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, Orbweb.me. 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.

Thecus Adds a Plus to the N2810 with Better CPU and Double RAM

Thecus already released a mighty NAS with the N2810, but that doesn’t mean that it can’t be improved upon. The new version is called the N2810PLUS and it comes with a better CPU and double the RAM. Both are things that are hard to argue with and a welcome addition to Thecus’ lineup.

The N2810PLUS comes equipped with 4GB DDR3 memory over the 2GB in the N2810 and the slightly faster Intel Celeron N3150 quad-core processor. The previous model used the N3050 processor, so it is only a small bump. Still, every little helps and can make the difference for a smooth experience.

The N2810 and N2810PLUS NAS’ support 4K video output via the built-in HDMI port and this is one of the areas where this upgrade should make a difference. The added memory, which most likely also makes it dual-channel over a single-channel setup now, will provide a much smoother display of high-resolution content. The addition of two more CPU cores will no doubt also help with this and any other task.

The NAS is designed for easy hard drive installation and with a focus on reliability. It can act as a full multimedia centre that supports AirPlay, DLNA, and much more – on top of the direct 4K playback. Two LAN ports provide the user with 7 modes of link aggregation and the three USB 3.0 ports deliver high data speeds for portable storage.

It also comes with the latest version of Thecus operating system, ThecusOS 7.0, that provides an optimized and feature-rich platform with an intuitive user interface and easy navigation. Key new features include Photo Station, Thecus App Center, and File Center. ThecusOS 7.0 delivers significant advancements in productivity, flexibility, and performance.

The new N2810PLUS edition NAS will begin shipping globally today, so it should be at your local Thecus dealer very shortly.

Thecus N2810 2-Bay 4K Capable SMB NAS Review

Introduction


Today’s review is a little bit special as I don’t just get the chance to test one of the newest NAS on the market, but also a new operating system at the same time. Thecus N2810 2-bay SMB multimedia NAS server with 4K playback is in the testing area and it comes with Thecus’ brand new ThecusOS 7.0.

Thecus N2810 NAS is powered by an Intel Celeron N3050 Braswell dual-core processor with 1.6GHz base clock and a 2.16GHz burst speed. This is a great processor for NAS usage as it’s both powerful and energy-efficient. On top of that, the N2810 supports hardware AES 256-bit encryption for that extra layer of security without impacting performance the way a software solution will. This is backed by 2GB DDR3 memory, but you can upgrade the system to a maximum of 8GB DDR3 RAM should you require more. The standard 2GB should still be plenty for normal usage scenarios and seamless 4K media playback.

Thecus opted for a full USB 3.0 setup which is a nice thing to see. Thanks to the USB bus’ compatibility you can easily use legacy devices while having maximum speed on your modern equipment such as high-end flash drives and external SSDs. There are two USB 3.0 ports on the rear and one on the front. The front port also features a convenient one-touch copy button that allows you to copy content to or from a USB drive with a single press of the button.

The two RJ45 Gigabit Ethernet ports on the N2810 support 10/100/1000 BASE-TX Auto MDI/MDI-X and Wake-on-LAN. You can naturally also set them up for link aggregation and Thecus allows you to set all seven modes: Load balance, Failover, 802.3ad, Balance-XOR, Balance-TLB, Balance-ALB, and Broadcast.

There is also the HDMI port for direct playback on your TV or monitor without the need for any other device at all. This is a feature we see more and more on modern NAS devices and it is one that I really love. While streaming is great, a direct connection allows for higher compatibility with formats and there are fewer points of failure or lag on the way. That said, the Thecus N2810 has absolutely no trouble streaming either, but we’ll get to that later.

Keen eyes will already have spotted the serial UART port too and that isn’t something that we usually see on NAS devices, it is however an awesome feature. We sometimes find the port on the PCB, but rarely on the device itself. UART stands for Universal Asynchronous Receiver/Transmitter and is part of the serial communication protocol.

The N2810 is the first Thecus NAS to run the completely new ThecusOS 7.0 operating system and user interface. The refreshed OS offers an easy to use and intuitive user interface and quite a lot of new features over the previous OS including the new Photo Station, Thecus App Center with over 700 apps, and user profiles. Besides the design and feature improvements, it also got a push in regards to the performance where it gets even more out of your hardware.

The N2810 steps up to the challenges that 4K playback creates and provides a robust hardware platform that is able to handle multiple tasks with ease. The built-in HDMI port allows you to transform the NAS into a multimedia hub by connecting it directly to your TV or media center to utilize the power of KODI. There are plenty of streaming options too with basic DLNA as well as Plex Media Server that can stream to your consoles with ease. The server can also automatically assemble iTunes, iPhoto, and Aperture content. Apple TV and Chromecast are both supported too, completing the circle of media abilities.

The N2810 is an SMB NAS and as such comes with a comprehensive list of enterprise-oriented features too, although none of them are limited to firms and enterprises, home users can take equal advantage of them. The Thecus System Failover feature is a fault tolerance process that creates mirrored data volumes. With at least two Thecus NAS available, data is copied by schedule and all changes are mirrored between the two NAS. While the second NAS is not visible, it communicates with the primary NAS. In the event of a power or network failure, a scheduled maintenance, or other unforeseen circumstances, System Failover automatically redirects operations to the secondary Thecus NAS, which then acts as the primary NAS.

