02/16/2017 – Simply Reviews in their own words, are committed to wading through the vast marketing jungle, cutting through all the hype, ads, and sleek commercials to bring back the truth about any product and service for the masses! Recently they reviewed Thecus’ 4-bay Window Storage Server, the W4810.
“This 4-bay appliance comes pre-loaded with Windows Storage Server 2012 R2 Essentials (WSSE R2) and targets small businesses that want an all-in-one server that’s big on data protection.”
It remedies the shortcomings of the older W4000 model which struggled with an underpowered Atom CPU and meagre 2GB of memory. “The W4810 has a superior quad-core 1.6GHz Intel Celeron N3160 CPU and a decent 4GB of DDR3 memory.”
Unlike the Workgroup and Standard versions, Essentials functions as a full Active Directory (AD) primary domain controller (PDC). Licensed for 50 users/devices, it teams up NAS and IP SAN services with Microsoft’s Storage Spaces, thin provisioning, integral deduplication and automated client backup.
“The W4810 has a sharp focus on backup and recovery.” You can create jobs for selected files and folders or complete systems and decide how long to keep daily, weekly and monthly backups. “WSSE R2 uses a daily backup window for all jobs and once a full backup is completed, subsequent ones are much faster as it uses VSS snapshots and block level deduplication.”
“For an appliance that functions as a full AD domain controller, the W4810 is reasonably priced. It’s easy enough to use as with WSS 2012 R2 Essentials at the helm, anyone familiar with Microsoft’s standard server OSes will feel right at home […] the automated client backup features and slick bare metal recovery services makes the W4810 a great choice if data protection is a top priority.”
• Good Value
• Functioned as a full Windows AD PDC
• Automated client backup tools
• Slick bare metal recovery services
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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.