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As noted above, I tested with RAIDiator 4.2.16 firmware using our standard NAS test process. To do this, however, I had to reset the unit to factory defaults and use the RAIDar utility to switch into "Flex-RAID" mode instead of the factory-shipped X-RAID, so that I could run RAID 0 and RAID 1 mode tests. Otherwise, you wouldn't be able to find the Pro 2 in the NAS Charts, as has been the problem with past ReadyNAS reviews.

The Benchmark summary below shows Windows File copy write with a RAID 0 array measured 90MB/s, dropping to 80 MB/s for RAID 1. File copy read for RAID 0 was typically higher at 103 MB/s, and again lower for RAID 1 at 85 MB/s.

NETGEAR ReadyNAS Pro 2 Benchmark Summary

NASPT File Copy write benchmarks were higher for both RAID 0 and 1 at 103 MB/s and 99 MB/s, respectively. NASPT File Copy reads came in significantly lower at 76 MB/s and 66 MB/s for RAID 0 and 1, respectively.

The tougher NASPT Directory Copy tests yielded only 11 MB/s for RAID 0 or 1 write and around 15 MB/s for read.

I expected unimpressive backup speeds to an attached USB 2.0 RAID 0 array and got 'em, i.e. around 14 MB/s for NTFS and EXT3 formatted volumes. Only when I used a FAT-formatted volume, did I hit the USB 2.0 backup speed limit of around 28 MB/s. Why does only QNAP see the value in having fast backup to NTFS and pay Paragon for its faster driver?

What you don't see in the Benchmark Summary are the results of my backup tests using a WD MyBook 3.0 USB 3.0 drive, which testing using Vista SP1 file copy showed capable of 82 MB/s write and 117 MB/s read. But, once again, using NTFS format yielded only 14 MB/s and FAT was fastest at 67 MB/s (EXT3 was a disappointing 23 MB/s). Although 67 MB/s is a hell of a lot better than previous USB 2.0-only ReadyNAS backup options, it pales in comparison with 80+ MB/s speeds that QNAP eSATA backup provide.

Rsync network backup to the NAS testbed running Delta Copy was a respectable and chart-topping 44 MB/s.

iSCSI write and read to a 10 GB volume created on a RAID 1 array produced 76 MB/s and 55 MB/s, respectively, which put it in line with other recent-generation NASes.

For competitive comparison, check the RAID 1 File Copy Write and Read charts below. Don't bother looking for the old Duo, however. Because it was tested with the now-retired iozone test method, it no longer shows up in the NAS Charts.

RAID 1 File Copy Write Comparison

RAID 1 File Copy Write Comparison

The only comparison with a D525 Atom is the QNAP TS-459+. But since that's a four-drive NAS, it's not a fair one. All the other dual-core Atoms use a D510, with the Cisco NSS322 being the only two-bay model in the charts and the closest comparison. The charts above and below show the two products pretty evenly matched for RAID 1 file copy performance.

RAID 1 File Copy Read Comparison

RAID 1 File Copy read Comparison


Between the two, the Pro 2 is a much better buy at around $650 vs. almost $900, which includes two 1 TB drives in each. You can knock down the price of the Cisco by buying the QNAP equivalent, the TS-259 Pro (or the newer Pro+ model). But at $600 for the TS-259 Pro+ without drives, you still will have a hard time beating the Pro2's price.

There won't be a full review of the Pro 2. But I hope to soon get a review up of the current RAIDiator OS. If you're interested in the ReadyNAS cloud backup features, you can check out the ReadyNAS Replicate and Egnyte Cloud File Server reviews over on SmallCloudBuilder. And, of course, you can use the new NAS Finder and NAS Charts to compare the Pro 2 with other products.

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