QNAP Launches TDS-16489U Dual Xeon E5 Double Server

QNAP’s newest server, the TDS-16489U, is an amazing one that sets itself apart from the rest in so many ways. I want one so badly even though I have absolutely no need for this kind of power. This must be how a normal person feels when they see a Bugatti Veyron. But let us get back to the new QNAP dual server.

The TDS-16489U is a powerful dual server that’s both an application server and storage server baked into on chassis for simplicity and effectiveness. It is powered by two Intel Xeon E5 processors with 4, 6, or 8 cores each while supporting up to 1TB DDR4 2133 MHz memory with its 16 DIMM slots. These are already some impressive specs, but this is just where the fun begins.

The dual server has 16 front-accessible drive bays for 3.5-inch storage drives as well four rear-facing 2.5-inch drive bays for SSD cache. Should this not be enough, then you can expand that further by use of NVMe based PCI-Express SSDs too. The system has three SAS 12 Gb/s controllers built-in to couple it all together.

There are just as many connection options as there are storage options in the TDS-16489U. It comes with two normal Gigabit Ethernet ports as well as four SFP+ 10Gbps ports powered by an Intel XL710. Should that not be enough, then you can use the PCI-Express slots to expand with further NICs of your choice. The system supports the use of 40 Gbps cards too. It also comes with a dedicated IPMI connection besides the normal networking. The PCI-Express x16 Gen.3 slots can also be used with AMD R7 or R9 graphics cards for GPU passthrough to virtualization applications. A true one-device solution for applications, storage, and virtualization.

The TDS-16489U combines outstanding virtualization and storage technologies as an all-around dual server. With Virtualization Station and Container Station, computation and data from the guest OS and apps can be directly stored on the TDS-16489U through the internal 12Gb/s SAS interface. Coupled with Double-Take Availability to provide comprehensive high availability and disaster recovery, backup virtual machines can support failover for the primary systems on the TDS-16489U whenever needed to enable data protection and continuous services. QNAP Virtualization Station is a virtualization platform based on KVM (Kernel Virtual Machine) infrastructure. By sharing the Linux kernel, GPU passthrough, virtual switches, VM import/export, snapshot, backup & restoration, SSD cache acceleration and tiered storage.

“Software frameworks for Big Data management and analysis like Apache Hadoop or Apache Spark can be easily operated on the TDS-16489U using virtual machines or containerized apps, and with Qtier Technology for Auto Tiering the TDS-16489U empowers Big Data computing and provides efficient storage in one box to help businesses gain further insights, opportunities and values,” said David Tsao, Product Manager of QNAP.

With all the above, we shouldn’t forget that it still also runs QNAP’s QTS 4.2 operating system that provides everything you know and love from that. Included is the comprehensive virtualization applications that we’ve also seen on our consumer models, but this is where you truly can take advantage of what QNAP created and run multiple Windows, Linux, Unix, and Android-based virtual machines on your NAS. All the backup solutions and failover, from local to other NAS or the cloud. You can do it all. Share files to basically any device anywhere is made as easy as possible.

Should you still not have enough storage in this impressive unit, then you can expand with up to 8 of the QNAP enclosures and reach a seriously impressive 1152 TB raw storage capacity controlled by this single 3U server unit. The CPU power, dual system capabilities, virtualization options and impressive storage option will let you deploy an impressive system with a very tiny size and total cost of ownership compared to traditional setups.

Key Specifications

  • 16-bay, 3U rackmount unit
  • 2 x Intel Xeon E5-2600 v3 Family processor (with 4-core, 6-core and 8-core configurations)
  • 64GB~1TB DDR4 2133MHz RDIMM/LRDIMM RAM (16 DIMM)
  • 4 x SFP+ 10GbE ports
  • hot-swappable 16 x 3.5″ SAS (12Gbps/6Gbps)/SATA (6Gbps/3Gbps) HDD or 2.5″ SAS/SATA SSD, and 4 x
  • 2.5″ SAS (12Gbps) SSD or SAS/SATA (6Gbps/3Gbps) SSD;
  • 4 x PCle slots;
  • 4 x USB 3.0 port

The new QNAP TDS-16489U dual-server is now available.

Seagate Wireless 500GB Mobile Storage Review

Introduction


Portable storage isn’t just portable storage anymore. There are many different connectors, ports and protocols that can be used and it can all be a little bit confusing at times. Especially if you want to use your storage on multiple different devices at once. Seagate has created the Wireless 500GB Mobile Storage drive for this and it comes with both USB and WiFi capabilities.

With 500GB of storage at your disposal, the Seagate Wireless Mobile Storage allows you to bring along hundreds of movies or thousands of songs, photos, and other files. You can simply stream them via WiFi to your smartphone, tablet or even Smart TV.

There is no need for wires or internet connections, the Seagate Wireless Mobile Storage has a built in hotspot that allows you to connect directly to it – but you can also connect it with the included USB 2.0 cable and microUSB port on the drive.

With 500GB of capacity and a battery that lasts up to 6 hours, the Wireless is as mobile as you are and should last just as long as any mobile device playing movies. Don’t worry about maxing out device capacity or your data usage plan when it’s all in your pocket.

Up to three people can connect to the Seagate Wireless at once and it is compatible with almost any device: Android, Windows 8, iOS, AirPlay, LG Smart TVs, Chromecast, Roku and Kindle fire among others.

The Seagate Wireless even has the ability to automatic backup new files on your device so you always have a safe copy and you can also connect it to the Seagate services.

Pick the colour of your choice, the Seagate Wireless doesn’t just come in a boring black or white scheme, although those are available as well. You can get the drive in black, white, blue, red and green – or get them all to match whatever outfit you might be wearing that day.

Specifications

  • Capacity: 500GB
  • Interface: WiFi, USB 2.0
  • Dimensions:  125.36mm / 125.36mm / 24.5mm (W/H/D)
  • Weight: 281g
  • Warranty: 2-year limited warranty

Toshiba Announced Third Generation FlashAir III Wireless SD Card

Toshiba has introduced the FlashAir III Wireless SD Card, a third-generation memory card that serves as its own wireless LAN access point.

The built-in wireless chip allows for your internet connection to pass through, so you don’t have to make a choice whether you want to transfer images from your card or browse the web. Both is possible at the same time. And even when you don’t have a wireless access point within reach, such as your router, the SD Card acts as its own hotspot for you.

“We understand how important it is for consumers to share their photo and video memories with family and friends,” said Maciek Brzeski, Vice President, Branded Storage, Toshiba America Information Systems, Inc. “We have eliminated the cumbersome task of uploading pictures via a USB cord so users can effortlessly share and manage their files, leaving more time for what’s important.”

The new FlashAir III Wireless SD Card is backed by a five-year limited warranty and will be available for purchase in March for an MSRP of $79.99 for 16GB and $99.99 for 32GB. Toshiba also offers a free FlashAir mobile app that makes it easy to share via iOS and Android-based devices.

Thanks to Toshiba for providing us with this information