CIFS performance was evaluated using Intel NASPT. While the Netgear NV+ v2 was evaluated using RAIDiator 5.3.5, the LaCie 2big NAS was running firmware version The Synology DS211+ was running DSM 4.0.

CIFS Performance [ 2x3TB - RAID 1] - Windows

Back in November, we obtained much better results for the Netgear NV+ v2's CIFS shares. Although that was on a different testbed and used different disks, it is surprising to see such a drop in performance. It is possible that the introduction of new features / services running on the NAS has an adverse effect. However, note that the robocopy benchmarks figures haven't changed much. It is only in other types of accesses (such as HD video playback / recording / opening and closing small files and documents) that the drop in performance is noticeable.

Netgear doesn't offer iSCSI in the NV+ v2 / Duo v2 lineup. However, LaCie and Synology do. We refreshed the benchmarks for the LaCie unit.

iSCSI Performance [2x3TB - RAID 1] - Windows

Netgear NV+ v2: RAIDiator and Add-Ons Linux Performance: NFS and CIFS
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  • Zebble - Wednesday, July 18, 2012 - link

    Netgear's ReadyNAS products in particular, dollar-for-dollar seem to always be a step behind Synology and QNAP. Synology has really got it figured out with a common firmware/featureset across all models, which is why I was surprised to read this article to find that all features are available across SPARC, x86 and now Netgear's ARM platform...

    Does the ReadyNAS make sense for anyone?
  • Zebble - Wednesday, July 18, 2012 - link

    Correction: "all features are *not* available across SPARC, x86 and now Netgear's ARM platform..."
  • chadwickba2 - Wednesday, July 18, 2012 - link

    A few months ago, I purchased the NETGEAR ReadyNAS Ultra 2 Plus and it is really nice. I have owned a Buffalo Linkstation Live, a Synology DS209+II, and several older external units and the unit I purchased blows them all away in performance. I have not owned a QSNAP, and it may be awesome. Synology products have very spotty performance in my experience. Synology does have the uniform upgrade and software down pat. Netgear is not even close on the software, but they are awesome in performance on my unit.
  • philipma1957 - Thursday, July 19, 2012 - link

    I have the synology 210+ it is pretty good and support was good. but it cost more the 400. so if this is 250 it may be worth a look.
  • MrKane - Sunday, July 22, 2012 - link

    Currently I'm operating a Synology 209+ and a Netgear Ultra 2.

    From my point of view the Netgear is acceptable" as a backup device, but as a more general server it is miles and miles behind Synology.

    The user interface for one is just ancient on the Netgear, even though it's a newer model with more CPU and more memory.

    The software on the Synology unit is way better. I'm running with it as a small LDAP server and connects Windows7, Mac and Linux clients to this. The media sharing sw on the Synology is by far more comfortable to use.

    The Readynas Ultra server is for me purely an rsync backup server for the Synology server. IT should be more capable, but as it is now it was chosen purly because it was a cheap solution.
  • Evadman - Tuesday, July 24, 2012 - link

    I have 3 NV+'s, and have always been impressed with their stability and the UI from a home user and a power user standpoint. Their throughput is slower than pretty much everything else I have tried, but for me the stability and ease of setup were worth the tradeoff. I should have waited for the price to come down (I paid $1100 for the first diskless unit, and they are $250ish now). I wish they made one that supported more disks (8 or more) so I could move off my 20 disk 3 TB RAID60 array on my server that I have most of my stuff on. The NV+ work awesomely for backup purposes now.

    In a nutshell, each has it's upsides and downsides, and you need to pick the one that fits your needs better.
  • Tim Thorpe - Saturday, July 28, 2012 - link

    I've had a readynas for about 5 years and couldn't be happier with it. Rarely have I had a problem with it, and when I did (I was unlucky enough to get one with a time bomb PSU) Netgear stood behind it out of warranty (Though it was a known issue). I'd gladly pick up a readyNAS again without hesitation though I was sad when inferant got bought by netgear.
  • vetu8 - Sunday, January 26, 2020 - link

    nice post.

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