NETGEAR has updated the firmware on their ReadyNAS 6 units. Read on for details!
NETGEAR has updated the firmware on their ReadyNAS 6 units. Here is the changelog:
ReadyNAS OS Version 6.1.6
ReadyNAS OS V6.1.6 Release Notes:
Enhancements & Bug Fixes:
- Fixes USB device detection with certain devices or multiple hot plugs.
- Updates a few components to address security vulnerabilities.
- Optimizes filesystem behavior to avoid occasional high I/O latency.
- Optimizes filesystem block allocator for efficiency in finding free spaces.
- Reduces disk readahead size for better random performance.
- Fixes Antivirus app errors after firmware upgrade.
- Fixes SMB home directory access from trusted domain users in ADS mode.
- Updates backup manager to improve CPU resource usage.
- Accepts keyword “AUTO” in NETBIOS domain name field to auto-discover the proper value when joining domain.
- Fixes rare case of disappearing single-character files/folders in Windows AD.
- Fixes potential RAID 6 superblock update issue.
- Fixes ReadyDLNA specification compliance issues.
- Fixes Web UI authentication with usernames containing “@”.
- Fixes broken filesystem scrub progress calculation.
- Fixes possible crash during defrag of very large files in ReadyNAS 102, 104 and 2120.
- Fixes potential system hang during extreme iSCSI loads.
- Fixes access problem from Windows 8.1 clients using Microsoft accounts.
- Fixes power supply unit (PSU) status errors on RN3220 and RN4220.
Deployment Notes / Limitations:
- After deleting a volume and creating a new one the old volume may still show up until after a reboot.
- WOL will not be supported on 3220/4220 at this time for 10GbE. Use 1GbE port for WOL.
- Disk failure on the 3220 and 4220 will not show LED failure for the exact drive that has failed, use local web admin page for disk failure information.
- Deleting volume with ReadyNAS Vault enabled will show error. User must turn off vault first.
- Can’t set up bond on interfaces that are not already connected.
- If the USB key is missing from the system for Encryption, there is no error message presented.
- If USB key is missing for encryption, the user has to wait on a 10 minute timeout. After that, the encrypted volume is displayed as inactive.
- If a Flex-RAID volume has been expanded, the volume cannot be switched back to X-RAID mode.
- If you wish to remove a USB storage device, you should follow the safe removal procedure of first unmounting before removing the USB device. If these steps are not followed then you may develop errors on the file system on the USB device.
- UPS may report incorrect status after reboot, it may send out a warning during this time. After sometime, the UPS will start reporting the correct information.
- ReadyNAS 102, 104, and 2120 only support creating iSCSI LUNs 8TB and smaller.
arm (RN102 / RN104 / RN2120)
x86 (RN312 / RN314 / RN316 / RN516 / RN716x / RN3220 / RN4220)
I’m currently reviewing a RN102, so look for some articles on that in the next several weeks. Here’s a hint: I rather like the device! For now, if you have one of these units, go ahead and update that firmware!
ASUSTOR has announced a new beta program for ADM 2.1, adding some really useful features. Read on for details!
ASUSTOR has announced a new beta program for ADM 2.1, adding some really useful features. ADM is a well-executed operating system, giving ASUSTOR NAS units a useful and rich experience. There are gaps to the current functionality, though, compared to competitors like QNAP, Synology and NETGEAR. ASUSTOR’s ADM 2.1 beta should close most of the remaining gaps. Here is the press release:
ASUSTOR Launches ADM 2.1 Beta Program
ASUSTOR releases ADM 2.1 Beta Program featuring all new MyArchive storage technology, thumbnail previews and the My Computer function for File Explorer, added Bluetooth support, multiple new NAS Apps and the music streaming AiMusic mobile app. All users are welcome to download and experience the beta for themselves.
Taipei, Taiwan, January 16th, 2014 – ASUSTOR Inc., a leading innovator and provider of network storage solutions, has announced the release of the ASUSTOR Data Master (ADM) 2.1 Beta Program for all of its NAS devices (2, 3, and 6 Series). All ASUSTOR users are welcome to download the beta firmware from the official ASUSTOR website and experience all the brand new features firsthand.
The ADM 2.1 Beta Version expands the core functionality of the system and includes newly expanded support for Bluetooth devices along with MyArchive, an exclusive new storage technology developed by ASUSTOR. Furthermore, a number of in-house developed Apps have been added to ASUSTOR’s App lineup that are sure to please both business and home users alike.
Additional information on the new features in the ADM 2.1 Beta Version is as follows:
New Core Features
- File Explorer: File now provides users with thumbnail previews of files, drag and drop file transfers from computer to NAS, high-speed file transfers of large files through their web browser, and the My Computer feature which allows users to seamlessly transfer files between their computer and NAS from within File Explorer.
- MyArchive: The revolutionary MyArchive feature allows users to use hard disks as removable storage archives. Users can simply plug in an archive when they need it and swap it out for a different one when they don’t. MyArchive truly provides “plug and play” convenience as users are free to swap between different data collections and even share terabytes of media archives with friends. Furthermore MyArchive allows users to save power as the archives that are not in use can be taken out for storage and do not have to be always powered on.
