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QNAP has announced support for WD Red 6TB and Red Pro NAS hard drives in their NAS systems.  Read on for details!

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QNAP has announced support for WD Red 6TB and Red Pro NAS hard drives in their NAS systems.  Here is the press release:

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Taipei, Taiwan, August 5, 2014 – QNAP® Systems, Inc. announced today that Turbo NAS products now support the new WD Red® 5/6TB NAS hard drives and WD Red Pro NAS hard drives. Specifically designed for NAS applications and featuring exclusive NASware® 3.0 technology, the new WD Red and WD Red Pro hard drives provide enhanced reliability and performance for NAS applications.

The new WD Red 5/6TB NAS hard drives are designed for NAS systems with up to 8 drive bays and can easily meet the growing data storage demands of SOHO and home users. The WD Red Pro NAS hard drives are designed to provide affordable, robust and highly-reliable hard drives for medium-to-large-scale business NAS systems with 8-16 drive bays.

“Fueled by the continuous growth of the global NAS market, WD Red NAS hard drives now offer larger capacities to fulfill the data storage needs of home NAS users. With the addition of WD Red Pro, the expanded WD Red family now offers medium to large business NAS systems a key solution for handling the increasing workloads in modern business environments,” said Darrin Bulik, Director of Digital Video & NAS Products, WD Storage Technology. “We have worked closely with QNAP to ensure compatibility for WD Red &WD Red Pro NAS drives with Turbo NAS, providing users with reliable hard drives for optimal performance and robust data protection.”

“We are glad to offer our users more options in choosing suitable hard drives for their Turbo NAS by fully supporting WD’s latest NAS drives,” said Jason Hsu, product manager of QNAP. “By using the new WD Red hard drives, our users will enjoy higher capacities, greater reliability, and an enhanced WD service.”

The new WD Red hard drives and WD Red Pro hard drives are available in 3.5-inch form factors and SATA 6 Gb/s interface to provide capacity-optimized solutions, including:

  • WD Red 5 TB (WD50EFRX ) and 6 TB (WD60EFRX); 3-year limited warranty
  • WD Red Pro 2 TB (WD2001FFSX), 3 TB (WD3001FFSX), and 4 TB (WD4001FFSX); 5-year limited warranty

For more information about WD Red NAS hard drives, visit http://wdc.com/en/products/internal/nas/.

To discover the full lineup of Turbo NAS-compatible hardware, go to www.qnap.com/compatibility. To learn more about QNAP Turbo NAS products, please visit www.qnap.com.

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QNAP has announced the general release of QTS4.1, adding several new features and enhancing some previously-released ones.  Read on for details!

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QNAP has announced the general release of QTS4.1, adding several new features and enhancing some previously-released ones.  Here is the press release:

QNAP Releases QTS 4.1, the Smart NAS Operating System Enriched by Apps

Taipei, Taiwan, June 5, 2014 – QNAP® Systems, Inc. today announced the availability of QTS 4.1 – the revolutionary app-driven NAS operating system. Building on QTS 4.0′s proven usability & features, QTS 4.1 adds even more useful apps to heighten entertainment and productivity for home & business users alike. With its familiar layout and intuitive user-friendly design, QTS 4.1’s web-based multi-window operations greatly simplify the day-to-day operations of QNAP Turbo NAS systems.

As the functionality and performance of modern network-attached storage increases, so does the potential that they get too complicated for everyday home use. “QTS 4.1 operating system however provides a wide-range of apps that greatly simplify the operation & management of the Turbo NAS. With dedicated apps for enjoying multimedia, managing files and backing-up data joined by the all-new Notes Station and Signage Station apps, QTS 4.1 provides home users with everything they need in a useable and straightforward manner,” said Tony Lu, product manager of QNAP.

This ease of operation is extended by an array of mobile apps for Android™ & iOS® devices that allow users to monitor and sync, stream and share from their Turbo NAS at anytime, anywhere. And with an active QTS 4.1 App Center and open development platform, users are provided with the potential of near-unlimited functionality for their Turbo NAS servers.

