06/29/2011 – As Thecus's venture into the large enterprise NAS market continues, there is more and more evidence that they are doing it right. After other excellent reviews across the world, the N12000 received a recommendation from one of the well respected electronics publications PC PRO. Dave Mitchell tested the N12000 in his high-tech lab and got stellar results, earning the N12000 5 out of 6 stars and his seal of approval.
Thecus's support for SAS drives gives them a leg up: “Despite the proliferation of small business NAS appliances, only Thecus has made any effort to support SAS drives. It went on the offensive with the excellent N7700 and now ups the ante with its rack mount N12000 – the first in this sector to support the latest 6Gbits/sec SAS drives.”
The hardware is sturdy and innovative: “The N12000 is a solidly built system, with a sturdy flip-down panel hiding the drive bays, the power and reset buttons, and an OLED display and control pad. It also hides two USB 2 ports, with four more at the back…The motherboard design has allowed Thecus to be imaginative with features. Rather than use a riser it has three low-profile PCI Express slots, with the first occupied by a dual-port USB 3 adapter. One of the motherboard's SATA interfaces has been cabled out to the back using an eSATA header card.”
A wide range of functionality is as vital as performance: “IP SAN features are good. Thecus supports thin provisioning, which lets you create high capacity virtual volumes that start small and have blocks dynamically allocated as they grow in size. Performance is excellent, with Iometer reporting a high raw read speed of 110MB/sec for a 50GB target.”
Acronis' supplies first-rate backup options to protect your data: “For backup, the price includes five copies of Acronis' Backup and Recovery 10 for Windows Servers. Once you've created a vault on the appliance, backups of selected disks or volumes on the server can be run at daily, weekly and monthly intervals…Along with g ood data restoration features, Acronis provides plenty of disaster recovery tools. You can create a boot disk and enable the Startup Recovery Manager feature, which adds an option to the boot-up sequence allowing the server to run a recovery environment for bare metal restores.”
Thecus is making big strides in the market: “By combining plenty of business related features with a decent server backup package, the N12000 moves Thecus into the big league for network storage. The 6Gbits/sec SAS drives deliver fine performance, it's 10-Gigabit ready and it looks [like a] good value too.”
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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.