- Bluetooth Support: ADM now features support for Bluetooth devices including speakers, keyboards and mice. Users will be able to stream music from the NAS to their Bluetooth speakers using SoundsGood, while keyboards and mice will bring added convenience to the ASUSTOR Portal experience.
New Apps from App Central
- Takeasy: Takeasy allows users to conveniently download online videos and playlists from sites such as YouTube, Vimeo, YouKu, Tudou and more. Users have the option of selecting the type of video file and video quality that they want. Furthermore, Takeasy features online playback which allows users to instantly play any downloaded videos.
- VPN Server: ASUSTOR’s VPN Server App allows an ASUSTOR NAS to act as either a VPN server or client, allowing users to quickly establish secure connections. VPN Server supports commonly used PPTP and OpenVPN protocols, gives users the ability to instantly view and disconnect connections when acting as a VPN server, and supports the ability to disconnect and automatically connect upon system startup when acting as a VPN client.
- Antivirus: ASUSTOR’s antivirus App stops malware from infecting the NAS, user accounts and other external devices. It effectively protects critical data on the NAS and prevents malware from spreading by providing automatic virus definition updates and quarantining of infected files.
New Mobile App
- AiMusic: Available for both iOS and Android, AiMusic integrates with ASUSTOR’s SoundsGood App to allow users to stream music from their NAS to their mobile device, letting them enjoy their entire music collection while on the go. AiMusic also allows for the creation of different types of playlists and also allows for the downloading of songs to the mobile device for offline listening.
New Chrome/FireFox Add-on
- Download Helper: Download Helper is an add-on for Google Chrome and FireFox that allows users to right click on any download link and then instruct their NAS to download the file for them. Download Helper also provides a simple management interface, allowing users to quickly view the status and execute simple management tasks on all their downloads.
For more information about the ADM 2.1 Beta Program, please visit: http://www.asustor.com/betaProgram
If you are running an ASUSTOR NAS unit, go ahead and download the beta to see how ADM 2.1 will stack up. I will; stay tuned for my impressions soon.
Synology has announced two new business-focused NAS units, RS814+ and RS814RP+, replacing the RS812+ and RS812RP+. Read on for details!
Synology has announced two new business-focused NAS units, RS814+ and RS814RP+, replacing the RS812+ and RS812RP+. The new units feature the following improvements:
- Dual Core CPU with Floating-Point Unit
- Over 330MB/s Reading, 196MB/s Writing
- 4 LAN with Failover and Link Aggregation Support
- 2GB RAM for Boosting Multitasking Power
- Features USB 3.0 ports
- Scale up to 32TB with Synology RX410
- Redundant Power Supplies Ensure Service Uptime (RS814RP+ only)
- VMware® / Citrix® / Hyper-V® Compliance
Here is the press release:
SynologyLaunches RackStation RS814+ and RS814RP+
Scalable, resilient and reliable fully-featured NAS
Milton Keynes, United Kingdom – 14th January 2014 – Synology UK ltd today announced RS814+ and RS814RP+, a scalable 1U 4-bay rackmount NAS server offering high-performance, expandable, and fully-featured network attached storage solutions for small and medium-sized businesses.
“The need for more processing power is rising as data usage grows.. The RS814+/RS814RP+ is designed to address such needs, and is also optimised for business environments by providing the performance, reliability, and scalability at an affordable cost,” said Michael Wang, Product Manager at Synology Head Quarters, Taiwan.
Powered by a 2.13GHz dual-core processor, 2GB DDR3 RAM and four gigabit LANs with Link Aggregation enabled, the RS814+/RS814RP+ brings forth over 330MB/s reading and 196MB/s writing under RAID 5 configuration in a Windows® environment. Businesses can further upgrade system RAM to 4GB in tandem with their expanding workloads and grow the total storage space up to 32TB by pairing it with an expansion unit RX410.
The RS814+/RS814RP+ is equipped with a comprehensive set of reliable mechanisms to ensure continuous system uptime during unexpected events. Four LAN ports with failover support provide redundancy in the event of unexpected network failure while hot swappable drives also help to minimise system downtime during drive replacement. The redundant power supplies in RS814RP+ further guarantee uninterrupted service when power failure strikes.
The RS814+/RS814RP+ runs on DiskStation Manager (DSM) 4.3, an intuitive operating system that provides a host of applications to bring better productivity at work. Synology was voted as “PCMag Business Choice Award 2013 winner” and received the highest rating in every element of the survey, including reliability, overall satisfaction, value, and likelihood to recommend.
Please go http://www.synology.com/en-global/products/overview/RS814+ for more information.
Synology RackStation RS814+ and RS814RP+ are now shipping globally.
If you are in the market for a business-focused rackmount NAS, these units look interesting!
ASUSTOR was nice enough to send on a AS-202TE for review. In this installment, I show you how to run through the basic installation of the NAS. Read on for details!