Local failover is also achieved easily with a Thecus NAS and Snapshots. With BTRFS support, users can enjoy the simplicity of snapshot backups through BTRFS subvolumes. Snapshots of data at various time points can be manually or automatically made and just as easily later restored to rollback files or folders to previous states.

To complete the backup and failover abilities, the N2810 comes bundled with Acronis Backup Software that can backup all your data to the NAS with a single click as well as local backups and Time Machine support. Real-time remote replication (Rsync) is naturally also supported and it is one of the easiest to use and widest available backup methods.

Security is an important factor on a NAS, after all, it’s the device that holds all your files, memories, and data. Whether you’re an enterprise user or a home user, a virtual private network can come in very handy. The N2810 can operate as a VPN server and allow users to remotely access through a secure network.

Thecus also added Intel Security to the package that gives you an active defense against viruses that might have made it onto your NAS. The software protects you by scanning the files on your NAS and defending it against possible threats. Intel Security is the world’s largest dedicated security technology company and Thecus users will be able to benefit from Intel Security’s powerful software on their NAS entirely for free.

With the Thecus N2810, it is also an easy task to set up your own personal cloud service that will work with mobile iOS and Android devices with the use of Thecus’ T-OnTheGo app and your PCs. The mobile app enables users to access, copy, stream, and edit any data between their NAS and mobile device. Your own personal cloud, available from anywhere with internet access. The access from anywhere is made as easy as it could be thanks to the built-in DDNS feature that will give your NAS a name rather than a difficult to remember and mostly changing IP address.

You can also reverse the whole thing and use the public cloud systems together with the N2810 NAS. The system will work with DropBox, Amazon S3, and ElephantDrive cloud backup functionality. Guard your data with RAID at home and an additional level of protection in the Cloud. Just drag and drop files into the folder on your NAS and access them on any computer or mobile device with DropBox, Amazon S3 or ElephantDrive.

With currently available hard disk drives you get up to 8TB in the consumer sector and 10TB in the enterprise sector. With two drive bays at your disposal, that’s already a lot of storage and you can take maximum advantage of this storage thanks to iSCSI and the efficiency of iSCSI thin provisioning. Connect through iSCSI for the fastest data transfer speeds available and make wasted disk space a thing of the past with thin provisioning’s flexible storage functionality.

Feature Highlights

  • Embedded with Intel Celeron N3050 Dual Core CPU
  • Running on the newly-designed and enhanced ThecusOS 7.0
  • Seamless 4K Multimedia Playback
  • Uninterrupted Accessibility with Thecus System Failover
  • Secure Remote Access with Virtual Private Network (VPN)
  • Faster Transfers: 2 LAN Ports for Link Aggregation
  • 99% Virus Prevention: Bundled with Free Intel Security
  • Complete Client Side Protection: Bundled with Free Acronis Software

Packaging and Accessories

Thecus packed the N2810 in a beautiful box that clearly shows the intended usage, as a 4K capable multimedia center.

The rear of the box continues the beautiful full-colour wrapping with the feature highlights. There’s no doubt that you have a premium device in your hands when you look at the package.

It continues on the sides where the brand new Thecus OS 7 is presented on one side.

The second side reveals the hardware specifications, device size,  and package content.

Inside the product is a quick installation guide and a product disk as well as the warranty card and product notes.

Besides the manuals and the NAS itself, there is also a power adapter with connection cord, two sets of drive tray keys, an RJ45 LAN cable, and a security latch for the power cable that can prevent accidental removal.

Orbweb.me Now Also Supported on All Thecus Linux NAS’

It has been a little over half a year since Thecus introduced the support for Orbweb.me on their WSS-based NAS’. That was so successful that the support now has been extended to all of Thecus’ Linux-based NAS’ too. Whether you run the older Thecus OS 5.0 or the recently released Thecus OS 7.0, you can now have easy access to your NAS and everything that’s connected to it from anywhere.

Some might say, I already have access to it all from everywhere, that’s the point of a NAS. But the ease of which you have access to it, how easy it is to use, and the security behind it isn’t always the same. The Orbweb.me application brings a new remote access experience to Thecus Linux NAS from any web browsers such as Chrome, Internet Explorer or Firefox as well as mobile devices powered by iOS and Android.

Orbweb.me is a P2P (Peer To Peer) module that allows users to easily view, stream and manage files in their NAS anytime and anywhere. Best of all, you don’t need to know your IP address and it works well over shared connections too.

Orbweb4.0 offers several features including webcam monitoring with timeline view and snapshot. All these features further increase Thecus NAS functionality. The Orbweb.me application is also available to download for any windows PC in its basic version, but because of the partnership between Thecus and Orbweb, Thecus NAS include a subscription for the Orbweb.me Ultimate Version that otherwise require an annual $69.99 subscription fee.

Thecus NAS uses an arsenal of security protocols and features to maintain user´s data safety. To prevent data from coming under attack when data is being transferred, Orbweb.me uses AES 256-bit encryption to secure all data traffic.

