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 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 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