ASUSTOR was nice enough to send on a AS-202TE for review. In this installment, I show you how to run through the basic installation of the NAS. Before we get started, let’s give you some background on this unit:
Takes care of all your multimedia entertainment needs from downloading to local playback
Takes care of all your multimedia entertainment needs from downloading to local playback
- Listen to your music with Web music player SoundsGood
- 24/7 round-the-clock download assistant
- 1080P HD multimedia playback via HDMI and XBMC
- Expand storage capacity with USB 3.0 external hard drives
- Support for a variety of mobile apps from ASUSTOR
- ASUSTOR’s exclusive FTP client: FTP Explorer
- CPU: Intel® ATOM™ 1.2GHz Dual-Core Processor
- Memory: 1GB Memory DDR3
- HDD: 2.5″ / 3.5″ SATA II/ III or SSD x 2¹ Compatibility
- Expansion: USB 3.0 x 2, USB 2.0 x 2
- Network: Gigabit Ethernet x 1
- Output: HDMI x 1
- System Fan: 70mm x 1
- Infrared Receiver
- 3.5mm Audio Jack
- Input Power Voltage: 100V to 240V AC*
- Certification: FCC, CE, VCCI, BSMI, C-TICK
* WD Red 3 TB HDD
- Power Consumption: 19.7W (Operation); 13W (Disk Hibernation); 0.8W (Sleep Mode)²
- Noise Level: 24dB
- Operation Temperature: 5°C~35°C (40°F~95°F)
- Humidity: 5% to 95% RH
- System Migration
- Cloud Connect
- 2-way Backup
- Task Monitor
- System Sleep Mode (S3)
- Auto-Standby for Both Internal and External Disks
- Auto Fan Control
- LED Night Mode
- Power Schedule: On, Off, Restart, and Sleep
Size and Weight
This is a 2-bay unit with one gigabit ethernet connection and an HDMI Out port, and is aimed at the home user who wants to directly connect a NAS to their TV for content playback. Check out these product pictures:
This is an attractive-looking unit that will look fine in most home entertainment racks, and is made from high-quality materials. Let’s set this unit up!
NETGEAR has launched the REadyNAS 716, a quad-core Xeon-equipped NAS that they claim is the fastest NAS in the world. Read on for details!
NETGEAR has launched the REadyNAS 716, a quad-core Xeon-equipped NAS that they claim is the fastest NAS in the world. The 716 runs ReadyNAS OS 6, and addresses what NETGEAR views as the highest-end virtualization and video editing requirements in the market today. In addition, NETGEAR claims that this is the only NAS on the market capable of simultaneous streaming of hi def video content to multilple clients. MSRP will be $4,500 so this is positioned as a premium NAS aimed at the small to medium sized business. Here is the press release:
NETGEAR LAUNCHES WORLD’S FASTEST DESKTOP NETWORK ATTACHED STORAGE DEVICE
Leveraging the revolutionary ReadyNAS operating system, ReadyNAS 716 features advanced data protection, rapid file transfer and unique capabilities for simultaneous HD streaming
SAN JOSE, California — November 18, 2013 — NETGEAR®, Inc. (NASDAQGM: NTGR) (www.netgear.com), a global networking company that delivers innovative products to consumers, businesses and service providers, today announced ReadyNAS® 716 (RN716X). A 10GE-ready addition to the award-winning ReadyNAS product family (www.netgear.com/readynas), ReadyNAS 716 is the world’s fastest desktop network attached storage (NAS) device. With a maximum capacity of 24TB (up to 84TB with expansion chassis), the six-bay ReadyNAS 716 enables easy storage and extreme throughput for businesses and campus environments supporting up to 500 concurrent users. Providing up to 10GE throughput, ReadyNAS 716 is also the only NAS on the market today capable of simultaneously streaming multiple large uncompressed Blu-ray® files.
Earlier this spring, NETGEAR introduced a new portfolio of ReadyNAS devices, running on the revolutionary ReadyNAS operating system (OS), that delivers high value, high performance storage with enterprise-class features. The custom-built ReadyNAS OS not only protects stored data with X-RAID2® automatic expansion, but also features continuous data protection through unlimited snapshots, easy disaster recovery with cloud-managed replication, and native threat protection with real-time anti-virus. Each NAS device was created with ease-of-use in mind, so business users can confidently centralize, share, and back up all the data on their network.
Every member of the award-winning ReadyNAS product family combines industry-first innovations with unmatched ease-of-use. With the launch of ReadyNAS 716, NETGEAR once again takes features and capabilities previously available only from expensive, large-enterprise vendors and dramatically simplifies deployment and manageability to provide businesses with affordable, dynamic, and reliable storage. With a 10GE line rate on the two built-in 10GBASE-T ports, this newest member of the NAS portfolio also showcases the latest in performance capability related to simultaneous HD video streams.
“When performance matters and you need storage made easy, there’s no better product on the market than the new ReadyNAS 716,” said Matt Pahnke, senior product marketing manager for NETGEAR Storage. “We designed ReadyNAS 716 to be the world’s fastest desktop NAS, complete with unmatched data protection features and the ability to stream multiple HD 4K videos simultaneously. So whether you’re streaming a business presentation to clients around the globe or a lecture across a college campus, the ReadyNAS 716 is the only NAS product that has you covered.”
