Single Client Performance - CIFS On Windows

The single client CIFS and iSCSI performance of the Synology DS214play was evaluated on the Windows platforms using Intel NASPT and our standard robocopy benchmark. This was run from one of the virtual machines in our NAS testbed. All data for the robocopy benchmark on the client side was put in a RAM disk (created using OSFMount) to ensure that the client's storage system shortcomings wouldn't affect the benchmark results. It must be noted that all the shares / iSCSI LUNs are created in a RAID-1 volume.

Synology manages to compare favourably against (and actually beat in most cases) even standard Atom-based 2-bay NAS units. This is quite surprising since we saw that the Thecus N2560, based on the same platform and even more DRAM could only be compared against the ARM-based units.

HD Video Playback - CIFS

2x HD Playback - CIFS

4x HD Playback - CIFS

HD Video Recording - CIFS

HD Playback and Recording - CIFS

Content Creation - CIFS

Office Productivity - CIFS

File Copy to NAS - CIFS

File Copy from NAS - CIFS

Dir Copy to NAS - CIFS

Dir Copy from NAS - CIFS

Photo Album - CIFS

robocopy (Write to NAS) - CIFS

robocopy (Read from NAS) - CIFS

Hardware Aspects & Usage Impressions Single Client Performance - iSCSI On Windows


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  • Lundmark - Wednesday, May 21, 2014 - link

    Plex does work on the ds214play! I use it all the time on mine. Just download the latest package from the Plex website and upload manually.

    It doesn't support hardware transcoding however, and it probably never will (on evansport).
  • Be Careful - Friday, May 30, 2014 - link

    Hey what do you know about İntel?
    Please read and learn.
  • ScooterComputer - Tuesday, June 3, 2014 - link

    One place that I also found it interesting that Synology didn't employ the transcoding feature of the SoC was with Surveillance Station, even in the latest SS6.3 Beta. The number of cameras and features the DS214play supported (requiring transcoding) was below what I'd expect compared to even the DS214. [] Reply
  • Fallout552 - Monday, June 16, 2014 - link

    How would hooking one of these up to the router and then (best case conditions in theory) streaming via powerline to an HTPC for transcoding work? Would a DS214se work just as well since the transcoding is taking place on the HTPC, not the NAS? Reply
  • raymondub - Saturday, September 20, 2014 - link

    i was thinking to buy the Synology DS-214+ or DS214Play and to use it with the raspberry Pi to watch movies on TV. I d like to watch also movies on 2 different samsung galaxy tab 2 through DS Video . So which is the best ? DS-214+ or DS214Play ?


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