QNAP already has a very impressive operating system for their NAS series called QTS, but they aren’t resting on that and keep on improving and adding things. The newest version, QTS 4.2, is almost ready and it is currently being beta tested. That also means that you can try it if you have a QNAP Turbo NAS.
The new QTS 4.2 adds container virtualization snapshot, multi-zone multimedia control and other exciting new features. It also comes with a revamped user interface and will provide a smarter, smoother, and more spectacular cloud experience with strong security.
“QNAP continues to break the barriers of devices, platforms and geography to bring optimized cloud experiences to business and home users alike,” said Tony Lu, product manager of QNAP, adding “We have taken the lead in incorporating cutting-edge technologies like containers, snapshots and multi-zone multimedia streaming to extend the possibilities of QNAP NAS. With QTS 4.2, users are limited only by their imaginations.”
The revamped user interface will be the first thing you notice, it has a more flat design that reduces loading times and elevates the user experience with translucent login window, frameless media viewer, and new recycle bin. Multimedia is one of the big reasons to get an NAS in the first place, as you need a place to store everything. Your QNAP NAS can now be a multi-zone multimedia system with central control media streaming to different areas from a single device via HDMI, DLNA, Chromecast, Apple TV, Bluetooth and USB devices. The revamped Photo Station provides an excellent browsing experience with gallery and management modes and enhanced sharing mechanisms. Video Station now features online subtitle search while the HD Station now supports multilanguage and multitasking with new apps including Skype, Libre Office and Plex Home Theater.
QTS 4.2 also introduces an industry-leading hybrid virtualization solution with Virtualization Station and Container Station. The upgraded Virtualization Station adopts software-defined networking concepts and brings greater benefits for flexible networking. The new Container Station exclusively integrates LXC and Docker lightweight virtualization technologies, allowing users to operate multiple isolated Linux systems on a QNAP NAS as well as downloading apps from the built-in Docker Hub Registry. The FileStation can now directly browse and transfer files between their NAS and public cloud services as well as mount folders from a remote NAS.
There are a lot more improvements such as optimized storage management and cloud backup, higher data security with 2-step verification, shared folder encryption, instant notification to mobile devices, and VPN server. If you got a compatible QNAP NAS, then the new QTS 4.2beta is surely worth to check out.