Thecus is a name that we know very well for NAS devices but chances are they are new to many of our readers.  As a company Thecus is heading towards both the high-end and budget markets with the intent of targeting the consumer and enterprise markets. 

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This little guy is the new Thecus N2200 that sells for under $200 that offers dual 3.5-in hard drive support (RAID 0 or RAID 1) for the standard desktop user.  The N2200 has a simple status icon to monitor the condition of the array and uses the new AJAX-based web server configuration tool that is a vast improvement over previous versions. 

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Note those are still USB 2.0 ports, even though they are blue

Thecus includes support for an iTunes server, photo web server, PS3 and DLNA certified media servers and more to really complete the consumer experience.  You can even attach a USB web cam to have the N2200 act as a simple surveillance server. 

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This little guy is the N4200 that goes for a much higher $750 or so but offers some impressive new features.  Based on a dual-core Atom platform with support for the iSCSI interface, VMware, media servers, backup versioning and a lot more, the N4200 is really based more for small businesses than your average consumer.  As the name implies the unit supports four 3.5-in or 2.5-in hard drives and will run RAID 0, 1, 0+1 and 5 modes.

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The front panel screen is a surprisingly high resolution and will allow you to edit and monitor various options like the IP address, RAID modes, RAID status and more. 

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The N4200 offers an optional batter backup modules that provides enough power to the device in the event of a power failure to stop the current operations and properly shut down, preventing data loss or system corruption.

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The Thecus 7700-series is an enterprise class line of NAS devices, some of which have support for 10 Gigabit Ethernet.  Be prepared to pay over $1000 for these plus the addition of the 10 GbE card. 

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Thecus was showing off the performance of a 10 Gigabit Ethernet based NAS device – nearing 500 MB/s!  Obviously with a theoretical peake of 1250 MB/s the data connection has room to grow as storage device performance improves as well.