ReadyNAS 716 offers the highest performance in the desktop category with 16GB ECC memory — more than any desktop NAS on the market — and features cutting-edge ReadyCLOUD™ technology for cloud-based set-up, provisioning, and full file management from any browser. What’s more, the world’s fastest NAS supports 10GE infrastructures, making it ideal for streaming multiple HD videos concurrently to different media clients – whether it’s 85 streams for a college seminar, 25 streams to a kindergarten class, or three uncompressed Blu-ray files.
“Our goal is to provide our customers with an affordable, high performance, easy-to-use storage solution,” said Moisés Izquierdo Blasco, a systems engineer with Ingeniería Informática Interactiva, S.L., headquartered in Barcelona, Spain. “NETGEAR ReadyNAS 716 not only delivers fast, reliable storage, but also makes it easy to stream multiple simultaneous HD video files from everywhere. With ReadyNAS, our customers get a compelling experience without having to invest a ton of money on complex solutions, and can rest easy knowing they have continuous data protection.”
ReadyNAS Family Growing by Leaps and Bounds
With the addition of the RN716 model, NETGEAR now has seven innovative product lines in the ReadyNAS family all running on the revolutionary ReadyNAS OS:
- The ReadyNAS 700 Series (RN716X) is designed for campus and high performance business environments supporting up to 500 concurrent users. It is a six-bay device and is only offered diskless.
- The ReadyNAS 500 Series (RN516XX) is designed for small to medium-sized business networks supporting up to 250 concurrent users. It is a six-bay device offered as either diskless or populated with drives.
- The ReadyNAS 300 Series (RN312XX, RN314XX, RN316XX) is optimized for small business networks and remote or branch office needs. It offers two-bay, four-bay, and six-bay desktop models that are either diskless or populated with drives.
- The entry level ReadyNAS 100 Series (RN102XX, RN104XX) is designed for home use. It comes in two-bay and four-bay desktop models that are offered as either diskless or populated with drives.
In the summer, NETGEAR launched three new ReadyNAS devices for easy rack-mounted deployment, all of which are offered as either diskless or populated with drives:
- The 12-bay ReadyNAS 4220 is designed for high performance business environments supporting 50 to 500 concurrent users.
- The 12-bay ReadyNAS 3220 is ideal for supporting 26 to 250 concurrent users.
- The four-bay ReadyNAS 2120 is perfect for small office environments from five to 25 simultaneous users.
Like other members of the ReadyNAS family, ReadyNAS 716 has a simple-to-use interface. It supports SATA (up to 4TB) and SSD drives, and includes three eSATA expansion ports for scaling capacity as the storage needs of a business grows (up to 84TB). Additional advanced capabilities featured on the NETGEAR ReadyNAS 716 include:
- Two built-in 10GBASE-T ports
- VPN quality remote data transfer and management
- Encrypted remote access
- Thin or thick provisioned LUNs
- ReadyDROP™ file synchronization
- ReadyDLNA™ mobile clients for remote media streaming
Pankhe added: “At NETGEAR, we strive to meet our customers’ needs and that means expanding opportunities for what they can do with their NAS devices to create the best user experience possible. With this in mind, the latest addition to the ReadyNAS family reinforces our commitment to delivering only the most secure, fastest, and innovative storage solutions. Only ReadyNAS combines data protection and performance into one product. That’s the bottom line.”
Pricing and Availability
NETGEAR ReadyNAS 716 is now available worldwide through authorized NETGEAR PowerSHIFT™ partners (http://powershift.netgear.com/) and authorized resellers and DMR channels. The MSRP in the U.S. is $4,500, although pricing for the end customer may vary depending on the reseller.
To learn more about NETGEAR ReadyNAS, please visit www.netgear.com/readynas. Information on the full line of NETGEAR storage solutions for businesses is at http://netgear.com/business/products/storage/default.aspx.
I have a RN102 running ReadyNAS in for review, so stay tuned for a review of that hardware and of ReadyNAS OS 6.
Seagate has released a new NAS unit, powered by Storage Server 2012 R2, aimed at small to medium sized businesses. Read on for details.
Seagate has released a new NAS unit, powered by Storage Server 2012 R2, aimed at small to medium sized businesses. Here is the press release:
November 18, 2013 — Seagate Technology plc (NASDAQ: STX) today introduced the latest addition to the company’s business storage product offerings, Seagate® Business Storage Windows® Server 4-bay NAS. Designed for offices or workgroups with up to 50 employees, this new 4-bay NAS centralises storage to allow access, collaboration and sharing of files securely from all computers within a business network, while simultaneously hosting PC backups in one central location.
“Windows Storage Server 2012 R2 introduces groundbreaking new storage functionality for organisations of all sizes, and the Seagate Business Storage Windows Server 4-bay NAS takes advantage of these advances to serve the growing demand from small- and medium-sized businesses,” said Brian Hillger, director, product marketing, Microsoft. “We are happy to have collaborated with Seagate in developing a NAS solution that integrates into existing server infrastructures.”
