We got our hands on one of Thecus' eight-bay N8800PRO storage appliances for the purpose of taking Open-E's Data Storage Software V6 out for a test drive. Read on as we set up, manage, and benchmark this marriage of storage-oriented hardware and software.
Removing the top cover of the N8800PRO exposes its innards. You see the eight hard disk bays on the right, two power supplies in the upper-left, and the motherboard below them.
Here's a front view without the top cover:
Looking around back, we see the redundant power supplies and a quartet of fans responsible for keeping the hard drives cool.
Here's a close-up on the four fans, which cool eight drive bays.
Although this is a storage appliance, the motherboard looks like something you'd find in a PC, for the most part. An embedded processor is actively cooled, and a couple of memory modules come pre-installed. Risers enable PCIe-based expansion.
Now we zoom in to the new DOM with Open-E's firmware pre-installed.
- Thecus And Open-E: Enterprise-Class Storage For SMBs?
- Thecus' N8800PRO Eight-Bay Storage Server
- Thecus N8800PRO: Peeking Inside
- Thecus' N8800PRO With Open-E DDS 6.0
- Open-E: Configuring A RAID Array
- Open-E: Creating A Volume Group
- Open-E: Creating Users And Network Shares
- Open-E: Admin Settings, iSCSI, And Fail-Over
- Open-E: System And Hardware Status
- Test System And Benchmarks
- Benchmark Results: Multimedia
- Benchmark Results: Office
- Open-E Makes Creating Storage Servers Easier