Thecus Announces Launch of Two New Rackmount NAS


Thecus announced the launch of two new enterprise-grade NAS with 12 and 16 bays and packed with plenty of features and connectivity while running on Haswell Xeon processors. The new N12580 and N16850 offer massive scalability on top of their cross-platform file sharing, schedulable snapshots, and resilient data integrity for a working environment that won’t let your enterprise down.

The two new servers come equipped with the Intel’s Haswell Xeon E3-1231 v3 3.4GHz processor and the C224 chipset. They are equipped with 16GB DDR3 ECC RAM but support up to 32GB each. Four RJ45 LAN ports allow for plenty of connectivity and the units come with plenty of USB 2.0 and 3.0 ports too. Inside the NAS’, you’ll find an 8-lane (x1) or 4-lane (x2) and 1-lane (x1) PCI-E slot for further expansions. All that coupled together should make the N12850 and N16850 deliver lightning fast, persistent throughput speeds while offering the requirements necessary to efficiently complete CPU-consuming tasks and serves more concurrent tasks at the same time.

“Businesses today are seeking a NAS system that can best handle the demanding day-to-day high storage needs that occur in the workplace. Our new enterprise-class N12850 and N16850 NAS series are the solution. With advanced data protection and integrity mechanisms, these rackmounts NAS provide the ideal choice for storing a business’s crucial data.” said Florence Shih, CEO of Thecus Technology Corp.

With native support for both SAS and SATA drives, users can experience the superior storage performance of 12G SAS and 6G SATA drives for a flexible storage environment. These new models are 10GbE ready and support High Availability for system redundancy. The units also deploy Daisy Chaining via SAS technology which offers connections to four additional D16000 units, allowing users to reach storage capacities of up to 640TB. Impressive.

These new units also come with some new features which include Virtualization, Volume encryption, Free Intel Security, Thecus App Center and User Profiles. This new enterprise series delivers significant improvements in design, performance, and user experience.

Key Specifications

  • Intel Haswell XEON processor
  • 16GB DDR3 ECC RAM
  • AES-NI hardware encryption engine
  • Redundant power supply
  • 4 x USB 2.0 ports, USB 2 x 3.0 ports
  • 1 x VGA port
  • 6G SATA and SAS 12G compatibility
  • Hot-swappable hard drives
  • RAID 0, 1, 5, 6, 10, 50, 60 and JBOD

The new Thecus N16850 and N12850 servers are expected to begin shipping globally in April, so that will be very soon and the wait won’t be long.

Thecus Announces N2810 2-Bay NAS with 4K Support

With the advances in storage capacity on our drives, more and more people realise that a 2-bay NAS actually is enough for most people. With 8TB drives, you can have up to 16TB raw capacity or 8TB in a mirrored RAID setup, which honestly is plenty for most people. And storage doesn’t even have to be expensive. For example, you can get the 8TB Seagate Archive HDD for just £157.02. With that in mind, it’s time to take a look at Thecus’ newest family member, the N2810 2-bay NAS that is equipped with the newest generation Braswell CPU, supports encryption, and also 4K playback and transcoding.

Thecus new N2810 is using the Intel Braswell N3050 dual-core processor that has a base clock speed of 1.6GHz and a burst speed up to 2.16GHz. It also comes equipped with 2GB DDR3 ram that allows you to run a lot more at once from this device than a lot of other ones. N2810 also supports AES-NI encryption engine for increased performance and enhanced security. The memory is expandable all the way up to 8GB, in case the included 2GB shouldn’t be enough for you. It should however easily be enough for plenty of multitasking and seamless 4K playback.

The NAS has plenty of connection options with three USB 3.0 ports for maximized transfer speeds on externally connected storage as well as two LAN ports that allow for 7 modes of link aggregation. The N2810 is also equipped with an HDMI port for local playback and supports USB devices, Apple TV, and Chromecast. More traditional media apps such as Kodi (formerly known as XMBC) and Plex further increase the rich multimedia offering.

Thecus bundles both Intel Security and Acronis backup solutions with the N2810 to give an even bigger peace of mind when it comes to the security of your files as well as the device itself. Should local security and backup not be enough, then the N2810 also supports DropBox, Amazon S3, and ElephantDrive. There is also an app store with over 700 free apps and user profiles for Thecus OS 7.0.

The drive trays are lockable to prevent accidental ejection as well as keep people with long fingers away from your drives. The front USB 3.0 port comes with a one-touch copy button for easy backups to and from external drives.

“The N2810 steps up to the challenges that 4K playback creates and provides a robust hardware platform that is able to handle multiple tasks with ease,” said Florence Shih, CEO at Thecus Technology Corp. “With the recent development of our newest operating system, ThecusOS 7.0, we are elated to announce that the N2810 will be the first Thecus NAS to be released with the new software.”

The new Thecus N2810 NAS will begin shipping globally in February. Since we now know that the N2810 will ship in February and come with the brand new Thecus OS 7.0, we know also have a time frame on the OS and can expect it to be rolled out to other Thecus NAS around the same time or shortly after.

