Qnap NAS TS-1635 connection to server

Qnap NAS TS-1635 connection to server

i just bought a QNAP, i would like to connect it to my server is it better to

1 - add the NAS as a network store and add that way
2 - buy SFP connector and use fiber to connect it to my server with a Fiber card
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Wayne88Commented:
Depends on your need for performance.  I have used QNAP for backup store and iSCSI was sufficient and reliable.  What will you be using it for?  If to host VM then the fiber option can perform better.
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IT GuyAuthor Commented:
it will be for file storage, users will be accessing files
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Wayne88Commented:
From my experience the bottleneck with these NAS boxes is not the connection but the CPU/memory.  I have replaced a client NAS solution with file server instead and we cut the backup time by 70%.  And they were using reasonably priced rackmounted Synology and QNAP NAS solutions.  An old server that we reconfigured to be a file server ended up performing much better.  Same connection (dual LAN with load balancing and fail-over).

In any case, I would start with iSCSI first.  If you are happy with that then no need to spend more $.  Use the dual LAN ports and configure it for load balancing and fail-over.
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IT GuyAuthor Commented:
my nas has 8GB ram and Quad Core 1.70 Ghz
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Wayne88Commented:
The hardware will never perform as good as a real server.  Can't really compare that way but the bottom line is that if it's only going to be used as a file server the dual LAN ports should be enough.  Give that a shot first and if it's not fast enough then consider alternative connection.   Just don't forget to configure it to load balance via the QNAP networking configuration.
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