QNAP Launches New Powerful Dual-10Gbps Rack NAS’

When good isn’t good enough, then you’ll want great, and when looking for great, you can’t get past QNAP. They have just launched two new NAS series for the enterprise sector with plenty of storage capacity options, great connectivity, and strong CPUs. Perfect for enterprise users that don’t want to compromise. The two new series are the TVS-ECx80U-SAS R2 and the TS-ECx80U R2.

Both of these new NAS series feature two built-in SFP+ based 10Gbps Ethernet ports without increasing the price over the previous models without the R2 name addendum. Besides the two SFP+ connectors, the system also features four 1Gbps Ethernet ports. Overall, everything you need for an IOPS-demanding application setup such as virtualisation setups and database systems.

The TVS-ECx80U-SAS R2 series comes equipped with a powerful Intel Xeon E3-1246 v3 3.5 GHz processor and 16GB DDR3 non-ECC or 8GB DDR3 ECC RAM. A great hardware base for almost any setup. The TS-ECx80U R2 series provides models powered by an Intel Xeon E3-1246 v3 3.5 GHz processor too and these come with 4GB DDR3 ECC RAM. Further, the series offers options with an Intel Core i3 3.5 GHz processor and 8GB DDR3 non-ECC or 4GB DDR3 ECC RAM too.

There are quite a few models to choose from, in various sizes and with varying drive bays. They all have four DIMM slots, extra internal ports for caching, redundant power supplies, and much more.

Both of these new QNAP series should be available now, so all that’s left to do, is to select which one you want.

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.

QNAP Launches AMD-Powered TS-x63U Series Rackmount NAS

QNAP announced a new NAS series and this time it is built around an AMD G-Series quad-core processor, the TS-x63U Turbo NAS. These new NAS units come as 4-bay, 8-bay, and 12-bay version and can be had with single or redundant power supplies. I for one love this and am pleased to see more NAS units being built around an AMD chip, something that can be highly beneficial for many people. The new TS-x63U NAS units feature four normal Gigabit Ethernet connections as well as a single-port SFP+ network adapter that provides 10 GbE connectivity for that extra speed.

The CPU used is a 64-bit AMD Embedded G-Series quad-core 2.0GHz SoC processor and the units come with 4GB DDR3L RAM pre-installed, but you can upgrade that to 16GB if it shouldn’t be enough for your needs. The NAS units also feature AES-NI hardware encryption engine that allows unmatched sequential read performance that exceeds 780MB/s with AES 256-bit full NAS volume encryption. Without encryption, the units can perform with up to 1090MB/s sequential throughput.

The TS-X63U Turbo NAS units run the latest QTS 4.2 operating system and they’re also able to run multiple applications on Windows, Linux, Unix, and Android-based virtual machines. You can operate multiple isolated Linux systems on the NAS as well as download apps from the built-in Docker Hub Registry by using the Container Station which integrates LXC and Docker lightweight virtualisation technologies. They also allow you to simplify virtual storage management for VMware, Microsoft, and Citrix virtualization solutions.

You can also expand the units with QNAP’s 12-bay and 8-bay expansion units and add up to 24 extra drive bays on top of the ones already built-in. The new NAS units should be available as of now, so all that’s left is to pick the one that suits your needs the best.

Redundant power supply:

  • TS-463U-RP:4-bay rackmount model
  • TS-863U-RP:8-bay rackmount model
  • TS-1263U-RP:12-bay rackmount model

Single power supply:

  • TS-463U:4-bay rackmount model
  • TS-863U:8-bay rackmount model
  • TS-1263U:12-bay rackmount model

Thecus Release N8900PRO 8-Bay 2U Rackmount NAS

Thecus announced the expansion of its rackmount NAS line-up with the new N8900PRO rack-mounted NAS. The N8900PRO is built around an Intel Xeon E3-1275 quad-core processor with 3.4GHz and comes equipped with 8 GB DDR3 SDRAM. The NAS features 8 SAS and SATA compatible storage bays as well as USB 3.0 and eSATA ports and that should provide plenty of storage opportunities. The NAS also offers an AES-NI hardware encryption engine to provide enterprises with everything the need right out of the box.

The N8900PRO features redundant 500W (or more) power supplies, three Intel 82574L powered RJ45 Gigabit Ethernet ports with seven modes of link aggregation and optionally 10GbE NIC. There are six USB 2.0 and two USB 3.0 ports as well as one eSATA port. The storage is controlled by an LSI 2008 HBA card that supports eight 6Gbit SAS/SATA ports. The LSI RAID controller also brings long the rest of the RAID modes that you wouldn’t find otherwise such as 50 and 60. You don’t get that from the Intel chipset.