Thecus Working Hard on ThecusOS 7.0 and Demo Available

Next to the hardware itself and the build quality, the operating system is the vital factor in a NAS and it is what gives it the features and functionality that it has. Thecus has been hard at work on a new version and the public beta demo is now available for everyone to test on Thecus’ own website.

Previously ThecusOS has been more traditional than others when it comes to the user interface design, but the new ThecusOS 7.0 mixes that up quite a bit with a modern and fresh user interface that resembles a desktop more than a web page. The new OS has been designed on a 64-bit architecture in order to get the most out of the hardware as well as offer the best possible features. The new ThecusOS 7.0 is also fully compliant with HTML5 which should ensure browser compatibility for a long time. It is also nice to see companies embracing the new standards and making a switch from old to new.

The new operating system doesn’t just provide improvements in design and user experience, it also speeds everything up with some extra performance. Thanks to Thecus, I’ve already had the pleasure to test the beta locally on the Thecus N5810pro NAS and despite not being done, it’s already pretty awesome.

One of the new features in ThecusOS 7.0 is the integration of the File Center feature that provides you with a centralized portal to manage your data. Sharing your files with friends has also been made a lot easier through URL and QR code usage that also can be password protected for limited sharing. The addition of SSD cache is also a welcome feature that provides an overall increased performance and efficiency to the system.

ThecusOS 7.0 also got a boost in the multimedia capabilities and will be able to stream to DLNA, Apple TV, Chromecast and similar devices next to the HDMI, VGA, and USB device options depending on NAS model. The new Photo Station will give users a convenient and centralized hub to upload, store, browse and share their images and photos.

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.

Thecus N7770-10G Elite-Class Business 7-Bay NAS Review

Introduction


Today’s review is a real pleasure for me as I get to take a closer look and test an elite class business NAS with built-in 10GbE and high availability function. I got Thecus’ N7770-10G 7-bay business NAS on the table and I’m going to give it thorough testing to show you just how amazing it is.

When I review consumer class NAS devices, I often talk about how they are suited for all sorts of media and streaming needs as that is the main focus for that group. The Thecus N7770-10G does all this too and it does it great, but it isn’t what it was designed for. This is a business class NAS and as such it needs a whole other set of features and functionality. You get a complete backup solution that includes the use of external devices, cloud backup, snapshots, and client backup as well as total security thanks to Intel Security Antivirus, AES 256-bit encryption, and VPN server functionality. The N7770-10G still provides all the mobile connectivity and media streaming capabilities as well as centralized authentication control.

The Thecus N7770-10G NAS isn’t built around a low-power ARM or Intel Celeron CPU, instead it’s built with a full Intel Core i3-2120 dual-core processor that has a base clock speed of 3.3GHz. To go with that CPU, you get 8GB DDR3 ECC memory that is expandable all the way to 32GB, dual Gigabit Ethernet, 10GbE card pre-installed, and 7 drive bays for a lot of raw storage.

It is my personal opinion that we have been stuck at 1Gbps ethernet connections for way too long. While we had the ability to link those together to achieve better connections, it is old by now and today’s needs also increase the need for better connectivity. In that regard, I’m glad to see Thecus having this model with an included 10GbE adapter, making it ready for the step into the next speed category. It still features two Intel 82574L Gigabit Ethernet connections too, which you naturally all can link aggregate and trunk. Further, you get a total of six USB 2.0 ports where two of them are on the front and two USB 3.0 ports on the rear. The HDMI port further allows you to turn your NAS into the ultimate multimedia hub by connecting the NAS directly to your TV or monitor.

The N7770-10G supports RAID 0, 1, 5, 6 10, 50 and JBOD modes besides single disk usage. You can create multiple RAID volumes with different modes, only limited by the amount of drives you have available for the pool. Should a hard drive malfunction occur, changing one is simple thanks to online RAID migration and expansion, hot spare, and auto rebuild. You can also pick which filesystem you prefer as the N7770-10G supports EXT3, EXT4, Btrfs and XFS for increased flexibility and ability to suit many different types of environments. Users can simultaneously use different file systems across multiple RAID volumes to get the best of each one.

iSCSI Thin-Provisioning is a thing that many people still read past as they don’t really know what it is, but it is well worth getting the handle on, as you can manage your storage better and get better speeds. Connect through iSCSI for the fastest data transfer speeds available and make wasted disk space a thing of the past with thin provisioning’s flexible storage functionality. Windows Server, NT, and XP users will need to download the iSCIC initiator from Microsoft, but Windows 7, 8, and 10 users, for example, have it built right into the OS. If in doubt, just search for iSCSI from your Windows start menu search.

Two awesome features in Thecus NAS’ that often are overlooked, are the Disk Clone and Disk Wipe functions. Both can be extremely useful for both business and home users. The Disk Clone features allows you to copy the entire contents of a disk to one or many other disks while the Disk Wipe function allows you to permanently destroy a volumes data.

Business data is sensitive data and sensitive data needs to be protected. Thecus N7770-10G offers AES 256-bit RAID volume encryption that allows you to fully encrypt the entire RAID volume. Sensitive data also has to be sent and received with the proper security, for this you can set up the VPN server. It allows users to remotely access a secure network with the equipment already at hand.

