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Under the applications menu, the StorCenter has options for a couple of different backup methods. You can schedule backups of your internal drives to a USB drive, or you can back up to another SMB network share (Figure 12).

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Figure 12: Backup options

Note also that Iomega includes both Windows and Apple backup software to back up your data to the StorCenter. Linux users are on their own.

The other option under Applications is a UPnP Audio/Video server, so if you have a UPnP A/V player on your network, the StorCenter can server up content to it. The final configuration menu allows users to configure the StorCenter as a network print server.

After working my way through all the menus, I found the feature set fairly complete for a consumer-class NAS device. The one main omission was any type of logging and/or alert mechanism. When a disk fails, or fills up, I'd like to get an alert, but as it stands now, you have to actively monitor the StorCenter.

Performance

To get a feel for performance of the StorCenter, we ran the unit through our standard testing procedure. You can generate your own plots comparing various modes and features with other units, but I ran a few myself to give some basic numbers and to compare the StorCenter against other comparable units that I've tested.

NOTES:

  • Firmware version tested was v20.20
  • Keep in mind that the maximum raw data rate for 100Mbps Ethernet is 12500 KBytes/sec (12.5 MBytes/sec) and 125000 KBytes/sec (125 MBytes/sec) for gigabit
  • Full test setup and methodology are described here.

Figures 13 and 14 are composite write and read throughput vs. filesize plots for all the benchmark tests we ran. These were generated using the NAS Chart Compare Benchmarks feature.

Comparison of all write benchmarks
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Figure 13: Comparison of all write benchmarks

Comparative performance is as expected, ranging from fastest for gigabit JBOD to slowest for 100 Mbps RAID 1.

Comparison of all read benchmarks
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Figure 14: Comparison of all read benchmarks

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