Thecus Releases W5810 Windows Storage Server NAS

Thecus announced the expansion of their Windows Storage Server NAS lineup with a new model, the Thecus W5810 5-bay SMB NAS. The new W5810 NAS takes the top position among Thecus’ Windows Storage Server lineup for small and medium businesses and brings good hardware together with a familiar interface.

Linux-based NAS servers are great, no doubt, but it will without a doubt be easier for quite a few system administrators to integrate a Windows-based system into their already existing infrastructure and that is where these systems come into play. The Thecus W5810 is built around a quad-core Intel Celeron processor with 2GHz core speed and 4GB DDR3 memory. The 5-bay Windows NAS also features a 60GB dedicated boot SSD for the operating system instead of the slower USB flash modules mostly used in Linux-powered NAS’.

Windows Storage Server Essentials 2012 allows easy integration with cloud-based solutions such as Office 365 and Microsft Azure Backup, and the NAS is designed for businesses with up to 50 employees for a robust and centralized storage solution. And all those employees storage needs should be met for a while with 5-bays that with 8TB drives allow for up to 40TB raw storage. WSSE offers some great features such as Data Deduplication and Storage Spaces for efficiency and protection, native support for Active Directory, and remote access through the P2P application Orbweb. Users can further customize the W5810 to specific business needs as it supports third-party Windows Server add-ins.

The NAS features three USB 3.0 ports for external storage, two Gigabit Ethernet ports with failover support, and an HDMI port for direct access and multimedia functions. The new Thecus W5810 WSS NAS should be available globally this month.

Key Features

  • MS License included
  • Quad-core Intel Celeron 2.0 GHz processor
  • 4GB of DDR3 RAM
  • Enhanced Boot Drive: Embedded 60GB SSD
  • 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
  • Remote web access – access and sync over multiple devices
  • Automatic client computer backup

This could be a really awesome NAS for a lot of people and while the specifications list 4GB as maximum memory, the hardware supports up to 8GB – just not officially.

QNAP Launches TS-531P with 10GbE Support and Container Station

QNAP released a new and powerful 5-bay NAS with upgradeable memory, quad-core CPU, SSD cache support and 10-Gigabit Ethernet support. The new QNAP TS-531P features an Annapurna Labs Alpine AL-314 quad-core ARM Cortex-A15 processor with 1.4GHz, hardware encryption engine, and floating point unit, and it comes in two versions with either 2GB or 8GB DDR3 memory.

Right out of the box, the QNAP TS-531P features four Gigabit Ethernet ports that naturally support Link Aggregation and Failover, but you can expand it with either a 10GbE SFP+ or 10Gbase low-profile add-in card for even better connectivity. 10GbE is finally starting to make a proper entry into the market as more and more SMB devices start to feature what used to be reserved to the enterprise sector and it is something that I’ve been waiting for in a long time. The TS-531 supports add-in cards with up to two ports, allowing you a total of either 6 Gigabit Ethernet ports or 4 GbE and two 10GbE ports in this NAS.

This is an SMB NAS that comes with all the essentials in this area, which also means that the HDMI port for direct usage as HTPC that we see on personal oriented NAS devices isn’t there. There are however three USB 3.0 ports for expansion where one of them is located on the front for easy access together with the one-touch copy button. These ports can also be used to expand the storage abilities with up to two QNAP expansion enclosures, either the UX-800P 8-bay or UX-500P 5-bay units. With two 8-bay expansion units, you can have up to 168GB raw storage capacity using 8TB drives.

The TS-531P supports Container Station that allows users to operate multiple virtual Linux systems thanks to the LXC and Docker lightweight virtualization technologies. You can easily download more through the built-in Docker Hub Registry or create your own. It supports import and export and permission settings along with a flexible user interface, and informative dashboard. Container Station will also support the Online Document app that is currently in development. It will allow users to directly view, edit and store files of various types (office documents, images, and text files) on their TS-531P without the hassle of back-and-forth file transfers.

The QNAP TS-531P will naturally also support all the other great features that we have come to know from QNAP, from the comprehensive backup options that include cloud offerings over the powerful Qsirch search feature to the surveillance station and everything in between. It is available now starting from €513.41 and €648.81 respectively for the 2GB and 8GB models.

