SilverStone DC01: An Entry Into The Linux NAS Market
Written by Michael Larabel in Peripherals on 23 August 2011. Page 3 of 3. 12 Comments

Once configuring the various services, the DC01 can be interacted with from your traditional FTP client or respective program supporting the services you wish. SilverStone also has an iPhone/iPad and Android application for interacting with the device too.

When SilverStone was originally asking if Phoronix wanted to test out this low-power ARM Linux server, I had asked how open the device was for modifications. The response from my SilverStone lead was, "Officially we will maintain the position that DC01 is 'locked.' Although I am not sure how you would define 'very locked down' but from what our product manager told me, it's possible to modify it via UART console." It turns out when receiving the device, that it's rather open. When simply trying to SSH in on the first shot, it worked. SSH'ing to the admin user-name at the IP address of the DC01 was successful. When gaining SSH access to the device, it was found that the embedded Linux distribution is in fact a modified version of Fedora 12 Constantine. It is a stripped down version of Fedora 12 with a custom Linux 2.6.31.6 armv6l kernel. Yum was not pre-installed for fetching extra packages, but RPMs could be downloaded to the disk drive and then extracted there for additional storage opportunities beyond the 256MB of NAND flash.

While this is SilverStone's first major NAS product, overall it is a great solution. The product was designed in part by Akitio, which is a more well known vendor of external HDD enclosures / RAID / NAS / network devices. All functionality of the device worked as expected without any issues. The web user-interface is easy, all services performed as expected for the NAS device, and the SSH access was a plus. Having SSH access should please the Linux users and allow for some modifications to the software stack. With a dual-core ARM processor, the specs on the device are not too bad either.

Right now the SilverStone DC01 is retailing for around $140 USD, without a hard drive, which is still a respectable price for this network storage device.

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