Use BFNP Framework to Optimize your NAS File Transfer Performance

To optimize your file transfer speed between PC and NAS, I create a BFNP to help you do a quick check in your network. BFNP is Background process, File type, Network, and Protocol.

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How To Get Running On QNAP Storage Devices To TRIM SSDs?

Maybe that’s why the SSD write test on TS-112 and TS119PII are slower than traditional hard drive. Need to enable trim in QNAP. For Linux kernel 2.6.33, trim is disabled by default.


Since I stick my Intel SSD X25-M G2 160GB into my QNAP TS-459 Pro the performance started to decrease due to the absence of a garbage collector, aka TRIM.

Indeed if a SSD doesn’t trim, then every write to a previously written block must first be read, erased, modified, and re-written to the same location thus crippling write performance.

Since I have run quite some benchmark tests, and massively copied large files such .vmdk and .iso files and deleted them all afterward, the write performance got lower and lower.

My TS-459 runs a Linux QNAPNAS02 which does support natively TRIM function but I was sad to learn that while it’s available, it is not used at all because it is inadequate for today’s real TRIM hardware. This is not a QNAP problem but an issue with the Linux kernel developers. In the interim Mark Lord, who’s by the way one…

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QNAP TS-119PII File Transfer Performance Report

What happen when you choose a more powerful processor for your NAS? What’s the different if I choose two-bay over one-bay device?

NAS are not as flexible as personal computers on spec. Most will provide fix spec on processor and bay. Some have RAM upgrades as options on certain models. Therefore, performance questions are difficult to tell.

I test QNAP TS-119PII, QNAP TS-212P, QNAP TS-112, and  Buffalo HD-LX2TU3 as below.

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Performance Comparison on Retrieving Contacts from SugarCRM with QNAP TS-112, TS-212P, and TS-119PII

I am currently porting ZurmoCRM to QTS platform which runs on QNAP device. But I have no ideas which processors is capable running database operation and there is no benchmark for reference, I invest on 3 products to test.

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What is an SoC? Hint: the “S” stands for Server.

This a very comprehensive short post on SoC. I have working on porting ZurmoCRM onto QNAP TS-119PII which has a Marvell 2.0GHz. My initial test is very depressed on the performance: 104 seconds for two records. I expect to see performance improvements on Armada XP or need to move to Atom x86 platform for acceptable performance.

ARM Servers

The acronym “SoC” generally refers to “System on a Chip”. But with SoCs entering the server space, it is also taking on a new meaning: “Server on a Chip”. An SoC is a large scale integration of processor cores, memory controllers, on-chip and off-chip memories, peripheral controllers, accelerators, and custom IP (intellectual property) for specific applications and uses. As Moore’s law continues, chip process geometries shrink, allowing more transistors to reside on the same area of silicon. Traditionally, server processors have used this new real estate to add more cores. But there are better alternatives than just adding more cores for certain applications.

Increasing integration in an SoC brings a number of benefits including:

  • Higher performance – significantly faster and wider internal busses compared to those found in a multi-chip or multi-board solution.
  • Lower power – wider range of power optimization techniques can be employed in SoCs including power gating, changing…

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Performance Comparison on Backup Linux Files to QNAP TS-212P

I invest a new QNAP TS-212P which has RAID 1 support, a faster Marvell 88F6282 at 1.6GHz, and more RAM (512MB) compare to my QNAP TS-112 with Marvell 88F6281 at 1.2GHz and 256MB RAM. I bought two Seagate SV-35 2TB for it.

But things doesn’t goes as I expect, it fails to backup some of my files. I never have the same problem on Buffalo HD-LX2TU3 with ext4.

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Quickly Identify the Number of Plates in Seagate ST2000DM001 on Serial Number

According to fzabkar in Seagate: Forums: 2TB ST2000DM001 Barracuda from Seagate seriously cripled through redesign in 3/2012 or 4/2012, the S/N (serial number) on the label of your Seagate Desktop HDD ST2000DM001 contains information about the number of plates.

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