Western Digital wants to help small businesses to store and protect their data. The manufacturer releases today the Sentinel DX4000, a four-bay NAS featuring Windows Storage Server 2008 R2 Essentials, an Intel Atom D525 CPU (dual core, 1.8GHz), 2GB of system memory, 2x Gigabit Ethernet and 2x USB 3.0.
The unit is available in two versions, 4TB and 8TB. The Sentinel supports RAID (level 1 and 5) and hot-swap drives replacement. iSCSI could be configured thanks to the Microsoft iSCSI Software Target freely available for download.
Active Directory, CIFS/SMB, NFS, HTTP, HTTPS, FTP, WebDAV protocols are supported. You surely noted that there’s no AFP on the list (Apple File Protocol). WD bundles a software connnector for Windows, Linux and Mac OS X operating systems. Furthermore Mac OS X natively supports SAMBA and it won’t be a big deal to connect your Mac to the NAS.
MSRP is $949.99 USD for 4 TB and $1,449.99 USD for the 8 TB.
The price may seem too high but the DX4000′s powerful hardware and the Windows Server OS have to be paid. In a Windows-based business network this NAS can show its best. The native Windows backup utiliy let you configure backups for a max of 25 clients. Furthermore Wester Digital provides a proprietary software for cloud disaster recovery backup. Of course the NAS can run backup utilities for Windows like Uranium Backup or others. WD warrants the unit for 3 years.
For small networks or non-Windows ones, I suggest you to look for a traditional and cheaper Linux-based NAS. There’s no need to spend so much money for features that aren’t going to be used. For the others, WD Sentinel DX4000 is a truly interesting piece of hardware.
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