08/21/2009 – In a corporate environment, having reliable access to mission-critical data is paramount, which is why many businesses are turning to the security and power of Thecus® NAS devices. Small Net Builder recently had the chance to put the new Thecus® N5500 to the test, and after running it through a series of trials, found a lot to like.
First off is a short intro to Thecus®' enterprise storage devices: "Thecus has lately been beefing up its "Enterprise" lineup, pushing out seven and eight bay NASes, including seven and eight-bay SAS / SATA models. I looked at the N7700 a few months back and found that it delivered high performance at a relatively low price...This time, I'm looking at the N5500..."
The N5500 comes with Dual DOM security: "The ‘Dual DOM' feature that is a major marketing point for the 5500 is at the bottom right of the photo. It's actually two 128 MB IDE Disk on Memory (DOM) boards. The Dual-DOM feature is supposed to automatically switch to the second DOM module in case the first one fails, providing increased reliability."
At its core, the N5500 is a phenomenal storage device with ample storage options: "Like the N7700, the N5500's real value lies in its ability to simultaneously support iSCSI and SMB/NFS/AFP access and create multiple RAID volumes. When you create a volume, you can choose from EXT3, XFS and ZFS formats (you must use ZFS if you want volume snapshots). "
So how did the N5500 fare? "I think that the 5500 will probably end the N5200 PRO's long reign as Thecus' go-to entry-level "Enterprise" NAS...if you've been a N5200 PRO fan (or even if you haven't) and looking to move up to a faster 5 bay NAS, the N5500 is worth a look, especially if you need multi-volume flexibility."
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Established in 2004, Thecus Technology Corp provides market leading network attached storage and network video recorder solutions, committed to revolutionize how everyone from home user to enterprise level business centrally stores, manages and accesses their digital data both onsite and cloud-based. Thecus strives to deliver continuous innovation through cutting edge technology and design to provide data storage with the most customer-friendly platform, rapid performance and robust security. In May 2016, Thecus was formally acquired by Ennoconn Corporation and thus became part of the Foxconn IPC Technology group. Partnered together this diverse group of companies work in tandem to provide a total IoT (Internet of Things) solution. Now with an unparalleled portfolio to work with, Thecus is collaborating to bring unprecedented change to the network storage industry.