Thecus Expands Windows Storage Server Line-up with W2810PRO

Thecus had a lot of success with their Windows-based NAS devices and now they’ve expanded that series with the new W2810PRO NAS. The new NAS comes equipped with an Intel Celeron N3150 quad-core processor, the same that we recently saw the N2810PRO launch with, it comes with 4GB DDR3 memory, and uses an SSD as boot drive.

Linux-based NAS run more out of the memory than Windows does and as such the use of a real SSD over a flash module is something that will make a huge difference for such a system. The quad-core processor is powerful enough to drive 4K experiences and thanks to it being a Windows version, it comes with a familiar interface. Integrating Microsoft services such as Office 365 and Azure Cloud Service is as easy as it could be on these devices as they’re running Windows 2012R2 Essentials as the operating system.

“Adding to the success of the original Windows Storage server 2012 solutions from Thecus, the W2810PRO provides increased power and speed performance to users”, said Florence Shih, CEO of Thecus Technology Corp. “This new Thecus Windows Storage Server is an ideal solution for individuals and businesses that are comfortable and proficient with the Windows platform to safely protect and effortlessly manage their valuable data.”

The 60GB boot SSD is more than enough for Windows itself and plenty of apps while the two drive bays give you up to 16TB raw storage capacity when using 8TB drives. That is a lot of power and storage in a small form factor. Windows Storage Server Essentials offers a host of features and functionality for organizations of all sizes including Data Deduplication and Storage Spaces for efficiency and protection, native support for Active Directory, and remote access through the P2P application, Users can further customize the W2810PRO to specific business needs as it supports third-party Windows Server add-ins.

Connection-wise, you get both an HDMI port and DisplayPort for direct usage, an S/PDIF for an audio connection, three USB 3.0 ports, and dual Gigabit Ethernet network connectivity.

Feature Highlights:

  • Top Storage for 1-50 Employee Business
  • Office 365 & Microsoft Azure: Cloud Service Integration
  • Active Directory Domain Services: Scalable, Secure User Management
  • Data Deduplication: Performance Optimization
  • Enhanced Boot Drive: Embedded SSD
  • Windows License Included
  • Intel Celeron N3150 Quad-Core Processor
  • 4GB DDR3 RAM

The new Thecus W2810PRO NAS is available starting today and it is an update well worth it. It packs more than double the power of the previous model, the W2000+, which was based on an Intel Atom dual-core processor.

Orbweb 4.0 now available for Thecus Windows-Based NAS

Thecus’ Windows Storage Server 2012 R2 Essentials NAS got an upgrade and Orbweb 4.0 is now available for the range of devices. Orbweb 4.0 is the latest version of the robust remote web access application and it provides media streaming, webcam monitoring, and allows users to view, edit and transfer files. Users will be able to remotely access files via a web browser as well as mobile devices anytime and anywhere without the use of third-party servers.

The new 4.0 includes a redesigned user interface, increased support for multimedia files, compatibility with Windows 10, as well as timeline view and snapshot for webcam monitoring.

It now supports the mkv, mpg, ogv, avi, ts, webm, flv, rmvb, mov, m2ts, wmv, and 4k file formats, and also give users the joys of on-the-fly transcoding that automatically adjusts resolution based on bandwidth and screen size available. Windows 7 and 8 were already supported in the previous version and now Windows 10 is supported as well. Android and iOS devices can also be used and they’re the most common on-the-road devices.

The webcam monitoring function is pretty cool, allowing you to turn your NAS into a surveillance station with motion detection and email notifications. The new version adds a timeline view and snapshot, and the one-click activation icon allows convenient control of webcam monitoring activities. All the recorded data will then naturally be stored on the Windows-based Thecus NAS or one of its mounted drives.

Thecus Windows Storage Server NAS include a one-year subscription for the Ultimate Version. Mobile versions can be downloaded from Google Play and the iOS App Store while the latest PC version can be found on It is to be noted that the Windows version requires Java.


Thecus WSS NAS Launch Event Coverage

Thecus invited us to the WSS NAS Product Launch in Berlin and we were naturally eager to attend. Thecus introduced us to three new NAS devices based on Windows Server 2012 R2, a world first. There are other Windows-based NAS on the market, but they use Windows Home or 2008 R2.

The new W2000, W4000 and W5000 NAS units all come with Windows software pre-installed and are ready to go right out of the box. The two and four bay models use an integrated 60GB SSD as boot-disk while the W5000 uses a 500GB SSHD from Seagate.

Thecus works closely with partners such as Microsoft, Intel but also Seagate to make sure their NAS devices offer the best experience. The result is three new Windows-based NAS devices that will offer features not found otherwise, with a tiny footprint and great energy-efficiency. The in-house hardware team employed at Thecus is another advantage and it allows for quicker product releases.

The Windows 2012 R2 environment makes the integration into cloud services such as Azure, Office 365 or Remote Desktop connection really easy and with a familiar interface. Aimed at 1 to 50 clients, these new NAS systems have a broad market share and can perform really well with their Intel Atom processors under the hood.

Customers will have access to restore ISO’s that will be available for download in many different languages, to either restore or perform complete fresh installs.

Luke from Thecus also took the time to introduce us to the three new Windows Server 2012 R2 based NAS devices, you can watch the video below:

The three new Windows Storage Server 2012 R2 Essentials servers, or WSS NAS for short, weren’t the only thing we saw during this launch event and you can follow the entire coverage below.

The event started out with a little history, a history of success. Thecus likes being first and they have been over the years with many things, over and over.

Thecus have a broad line of innovative products and features.

And they have scored the awards to show that, already over 100 of them. Look, theirs ours!

Now it’s getting to the interesting part, collaborating Thecus hardware with Windows software.

Thecus doesn’t just make NAS devices for the small businesses and pro-consumers, they also create great rack-units.

We’re getting to the interesting part for most of us, the new SMB and SOHO models.

We’re getting to know some of the benefits from using Windows Storage Server 2012 R2 Essentials.

Data protection is more important today than ever and it’s important to have the right solution for your setup.

The cloud is the future, well at least it is a big part of it. Especially if you’re a small company trying to make it out there among the big ones.

The three musketeers.

Working closely with Intel allows Thecus to deliver the best results to their customers.

Speed and capacity are key in storage and Intel has pretty much all areas covered.

A look at the specifications, I do however believe they accidently switched the CPU in the chart between the 2 and 5 bay models.

Seagate is another close partner of Thecus’ and they make some of the best NAS drives on the market. With an ever growing data consumption and smart devices, we need to keep up with the storage demands.

Statistics show that a lot of NAS area is unused and could be optimized.

Seagate also offers their NAS drives with +Rescue Data Recovery service.

Hybrid drives are another market that Seagate is strong within, and one that is great for NAS systems as well.

If you still haven’t had enough of these great new NAS devices and might have missed it earlier, we have a little more information in our news section from when the W2000, W4000 and W5000 were announced a little while ago.

 Thanks to Thecus for Inviting us to this event