iSCSI connectivity is the fastest and one of the most flexible transfer protocols available, and Thecus is mow supporting it with all their NAS, 4-bays and up.
iSCSI is not to be underestimated. Nearing speeds of 100Mb/s, this protocol is much faster than competing options like Window´s Samba. This is because it is very simple in it´s nature, it eliminates a lot of unnecessary information and allows us to do things other protocols can¡¦t do. Connecting remotely or locally to an iSCSI partition in your NAS from a computer, as far as the computer is concerned, is the same as installing a huge extra hard drive in your PC! This instant expandability gives you not only the same connectivity as having an extra hard drive installed, but also almost the same blinding speed! This means you can boot your computer from your NAS, back up your data in a fraction of the time, or even run HD video to your TV.
Another major advantage that iSCSI offers is thin provisioning. This amazing function makes wasted storage a thing of the past. When dividing a server into private folders for users to access, the folders occupy a set amount of space with very little flexibility. Not accounting for differences in usage person to person, any space not used is lost and cannot be used by others in need of storage. iSCSI thin provisioning creates flexible folders that expand and contract as files are written and deleted. If one person needs more space than another, just take it! There is no need to redraw the folder boundaries. And if all the space is used? Simply hot swap new, larger hard drives into your NAS and iSCSI expansion will automatically increase the partition. With speed and flexibility of this level, iSCSI connectivity is ready to take you into the future with your Thecus NAS.
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