Business users also benefit from productivity-enhancing apps & features. QTS 4.1 supports SAMBA v4 to allow the Turbo NAS to act as a domain controller for Windows, Real-Time Remote Replication that allows 2-way data synchronization between two Turbo NAS units and supports FTP root-path, the enhanced NetBak Replicator backup application for Windows platform, the vSphere Plug-in v1.3 for remotely managing VMware datastores, McAfee® virus scanner, and Hyper-V thin provisioning automatic space reclamation. Virtualization tasks are also enhanced with the new Virtualization Station, allowing for a Turbo NAS to be a virtualization server hosting multiple VMs and applications.

“QNAP takes great pride in creating high-quality networked storage solutions for home & business use,” added Lu. “The evolutionary QTS 4.1 enables users to fully utilize the power & potential of our Turbo NAS whether for home or business use. With a growing range of rich apps complimented by an active app development environment and our constant focus on evolving the QTS operating system, users will continue to experience the very best in networked storage solutions from QNAP.”

New Apps & Features of QTS 4.1:

  • Notes Station: a digital notebook on the private cloud of the Turbo NAS that records users’ ideas and notes with large storage capacity;
  • Signage Station: allows users to create animated content and display it on TVs, tablets and mobile phones via web browsers;
  • Photo Station: adds personal photo wall, photo albums made by drag-n-drop, photos collection by dates or tags, journal history on Google Maps, and login with Facebook account;
  • Video Station: adds video classification, video tags and smart collection;
  • File Station: adds smart filters for file searching, photo thumbnails, VLC for multimedia streaming, and shared links allowing mutual file sharing;
  • Qsync: adds versioning control;
  • Qget: an mobile app for downloading files on the go, video backup from video sharing sites, and BT search and download tasks management;
  • Qfile: adds zip/unzip support, music playback bar, and folder & file sharing;
  • Qmusic: adds music searching by title, album, or artist;
  • myQNAPcloud.com: a QNAP membership portal for registering for an “QID”, managing multiple NAS, and publishing & sharing Turbo NAS services;
  • SAMBA v4: supports domain controller for Windows, and SMB 3.0 protocol for Secured Data Transmission (SDT);
  • QNAP NetBak Replicator: creates VSS snapshot of VM or database on the Windows, and backs up the content of the snapshot to the Turbo NAS; Supports VHD/VHDX (Virtual Hard Disks) backup;
  • RTRR: supports 2-way synchronization between two Turbo NAS units and FTP root-path backup;
  • vSphere Plug-in v1.3: remotely creates a datastore on a dedicated volume more flexibly;
  • Windows 2012 R2 Hyper-V thin provisioning automatic space reclamation
  • Virtualization Station: enables managing multiple virtual machines created on the Turbo NAS;
  • McAfee virus scanner: available in QNAP App Center with a 30-day free trial;
  • Surveillance Station 5: increased compatible IP cameras to 2,600+, an intelligent user interface for intuitive operations, easier camera setup, faster video lookup, smart recording, 2 or 4 free IP camera channel offerings, Vcam mobile app support, and more;
  • App Center: provides more than 100 install-on-demand apps to increase diverse applications on the Turbo NAS.

Availability& Compatibility

QTS 4.1 is available for the following Turbo NAS models:
SS-439 Pro, SS-839 Pro, TS-110, TS-112, TS-119/119P+/119P II, TS-120, TS-121, TS-210, TS-212/212P/212-E, TS-219/219P/219P+/219P II, TS-220, TS-221, TS-239 Pro, TS-239H, TS-239 Pro II, TS-239 Pro II+, TS-259 Pro/259 Pro+, TS-410, TS-410U, TS-412, TS-412U, TS-419P/419P+/419P II, TS-419U/419U+/419U II, TS-420, TS-420U, TS-421, TS-421U, TS-439 Pro, TS-439 Pro II, TS-439 Pro II+, TS-439U RP/SP, TS-459 Pro/459 Pro+/459 Pro II, TS-459U-RP/SP/459U-RP+/SP+, TS-509 Pro, TS-559 Pro/559 Pro+/559 Pro II, TS-639 Pro, TS-659 Pro/659 Pro+/659 Pro II, TS-809 Pro, TS-809U-RP, TS-859 Pro/859 Pro+, TS-859U/859U+, HS-210, TS-1079 Pro, TS-1269U-RP, TS-1270U-RP, TS-269 Pro/269L, TS-469 Pro/469L, TS-469U-RP/SP, TS-569 Pro/569L, TS-669 Pro/669L, TS-869 Pro/869L, TS-869U-RP, TS-870U-RP, TS-470, TS-470 Pro, TS-670, TS-670 Pro, TS-870, TS-870 Pro, TS-879 Pro, TS-879U-RP/EC879U-RP , TS-1279U-RP/EC1279U-RP, TS-1679U-RP/EC1679U-RP, SS-EC1279U-SAS-RP, SS-EC1879U-SAS-RP, SS-EC2479U-SAS-RP

