The number of readers requesting for encryption benchmarks after reading our NAS reviews has shown an uptick in the recent past. For consumers paranoid about security, Addonics is launching the Secure NAS storage appliance series. Unlike other established NAS vendors' offerings, the Secure NAS R5 (the first model in the series) differentiates itself in the following aspects: The entire RAID volume (including the boot sector and the partition table) is encrypted. Encryption is activated with a hardware cipher key (which can be replicated only by specialized means). There is no software to run or password to enter. The unit also acts as a Direct Attached Storage (DAS), thanks to an eSATA port on the unit. The Secure NAS R5 is a five-bay unit with very basic configuration only...

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