Thecus’ N8900PRO is also very scalable through Daisy Chaining technology and iSCSI Thin Provisioning, allowing users to achieve up to 576TB raw storage. The NAS supports all relevant filesystems such as ext3, ext4, Btrfs, and XFS with flexibility over numerous RAID volumes. It’s compatible with VMware, Microsoft, and Citrix virtualization solutions as well as Thecus Heartbeat software that allows two NAS to communicate and ensure that your data is online at all times.

Key Specifications

  • Intel Xeon E3-1275 Quad Core 3.4GHz processor
  • 8 GB DDR3 SDRAM (Expandable to 32 GB)
  • AES-NI hardware encryption engine
  • Dual DOM
  • Redundant power supply
  • 6 x USB 2.0 ports, USB 2 x 3.0 ports
  • 1 x HDMI port
  • SATA III and SAS 6G compatibility
  • Hot-swappable hard drives
  • RAID 0, 1, 5, 6, 10, 50, 60 and JBOD

Synology Releases Rackmounted NAS Scalable up to 1.4PB

If you can’t get enough storage space then Synology might have a good answer for you with their latest NAS and expansion units that together provide the biggest NAS that the company has produced so far.

The new RackStation RS18016xs+ and expansion unit RX1216sas can provide you with up to 1440 TB of raw storage using 8TB drives. That is a lot of storage right there at your disposal, but all that storage also has to be fast or it wouldn’t be of any use to anyone. The unit is capable of a performance over 3900MB/s throughput and 348K sequential IOPS in an RAID5 setup with VLAN.

The RS18016xs+ has four gigabit LAN ports as standard, but you can expand that with more gigabit or 10Gbit ports thanks to the two PCI 3.0 x8 expansion slots. You also get several USB 3.0, USB 2.0 and SAS ports.

It comes equipped with 8GB ECC RAM and is upgradable up to 32GB ECC RAM. The processor is an Intel Xeon E3 quad-core with 3.3GHz. The Both the NAS and the extension units have 12 ports for SATA or SAS drives.

Redundant power supplies and an amplitude of business features will make sure that these units perform the task they should and consistently. Synology’s DSM system also offers backup and fail-over solutions that should meet any companies needs.

Neither the NAS nor the expansion unit are cheap when you look at the price, but I honestly think it’s a fair price all things considered. The RS18016xs+ was a recommended price of £4398.00 including VAT or €4765.00 before tax and the RX1216sas will set you back £1992.00 including VAT or €2160.00 before tax.

QNAP Releases Affordable and Scalable TS-451U 4-bay Rackmount SOHO NAS

QNAP announced a new affordable 4-bay 1U rackmount NAS, the TS-451U Turbo NAS. It is built around a dual-core Intel Celeron 2.41GHz processor that delivers better multi-tasking abilities. It is designed for scalability and the storage capacity of the TS-451U can be easily expanded with expansion enclosures to meet the needs of growing data storage.

“In the entry-level rack-mountable NAS segment, we are glad to be the first NAS company to introduce the energy-efficient, 64-bit Celeron®-powered TS-451U, which is designed for budget-conscious SOHO users to store and back up data without sacrificing performance,” said Jason Hsu, product manager of QNAP. “Coupled with feature-rich business applications, QvPC Technology, Virtualization Station and 1080p video transcoding, the TS-451U delivers the best cost-effectiveness for growing business data needs.”

The TS-451U Turbo NAS comes with 1GB energy-efficient DDR3L RAM but is upgradable to 8GB. It is powerful enough to deliver up to 220 MB/s read & write speeds with dual LAN ports and it also support full NAS AES 256-bit volume encryption to ensures the safety of sensitive data. The unit supports SSD cache, all possible RAID options, RTRR, rsync, cloud storage backup and much more. You can also expand the capacity all the way to 128TB RAW capacity with an expansion unit like the UX-1200U-RP enclosure, so the future storage needs should be secured.

The QvPC technology allows you to use the system directly by plugging in a keyboard, mouse and HDMI monitor. You can access stored data, run multiple applications using Windows, Linux, UNIX, or Android-based VMs created in Virtualization Station, surf the web, or even watch videos directly from the NAS. This feature is really awesome.

TS-451U Key specifications

  • Dual-core Intel® Celeron® 2.41GHz processor (burst up to 2.58GHz) with Virtualization Technology (VT-x)
  • 1GB DDR3L RAM (expandable to 8GB)
  • 2 x Gigabit LAN ports
  • 4 x 2.5”/3.5” SATA 6Gbps hot-swappable HDD/SSD
  • 4 x USB 3.0
  • 2 x USB 2.0
  • 1 x HDMI
  • single 250W power supply
  • supporting one expansion enclosure (UX-1200U-RP or UX-800U-RP)

The new TS-451U is available now and prices start from €628,03.

