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Thecus Launches 7 Bay NAS with 10Gbit Ethernet

Gordon Kelly


Thecus Launches 7 Bay NAS with 10Gbit Ethernet

Looking for a NAS which really separates itself from the pack?

Thecus Technology has something for the speed freaks this month in the shape of the 'N7700PRO', the aptly named successor to the N7700. While you may have seen NAS packing Atom CPUs, the PRO would do a high end laptop proud with a Core 2 Duo CPU and 4GB RAM making it one of the most powerful NAS units around.

Where the greatest speed potentially comes in however is in terms of connectivity since the PRO is fitted with a PCI-e slot for data speeds of over 300MB per second when adding in a PCI-e 10Gb Ethernet adaptor! Of course with so much performance on tap you'll need ample storage and the PRO is the first seven bay (3.5in) NAS box on the market meaning it can hold up to 14TB. Thecus 'stackable' functionality also allows up to five PROs to be connected up and controlled via a single master unit.

What can you do with this storage? Multiple RAID modes are supported including RAID 0, 1, 5, 6, 10 and JBOD so you can pick your own level of redundancy while Ext3, XFS and ZFS file systems are compatible. Windows, Mac and Linux platforms all play nicely too while the PRO is currently undergoing full VMware certification.

If you haven't guessed, the Thecus N7700PRO isn't really your average SOHO NAS, but if you have requirements that push your current storage to breaking point I suspect this will find almost any challenge you throw at it somewhat amusing. Availability is imminent and we await pricing, but as they say: if you have to askā€¦


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October 19, 2009, 12:18 pm

Thanks for the information.

The N7700 was indeed the first 7 bay NAS available, but the Qnap TS-809 (core2duo and 2GB of RAM)has 8 bays and has been available since last spring, so the N7700/N7700 pro isn't leading the pack anymore, just catching up. As no one (that I know) has 10GB ethernet, it would be interesting to compare the two models with a standard gigabit network, especially given the difference in architecture (Thecus uses jumbo frames, Qnap doesn't). The TS-809 and N7700 are on par performance wise, but the Qnap hads the edge from a storage point of view (important as RAID6 is the only safe option with that many bays if the capacity of the drives is 1TB or more). I tried both and kept the Qnap, as its firmware is MILES ahead from the Thecus (better interface, much more functionality). Has Thecus updated its firmware, that comes from the last century?

Moogle Stiltzkin

October 20, 2009, 1:08 pm

I think manni has a point. I have experience with my 509 Pro and the interface looks better then Thecus. They still got more to do to catch up in firmware besides hardware.


October 25, 2009, 4:38 pm

I surveyed both Thecus and QNAP for a NAS server for my department. Although Thecus&#8217 interface is not as good, I think it is still considered easy to use and I have no problem finding the configuration options. Most important of all is performance. My department has 10 people and our new N7700SAS is flawless and fast, no complaint so far. So I bought another Thecus for my home. It is interesting to see the 10GbE support as the price Ethernet adaptor is dropping dramatically and the 10Gb switch will soon. My MIS guys are looking into 10Gb storages now. Big brands are VERY expensive. I think Thecus&#8217 got interesting design and good price, I hope. Look forward to see some performance figures.


October 26, 2009, 10:28 am

@Manni, Thecus has come back to us regarding your firmware query saying:

"On the issue of interface, Thecus will release a new version next month (November) for easier management and better presentation. Users can apply to current models with easy and free firmware upgrade."

So fingers crossed that'll be fixed soon.

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