For more information on QTS 4.1 and other QNAP networked-storage solutions, please visit www.qnap.com.

I installed this release on my TS419P+ and am seeing some cosmetic improvements to the GUI…I intend to look into the Notes Station and other improvements, so stay tuned.

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QNAP has begun to ship their new TS-X70 Pro NAS units, with support for on-the-fly transcoding.  Read on for details.

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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.

Availability
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.

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Part Two of my QTS 4.0 upgrade article shows the installation of Plex media server on the NAS and gives my overall impressions of QTS 4.0.  Read on for details!

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Part Two of my QTS 4.0 upgrade article shows the installation of Plex media server on the NAS and gives my overall impressions of QTS 4.0.  Plex is a great media streaming service that includes a great interface, easy streaming and really nice meta data.  The ARM-based TS-419P+ is not officially supported, but Plex works just fine as long as you can live without transcoding.  Here is a brief summary of Plex:

Overview

The Plex Media Server is smart software that makes playing Movies, TV Shows and other media on your computer simple. It’s been designed from the ground up to work automatically in your home network with a variety of devices – like an LG 2011 Netcast TV, Plex Client for Mac OS X, or numerous Mobile Devices like your iPhone, iPad or Android device.

What Does the Plex Media Server do?

It’s easy to watch movie files on a computer monitor. But, what happens when your collection starts to get large? How do you find the show you want to watch easily? How do you know you’ve watched an episode, or where you stopped it last night? How do you share the media files over several screens? What about content from the Internet?

The Plex Media Server solves these problems by gathering information about your media and storing it on a single Mac or Windows PC Server. Connect one or more of the many Plex clients available and your media is instantly available on any of them. The Plex Media Server learns what each movie file actually is and then visits Movie and TV Show websites. It gathers information like plot summaries, posters – even TV Show theme music. This metadata is displayed in the Plex Client so choosing the show to watch a rich and exciting experience. The Plex Media Server also supports plug-ins that let you watch content from the Internet as easily as other media.

Streaming Support

Central to the Plex Media Server is a powerful and cleverly designed transcoding engine. This supports a rich variety of mobile devices, low cost platforms and other possibilities.

What is Transcoding?

Transcoding is the process of converting a media file from one resolution or compression format to another. For example, you might transcode a full 1080p to 720p, or from VC-1 encoding to H.264. The original file is read, then re-saved in the new resolution and codec, possibly in a different file container.

Why is transcoding useful in Plex?

Plex Media Server can ‘stream’ media files to various Plex clients. Some run on powerful computers like Plex for Mac OS X whilst others run on low powered mobile handsets. Some support full 1080p resolutions while others have smaller low resolution screens. Most of the mobile platforms connect over Wifi or 3G networks where streaming full resolution media would choke the network. All in all, it’s extremely difficult to play full resolution media on mobile platforms.

The solution is to transcode the media to a version optimized specifically for the device playing it. Plex Media Server transcodes media on-the-fly and streams the optimized version to the device. This way, a low resolution device is able to play high resolution media smoothly and over it’s wireless network constraints.