Data Guard backup solution is the ultimate software as it provides both local and remote parts. Currently, data is backed up across RAID volumes and external drives. In addition, Data Guard uses innovative technology to sync data across the network to other NAS and servers. It makes managing NAS user-friendly and convenient. But there are many ways to backup your data and the Thecus N7770-10G pretty much supports them all.

With BTRFS support, users can enjoy the simplicity of snapshot backups. Snapshots of data at various time points can be manually or automatically made and just as easily later restored to rollback files or folders to previous states. Rsync is probably the most common used technique and Thecus supports this too. It gives great flexibility with remote backup capability, a flexible scheduler, and the stability of Linux-based transfer.

You can easily create your own cloud solution with the Thecus N7770-10G, but that doesn’t mean that the existing cloud providers should be counted out. There can be many reasons to use these services and Thecus supportsDropBox, Amazon S3, and ElephantDrive cloud backup functionality. The best here is that it is as easy to use and setup as all the normal and local sharing functions.

Data Burn is another great feature that comes in line with the previous mentioned Disk Clone and Disk Wipe features. With Data Burn, you can connect a CD, DVD, or Blue-ray burner and create physical optical backups of your data. In addition, it also supports burning of ISO image files instead. You can of course also use a connected optical drive to easily backup the data to your NAS.

When you buy a Thecus NAS like this, you also get a few extra software pieces that are well worth having. The hardware in itself is solid quality while failovers and redundancies are available for almost all systems. But you also need to protect your files and an Antivirus software is perfect for this. Thecus partnered with McAfee and includes their award-winning software for free.

Acronis True Image is also included for free and it is one of the easiest ways to manage your backups, I use it quite often on both a personal level and for my reviews setups. It is one of the easiest pieces of backup software available with a long set of functions and One-click protection setups.

Keeping an eye on the NAS while you’re on the go isn’t a problem either thanks to iOS and Android connectivity. With T-OnTheGo and the T-Dashboard, you can manage your NAS, and upload to and download/stream from your NAS using an iOS or Android device on the go.

Feature Highlights

  • Intel Core i3-2120 (3.3.GHz Dual Core) processor
  • 8 GB DDR3 ECC Memory (Expandable to 32 GB)
  • 10GbE card included
  • 1 x HDMI port
  • Hot-swappable hard drives
  • RAID 0, 1, 5, 6, 10, 50, and JBOD

Packaging and Accessories

The front and the back of the box look the same, and it looks stunning. There is no doubt looking at the package that we’re dealing with a premium NAS. The feature highlights as well as the NAS itself are shown clearly and easy to spot.

The side of the box goes more into detail on the specifications and package content. This is also where it will be marked what market it is intended for, which really only comes down to what power cable is included.

The other side shows the feature highlights and how it can be useful in pretty much any scenario. As the box says, A NAS for every need.

Inside the box we find a power cable for our region, a single RJ45 ethernet cable, four keys for the drive trays, screws for seven 3.5-inch drives and screws for seven 2.5-inch drives as well as a utilities disk, warranty card, and quick installation guide.

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 Adds System Failover Feature in Firmware Update For ThecusOS 5.0

Network attached storage is great and with plenty of bays and drive arrays you can build yourself a system with great redundancy, but that is little good if the power or network connection goes out on the NAS. When such a scenario happens, you’ll need an active failover feature and that is just what Thecus added with a firmware update for the ThecusOS 5.0.

By utilizing System Failover, users will be able to create data, network, and system redundancy and thereby minimize disruptions in the workflow. The Thecus System Failover feature is a fault tolerance process that creates mirrored data volumes. With at least two Thecus NAS available, data is copied by schedule and all changes are mirrored between the two NAS systems. While the second NAS is not visible, it communicates with the primary NAS and takes over to become the primary NAS in the event of a power or network failure, a scheduled maintenance, or other unforeseen circumstances.

This new feature isn’t just for large companies, small and medium businesses rely more and more on their storage and any downtime is critical. With two Thecus NAS systems, you get a great redundancy at a fairly low price.

System Failover is available now on the following Thecus NAS models:

  • N16000, N12000, N16000PRO, N12000PRO, N16000V, N12000V, N8900V, N8900PRO, N8900
  • N6850, N8850, N10850
  • N7710, N7710-G, N7770-10G, N8810U, N8810U-G, N8880U-10G, N7700PROV2, N8800PROV2
  • N2800, N4510U, N4510UPRO, N4800, N4800ECO, N5550, N5810PRO, N7510

Thecus Adds Seagate 8TB Enterprise HDDs to Official Compatibility List

Thecus announced the addition of Seagate’s impressive 8TB Enterprise 3.5-inch hard disk drives to its official compatibility list. By incorporating Seagate’s 8TB HDD, Thecus NAS users will be able to maximize storage capacity while experiencing enhanced performance and reliability.

