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.

Multi-Client Performance Benchmarks
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  • diamondsw - Sunday, January 6, 2013 - link

    Testing against SMB/Windows only isn't a good policy for a Linux-based NAS. Since different software stacks provide different protocol support, performance tends to vary widely between SMB (Samba), AFP (netatalkd), and NFS (unfsd, many others). What version a vendor chooses to support can also have major impacts on performance.

    In a nutshell, testing against Windows ensures you results apply only to Windows - and most folks aren't going to realize that doesn't apply broadly. (Speaking as someone who has dealt a lot with NAS units and varying/flaky protocol support.)
  • ganeshts - Sunday, January 6, 2013 - link

    Our NFS tests are done with a Linux VM (and for the 5big NAS Pro, we will present those results in the second part of the review).

    Many SMB users run Windows, and even when they purchase Linux based NAS systems, the shares are going to be mounted on Windows. Our testing methodology ensures that we cater to the most common usage scenario, and more importantly, it is consistent across different reviews.
  • vol7ron - Thursday, January 10, 2013 - link

    Diamonds good point. Good article, Ganesh - also, thanks for posting the price below, perhaps updating the table in the article would also help.

    Any OSX considerations? I like to give attention to all 3 Win/Linux/Mac
  • FearTec - Monday, January 7, 2013 - link

    And what is the price?
  • ganeshts - Monday, January 7, 2013 - link

    Diskless is $549, par for the course. I apologize for missing out this important aspect.
  • mcnabney - Thursday, January 10, 2013 - link

    Wow, spendy.

    My homemade WHS box cost far less than that w/o disks and has consistently performed better than this box. For example - both reads/writes will saturate gigE (about 115MB/s average throughput). Maybe NAS testing should also be compared against dedicated servers?

    Of course my server sits in a 4U case in the basement, it isn't small and sexy like this one is.
  • zsero - Monday, January 7, 2013 - link

    Is there any chance for a higher-end Synology review? I mean the xs and xs+ series. They claim 400,000+ IOPS. Anything that claims 400,000 IOPS should be tested at Anandtech! Especially if it's around 6k for a total package, including a total OS and VMware support.
  • ganeshts - Monday, January 7, 2013 - link

    I have a higher end QNAP TS-EC1279 RP review coming up. Depending on the reception to that piece, we may request Synology for the XS / XS+ :)
  • philipma1957 - Monday, January 7, 2013 - link

    this came with 2x 1tb plus 3x 2tb or 8tb. your setups had 5x 4tb or 20tb. So for arguments sake half that to 4tb for oem 10tb for your 'max' setup . Wuala offers 5gb as a ' first hit is free' deal. what do they charge for 4tb to 10tb?

    I will tell you 1tb a year is 1100. this was for a 1 person user.

    For small business 100gb with 5 users was 429 a year.

    For a small business it is not a crazy high fee. For a personal user the prices are far too high. I am not anti-cloud, but to protect 1tb at 1100 a year is just too expensive for a personal user. I got the prices directly from wuala's website
  • ganeshts - Monday, January 7, 2013 - link

    Hmm.. I don't see your point here. LaCie doesn't want you to use Wuala to back up your entire NAS. It is a Dropbox like service for selected content on your computing device. Additionally, they allow you to associate your NAS with that account so that you can access the NAS through the Wuala interface. Whatever is stored on your NAS doesn't count towards the quota in the cloud, hence the term 'hybrid cloud'.

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