Even better, transcoding means that a mobile device can handle a huge range of media file formats, codecs and resolutions. The transcoding process means that the client only ever receives a single format or codec. This is important as many mobile devices have hardware decoders that only handle a single codec. For you, it means that as long as the Plex Media Server supports the codec, so will your mobile device, thanks to transcoding.

Direct Stream and Direct Play

Transcoding media is important for smaller devices like a mobile phone or tablet. There is another class of device that are low-cost but extremely capable players – like the AppleTV. These devices can generally play higher resolution files, but work best with particular codecs. So, if you have a high resolution media fie encoded with the wrong codec, the file will need to be transcoded with the correct codec. The Plex Media Server handles these situations with smart transcoding, Direct Play and Direct Stream.

Direct Play

During the media analysis phase, the Plex Media Server looks at certain attributes of your media (resolution, bitrate, etc.). When a client requests a piece of media, the server looks at the client’s capabilities, compares them to the media parameters, and makes a determination as to whether or not the file can be directly played on the device. For example, if you have a properly prepared MP4 file, it’ll play without any transcoding on an iOS device. Tiny CPU usage, and no loss in quality. If you had a movie in MKV format and also encoded it for mobile devices (and both versions scanned into your library), the media server is smart enough to mark the specific version of the file as playable by the device.

Direct Streaming

Most of these devices support hardware decoding of the H.264 codec, but may not support a particular file format. When a client connects to the Plex Media Server, it describes its capabilities, and if the file falls within the acceptable range, the video is simply copied over to a compatible format (a process known as re-muxing). This again means that there is very little CPU used on the server side, and no loss in quality in the video. Streams start up nearly instantly, and seek quickly.

Smart Transcoding

Transcoding is handled smartly. If you have a media file that is partly compatible with the Client – maybe the video portion is correct but the audio is not – the process is smart enough to only transcode what’s necessary and stream that to the client.

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I recently updated my QNAP TS-419P+ to the new QTS 4.0 release, with excellent results.  Read on for details!

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I recently updated my QNAP TS-419P+ to the new QTS 4.0 release, with excellent results.  I wanted to see what new goodies QNAP was delivering with 4.0 for myself, so I downloaded the latest version and went to town.  Here is the process.

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I tried to execute a live update from the unit, and it failed.  No big surprise as I was having stability issues…so I decided to download the file from QNAP’s site and install it manually.  Here is the link.

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Download the file and then extract the image.

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Tell TurboNAS where the QTS file is that you extracted and click UPDATE SYSTEM.

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Yes, I am sure! Click OK.

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Whoo-hoo! Click OK to restart the unit.

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QNAP has announced that more Turbo NAS Home models can be upgraded to QTS 4.0 , the new firmware that is being rolled out.  Read on for details.

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QNAP has announced that more Turbo NAS Home models can be upgraded to QTS 4.0 , the new firmware that is being rolled out.  QTS 4.0 is a nice upgrade that freshens up the UI, adds more features and makes using your QNAP NAS more efficient.  Here is the press release:

Taipei, Taiwan, June 6, 2013 – QNAP® , Inc. today announced the app-centric QTS 4.0 Turbo NAS system is available for the existing Turbo NAS series, including TS-x69, x19 and x12 series. Users of the applicable Turbo NAS models can download and update to the latest QTS 4.0 system to enjoy the entire new NAS management experience and the abundance of home entertainment applications.

“The launch of QTS 4.0 alongside the Turbo NAS TS-x20 and x21 series was a tremendous success, and we have received many positive responses from our users,” said Meiji Chang, general manager of QNAP. “Now more users can experience the easy-to-operate yet feature-rich QTS 4.0 that makes storing and managing home digital data easier, and enjoy the stored multimedia contents with more fun.”

The app-centric QTS 4.0 integrates multi-window operations into the web-based user interface, adds the Qsync utility for file synchronizing across different devices and file sharing across groups and communities, supports several smart mobile apps, and more. The abundant multimedia applications the QTS 4.0 offers a greatly enhanced entertainment experience in the modern connected home.

Multi-window operations

The QTS 4.0 offers a new desktop design to aid working efficiency. The multi-window design allows multiple tasks to run concurrently, and enables users to switch between them to increase productivity.

