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CES: Thecus debuts upgrades to seven- and eight-bay NAS devices

updated 03:05 pm EST, Sat January 4, 2014

New models boast dual-core Pentium processors, HDMI and VGA out

At next week's CES, networking equipment manufacturer Thecus will be demonstrating the new seven-bay N7710 and eight-bay N8810U network attached storage devices. The pair have upgraded hardware and new features and software, and are tailored for home and small office use.

Both devices are powered by Intel Pentium G850 Dual Core processors (2.9GHz) and 4GB DDR3 ECC memory. Each has a pair of Gigabit Ethernet ports, but either can be equipped with an optional 10Gb Ethernet card.

The N7710 supports RAID 0, 1, 5, 6, 10, 50, JBOD, while the N8810U supports these levels as well as RAID 60. Both can serve up to 256 users, and also feature iSCSI thin provisioning, which prevents administrators from over-provisioning physical storage space before it is actually needed. Both of the models have HDMI and VGA ports, two USB 3.0 ports, two front and four back USB 2.0 ports.

Pricing and availability on either unit is not yet available.

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  1. prl99

    Mac Enthusiast

    Joined: 03-24-09

    NAS is fine if you want multiple clients accessing the same storage but standard gig-ethernet isn't that fast anymore and unless someone develops a 10Gb TB accessory, there aren't any Macs that can make use of it. TB, especially TB2, is a much faster interface and I don't believe TB RAIDs require the additional front-end controller like NAS devices. These NAS devices are a dime a dozen and I'm not seeing much use for the majority of Mac users.

  1. Mike Wuerthele

    Managing Editor

    Joined: 07-19-12

    Originally Posted by prl99View Post

    NAS is fine if you want multiple clients accessing the same storage

    This is the point of the NAS in general. As a single-user device, I agree, there isn't much point. While I'm not intimately familiar with this family, a good number of them also can do Time Machine backups over the network too. Properly configured, this can be a good solution for a family with multiple machines.

    It all depends on use case, really.

  1. abrodney

    Fresh-Faced Recruit

    Joined: 01-05-14

    You might want to lookup what "thin provisioning" means. Perhaps iSCSI too. Thin provisioning isn't unique to iSCSI and it doesn't prevent the administrator from over-allocating storage, it ALLOWS them to do it!

  1. Mike Wuerthele

    Managing Editor

    Joined: 07-19-12

    The whole sentence says "before it is actually needed" at the end. I am aware what both iSCSI and thin provisioning means- I do appreciate the concern, though!

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