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Nexon Technology is a newcomer to the UK storage market and claims that the NexonNAS 1000 as the world’s smallest RAID 5 NAS (network attached storage) appliance. Strong words which Buffalo Technology might take issue with as its well-received TeraStation is of very similar dimensions and also offers RAID 5 protection. Nexon also delivers the magical 1TB of hard disk storage, but with a price tag just on the wrong side of four figures the NexonNAS 1000 doesn’t initially look as good value.
However, this compact cube does offer a large number of features not found in the TeraStation which could make it a better alternative for small businesses looking for more control over their network storage. At the core of the NexonNAS 1000 is a network storage processor developed by Infrant Technologies. This 32-bit RISC processor is quite unique as it delivers support for up to four Serial ATA (SATA) channels, Gigabit Ethernet and, more importantly, hardware managed RAID 0, 1, or 5 arrays. A modest 128MB of PC2700 SDRAM is supplied in the single DIMM socket but the Linux-based OS is implemented separately on a 64MB CompactFlash card so all hard disk storage will be up for grabs.
The NexonNAS 1000 doesn’t look as pretty as the TeraStation but internally it’s a lot tidier as the hard disk cage is a separate component. It isn’t surrounded by chassis support paraphernalia making the Western Digital WD2500 drives much easier to get at. All you need do is remove the lid and four thumbscrews to release the front panel, undo a couple of screws on the drive carrier, pull out the SATA power and interface cables and slide the drive out from the front.