Seamless Windows Integration
Seagate Business Storage Windows Server 4-bay NAS makes it easy to expand into a branch office or add local storage to an existing network because it’s designed specifically for businesses utilising an existing Windows IT infrastructure. With native support for Active Directory, management of users is easy with simple setup through an existing directory instead of the manual entry of users for access and control on each device. Perfect for the IT pro, the Windows Storage server seamlessly integrates into existing Windows environments, including complete compatibility with Active Directory.
“Seagate takes great pride in our ability to develop specialised solutions for a wide-range of business storage use cases,” said Scott Horn vice president of global marketing for Seagate. “As businesses grow, they will need a simple way to seamlessly integrate more storage capacity within their existing business applications. The new Seagate Business Storage Windows Server 4-bay NAS provides a reliable yet simple data management and data protection solution for these fast-growing small business customers.”
Keep Business Critical Data Secure
Windows Storage Spaces helps protect your data by storing redundant copies on multiple disks. The BitLocker encryption provides peace of mind in knowing that files are secure from unauthorised access. Windows Storage Spaces automatically manages installed drives to give you the best blend of capacity and redundancy.
“Growing small businesses demand dependability and security for their data storage, backups and transactions,” said Richard Doherty, research director for The Envisioneering Group. “Seagate’s employment of Windows Server 2012 in the company’s latest addition to their new Business Storage portfolio delivers on these storage demands that are so central to the growth of small businesses.”
Performance at a Value
The Seagate Business Storage Windows Server 4-bay NAS delivers on performance at an affordable price point for small to medium businesses.
- Powered by a 2.13 GHz dual-core Intel Atom processor combined with Windows Storage Server 2012 to deliver incredible network file transfer performance.
- Featuring best in class hard drives optimised for NAS to support customised error recovery controls, specialised power management and vibration tolerance for optimum performance and reliability, Seagate NAS HDD drives provide the best performing high-capacity storage for NAS servers.
Support for third-party Windows Server add-ins allows a business to do even more with a Windows Server enabling the 4-bay NAS to be customised for specific business needs. Additionally, Seagate has developed and included System Monitoring software that simplifies management by integrating the most common tasks into a single interface. Plus, the built-in support for iSCSI enables maximum performance and compatibility for virtualised environments.
“HDD manufacturers, such as Seagate, are uniquely positioned in the SMB NAS market given their expertise to integrated workload-optimised HDDs into a multi-bay Windows Storage Server device,” stated Mark Geenen, president of TRENDFOCUS. “Seagate’s NAS-specific HDDs include datacenter-class features tuned for smaller multi-drive racks, ensuring high performance, reliability and affordability for a wide range of small and medium business environments.”
Pricing and Availability
Seagate Business Storage Windows Server 4-bay NAS comes in a range of capacities from 8TB for $1599.99 MSRP to a high capacity 16TB for $1999.99 MSRP to meet the needs of IT professionals with existing Windows Servers systems deployed.
The pricing quoted above is for a unit with hard drives installed. This looks like an interesting option for businesses needing reliable storage.
QNAP has begun to ship their new TS-X70 Pro NAS units, with support for on-the-fly transcoding. Read on for details.
QNAP has begun to ship their new TS-X70 Pro NAS units, with support for on-the-fly transcoding. Here is their press release:
Pomona, CA – 11/15/2013 – QNAP, Inc a global network attached storage (NAS) company announced the availability of the TS-x70 Pro series Turbo NAS, available in 4, 6 and 8-bay tower models, for home and small/home office use. Powered by a Dual-Core Intel® Core™ i3 3.3 GHz Processor, the TS-x70 Pro series is not only a powerful storage with raw capacity up to 32 TB, but also supports streaming with on-the-fly transcoding. The TS-x70 Pro series delivers unbeatable high system performance along with ultra-fast transferring speed and is specifically designed as a storage center for multimedia files for home theater, designers and video production houses.
TS-x70 Pro pairs the high performance and scalability with cutting-edge technologies such as:
- 447 MB/s Read and 446 MB/s Write speed with optional 4 Gigabit LAN port configuration
- QTS 4 operating system
- Multiple HD video stream support plus on-the-fly transcoding with low CPU usage
- Ultimate multimedia experience powered by XBMC, remote controllable by iOS & Android app
- Qsync: A powerful Dropbox-like feature to synchronize files between PC, NAS and mobile devices
- Plex Media Server, DLNA and AirPlay support
- Optional 10GbE card support for performance-demanded applications
By connecting a TS-x70 Pro to a HDTV via HDMI, users can enjoy multimedia contents with 5.1 channel surround sound through the XBMC media player provided in the QNAP HD Station. The TS-x70 Pro series delivers high-speed transcoding capabilities with high-quality audio to provide a complete home theater experience.By using the Photo Station, Music Station and Video Station, users can easily play, manage and share all of their multimedia files.
The TS-x70 Pro series is also a flexible backup center to store files and media contents. Windows and Mac users can use the QNAP NetBak Replicator and Apple Time Machine for simple data backup and restore.
Lastly, Users can enjoy and explore the unlimited capability of their NAS with the built-in App Center which provides various install-on-demand apps developed by QNAP and 3rd-party developers. QNAP’s development platform also allows developers to create various applications, adding more value to the TS-x70 Pro series and providing near-unlimited functionality for users.