Thanks to QNAP for providing us with this information

QNAP Launches High-performance TVS-x71U Series Turbo vNAS With Intel Core i7

QNAP have released a lot of new devices around the CES event, and there is more coming. They have also announced the release of the new 10GbE-ready TVS-x71U series Turbo vNAS that includes the TVS-871U-RP and TVS-1271U-RP. The new vNAS offer high performance, scalability options and a wide array of business applications to fulfill mission-critical storage needs and so much more.

The new units are available as 8 and 12-bay rack mount models and are powered by Intel Haswell CPU with options including Pentium, Core i3, Core i5 and Core i7 processors. These processors deliver high-performance with over 3,300 MB/s throughput and 162,000 IOPS for CPU-consuming tasks such as running Virtualization Station, serving large numbers of simultaneous connections, and 4K video playback and transcoding.

The come with two mSATA Flash slots for internal cache and the external scalability allows to gradually expand up to 1PB raw capacity. That is a lot of storage and of course requires multiple expansion enclosures such as the REXP-1600U-RP and REXP-1200U-RP.

“Companies require a competitive storage solution with high-performance hardware and business-ready applications to support their daily operations as well as the scalability options to ensure their growth is not hampered by lack of data storage,” said David Tsao, product manager of QNAP. “The TVS-x71U series provides the power for users to operate multiple virtual machines using QNAP Virtualization Station, edit large videos on-the-fly, and enhance their business productivity with integrated SMB features.”

QNAP’s vNAS come with the exclusive QvPC technology that allows you to run numerous VMs, multimedia transcoding, HDMI output, cloud integration and NAS connection technologies. Just attach a keyboard, mouse and monitor to the NAS and use it to run Windows, Linux, UNIX and Android-based VMs, surf the web or enjoy 4K UHD videos with up to 7.1 audio with XBMC.

Being a rack mounted unit it comes with all the needs fulfilled that businesses could need, from efficiency to security. Besides offering NAS and iSCSI-SAN unified storage solution, the new series supports VMware, Microsoft and Citrix virtualization solutions, cross-platform file sharing for Windows, Mac, and Linux/UNIX platforms, support for Windows AD, LDAP directory services and Windows ACL, and the TVS-x71U series can also act as a domain controller for Windows, and much more. The IT Management Station allows businesses to centrally manage multi-OS and multi-site IT assets. The Surveillance Station offers a professional surveillance solution with real-time monitoring, video & audio recording and playback to help secure office environments.

CPU and RAM varies in these units, but they all support both 3.5” and 2.5” SATA 6Gb/s and 3Gb/s hard drives and SSD, four Gigabit LAN port, 10GbE ready (optional purchase), two PCle expansion slot, two internal mSATA cache ports, four x USB 3.0 port and HDMI.

The new TVS-x71U series Turbo vNAS should be available now or shortly at your favourite QNAP reseller.

Thanks to QNAP for providing us with this information

Synology Introduces RackStation RS815(RP)+ and DiskStation DS2415+

Synology announced the RS815 (RP)+ and the DS2415+ NAS for Small and Medium Businesses so “businesses no longer have to decide between performance and security.” These new NAS devices are designed to provide speedy encryption, performance, and scalability on the fly.

The three new models feature an Intel Atom C2538 2.4GHz quad-core with AES-NI encryption engine, up to 6GB RAM and four Gigabit Ethernet ports with Link Aggregation and failover. The result is reading speeds exceeding 389 MB/s for the RS815+/RS815RP+ and 451 MB/s for the DS2415+, making them capable of handling requests from a great number of users simultaneously. For encrypted files, RS815+/RS815RP+ delivers 388 MB/s (11 times faster than the previous generation) while DS2415+ reaches 451 MB/s (13 times faster than its predecessor) in reading speed.

As with most Synology devices, you can expanded with the RX415 and DX1215 expansion units and all three have the SSD read/write cache that allows a considerable boost in throughput while minimizing investment. Certified by VMware, Citrix, and Microsoft Hyper-V, the three NAS servers can be seamlessly integrated into a company’s virtualization environment and act as a powerful central storage.

The new Synology RackStation RS815+, RS815RP+ and DiskStation DS2415+ are now shipping globally and should be available very soon. US customers will have to wait a little longer due to import.

Thanks to Synology for providing us with this information

Sonnet Introduces Fusion R400 RAID USB 3.0 Rackmount Enclosure

Expanding your storage doesn’t have to be hard, and that includes rack-mounted solutions. Sonnet has introduced the R400 4-bay rack mounted RAID enclosure that connects as easy as with the built-in USB 3.0 interface. This allows you to hook up more storage with a single cable, and the configuration is just as easy.

The Fusion R400 features a high-performance internal storage controller that offers five drive configuration options: RAID 5, RAID 0, RAID 10, Span, and JBOD, without requiring additional hardware or software. Drive operation and health status indications are available at a glance with multicolor LEDs and setting the RAID mode is as easy as flicking a switch.

