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 ask…