The new TS-x70 Pro series is now available. For more information on the TS-x70 Pro series and the full QNAP Turbo NAS lineup, including where to buy, please visit www.qnap.com.
The TS-670 Pro shows up at NewEgg for about $1,500 diskless at this point; if you are looking for a high-performing home or small business NAS with HDMI and live transcoding support, this should be on your list.
Western Digital has expanded its recently introduced My Cloud family of personal cloud solutions with My Cloud EX4, a high-performance four-bay network attached storage (NAS) solution for creative professionals, prosumers, workgroups and anyone looking for a reliable way to save, share, back up, stream and manage massive amounts of digital data.
“The reception for our recently introduced My Cloud personal cloud platform was extremely positive,” said Jim Welsh, executive vice president and general manager of WD’s branded products and consumer electronics groups. “Our single drive My Cloud system is the perfect solution for users that want an easy and private way to store all of their data at home and then share, save and manage it from anywhere in the world, on any device. Expanding our My Cloud platform to a four-bay system delivers the advanced features, customisation capability and capacity that many of our customers are looking for.”
Featuring the category leading WD Red line of hard drives specifically designed for home and small office NAS systems, My Cloud EX4 customers enjoy ultimate reliability from the trusted name in storage. WD Red drives are powered by NASware 2.0 technology, which improves drive reliability and protects customer data in the event of a power loss or disruption. Additionally, WD Red hard drives feature 3D Active Balance Plus, an enhanced balance control technology that significantly improves overall drive performance and reliability.
My Cloud EX4 provides several capacity options, allowing customers to choose from a drive-less enclosure that allows customers to customise their capacity and add additional drives as their library of digital content grows, or an 8 TB, 12 TB or 16 TB model. With Easy-Slide-Drive technology, My Cloud EX4 allows customers to easily install or hot-swap drives in seconds, without the need for a screwdriver, toolkit or trays. Additionally, customers can attach a compatible USB 3.0 hard drives to the USB expansion ports on the My Cloud EX4 to instantly expand their storage capacity.
Ultimate Data Protection
My Cloud EX4 arms users with multiple options to secure digital data from a potential loss by providing RAID 0, 1, 5, 10 or allowing users to select from spanning and JBOD modes for even more options to manage data. Customers can also use their My Cloud EX4 to back up all of their computers and devices with WD SmartWare Pro software for PC users. Mac users can utilise all the features of Apple Time Machine backup software to protect their data. The My Cloud EX4 can also backup itself, either to another My Cloud EX4 in a different location, or to cloud services such as Amazon S3 and ElephantDrive. To ensure 24/7 data protection and reliability the My Cloud EX4 includes redundant power supplies and Ethernet ports.
Advanced Streaming and Serving
My Cloud EX4 serves as a home’s digital entertainment hub, configurable for up to 16 TB of movies and music that can then be streamed to any DLNA/UPnP certified multimedia device such as gaming consoles, smart TVs and WD TV Live media players. The Twonky 7.2, DLNA-certified 1.5 media server and iTunes server make for simple streaming of large movie and music libraries.
Additionally, the integrated file server, FTP server, backup server and P2P download server provide advanced data serving options for My Cloud EX4 users.
Customers can also customise their NAS, monitor system health, manage users and energy saving features with the My Cloud EX4 dashboard, as well as use a suite of third party apps, including aMule, Icecast, Joomla!, phpBB, phpMyAdmin and SqueezeCenter.
Anywhere Access to My Cloud EX4
Available for iOS and Android devices, the WD My Cloud mobile app allows users to view photos, stream video and share, save and manage files from anywhere on their smartphones or tablets. The mobile app makes file sharing and collaborating simple and secure, allowing customers to easily email files, share files as a link, and print and open files with third party apps. The My Cloud mobile app integrates major public cloud services so that customers can easily transfer files from their Dropbox, SkyDrive and Google Drive public cloud accounts.
Price and Availability
My Cloud EX4 is currently available at select retailers and online at the www.wdstore.co.uk . MSRP is £319.00 for the drive-less My Cloud EX4, £679.00 for 8 TB, £799.00 for 12 TB and £999.00 for 16 TB. The My Cloud mobile app currently is available for download from the App Store and Google Play. My Cloud EX4 comes with a two year limited warranty.
My Cloud EX4 is compatible with Windows 8, Windows 7, Windows Vista, Windows XP, OS X Mavericks, Mountain Lion, Lion, Snow Leopard, as well as DLNA/UPnP enabled devices.
Synology also released two new NAS units aimed at SMB users: the four-bay DS414 and the one-bay DS114.
Synology also released two new NAS units aimed at SMB users: the four-bay DS414 and the one-bay DS114. Here is the press release:
SynologyUK Ltd Presents DiskStation DS414 and DS114
Achieving IT Agility and Versatility, Unmatched Price-performance for SMB
Milton Keynes, United Kingdom – 22nd October 2013 – SynologyUK Ltd today launched DiskStation DS414, a great advancement and rich offering of technology among the Synology NAS Value Series to support task-intensive SMB. Following the announcement of DS414, comes the DS114, the compact but versatile unit that promises personal users get the most with the least investment.