Thecus Adds N5810 to 5-Bay NAS Line-up

We reviewed the Thecus N5810pro a while ago here at eTeknix and it was a monster of an NAS that also came with a bigger price tag than most. Not everyone needs all the additions and exceptional connectivity that it has to offer, but they’d still like the same basic features and solid build quality. Those users are in luck now as Thecus just unveiled the new N5810 high-performance quad-core NAS with business-class features.

The N5810 features an Intel Celeron processor J1900 Quad Core 2.0 GHz SoC and 4 GB of DDR3 RAM that can be expanded to 8GB for further performance optimization. It features dual Gigabit Ethernet for linked connections and USB 3.0 ports for fast storage connectivity. The HDMI port allows you to connect it directly to a monitor or TV for direct usage without the use of other systems. A great bonus.

The five-bay design is a great one as it provides the more standard four-port setups with an additional spare disk, if that’s what you want. With 8TB drives you get a raw capacity of 40TB, which is quite nice for this form factor. The LCM display with four buttons on the front allows for quick diagnostics and information as well as basic configuration changes.

Business users will find all the features they like in this NAS, from System failover protection over secure VPN setups to effective backup solutions. You can easily create your own cloud system with this NAS as well as connect it to existing commercial systems such as Amazon and Dropbox. Local backups can be run from clients and external devices just as well as Rsync. Pretty much everything you could want in this area.

Home and enthusiast users are covered well with all sorts of media capabilities. It can stream via Plex and DLNA, is compatible with AirPlay and Chromecast, and also features KODI for the direct HDMI connection.

The N5810 also comes with both Intel security bundled and Acronis Backup. Units will begin shipping globally at the end of November, 2015.

Feature Highlights:

  • Faster Transfers: 2 LAN Ports for Link Aggregation
  • 99% Virus Prevention: Bundled with Free Intel Security
  • System Redundancy: Uninterrupted Accessibility with Thecus System Failover
  • Multiple File Systems: EXT3/EXT4/XFS/Btrfs
  • Optimal Performance: Embedded with Intel® Celeron J1900 Quad Core CPU
  • Flexible Expansion: Stackable for up to 5 additional iSCSI volumes with other Thecus NAS
  • Complete Client Side Protection: Bundled with Free Acronis Software
  • Easy Customization: Over 700 Apps available in the Thecus App Center

Thecus’ Amazing N5810Pro is Finally Available


There is some good news if you are in the market for an NAS that is more than the average of the mill unit. You might remember the pretty amazing NAS unit from Thecus that we reviewed a while ago, the N5810 Pro with built-in UPS, and that unit is finally available. Shops have changed their listings to availability within 1-2 days, meaning it has arrived at the central depots and is ready to be dispatched to customers.

The Thecus N5810 Pro is a 5-bay NAS with five LAN ports, plenty of USB connections, direct HDMI connection, status display, and built-in mini-UPS. That isn’t something you’ll find any other place. The NAS is built around an Intel Celeron quad-core J1900 processor and comes with 4GB DDR3 RAM that can be further upgraded by the user.

The mini-UPS Lithium-ion battery with 2000mAH (14.4V, 28.8Wh) allows your NAS to continue its operation during minor power outages and safely shut the system down if it should last too long. The NAS also comes with all other features you’ll want from sharing over apps to security and user setup. The HDMI port allows you to use the NAS as a PC at the same time with easy to install apps such as VLC VideoLAN media player.

We were early with our review as we had one of the very first units to ever leave Thecus own complex and you might not fully remember all the details, so here is the link to our review of the Thecus N5810 Pro if you want to read more on this amazing NAS.

QNAP Announced Affordable AMD Powered 10GbE-Ready 5-Bay SMB NAS

I have long been a supporter of AMD processors in the NAS segment and built numerous systems on such a base myself. I am not the only one that thinks there is potential here as QNAP continues to strengthen their AMD portfolio with a new 5-bay Turbo-NAS based on AMD’s G-Series processors.