Hard drives aren’t just hard drives and there is a lot of difference in them and it’s quite important to pick one that is suited for your task, especially when your dealing with mission critical data. The Seagate 8TB Enterprise HDDs boast the industry’s best response times and are on their own over 100% faster than their own previous generation. These drives are naturally designed to support 24/7 performance and can stand up to a workload of 550TB per year. Other advanced technologies including PowerBalance, PowerChoice, and Raid Rebuilt enables users to customize their big data requirements and optimize TCO.

“Providing compatibility to new, cutting-edge technologies is essential to Thecus and allows users to utilize the best the industry has to offer with their Thecus NAS,” said Florence Shih, CEO at Thecus Technology Corp. “Pairing the 8TB Seagate Enterprise 3.5 Hard Drives with Thecus NAS empower organizations using big data with a reliable, high-capacity storage solution.”

The drives are available as both SAS 12Gbps, SAS 6Gbps, and SATA 6Gbps versions, allowing you to make the right choice depending on what Thecus NAS you might be running. You can check out the full compatibility list for your Thecus model on the official website.

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 Orbweb.me 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 Orbweb.me Ultimate Version. Mobile versions can be downloaded from Google Play and the iOS App Store while the latest PC version can be found on https://orbweb.me/. It is to be noted that the Windows version requires Java.

 

Thecus Launches Next Generation N7770-10G and N8880U-10G NAS

Thecus is at it again and has released two new NAS units, the N7770-10G 7-bay desktop NAS and the N8880U-10G 8-bay rack mounted 2U NAS. Both NAS are almost identical on the insides, so it basically comes down to the environment of operation when deciding which of the two to pick. The newest additions to Thecus’ line of SMB/Enterprise NAS deliver high-performance, resilience, and a wide range of solutions to handle the rigorous and mission-critical storage needs of businesses.

The two new Thecus NAS are both equipped with the Intel Core-i3 2120 Processor with a clock speed of 3.3GHz and 8GB DDR3 ECC memory. You’ll get two RJ45 Gigabit Ethernet ports and on top of that you’ll find a 10GBASE-T C10GTR Ethernet Network card installed for that extra bandwidth need. Local ports further include six USB 2.0 and two USB 3.0 ports, a HDMI port, and VGA D-Sub port. Both units also come with a status display with four control buttons.

The N7770-10G unit comes with a single 300W power supply, which should be more than enough to drive a machine of this kind. On the other hand, The N8880-10G has a redundant setup with two 400W power supplies. The N8880-10G, being a rack mounted system, also supports hot-swapping of fans next to the hot swapping of drives that all NAS can do.

The new N7770-10G and N8880-10G NAS units from Thecus are designed as a cost-effective and scalable solution. These 10G-enabled NAS are compatible with the latest high capacity SATA drives and NAS stacking is made easy through iSCSI target volumes.

Availability without interruption is a critical factor in many companies, every minute a unit like this is down could cost a lot of money. In order to prevent server downtime, the N7770-10G and N8880U-10G support High Availability (HA). In HA, two Thecus NAS are continuously synced using Heartbeat software while providing any number of its wide range of services including web hosting, file sharing, central storage, and iSCSI virtualization. If one NAS experiences issues, the other NAS will take over operations until the first is operational at which time the master NAS will be automatically resynced and brought back under the umbrella of full HA protection.

There are plenty of other backup solutions as well, such as B-tree file system (btrfs). Disaster recovery solutions include Data Guard for real-time remote or local backup, bundled Acronis True Image for client data backup and system disaster recovery, and backup to cloud services including DropBox, ElephantDrive, and Amazon S3.The 10G NAS are also bundled with Intel Security for uncompromising data security.

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

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.

Thecus NAS Adds Extra Security With VPN Server Support

VPN services are becoming very attractive with needs for networking capabilities expanding. You might be working away from the office but still need a secure connection and VPN’s solve just that. Likewise, users away from home can safely connect to the local home network while they’re on the road.

Thecus has just announced support for VPN servers on all Thecus NAS running ThecusOS 5. You can now easily turn your Thecus NAS into a WPN server where users with authorization to the NAS will have secure remote access to resources shared within your local area network where the NAS is located.

The Thecus NAS devices utilize the L2TP VPN protocol which is an extension of the Point-to-Point Tunneling Protocol (PPTP). L2TP combines the features of PPTP and L2f to generate a hybrid protocol and take advantages of the best of both worlds. This allows for advanced encryption and certification and can provide a secure connection for Thecus owners.

If you’re already running a VPN server on another machine, then you don’t need to worry or switch. You can also turn your Thecus NAS into a VPN client and join any existing Virtual Private Network server via PPTP.

The VPN Server support is now available on all Thecus NAS running ThecusOS 5. VPN Server and VPN Client User Manual can be found on Thecus website.

Thecus NAS Enhances Multimedia Features with KODI

XMBC entertainment center was originally built for the hacker-friendly Xbox and last year they broke away from that naming. It has long been the go-to media player for HTPC builders and to show the change in direction the app was taking the developers decided it needed a new name. Now it is called KODI but it is essentially just the next version of XMBC.

It is still a great update and Thecus NAS is now onboard with that app as well. It wasn’t like the Thecus NAS servers were lacking multimedia functionality in any way, even sporting VLC as we saw in our Thecus N5810 Pro review a little while ago.