“A little extra gets you a better, more advanced Synology product, bringing you the best overall NAS experience,” said Michael Wang, Product manager at Synology Inc. “Through this expansion, we help our customers transform IT infrastructure from a cost centre to an asset for innovation and success.”
Addressing the growing business needs of SMB pursuing reasonable TCO (total cost ownership) and IT agility, DS414 is a huge step forward considering the generous hardware specifications among Synology Value Series. Featuring dual core 1.33 GHz CPU with floating-point unit, 1 GB RAM, dual LAN, two SuperSpeed USB 3.0 ports and the brand new tool-less HDD trays, DS414 stands out as one of the best values in 4-bay NAS devices available today. To ensure optimal services uptime, DS414 is equipped with dual LAN network failover support to maximise system availability. With link aggregation enabled, DS414 achieves over 135.63MB/sec writing speed under RAID 5 configuration in a Windows® environment, and over 207.07MB/sec reading.
Synology DS114, a compact, all-purpose NAS aiming at small business and home users, as a one-bay value model, it delivers remarkable read/write performance – over 108.32 MB/sec reading speed and 71.83 MB/sec writing speed in a Windows® environment. With DDR3 512MB RAM, twice the size of its predecessor, DS114 exhibits a surprising boost in multi-tasking performance. DS114 also comes with two SuperSpeed USB 3.0 interfaces with up to 5 Gbps transmission speed, and an eSATA interface to power an external hard drive. In spite of its size, DS114 is extremely versatile as it shares the rich reservoir of applications available in DSM Package Center.
The DS414 and DS114 runs onDiskStation Manager (DSM) 4.3, which provides rich features to boost user-productivity and simplify their tasks, all on a sleek user interface optimized for multitasking. Synology was honored with 2013 PCMag Business Choice Awardand received the highest rating in every element of the survey, including reliability, overall satisfaction, value, and likelihood to recommend.
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Synology DiskStation DS414 and DS114 are now shipping globally.
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Pricing on Amazon.CO.UK for the 114 is £182.44 and the 414 is £430.67. Note that US pricing is not yet available.
Synology has launched a new 2-bay NAS unit aimed at transcoding 1080p video content and serving it up to your TV. Read on for details!
Synology has launched a new 2-bay NAS unit aimed at transcoding 1080p video content and serving it up to your TV. Equipped with an Atom processor and 1GB of memory, Synology is aiming this unit at home users who want to transcode 1080p video on the fly and serve it up to their TV. Here is the press release:
Milton Keynes, United Kingdom – 22nd October 2013 – SynologyUK Ltd today introduced DiskStation DS214play, a two-bay NAS server designed to serve as a full entertainment suite. Optimised for multimedia processing, the DS214play is tailored to users’ needs for high-quality video streaming, photo, and music sharing, while keeping all other aspects of NAS uncompromised.
“Designed as the ultimate media hub with complete NAS features, the all-new DS214play will satisfy users’ multimedia streaming needs.” said Chad Chiang, Synology’s Product Manager. “Users can easily enjoy movies, TV shows, music and more from DS214play right on to the best screen in their house.”
Synology DS214play features 1080p full HD video transcoding on the fly. Not only it is capable of streaming HD digital TV and movies in their original HD quality but also supports a wide selection of formats, making it easy for users to watch videos via Apple TV, iOS and Android™ handsets as well as computers without the hassle of installing a 3rd party video player.
Powered by a 1.6 GHz dual-core CPU, DS214play delivers read/write speeds of over 110MB/s and 100MB/s respectively under RAID 1 configuration in a Windows® environment. It comes with a built-in floating-point unit (FPU) and 1 GB of RAM, furthering overall performance when running multimedia applications and generating thumbnail images. Despite powerful performance, the DS214play offers power savings at merely 11.5 watts and 28.74 watts respectively during HDD hibernation and in full operation.
Synology DS214play is equipped with an SD card slot for plug-n-save solution, one eSATA port for external backup option, and two USB 3.0 ports for higher data transmission. Front mount tool-less drive bays with hot-swap capability are available on the DS214play to simplify hard disk installation and ensure system reliability.
The DS214play runs on DiskStation Manager (DSM) 4.3, an intuitive operating system that provides a host of applications to bring better productivity at work and offer a new level of multimedia experience. The last version of DSM 4.3 is the only NAS operation system honored with “Best Choice Award”and “Media’s Choice Award”at Computex 2013.
Please go to http://www.synology.com/products/product.php?product_name=DS214playfor more information.
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Amazon’s UK pricing is £346.86 and US pricing is not yet available.
Synology has updated their two-bay NAS product line with the introduction of the new DS214. Read on for details!