The new QNAP TS-563 comes equipped with a 2GHz SoC processor, 2GB or 8GB RAM depending on model and support for up to 16GB, AES-NI hardware-encryption, SSD cache, AMD-V virtualization, and it is also 10Gb Ethernet ready thanks to a low profile PCIe slot.

“The TS-563 is our most affordable 10GbE-ready quad-core NAS with hardware-accelerated encryption and virtual machine support. It is a fast and scalable NAS solution designed for optimizing business applications and satisfying quickly-growing data storage needs while providing 10GbE readiness for budget-conscious organizations and professionals,” said Jason Hsu, product manager of QNAP.

Besides the five drive bays, the TS-563 has five USB 3.0 and two gigabit ethernet port. The USB ports can be used for printers, pen drives, external enclosures, UPS, and much more. The two gigabit ethernet ports can be expanded thanks to the PCIe Gen2 x4 slot with two more GbE or two 10GbE ports. The system itself resides on a 512MB Flash module.

 

With the support for AMD-V technology, the TS-563 can operate multiple Windows, Linux, UNIX and Android-based virtual machines. The Virtualization Station offers numerous functions including snapshots, VM import/export, user permissions, and more.

Businesses can rest assured that the usual SMB features are present. The units support VMware, Citrix, and Microsoft virtualization solutions just as well as cross-platform sharing, Windows AD, LDAP, ACL, domain controller, RTRR, Rsync, and cloud storage.

An extra and nice touch is the Surveillance Station that comes with 4 IP camera channels included and support for up to 40. Use your NAS to keep an eye on your property too. The TS-563 also supports the5-bay and 8-bay QNAP expansion enclosures to expand your storage needs beyond the built-in drive bays.

The new TS-563 Turbo NAS will be available in a couple of weeks. There is no word on pricing yet, but since QNAP started out by labeling it as a unit that brings premium business features at a competitive price, we can assume that it will come with a wallet-friendly price.

Thecus N5810 Pro Zero-Crash 5-Bay High-Performance NAS Review

Introduction


Thecus have created a new NAS that is something just a little bit special, if not a lot of special. It looks pretty normal on the surface, but it comes packed full of great features, plenty of storage abilities, and with connectivity options as they’re rarely seen.

The new Thecus Zero-Crash N5810 Pro isn’t your everyday NAS, it is one that comes with superior performance, unmatched security, and with built-in mini-UPS. The N5810 Pro is a 5-bay unit and this is an NAS form-factor that is increasing in popularity due to the option for an extra hot-spare, or just the extra capacity.

Let us dive right into the hardware specification, because they are worth highlighting. At the core of the unit we find an Intel Celeron J1900 quad-core SoC processor with 2GHz and the N5810 Pro comes equipped with 4GB DDR3 RAM right out the box. You don’t need to worry about having to upgrade your NAS right away with that kind of RAM, it is easily enough to run all the apps and service you want at the same time.

Where other NAS devices come with two and sometimes four LAN ports, Thecus added one extra and equipped this unit with a total of five Gigabit Ethernet ports. There is full support for all types of Link Aggregation and Fail-over, leaving the setup completely up to you. Maximum performance, redundancy, or you could even use it as an access point if you wanted to.

It has three USB 3.0 ports where one of them is located on the front for quick and easy backups. The last two are on the rear side with the rest of the connections such as two USB 2.0 ports, one HDMI port, and a Line-Out 3.5mm audio jack.

Thecus equipped the N5810 Pro with an internal 130W power supply. I really like the use of internal power supplies over the external power bricks, although the bricks are easier to replace if they should fail. Thecus also thought about that and made the PSU removable from the rear of the unit. It isn’t as easy as getting a new universal AC/DC adapter, but it’s close.

Another really awesome feature in this high-end NAS is the built-in mini-UPS with a removable battery. Again you save yourself having to get another piece of hardware and find room to place it near the NAS. You also save yourself the connecting and setting it up as everything is built-in. If the NAS should lose power, it will safely shut down without loss or corruption of your data. You can define the settings whether it should stay off or resume where it left off once the power is back.