The Thecus NAS servers with HDMI output now support KODI and you can install it directly from the app central. Connect the NAS to your TV or monitor with an HDMI cable and enjoy all those stored moment directly. I’ve recently made the switch to an NAS with direct output and it is amazing. I love it every day and have since repurposed my HTPC into another job.

Kodi is supported by the following Thecus NAS models:

  • N16000PRO, N12000PRO, N8900
  • N6850, N8850, N10850
  • N7710, N7710-G, N8810, N8810-G
  • N5810PRO

To install KODI, you’ll need Firmware 2.05.08. You can also read up on KODI and Thecus on their own if you’d like to know more.

Thecus Demonstrates Their Newest NAS’ at Computex 2015

Computex 2015 – Thecus makes some amazing NAS units and we’ve also stopped by their booth at Computex to check out what news they might have in the bags.

On display is everything from high-end enterprise rack-servers such as the N16850, W16000, and N8880U-G units as well as the newest bay-trail based Windows Storage NAS.

The N16850 packs quite the punch, starting with the Intel Haswell Xeon E-3 CPU running at 3.1GHZ. It also comes packed with 8GB ECC RAM and is upgradeable up to 32GB.

Redundant power supply with 80 Plus certification, plenty of network connections and PCIe expansion slots are all available in this amazing NAS unit.


Thecus also brought along the N7770-G and N880U-G units that differentiate between being tower and rack units. They are powered by an Intel Core i3 CPU, come with 43GB ECC memory and support Real-time remote replications as well as 7 modes of Link Aggregation. Thecus also added 10Gb Ethernet to these units as well as bundled them with Acronis  True Image and Intel Security.

Last but not least, Thecus also showcased what on the first glance looks like N4310 that we reviewed not long ago. But it is in fact a brand new unit that just uses the same type of enclosure. The W4100 is a Bay-Trail based unit running Windows Storage Server 2012 R2 Essentials.

Thecus also brought the new N5810Pro unit along and that is something just a little special. We’ve already had it in for a review in case you want to check out the details on that amazing 5-bay NAS with 5 LAN ports and built-in UPS.

Thecus Tease Us With New NAS Units for Computex

As so many companies right now, Thecus is getting ready to show off their latest development, ideas, and solutions at Computex in Taipei next month.

“Computex provides a great venue for us unveil our latest technologies and display existing products,” said Florence Shih, CEO of Thecus. “Users will be able to experience our wide range of NAS solutions for home, small/medium business, and enterprise uses.”

Among the units that they’re going to show off are their Windows-based solutions of which we already reviewed the W4000. These units make it easier than ever to incorporate Windows-based features into your network for a relative low price. Setting up your Azure or Office 365 on your SMB network has never been so easy.

But also newer units such as the recently released N5810 Pro NAS, that we also already reviewed for you. This is an amazing unit that doesn’t just add the usual enthusiast features but packs one on top with 5 LAN ports, 5 HDD trays, built-in miniUPS and HTPC function.

What got me excited is the yet promise, or tease, that they’re going to unveil and show off two new and yet unreleased SMB/Enterprise solutions including a 7-bay tower NAS and a 8-bay rackmount unit. These new NAS devices will be powered by Intel Core i3 processors, most likely Haswell, have 4GB built-in memory that is upgradeable to 32GB, and last but not least come 10G-ready.

 

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 Releases New Firmware Update for ThecusOS 5.0

Thecus just released a firmware update for the ThecusOS 5.0 software that runs on its NAS servers. The new version 2.05.08 addresses several vulnerabilities and exposures and updates some features.

The new version 2.05.08 is compatible with the following NAS servers:

  • N16000, N12000, N16000PRO, N12000PRO, N16000V, N12000V, N8900V, N8900
  • N6850, N8850, N10850
  • N7710, N7710-G, N8810, N8810-G, N7700PROV2, N8800PROV2
  • N2800, N4510U, N4510UPRO, N4800, N4800ECO, N5550, N7510

Also from the press release:

The newest version, 2.05.08, includes Disk Clone and Wipe for seamless data replication and destruction, enhanced security with VPN server and Kodi (select devices) for optimal media streaming. Also included is support for 4K native HDD, VAAI UNMAP, VPN and PPTPclient/server as well as compatibility with D-Link’s DXE-810S 10 Gigabit Ethernet SFP+ adapter.

Updates for 2efsprogs (1.42.12), Xfsprogs (3.2.2), Thecus ID wording, and Linux kernel (3.10.66) are available along with improvements for the booting process, IE browser and WD60EFRX compatibility, and Japanese UI language.

Several vulnerabilities and exposures are also addressed with the new firmware including email notification password, jumbo frame, Samba Recycle Bin and share folders, as well as several other issues that are described in the release notes included with the download.

The new firmware is now available to download direct from the Thecus website (here). As is always recommended, backup all data before updating to the new firmware to avoid any data loss.

