Real World File Transfers - Small Files:
As promised, small file transfers are up next in this round of testing. Files such as documents, pictures, and digital music probably consist of a large portion of what people would want to back up or share. The small file transfer test involved moving a folder full of MP3 music files around the network. One main folder comprised of 10 sub-folders and a total of 198 MP3 files totaling 643MB was copied and pasted to the storage servers of interest. A reboot of the Windows desktop system was executed between each test, and different folders were used for reading and writing.
The chart below details the results for reading the collection of small files, where we see that the N5550 is by far the fastest at this task. 59.83MB/s is about 17MB/s better than the next fastest server, and definitely impressive.
Writing the set of small files is shown below, where the Thecus N5550 puts about the same transfer rate as it did while reading. This still places it well ahead of the other NAS devices, but the Windows server takes the honors for the fastest in this round.