Dedicated network storage appliances such as the Thecus N4100 will make an attractive solution for SOHO and even SMB environments. The design itself is straightforward and it’s just a simple black box with four hard disk drive removable trays supporting the latest Serial ATA (SATA) drives. The beauty with SATA is its inherent hot swap feature which makes it the perfect candidate for low-cost critical storage systems as this. Couple that with Seagate’s aggressive five-year warranty coverage, you’re possibly looking at a five-year storage investment, which in our opinion, is a really small price to pay. The Thecus N4100 will support most of the latest SATA drives and it has been tested to work with Hitachi’s latest 500GB behemoth.
The Thecus N4100 is a unique solution for SOHOs and home users who want a simple and easy to configure network storage appliance. Equipped with four drive bays, the Thecus N4100 will support up to four hard disk drives in a RAID configuration. Users can choose to build either RAID 0, 1, 5 or JBOD through Thecus’ web-based GUI. Beginners should find the product rather easy to use, as most of the options are pretty straightforward.
Published in: Storage on 2005-11-04