Qsync for file synchronization

The combination of the Qsync utility and Turbo NAS achieves seamless file synchronization, enabling users to keep their files updated on each linked computer and mobile device. Qsync provides flexible ways of file synchronization and group file sharing with the Team Folder, greatly enhancing the flexibility of collaboration.

Smart mobile apps

Users can easily access Turbo NAS through mobile apps. The Qmusic app streams terabytes of music on the Turbo NAS directly to mobile devices. Users can easily enjoy large music collections anywhere and anytime. The Qfile app allows remote connection to the Turbo NAS, and convenient file uploading, downloading, sharing and management. The Qmanager app is useful for remotely monitoring and controlling the Turbo NAS system status, services, downloading and backup tasks at anytime, anywhere.

Integrated multimedia entertainment

The Turbo NAS provides versatile multimedia applications and acts as a media hub at home. The support of DLNA and AirPlay allows users to enjoy a TV experience in diverse ways. The rich applications make it easy and convenient to collect, manage and share large collections of photos, music, and videos, enriching home entertainment.

“To complete the offering of QTS 4.0, QNAP will also release a business-oriented QTS 4.0 beta version for business models, including TS-x79, x70U, and rackmount Turbo NAS models,” commented Chang. The QTS 4.0 for business offers powerful business functions, including capacity expansion, up to 400TB, flexible volume management with storage pool, thin provisioning volume, performance enhancement with SSD caching, advanced data protection, and improved virtualization applications such as supporting VMware VAAI and Microsoft ODX (Offloaded Data Transfer). Besides, data deduplication technology, snapshot and snapshot replication are in the pipeline for late 2013.

QTS 4.0 key features include:

  1. Intelligent desktop: multi-window, quick Start menu, smart Dashboard, drag-and-drop icons, multiple desktops, personal wallpapers, and smart Toolbar with desktop preferences, online resources, quick search, event notifications, external device and background tasks;
  2. File Station: supports photo thumbnails, photo setup with properties and privileges, moving files from local computers to File Station by drag-and-drop, recycle bin categorized by shared folders;
  3. Photo Station: provides a new user interface, customized virtual slideshow by dragging and dropping photos, auto-sorting photos in a timeline, and photo tagging and labeling, photos and videos backup with Smart Import;
  4. Music Station: provides new user interface, allows music streaming, and offer thousands of built-in Internet radio stations;
  5. Media Library: supports file transcoding;
  6. HappyGet II: as a third party application that supports backing up YouTube, Vimeo, niconico videos and Facebook photos;
  7. Surveillance Station Pro: provides new user interface ,cross-browser support on PC with IE, Google Chrome, and Mozilla Firefox, and added support for hundreds of new IP camera models;
  8. App Center: provides more than 90 install-on-demand apps to increase applications on the Turbo NAS;
  9. myQNAPcloud.com: a new QNAP membership portal for managing registered Turbo NAS devices, accessing published NAS services, and quickly linking to start.qnap.com for online system setup without using a CD;
  10. Qsync utility: creates a specific “Qsync” folder for users to simply drop files into, and automatically synchronizes the files to all of the devices that are linked to the Turbo NAS, with multiple ways of file synchronization and group file sharing;
  11. QAirplay: supports browsing videos, music and photos stored on the Turbo NAS and playing on the TV via Apple TV;

Availability

The official QTS 4.0 is now available for the following Turbo NAS models:

TS-421, TS-221, TS-121, TS-420, TS-220, TS-120, TS-412, TS-212, TS-112, TS-419P II, TS-219P II, TS-119P II, TS-869L, TS-669L, TS-569L, TS-469L, TS-269L, TS-869 Pro, TS-669 Pro, TS-569 Pro, TS-469 Pro, TS-269 Pro.

