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"…the perfect candidate for low-cost critical storage systems"
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01/27/2006 – Focused on the small-to-medium business market, the editors of SMBedge recently reviewed the Thecus N4100 and were very impressed. SMBedge begins by explaining the attractiveness of the N4100: "SOHO users need a cost effective solution central storage system that ensures round-the-clock availability of data. They also need to store large amounts of data in a safe, secured and redundant system. Building large bulky file server boxes to house arrays of hard drives for shared storage is an option but one attractive alternative is the Thecus N4100 NAS."

So what does the N4100 bring to the table? “Four hard disk drive removable trays are built into a simple black box supporting the latest Serial ATA (SATA) hard disk drives (HDD). The beauty with SATA is its inherent hot swappable feature which makes it the perfect candidate for low-cost critical storage systems such as this. Install four of Hitachi's Deskstar 7K500, set them into RAID 5, and you'll easily have yourself a large 1.5TB storage array. Coupled with Seagate's five-year warranty coverage, you're looking at an attractive storage alternative for about US$799.”

Editors were especially impressed with the N4100's ease-of-use: "The Thecus N4100 comes with a web-based console that makes configuring the storage system a snap. The console lets you create RAID arrays, create shares, configure users/groups, set email notification, configure the LAN ports and even upgrade the system's firmware. RAID configuration is only limited to RAID 0, 1, 5 and JBOD with no options for RAID 0+1. We would recommend most users to go with RAID 5 with the N4100 as that is the best RAID configuration possible with four drives, offering the best in capacity and security at the same time."

The verdict? "Costing about US$799 The Thecus N4100 is a unique solution for SOHOs and home users who want a simple and easy to configure network storage appliance. With its high storage capacity and easy setup options, it will fit into any existing infrastructure seamlessly."

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Thecus® Technology Corp. specializes in IP Storage Server solutions. The company was established in 2004 with the mission to make technology as transparent and easy-to-use as possible, and to make products that are not only the best on the market, but are accessible to experts and novices alike. With a best-in-class R&D team highly experienced in storage hardware and software and with a keen customer focus, Thecus® stays close to the market to develop high-quality products to fulfill the storage needs of today's world.
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