The N5810 Pro NAS is placed on four large rubber feet that prevent any vibration from the mechanical hard drives to move onto whatever piece of furniture the NAS is placed on. They lift the unit far enough off the ground that it also has some extra air vents on the bottom that help to draw in more fresh and cold air for the system. The stickers with serial and product numbers are hidden away on the bottom if you should need those.

Security is an ever-growing issue and Thecus has this side of things handled with both their choice hardware, software and the physical build. Thecus has partnered with McAfee and bundled their Antivirus with the unit to keep the NAS save from itself. Those who prefer the private connections don’t need to worry either as the NAS fully supports VPN connections with the built-in server module.

Keeping the files safe means more than just to protect them from viruses and malware, and Thecus also has all the other sides of the story covered. The N5810 Pro supports scheduled Rsync backups and also comes bundled with Acronis True Image software for advanced one-click protection. Snapshot backup is equally supported with BTRFS support for subvolumes and easy rollback or restoration.

Those who wish to store their backup in the cloud are covered with support for DropBox, Amazon S3, and ElephantDrive. If that still isn’t enough, Thecus also supports data burn directly to CD, DVD, and Blu-ray disks with Data Burn. You can also choose to just ‘burn’ ISO files as another way of backing up your files. You can even clone entire disks with the NAS.

The five drive caddies can all be locked individually and Thecus included a total of four keys with this unit. Enough for even the most clumsy people that forget or lose them. The caddie’s base is built from steel and covered with a plastic encasing that holds the locking system and two LEDs. Thecus places padding inside the caddies to prevent damage to your drives and possible short-outs from the PCB touching the caddy. They support both 2.5-inch and 3.5-inch drives, so you’re covered no matter what drive you want to use, whether it’s small or big hard disks or even solid state drivers.

Thecus also built in a LCM display with four buttons on the front: enter, escape, up, and down. This not only allows you to view the current configuration, but also change settings. Not to worry, you’ll have to enter a password via the buttons in order to access that part.

Mobile connectivity is also supported with the T-OnTheGo and T-Dashboard apps. When I read those names I always think of Telecom first, but the T stands for Thecus in this case. You can connect from your iOS or Android device for up and downloading files, streaming media, or just to keep an eye on the device itself.

You can even turn the N5810 Pro into a direct multimedia hub for your living toom with the built-in HDMI. Connect it directly to your TV for device management, web browsing with Flash support, and also the most important function, HD video playback. No need to watch your movies on the PC monitor or have an extra HTPC running, just use your NAS. It also features a line-out connection to get the sound out to other devices if your monitor doesn’t have built-in speakers.

Thecus Announces New Zero-Crash 5-Bay NAS, the N5810PRO

Thecus announced their newest NAS device, and what an amazing one it is. The new Thecus N5810PRO is built around a quad-core Intel Celeron processor with 2 GHz and comes with built-in Mini-UPS battery and five LAN ports. The N5810PRO doesn’t look like it’s missing anything and looks to be a NAS that could satisfy even the most demanding users.

“In today’s ever-evolving digital environment, businesses require robust storage solutions that provide premium performance with peace of mind that their data will always be secure,” said Florence Shih, CEO of Thecus Technology. “The N5810PRO is designed to equip users with a comprehensive set of applications that will optimize their business environment while addressing the needs for performance and security.”

Besides the quad-core SoC, the N5810PRO comes with 4 GB DDR3 RAM and is expandable to 8GB. The five Gigabit LAN ports allow it to reach blazing throughput speeds of up to 500 MB/s. The N5810PRO supports seven modes of link aggregation including fault tolerance for resilience and port-trunking modes for increased performance. Expandable up to 40TB and support for VMware, Citrix, and Microsoft Hyper-V allow for seamless integration into a businesses’ virtualization environment for quite some time.

Most of us would prefer to have our NAS run on a UPS (Uninterrupted Power Aupply), but it’s an extra box to have on the shelve, extra expense and extra work to find the one that matches your needs. Having it directly built into the NAS like with the N5810PRO is amazing and the lithium-ion battery makes sure your data is flushed to the drives and that the device is shut down properly in case of a power-outage. The new 5-bay NAS also supports an array of backup features including Data Guard for local and remote backups, Data Burn, and Snapshot Backup using the Btrfs file system.

