m 19s||67.86 W|
|RAID-5 Rebuild (12 TB to 16 TB / 4 to 5 drives)||23h 27m 39s||68.73 W|
Concluding Remarks - Setting the Stage
In terms of concluding remarks, it has to be said that we didn't encounter any show-stopper bugs or disappointing performance figures. LaCie had three main differentiating aspects and the verdict on each of those factors is positive to overwhelmingly positive. The SimplyRAID novice RAID feature is a welcome addition to NAS OS 3. However, it is the minimum LaCie had to implement to lay claims to being user friendly and catch up with the competition. The rescue web admin USB key is innovative and the hybrid cloud technology is a refreshing and praiseworthy approach to secure cloud storage and tying it up in a seamless manner with access to private NAS storage.
We have to wait for a few more firmware versions before features that users take for granted in a SMB NAS are made available. Some of these include drive health check up and scans (or, at the least, SMART status reporting), multiple iSCSI targets and SSH access for advanced users. Readers can look ahead to evaluation of these features as well as NFS performance in the second part of the review.