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File Sharing Speed: Quantum Snap! Server vs Appleshare:

Last Updated: 1/13/2001, 3:36 PM
VAR Rod Paine of ASTEC sent a comparison test report of AppleShare versus Quantum's Snap! Server 1000 (NAS).
" Gentlemen,
Following up on my earlier input on the Snap! Server, here's a summary of what we can typically obtain for file sharing speed, versus the method used. My earlier input had a reversal of numbers, showing OS 9.0.4 Personal File Sharing being faster with the optional TCP/IP connection, then with AppleTalk. Incorrect, it is slower than AppleTalk. Got my screen capture mixed up, I guess.

Here's the summary, which is much easier to understand.


Typical File Sharing Speed

Network  Protocol           Read   Write   Notes

10Mbps   AppleTalk/7.6       759     593  Quadra 700 50MHz 68040 (historic ref)
10Mbps   ASIP 6.3.2/AT       817     713
10Mbps   Snap! TCP           997     953  Snap! Server 1000 via TCP/IP
10Mbps   ASIP 6.3.2/TCP     1033    1098  Approx. 9Mbps

100Mbps  File Share/TCP     1919     980  OS 9.0.4 File Sharing via TCP/IP
100Mbps  Snap! AppleTalk    1654    1072  Snap! Server 1000 via AppleTalk
100Mbps  File Share/AT      2187    2261  OS 9.0.4 File Sharing via AppleTalk
100Mbps  Snap! TCP          2885    2812  Snap! Server 1000 via TCP/IP
100Mbps  ASIP 6.3.2/AT      3719    1852  Overly slow write rate (?)
100Mbps  ASIP 6.3.2/TCP     8582    8326  Approx. 70Mbps

All Read and Write tests run with the shared volume mounted on 640MB B&W G3 450 and tested with Helios LanTest 2.5.2, available at:

The ASIP Server is a 768MB B&W G3 450 running OS 9.0.4 and ASIP 6.3.2. Ethernet is via a NETGEAR FS308 100Mbps Switch, with a NETGEAR EN104 10Mbps hub for 10Mbps tests. A Beige (Rev.3) 500MHz 384MB G3 was also used for 10 and 100Mbps File Sharing tests, using both its built-in 10Mbps Ethernet and a ZYNX 345 10/100Mbps Ethernet NIC using the Apple Enet driver. All Macs are running OS 9.0.4 plus updates.

The "Snap!" is a Quantum Snap! Server 1000, running current firmware. Regards,
Rod Paine
ASTEC Company, Inc.

Update: On 1/18/2001, Rod sent an updated series of tests including Gigabit Ethernet.

In Defense of Snap Servers: On 1/19/2001 Rick Pepper sent his comments defending Snap Servers and noting better performance in models above the low end 1000 model used by Rod.

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