Synology has updated their two-bay NAS product line with the introduction of the new DS214. Here are the main product highlights:
- Dual Core CPU with Floating-Point Unit
- Excellent Reading/Writing Performance over 100MB/s
- 512MB RAM for Increased Multi-Tasking Power
- Features SuperSpeed USB3.0
- Hot-swappable & Tool-Less Hard Drive Tray Design
Here is the press release:
Synology® Introduces DiskStation DS214
High Performance NAS Server for SMB & SOHO
Milton Keynes, United Kingdom – 15th October 2013 – Synology UK Ltd today launched the DiskStation DS214, a feature-rich 2-bay NAS server that delivers an optimal price-to-performance solution to share and protect data. “The introduction of DS214 continues Synology’s dedication to create intuitive and efficient storage solutions to satisfy the demands of our users,” said Chad Chiang, Product Manager at Synology Inc. The DS214 is built to deliver optimal multi-tasking experience at best price/performance ratio. Powered by a dual core 1.066 GHz CPU and 512 MB DDR3 memory, the DS214 outperforms its predecessor and delivers an average read and write speed of 111 MB/sec and 105 MB/sec respectively under RAID 1 configuration in a Windows® environment.
With the built-in Floating-Point Unit (FPU) which further enhances the overall capability of the main CPU, the DS214 is particularly advantageous in speeding up thumbnail processing, enhancing photo viewing at different resolutions. With an encryption engine, it also offloads the encryption calculation task away from the main CPU, helping improve file transfer speeds. The DS214 is equipped with two USB 3.0 ports that offer 10 times faster file transfer rates than USB 2.0 for more efficient data transfer to external hard drives. Designed with both safety and convenience in mind, DS214 contains the brand new tool-less hard drive trays, allowing users to fixate 3.5” hard drives without a screwdriver. Front mount hot-swappable hard drives are available on the DS214 to simplify hard drive replacement and maintenance.
The DS214 runs on DiskStation Manager (DSM) 4.3, the only NAS operation system being honoured “Best Choice Award” and “Media’s Choice Award” at Computex 2013, to provide rich features to boost user-productivity and simplify their tasks, all on a sleek user interface optimised for multitasking.
For more information, please visit: http://www.synology.com/products/product.php?product_name=DS214&lang=uk
Synology DiskStation DS214 is now shipping globally.
Pricing for this unit is £216 including vat in the UK or €210 (before tax) in the Republic of Ireland.
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This looks like a nice update to the Synology NAS line; check it out today!
Synology launched 2U 12 bay rack systems and expansion modules in a bid to improve their business-oriented line of NAS units. Read on for details.
Synology launched 2U 12 bay rack systems and expansion modules in a bid to improve their business-oriented line of NAS units. These units are capable of managing up to 96TB of data with an expansion chasis. Here is the press release:
Synology® Launches RackStation RS2414+/RS2414RP+ and RX1214/RX1214RP
High-performance & Scalable NAS Server
Milton Keynes, United Kingdom – 8th October 2013, Synology® today launched RackStation RS2414+ and RS2414RP+, the 2U 12-bay rackmount NAS severs that deliver high performance and scalability to small and medium businesses.
RS2414+ and RS2414RP+ are built to address SMB’s growing needs of performance, capacity and reliability”, said Chad Chiang, a Product Manager of Synology Inc. “An array of advanced hardware designs and reliability features are thus applied to ensure those needs are perfectly answered,” added Chiang.
The RS2414+/RS2414RP+ is designed to answer the growing demand of performance for a storage system. Running on a 2.13 GHz dual-core processor, the RS2414+/RS2414RP+ delivers high performance with read and write speeds at 339 MB/sec and 209 MB/sec respectively under RAID 5 configuration in a Windows® environment with Link Aggregation enabled. In addition, the RS2414+/RS2414RP+ further boosts multitasking power with 2GB DDR3 RAM, twice the size of its predecessor. Memory of the NAS is also expandable to 4 GB to enhance efficiency.
Affordable scalability is what matters to small and medium business. Paired with expansion units RX1214/RX1214RP with a specially-designed connection cable that ensures maximum throughput, the RS2414+/RS2414RP+ can easily be expanded up to 96TB capacity.
With a comprehensive set of highly reliable mechanisms, the RS2414+/RS2414RP+ assures users of uninterrupted availability, which is crucial for all businesses. Both units are equipped with passive CPU cooling technology, system fan redundancy, hot-swappable drives, and 4 LAN ports with failover support, which altogether eliminate single point of failure and ensure continuous system uptime. RS2414RP+ and RX1214RP even come with redundant power supplies to further guarantee system reliability.
The RS2414+/RS2414RP+ runs on DiskStation Manager (DSM) 4.3, an intuitive web-based operating system that provides a host of applications to bring better productivity at work. DSM 4.2, the last version, is the only NAS operation system being honored “Best Choice Award” and “Media’s Choice Award” at Computex 2013.
For more information, please visit http://www.synology.com/products/product.php?product_name=RS2414%2B&lang=enu
Synology RackStation RS2414+/RS2414RP+ and RX1214/RS1214RP are now shipping globally.
Pricing is as follows:
The UK RRPs
RS2414+ = £1290, including vat
RS2414RP+ = £1722, including vat
RX1214 = £996, including vat
RX1214RP = £1488, including vat
RS2414+ = €1260, before tax
RS2414RP+ = €1685, before tax
RX1214 = €970, before tax
RX1214RP = €1450, before tax
UK buyers can purchase this at one of Synology’s partners, which are all listed here.