Thecus Announced RAM Upgraded WSS NAS

It isn’t that long time ago that we had a closer look at Thecus’ amazing W4000 Windows Storage Server 2012 r2 Essentials NAS and it did really great in our review, but the 2GB RAM they come with might not be enough for everybody’s needs. And while they are RAM upgradeable, a lot of people don’t want to fiddle with it and rather buy it pre-made and eliminate the risk of incompatibility. Thecus knows that and they’ve just announced the new plus series of the three that come with 4GB DDR3 RAM from the factory, the W2000+, W4000+, and W5000+.

Thecus WSS NAS line is the first to deploy WSS 2012 R2 Essentials software and it offers enterprise-class features with a user-friendly and familiar experience. It allows users to utilize a host of Windows features including Storage Spaces, Data deduplication, and integrated cloud services such as Office 365 and Azure as well as easy administration through the Essentials Administrative Dashboard.

You won’t have to wait long for the availability of the new WSSE PLUS Edition as they will begin shipping globally in April 2015.

Thanks to Thecus for providing us with this information

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

Thecus Now Offically Supports HGST Ultrastar He8 Helium HDDs

Thecus is the latest of companies to support the amazing HGST Ultrastar He8 Helium filled hard disk drives. By incorporating these new drives with Thecus NAS, users will be able to increase storage capacity while maintaining a quieter, more energy-efficient environment.

The HGST HelioSeal drives have less internal resistance due to the helium filling which results in the lower energy usage and noise level. The 8TB drives are already available and the 10TB drives are just around the corner, what a great time to NAS’.

“Providing it’s users with the latest cutting-edge technology is at the core of Thecus’ mission,” said Florence Shih, CEO at Thecus Technology. “By integrating HGST’s 8TB hard drives with Thecus NAS, users will be able to expand their storage capacity to the highest levels. The helium-based drives provide increased performance, energy efficiency, and a lower total cost of ownership (TCO).”

Thanks to Thecus for providing us with this information

Thecus W4000 4-Bay WSS 2012 R2 NAS Review

Introduction


Most NAS devices we look at are based on some Linux or BSD distribution, but once in a while something different comes along. I’m excited to take a look at the new Thecus W4000 four-bay NAS server today, powered with Windows Storage Server 2012 R2 Essentials (WSS).

Thecus are the first to bring WSS 2012 R2 to NAS users as you might remember from our press coverage back in October. The use of a WSS system offers a host of benefits to SMB users, including data protection, integrated cloud services and secure remote access.

The integration of an NAS into Microsoft’s cloud-based applications and services, including Microsoft Office 365 and Microsoft Azure, has never been as easy before as with these new devices. The WSS NAS offerings look like they will provide users with an affordable and flexible solution with enough performance for SOHO and SMB environments.

The Thecus W4000 is based on a dual-core Intel Atom running at 2.13Ghz and it has 2GB of DDR3 RAM. The memory sadly isn’t as easy to upgrade as in some of Thecus other devices, but it is possible due to the use of standard sized SO-DIMMs.

There is plenty of connectivity options on the W4000 with two USB 3.0 ports on the front and two USB 2.0 ports, one eSATA, dual Gigabit Ethernet, a line-out, a D-Sub VGA, and a HDMI port on the back; if that shouldn’t be enough, the W4000 also has a PCIe x1 slot for add-on cards.

The features don’t stop there, as it also comes with an embedded SSD as boot drive and offers data deduplication for performance optimization, built-in automated client backup, Bitlocker drive encryption, and native NTFS support as well as online scan and repair.

Thecus have created a great looking devices with the W4000, no doubt. It looks like a NAS should, simple, yet it features a lot of minor curves and design options that break the monotonous a bit. Adding the USB 3.0 ports on the front is a smart move as it’s likely those that will be used most as ports for temporary connections while more permanent devices are connected via the rear connections.

The tower features horizontal mounted drive bays, which I believe to be better for the hard drives over time. At the top, we see the space for the OLED display and its four control buttons and on the side it has the iconized LEDs for connectivity and activity.

Thecus also added an unmentioned feature to the motherboard, an mSATA slot. It is located at the top of the motherboard and easily accessible without the need to take everything apart. The use of a standard SSD further allows you to upgrade or change drive depending on your personal needs.

Thecus Adds Orbweb.ME Personal Cloud Experience to WSS NAS

Thecus has partnered with Orbweb Inc. to include Orbweb.ME cloud enabling platform to their Windows Storage Server NAS devices. It integrates a variety of data and applications from different computers, servers, tablets, and smartphones and is a great improvement for the already impressive WSS series.

Orbweb.ME provides media streaming and webcam monitoring, and it also allows users to view, edit and transfer files. It works much in the same way as dynamic DNS providers, so you won’t need a static IP address to reach your files when away from home. Any browser such as Chrome, Firefox, or even Internet Explorer should work like a charm.

“Integrating Orbweb.ME into our SMB and Home NAS allows Thecus to introduce products and services that are unique in the market,” said Florence Shih, Chief Executive Officer of Thecus. “We are introducing the world’s first Windows Storage Server 2012 R2 Essentials NAS, and with Orbweb’s premium service, users will be able to enjoy a comprehensive personal cloud experience.”

Thanks to Thecus for providing us with this information