The Test

Network attached storage devices carry a lot more burden as opposed to external hard disk drives due to the nature of their uses in multi-user environments. We have included our usual File System Performance benchmarks, but have also added some IO tests to simulate multi-user scenarios.

Infrant Technologies ReadyNAS NV Test Bed
Processor: AMD Athlon 64 3500+ (2.2GHz, 512KB L2 Cache, Socket 939)
Motherboard/Chipset Drivers: Giga-Byte GA-K8NXP-SLI nForce4 (v6.66)
Hard Disk Drives: Western Digital WD1600JS
RAM: 1GB Corsair XMS4400 DDR2 (2x512MB)
Video Card: ATI Radeon X300, Fanless
Network Interface Card: Intel Pro/1000 MT 10/100/1000Mbit w/Jumbo Frames = 9014bytes

The ReadyNAS devices are directly connected to our test system’s Intel Pro/1000 MT interface during our benchmarking process using the CAT5 cable provided by Infrant Technologies. The Seagate RAID 5 array is built using the same four Seagate drives that come with the 1TB ReadyNAS NV.

Our test methods are as follows:

AnandTech NAS Device Benchmarks
File System Performance File Copy - We copy a single 300MB file and three hundred 1MB files to and from the device and measure the time of each run
SiSoft Sandra File System - Measures various read/write operations
Network/LAN Bandwidth - Measures achievable network bandwidth
IOZone Measures file transfer rates for various file size and transfer size combinations and reports write and read results
Iometer - 2004-07-30 Tests data throughput

RAIDar – Device detection software Real World Tests – File System Performance


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  • Iozone - Thursday, May 11, 2006 - link

    There is a bad link in the article:">
    File does not exist ...
    Any chance of getting the link fixed ?
  • dunnp - Saturday, March 18, 2006 - link

    So since the RAID performance was so good, what was the setup for the RAID? Reply
  • byvis - Saturday, March 18, 2006 - link

    ...s939 has DDR2? :-)

    RAM: 1GB Corsair XMS4400 DDR2 (2x512MB)
  • WileCoyote - Friday, March 17, 2006 - link

    What brand/model Raid 5 controller was used with the Seagate drives? Reply
  • randomlinh - Friday, March 17, 2006 - link

    could you imagine backing up that much data... oi... Reply
  • Genx87 - Friday, March 17, 2006 - link

    Did you put any memory into this thing or just use the basic 64MB for the OS?
    Curious if you didnt, if the performance throughput would increase from a larger memory?
  • PuravSanghani - Friday, March 17, 2006 - link

    The ReadyNAS units come with a 256MB SO-DIMM module. However, transfer performance would be limited by the the NIC anyway.

  • WileCoyote - Friday, March 17, 2006 - link

    was journaling turned off? I've heard that has a big impact on performance Reply
  • Genx87 - Friday, March 17, 2006 - link

    Any chance they are planning on releasing an 8 part config?
    Read\write wasnt terribly impressive at 24MB\sec. That is hardly pushing the disks.
    But for what i need it for that is plenty. But the 4 disk limitation kind of turns me off.

  • WileCoyote - Friday, March 17, 2006 - link

    Doesn't look like they have plans for 8 drives - they seem more interested in downsizing and compacting. There is a lot of info in their forums. At first I was turned off by the 4 drive config but then I realized it would work since I could hotswap. Reply

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