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).|
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.
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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