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Buffalo TeraStation 5400 WSS Review

When I think about a NAS I think Linux and I think web based administration.  Well, when I think about Buffalo, I think I love the hardware and I just use the administration.  Buffalo, a solid hardware platform, starts to really look dated and unimpressive when comparing their administration to the likes of QNAP, Synology, and ASUSTOR.   To address this, Buffalo has released another 5400 NAS appliance and slapped a WSS on the end of its name.  If you don’t know what that means… it means that Buffalo has outfitted their WS5400DR2 with Windows Storage Server 2012 R2 and is working at bringing their NAS back under the big lights.

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Providing seamless integration with Windows computers and servers, TeraStation 5400 WSS incorporates the powerful dual-core Intel® Atom™ Processor D2550 and 4 GB of installed RAM, for class-leading performance: experience maximum network throughput while NAS and iSCSI targeting operations run simultaneously. Additionally, support for NTFS for very specific file-level security and Native Active Directory support provides integration with large Windows networks. TeraStation 5400 WSS is an economical turnkey solution for highly reliable and continuously available high-performance network storage for a variety of data needs.

  • 4-Drive
  • High Performance 1.86 GHz Intel® Atom™ processor D2550
  • Simultaneous NAS and iSCSI operation
  • Windows Storage Server 2012 R2* Workgroup Edition
  • Intel® Atom™ processor D2550 (1.86 GHz dual-core / 4 GB RAM)
  • Dual Intel gigabit NICs
  • 2 x USB 2.0 ports and 2 x USB 3.0 ports with accessory support
  • Hot-swap SATA hard drives
  • RAID 0/1/5/JBOD (Individual Disks)
  • Seamless Active Directory integration
  • Native NTFS support
  • DFS Namespace support
  • iSCSI target and initiator
  • Remote file access via FTP/FTPS
  • 10 licenses of NovaBACKUP® Business Essentials v14 (SQL and Exchange backup agents)

UNIFIED STORAGE
TeraStation 5400 WSS has simultaneous NAS and iSCSI operation in one unit for simple and cost effective storage and device management. Boost resource flexibility and efficiency and increase space utilization.

HIGH PERFORMANCE
TeraStation 5400 WSS Windows Storage Server Appliance features the dual-core 1.86 GHz Intel Atom processor D2550, providing exceptional performance during file transfers and everyday NAS functions. Experience maximum network throughput while NAS and iSCSI targeting operations run simultaneously.

RELIABLE AND SECURE NETWORK STORAGE
TeraStation 5400 WSS offers high capacity, highly available storage accessible among multiple platforms for seamless centralized storage and backup. Create user and group profiles and control folder and file access to protect business critical content and privacy. Support for multiple levels of RAID provides continuous data protection and increased fault tolerance and data availability.

STORAGE VIRTUALIZATION
Configure TeraStation 5400 WSS as an iSCSI target to add affordable virtualized storage to your business network. Storage virtualization serves to decrease IT spending by maximizing the resources offered by modern servers while providing affordable server scalability and reliability. A virtualized environment removes a significant amount of server dependence, shifting the burden to the storage devices.

DATA PROTECTION AND BACKUP
TeraStation 5400 WSS features Buffalo’s replication technology providing easy and high performance data replication from one Buffalo NAS device to another Buffalo NAS device over the network or the Internet. This offers real-time synchronous replication of data, providing easy, continuous data protection in the event of data loss.

Additionally, TeraStation 5400 WSS is bundled with 10 licenses of NovaBACKUP® Business Essentials, providing a complete, all-in-one data protection solution for small and medium businesses serious about protecting digital assets. Back up PCs, storage servers, Exchange servers and SQL databases.

REMOTE FILE ACCESS
TeraStation 5400 WSS offers remote access to share your important data for enhanced collaboration and productivity. With FTP/FTPS servers, you can securely access and share files with anyone outside the local network.

Internal Hard Drives
Number of Drives4 x 3.5″ HDD
Hard Drive Capacity1 TB, 2 TB, 3 TB
Total Capacity4 TB, 8 TB, 12 TB
Drive InterfaceSATA II/III 3 Gbps
Supported RAID LevelsRAID 0/1/5/JBOD (Individual Disks)
LAN Interface
Standard ComplianceIEEE802.3/IEEE802.3u/IEEE802.3ab
Data Transfer Rates10/100/1000 Mbps (Auto Sensing)
Connector TypesRJ-45
Number of Ports2
USB Interface
InterfaceUSB 3.0 / USB 2.0
Number of Ports2 x USB 3.0 2 x USB 2.0
Data Transfer Rates5 Gbps (USB 3.0) 480 Mbps (USB 2.0)
Protocol Support
NetworkingTCP/IP
File SharingCIFs/SMB, NFS, iSCSI
Directory IntegrationLDAP, Active Directory
ManagementRemote Desktop or Terminal Services Client
Time SynchronizationNTP
Other
Dimensions (L x W x H)9.1 x 6.7 x 8.5 in
Weight17.6 lbs
Operating Environment41-95°F (5-35°C), 20-80% (non-condensing)
Power SupplyInternal AC 100-240V Universal, 50/60 Hz
Power Consumption96 W (Maximum)
Setup Utility OS SupportWindows® Operating Systems
Client OS SupportWindows® 8 (32-bit/64-bit) Windows® 7 (32-bit/64-bit), Windows® 7 Professional (64-bit), Windows Vista® (32-bit/64-bit), Windows® XP, Windows® 2000, Windows Server® 2012, Windows Server® 2008, Windows Server® 2008 R2, Windows Server® 2003, Windows® 2000 Server, Mac OS® X up to 10.10

Table of Contents

  1. Introduction
  2. Exterior Features
  3. Internal Features
  4. System Setup
  5. Windows Storage Server 2012 R2
  6. Benchmarking: Avatar Benchmark
  7. Benchmarking: MP3 Transfer Benchmark
  8. Benchmarking: 2GB Transfer Benchmark
  9. Benchmarking: Intel NASPT
  10. Benchmarking: IOMeter
  11. Benchmarking: CrystalDiskMark
  12. Final Thoughts

About Joe DiFiglia

I have always had a passion for everything computing. In early 2000, I decided to take my passion to the web. Thus, C.O.D. was born. Through the years we have made many great friends at C.O.D. and hope to continue our journey for years to come.

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