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Performance

The 110 was tested with 100 Mbps and 1000 Mbps LAN connections using our IOzone-based test procedure. Although the 110 actually does support jumbo frames, we didn’t test in that mode since it requires SSH access to a command-line interface to configure.

TEST NOTES:

  • Firmware version tested was GuardianOS 4.4.045
  • The full testing setup and methodology are described on this page
  • To ensure connection at the intended speeds, the IOzone test machine and NAS under test were manually moved between a NETGEAR GS108 10/100/1000Mbps switch for gigabit-speed testing and a 10/100 switch for 100 Mbps testing.

The tagline for the Snap Server 110 is "Compact High-Performance Desktop Storage." Indeed, the Snap Server 110 does deliver on its promise of high performance. In fact, we have a real arm-wrestling match for top honors in the 1000 Mbps performance test. In the average 1000 Mbps write performance tests (Figure 6), the Snap Server 110 wrestled the top spot away from the Thecus Ultra High Performance 1U Storage Server with winning numbers of 44.5 MB/s as compared to the Thecus’ 39.1. For large file sizes, here’s a comparison of the top six performers in our charts.

1000 Mbps write test
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Figure 6: 1000 Mbps write test

For the 1000 Mbps Write Performance test, the Snap Server 110 holds a clear advantage over the Thecus 1U Storage server for file sizes up to 128MB. Above 128MB, the Thecus gains the advantage.

For the average 1000 Mbps read tests (Figure 7), the Thecus 1U storage server retains bragging rights, but just by a hair. The Thecus turned in performance numbers of 39.4 MB/s as compared to the 110’s 37.1 MB/s. Here’s the comparative chart for large files sizes on the 1000Mbps read tests:

1000 Mbps read test
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Figure 7: 1000 Mbps read test

On the 1000Mbps read tests, the Snap Server 110 compares favorably with the Thecus 1U on file sizes of 32MB and 64MB. On 128MB and 256MB file sizes, the 110 is at a clear disadvantage, but outperforms all others on the largest file sizes (512MB and 1GB).

Of course, you can use the NAS Charts to perform further comparisons.

Final Thoughts

Without question, the Snap Server 110 is the most expensive single-drive 250 GB NAS we have ever reviewed. However, as a "snap in" storage module in an enterprise storage architecture, the 110 has the features that enterprise IT managers are looking for. Moreover, as noted above, its performance rivals or exceeds the "best of breed" NASes reviewed.

However, there are some minor "nits" that you could pick with some of the choices in the user interface. In addition to those identified, the Snap Server 110 does not support enabling jumbo frame support through the web UI. However, tech supports says that there is a way to enable jumbo frames through the CLI with SSH enabled.

For an initial purchase of an enterprise storage solution, or as a workgroup expansion of an existing Snap Server storage network, the 110 is a good choice. If you just want to store some MP3s on your home network, however, the Snap Server 110 is overkill.

Check out the slideshowCheck out the slideshow for a tour of the 110’s admin interface.

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