There’s more, as you also get the Genie Backup Manager Server Edition 7.0 as well which enables Exchange and SQL Server installations to be secured to the appliance. The interface is almost identical to that presented by the Manager utility but automatically adds instances of SQL Server and Exchange to the backup source list. We tested using SQL Server 2000 and had no problems running backups of our databases to the appliance. The software is licensed only for a single system but other than this, it is the full version. It supports removable media, password protection plus encryption and provides an agent utility that enables scheduled backups to run without opening the main interface.

We did find the appliance’s web management interface a tad sluggish at times but it is well designed and easy to use. You start by configuring your hard disks and with four drives in the mix you have a good range of RAID options as the appliance supports RAID-0, -1, -10 and -5 and for the latter you can create a three drive array and keep one aside as a hot-standby. Each array is regarded as a volume within which you can create multiple shares. Security options start with a local user and group database but the appliance can use NT domain and Active Directory authentication as well. Furthermore, each local user can have a quota applied to limit the space they can use on permitted volumes.

General real world performance looks good with a 690MB video file copied to the appliance at a write rate of 17.7MB/sec and restored at a read rate of 20MB/sec. A 460MB mixture of graphics files returned read and write speeds of 18.4MB/sec and 13.5MB/sec respectively. Backup performance using the Genie Manager software was reasonable with a 3.6GB mixture of files secured to the appliance over Gigabit Ethernet at 11MB/sec. Be careful when using compression as the maximum setting reduced speed for the same backup job down to only 5.3MB/sec although it did save around thirty per cent of storage space on the appliance.


Easy to install and configure, the NSA-2400 represents comparatively good value and comes complete with plenty of access controls and a fine range of backup tools ideally suited to small businesses