ASUSTOR AS-604T 4-bay NAS Server for Home and Small Business Review

Storage/NAS by stefan @ 2013-02-21

Even if they are new on the market, ASUSTOR has succeeded to deliver some powerful NAS servers. The model that we are reviewing in this article comes with 4 bays, is meant for usage at home and in small business environments and is packing an Intel Atom DS2700 CPU along with 1GB of RAM (user upgradeable to 3GB).

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Product Overview, Specifications

Product Overview:




In the wake of technological advancements, information and data are becoming digitized in ever-increasing amounts, creating so-called "digital assets". Following increasing demand and the above-mentioned technological advancements, digital assets are continually growing at an exceptionally rapid rate. Ensuring the security of these digital assets, simplifying their management, and lowering the TCO (Total Cost of Ownership) are becoming important issues in the IT field for both individuals and businesses alike.


ASUSTOR NAS devices are able to provide optimal data protection through RAID technology. A diverse array of automatic backup solutions are also supported, guaranteeing the security of your data. Seamless cross-platform file sharing allows you to easily connect to your NAS device no matter if you are using Windows, Mac OS, or Unix-like operating systems. When paired with mobile applications (iOS and Android), ASUSTOR's exclusive Cloud Connect™ technology lets you access the data from your NAS device from almost anywhere on the planet.



Additionally, our NAS devices can also be used with virtual environments such as VMware, Citrix and Hyper-V. They also support the use of NFS and iSCSI in the creation of shared storage for virtual environments, making them an ideal alternative to SAN. ASUSTOR NAS devices are able to offer both flexible and cost-effective storage solutions, making them a must-have for your virtualization infrastructure.


Cross-platform File Sharing


ASUSTOR NAS devices provide seamless cross-platform file sharing, allowing you to easily connect to your NAS device no matter if you are using Windows, Mac OS, or Unix-like operating systems. The transfer protocols that you may use to connect to an ASUSTOR NAS device are as follows:


Windows: CIFS/SMB, FTP and WebDAV


Linux: NFS, SMB, FTP and WebDAV


Additionally, ASUSTOR NAS devices feature our Network Recycle Bin. Any files you delete will be moved to the Recycle Bin, allowing you to restore any accidentally deleted files. Transfer protocols supported by the Recycle Bin include: CIFS/SMB, AFP, FTP and File Explorer.


Your Data is Safe with Us


You no longer need to worry about accidentally losing your vital documents. ASUSTOR NAS devices provide you with a complete host of data protection and backup solutions to look after your most important information, creating a stress free and liberating user experience.



Optimal data security solutions – abundant data protection and backup features


Using backup utilities such as Backup Plan and Apple Time Machine you can easily backup data from a Windows PC or Mac directly onto an ASUSTOR NAS device. ASUSTOR NAS devices also offer a variety of different RAID configurations, allowing you to select the most appropriate configuration for your security needs.



Moreover, our NAS devices also support a multitude of two-way sync and backup options. Besides backing up your data onto a NAS device, you can also further back up the data from a NAS device onto other devices. ASUSTOR NAS devices support backup via the cloud, external hard drive, Rsync and FTP. In the unfortunate event of a disaster, you will be able to recover and restore your data with the utmost speed, thereby helping you to avoid the damage that can be caused by lost data.


iSCSI and Virtualization


ASUSTOR recognizes that stable and efficient shared storage is a must for your virtual environment. The supported use of iSCSI and NFS allows you to seamlessly integrate with any existing IT environments. Additionally, all ASUSTOR NAS devices are verified as VMware, Citrix and Hyper-V ready, providing you with a flexible and cost-efficient virtual storage solution.

The iSCSI features supported by ASUSTOR NAS devices include:

- LUN Mapping

- LUN Masking

- ISO File Mounting

- MPIO & MCS Support

- Persistent (SCSI-3) Reservations


Unleash Unlimited Potential


The applications that come pre-installed with each ASUSTOR NAS device are just the beginning. At your convenience, you can browse through and download any applications that peak your interest from App Central. App Central allows you to explore the unlimited potential of ASUSTOR NAS devices while creating a personalized NAS device for yourself.


Whether your interests lie in business, website construction or even digital home entertainment, App Central provides you with the boundless variety of applications that you require to satisfy your digital lifestyle needs.



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Comment from jmke @ 2013/02/22
Intel NAS Performance Toolkit interesting piece of software!
Ran in on a €100.000 Storage solution (iSCSI)

PhotoAlbum: 11.627MB/s
DirectoryCopyFromNAS: 23.304MB/s
DirectoryCopyToNAS: 14.129MB/s
FileCopyFromNAS : 45.147MB/s
FileCopyToNAS: 1149.257MB/s *

OfficeProductivity: 25.083MB/s
ContentCreation: 11.827MB/s

HDVideo_1Play_1Record: 87.289MB/s
HDVideo_1Record: 1280.751MB/s *
HDVideo_1Play: 60.779MB/s
HDVideo_2Play: 90.809MB/s
HDVideo_4Play: 143.016MB/s

scores marked * are skewed because of the test system having more than >2GB RAM.

overall I'd say that performance wise the AS-604T CPU is fast enough to not be a bottleneck performance wise; the SSD inside pushes it past A lot more expensive enterprise products