The N5810PRO runs on the intuitive and easy-to-use Thecus OS5 operating system. The re-tooled software includes VPN Server for secure remote access and Disk Clone and Wipe for convenient data management. Users will also be able to enjoy a comprehensive set of entertainment features facilitated by HDMI output and Kodi for multimedia playback and mobile access with the powerful Thecus mobile app, T-OnTheGo.

Units will begin shipping globally at the end of April, 2015 and we’ll also have a review of the device ready for you as soon as possible.

Thanks to Thecus for providing us with this information

Synology DS1515+ 5-Bay SMB NAS Review

Introduction


NAS devices are the perfect addition to pretty much any company, but small and mediums businesses more than anyone else. It’s a cost-effective and versatile solution to keep all your data centralized with easy to use backup mechanisms, just to name one function. Today I’m taking a closer look at the Synology DS1515+ that is a perfect NAS for any Small or Medium Business (SMB) setup with its features, functions, and performance.

The DS1515+ is a 5-bay SMB NAS, and that 5th bay comes with more benefits than most people think of right away. A four-bay unit is pretty much what we consider standard these days with its possibilities of RAID 0, 1, 5, 6 and 10. The 5th bay gives us the added safety of being able to have another hot-spare drive in our system for automatic recovery in case one of the other drives should fail. Or you could just use it for extra storage, the choice is really yours.

Synology’s DS1515+ is a premium device in its class, offering 4 Gigabit Ethernet ports that support failover and link aggregation to maximize the transfer speeds and reliability. Having four LAN ports also allow for more users to access the device at once, without the risk of package bottlenecks.

It also comes with four USB 3.0 ports to connect external storage for backups or for the added storage capacity. The USB ports also bring along added functionality for a wide array of other devices such as printers, scanners (requires 3rd party add-ons) and surveillance cameras. The two eSATA ports on the rear allow for the Synology DX513 expansion units to be used to increase the storage even further, but normal eSATA enclosures and drives work just as great when connected through them.

The front of the NAS is kept very simple and doesn’t feature much besides the drive bays, LEDs, and power button. There are no front USB connectors like we see so often on NAS devices, but they are probably more a thing for home users and not businesses. The device will be setup and will more or less have to do the rest by itself – and spoiler alert: it does.

The built-in power supply comes with an inward plug to make sure the power is safely connected, but also to allow you to move it closer to a wall or other objects without interference. This feature is mainly for a secure power connection as the fans will need room to push the hot air out and your network cables most likely prevents you from moving it closer to the wall anyway.

We see the two easy removable outtake fans in the image above. Fresh air will be pulled in through openings between the drive bays and the sides where the Synology logo acts as air vents. A clever use for the branding and it looks good every time.

The DS1515+ NAS stands firmly on its four big rubber feet that should absorb any vibrations that might occur from the spinning hard drives. The drive bays can all be locked to prevent accidental opening as well as tampering with the setup. Of course, the drive bays aren’t just hot-swap able, they’re also tool-less for 3.5-inch drives. This makes the installation and setup quite a bit easier. The NAS also supports the use of 2.5-inch drives, but they will have to be mounted in the caddies with screws.

Inside the Synology DS1515+, we find a 2.4GHz quad-core Intel Atom C2538 processor with Floating point unit and Hardware AES-NI encryption. There is plenty of power in this device to make sure that transfer speeds and performance aren’t affected, even when encryption is enabled. It comes with 2GB DDR3 1600MHz memory, but is upgradeable to 6GB without too much hassle.

The SSD cache function can speed up your transfer speeds significant and allow much faster access to hot files. You’ll easily be able to max out all four LAN ports without too much trouble. The downside is that it requires two SSDs and thereby two drive bays, but it makes a lot of sense when the expansion units are used. Another feature that administrators will love is the easy integration into almost any environment with VMware, Citrix, and Hyper-V support. It also offers the Central Management System to easy manage all the Synology devices on your network from one location.

Personal and commercial cloud integration is just as easy as anything else with the Synology DS1515+, a NAS that doesn’t seem to leave many wishes open.