The data transfer speed is rated up to 240MB/s reading and 230MB/s writing, but that depends on your drives and configuration. The power supply can deliver 220W, which is a lot more than is needed for a device like this. It weighs approximately 6.8 kg and comes with a one-year warranty.

The fans included are said to be quiet and temperature-controlled, generally operating at a slow speed and only speeding up when really needed. The unit is compatible with Sonnet’s line of PCIe® and ExpressCard/34 USB 3.0 host controllers and supports Mac, Windows, and Linux computers. The Fusion R400 RAID USB 3.0 (FUS-R4BR5-0TB) is available now at an MSRP of $349.

Thanks to Sonnet for providing us with this information

Image courtesy of Sonnet

Asustor Readying New AS50 and AS70 Series NAS Systems

Asustor is getting ready to release a long list of new NAS devices based on Intel Core and Bay Trail processors to cover a wider market area. The new NAS devices for the family and professional users will be the AS5002T, AS5004T, AS5008T and AS5010T. They will be based upon Intel Bay Trail series Celeron dual-core processors and features 2, 4, 8 and 10-bay respectively. The new AS50 series hasn’t been officially announced yet, but the images here show a previous exposure by VRZone.

Small to medium enterprises and power users might also find the new AS5102T, AS5104T, AS5108T, AS5110T and AS7004T models very appealing. They will be based on Intel Core i3 processors for the 70 series while the 51 models will use Intel Bay Trail again. These new models haven’t been formally introduced either.

The new 9 and 12 bay rackmount NAS models have however just been introduced, and they look like some really sweet devices for enterprise use. The AS7009RD and AS7012RD are based upon the Intel Core i3-4330 3.5GHz dual-core processor with 4MB cache. Out of the box they come with 4GB UDIMM DDR3 memory but are expandable up to 32GB over 4 modules. They feature four Gigabit Ethernet RJ45 ports for the network connections with failover and link-aggregation.

Additional external storage and devices can be connected via four USB 3.0 and two eSATA ports and maintenance can be performed via the built-in VGA and HDMI 1.4a port. The new NAS models have official support for 6TB HDDs for a total of up to 54 or 72TB storage. Redundant power supplies and two expansion slots for 10GbE or SAS Cards further increase the functionality.

The AS7009RDX and AS7012RDX feature almost the same specification as the above but are instead based upon the Intel Xeon E3-1245v3 3.4GHZ quad-core processor with 8MB cache.

All the new models use Asustor’s also new ADM 2.3 operating system to provide reliable functionality and performance. Some of the features include 2-way transfer support for Rsync, FTP, cloud (Amazon S3) and external backup systems. It includes refreshed graphics and a variety of new enterprise features such as proxy server connections, TFTP support, Windows ACL and SMB 2.0. The last one, SMB 2.0, helps to increase windows file transfers performance by 30-50% over the predecessor. Of course, the features can be expanded via the App central with functions such as mail and VPN servers, Google Drive storage, surveillance centre and much more.

The Asustor AS70R series devices are now shipping globally and come with a 3-year warranty.

Images courtesy of VRZone and Asustor

Thecus 10G NAS On Show At CES 2014

CES 2014 has been more of a quiet year for Thecus with a somewhat smaller stand to show off their systems, but this is not to say that they are not showing anything new. As you may or may not know I’ve covered a wide range of systems from Thecus, ranging from the entry level end of the market, up to some of the brands higher power models that are aimed at the SMB and enterprise markets. At this years show, we have three new systems on show alongside two older systems, namely the N5550 and N2560 that came out last year.

On the SOHO end of the NAS scale, Thecus have their latest in budget friendly options on show. The N2310 is Thecus’ first NAS to drop an Intel CPU from its specification and in its place an 800MHz AMCC processor is placed and along with 512MB of RAM, the usual array of RAID options, along with Thecus’ latest OS 6 and library of over 200 apps, this system could just turn out to be a little gem of a system. Stay tuned on this as I’m looking to get one in soon for review to see how it fares against the Intel equivalent systems.

Further along the line and moving up to the SMB and enterprise line of systems, Thecus have two systems the are making a debut at CES. These systems, namely the N8810U-G to the left and the N7710-G to the right are slightly higher spec models over the N8810U and N7710 that are also being released into the market at the same time as these two. All of these new systems pack a dual core Intel Pentium G850 2.9GHz processor, 4GB of RAM, full RAID support including JBOD, RAID 0/1/5/6/10/50 and RAID 60 on the rackmount models along with HDMI and VGA ports, free copies of Acronis True Image and McAfee Antivirus and in the case of the -G SKUS the systems come pre-installed with 10GBe network cards for ultra high speed data transfer.

Stay tuned as we still have more coverage for you from CES 2014 in Las Vegas.