D-Link ShareCenter Pro 1200 review

£563
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Where the Pro 1200 scores better is for backup, as you can schedule volume snapshots for point-in-time backups. Local shares can be copied regularly to another location on the appliance, and incrementals may be requested once the first run has completed. Remote backups to another D-Link appliance or any rsync server are supported, and data can be copied from the appliance to an external USB device.

Included is a single-user copy of FarStone’s Total Backup Recovery 7, which supports Windows 7 and Server 2008 R2, and provides scheduled file, folder and disk backup, plus drive and partition cloning.

D-Link ShareCenter Pro 1200

D-Link claims the Pro 1200 is the fastest in its class, but our real-world tests say otherwise. Using a dual-Xeon X5560 Broadberry rack server running Windows Server 2008 R2 64-bit, we saw drag-and-drop copies of a 2.52GB video clip return mediocre 60MB/sec and 18MB/sec read and write speeds.

FileZilla reported faster FTP speeds of 76MB/sec and 29MB/sec, but these are still far short of those we’ve seen from Synology, Qnap and Netgear. IP SAN performance is also modest, with Iometer returning raw read and write speeds of 90MB/sec and 37MB/sec for a 50GB target. We used FarStone to secure a 17.4GB test folder with 10,500 small files; it took almost eight minutes with an average speed of only 38MB/sec.

For a five-bay NAS appliance, the ShareCenter Pro 1200 looks like good value, especially since Synology’s DS1511+ costs almost £100 more. For this price, D-Link also includes plenty of backup features. Unfortunately, performance across the board is well below par.

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