Synology Unveils New 5-Bay and 8-Bay SMB NAS’

We’ve been expecting the launch for some time and some information about the two new NAS server could already be found on the official website. But now we got the final introduction to the DS1515+ 5-bay and DS1815+ 8-bay NAS designed with small and medium businesses in mind.

Built around the Intel Atom processor C2000 2.4GHz quad-core processor with Intel AES New Instructions encryption, as well as a RAM module expandable to 6 GB, these NAS models are sure to deliver the robust performance required for businesses’ mission-critical tasks, including encrypted file transfers.

The four Gigabit LAN ports supporting Link Aggregation and failover also ensure writing speeds exceeding 410 MB/s for DS1815+ and 390 MB/s for DS1515+ which is almost double that of their predecessors. Reading speeds are said to exceed 450 MB/s making them capable of handling requests from a lot of simultaneous users. The two models support Synology High Availability, taking advantage of their multiple LAN ports to ensure the highest uptime and resiliency.

Both models are of course expandable with the DX513 unit as we’re used to from Synology, which in return would allow for up to 90 and 108TB of storage respectively. Another great feature is the SSD read/write cache that allows a considerable boost in throughput while minimizing the cost per gigabyte. The SSD cache feature however requires two SSD’s and thereby 2 bays.

The two new NAS servers are certified by VMware, Citrix, and Microsoft Hyper-V To allow for a seamless integration into a company’s virtualization environment. Both devices have started shipping globally and should be available shortly.

For more information, please visit the product pages for the DS1515+ and DS1815+ on Synology’s website.

Thanks to Synology for providing us with this information

Images courtesy of Synology

Thecus Announces World’s First Windows Storage Server 2012 R2 Essentials NAS

Most NAS systems on the market are Linux-based and while they do support all the windows environment services, it might not be to every ones liking. If you’re one of those who prefer to run a Windows server on your NAS system, Thecus has you covered with their newest line of NAS servers. The new Windows-based NAS system come in three sizes, the W2000 2-bay, W4000 4-bay and the W5000 5-bay and powered by Windows Storage Server 2012 R2 Essentials.

“The Windows Storage Server 2012 R2 Essentials software allows small businesses to protect, centralize, organize, and access their data anywhere by using almost any device,” said Peter Han, Vice President of Worldwide OEM Marketing, Microsoft. “We believe offering our software on Thecus NAS devices will provide an excellent solution for those small businesses looking to protect their data while optimizing their resources with a hybrid, on premise, and cloud-connected offering.”

By running Windows Server software on a Thecus NAS, users will be able to simplify the integration of Microsoft’s cloud-based applications and services, including Microsoft Office 365 and Microsoft Azure. These new NAS offerings provide users of small and medium businesses with an affordable and flexible solution that minimizes resources spent on business operations by purchasing large-scale servers where they just aren’t needed.

The hardware is almost identical in all three models. They are based around the Intel dual-core Atom processor with 2.13GHz, have 2GB DDR3 memory and provide HDMI and VGA-out for direct display connectivity. The 4-bay model has a line-out added and the 5-bay model has the full setup for microphone, line-in and audio-out. All three models have dual Gigabit Ethernet RJ45 connections with MDI/MDI-X and WOL support.

External connection variate a bit more depending on model, as it is to be expected. The 2-bay model has two USB 2.0 and one eSATA port, the 4-bay has an additional two USB 3.0 ports and the 5-bay model has four USB 2.0 and one USB 3.0 on top of the eSATA. The boot drive is a 64GB SSD for the 2 and 4-bay models where the 5-bay model uses a 500GB SSHD instead.

The 2-bay model has the added benefit of a card reader whereas the 4 and 5-bay models have a display with control buttons for an added direct control. Another difference is the power supply, the 5-bay model has an internal 200W PSU where the two smaller models have an external power brick.

These three new Windows-based NAS’ will provide you with all the features you’re used to from your R2 server environment, but with a footprint and power consumption that is a lot smaller than you’re used to. The new models should be available throughout October where I’m sure they’ll receive a warm welcome.

Thank you Thecus for providing us with this information

Images courtesy of Thecus