The official QTS 4.0 is will be available for the following Turbo NAS models within a week:

TS-419P+, TS-419P, TS-219P+, TS-219P, TS-219, TS-119P+, TS-119P, TS-119, TS-410, TS-210, TS-110,  TS-439 Pro II+, TS-439 Pro II, TS-239Pro II+, TS-239 Pro II, TS-859 Pro+, TS-559 Pro+, TS-559 Pro II, TS-459 Pro+, TS-459 Pro II,  TS-259 Pro+, TS-259 Pro, TS-509 Pro, TS-809 Pro, SS-839 Pro, SS-439 Pro

The availability of business-oriented QTS 4.0 beta for TS-x79, x70U, and rackmount Turbo NAS models will be announced before the middle of June 2013.

I plan on migrating my TS-419P+ this weekend; stay tuned for updates!

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QNAP announced a new line of NAS units based on the Intel Core i3, the TS-X70 range.  Read on for details.

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QNAP announced a new line of NAS units based on the Intel Core i3, the TS-X70 range.  Selling a NAS line based on the Core i3 brings enough power to transcode Blu-Ray rips on the fly, among other nice things.  They also announced a re-branding of the QPKG Cener for adding additional apps to your QNAP NAS and a new digital signage product.

Here is the press release:

QNAP showcases a new series of NAS and more revolutionary storage applications at Computex 2013

Pomona, Calif. — 6/4/2013QNAP, Inc a global network attached storage (NAS) company announced the release of the new TS-x70 series NAS featuring an Intel i3 CPU with the latest QTS 4.0 OS with powerful storage backup, capability to stream with on the fly transcoding, integrated XBMC v12, and local video playback up to 4K resolution. In addition QNAP also unveils new powerful storage applications such as the developer’s platform (App Center), innovative digital signage web server, and capacity expansion solutions by scale up and scale out.

TS-x70 Pro available in 4 bay, 6 bay and 8 bay models pairs the latest performance and scalability with cutting-edge technologies such as:

  • New QTS 4.0 operating system
  • Powerful Dropbox like feature- QSync to synchronize files between PC, NAS and mobile devices.
  • Local video playback up to 4K resolution through HDMI.
  • 5 new mobile apps for both Android and iOS devices.
  • Supports optional 10GbE card for business environments.
  • The latest XBMC v12 (Frodo) is integrated with HD Station

The future of a new digital lifestyle- Home streaming server with surveillance monitoring

QNAP NAS is a powerful storage, which lets you stream videos and movies to a Smart TV, and with the built-in Surveillance Station your TV becomes a 24/7 live monitoring center. From your TV screen monitor live feed from your IP cameras, to create a video surveillance and home entertainment hub.

Developer platform- App Center

QNAP proudly presents the new developer’s platform, with its newly enhanced App Center (formerly QPKG) to add more vertical partner applications to various vertical markets.

New digital signage software

The new breakthrough addition of “QSign,” a digital signage web server integrated on the QNAP NAS, serves a variety of players with web browsing capabilities perfect for SMB from restaurants to large-scale deployment such as schools to deliver effective messages to any TV screens or mobile devices.

Rackmount business series features both scale up and scale out solution.

Scale up by SAS expansion box

Based on the LVM flexible storage pool design, QNAP RAID Expansion Enclosure delivers a fast way to easily scale up storage capacity of the Turbo NAS through a plug-and-use design. Multiple RAID Expansion Enclosures can be cascaded through the SAS interface to provide over 400 TB of raw capacity.

Scale out

QNAP will be demonstrating over 1 Petabyte storage solution with the ability of increasing capacity by adding units, and offering global name space. The solution targets TV Stations with large video storage demand, and surveillance applications where a large single volume is needed for long term, multi-channel, and high mega-pixel resolution recordings.

I am very interested to see how this TS-X70 series turns out and will keep you posted.  Right now, there are no details on pricing or availability…I am sure that we’ll hear something soon.

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QNAP has released two new one, two and four-bay NAS product lines aimed at home users.  Read on for details.

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QNAP has released two new one, two and four-bay NAS product lines aimed at home users.  These units will be running QTS 4.0, the latest and greatest iteration of the Turbo NAS operating system, intended to simplify operations for the average home user.  Here is the press release and specifications:

Taipei, Taiwan, April 23, 2013 – QNAP® Systems, Inc. today announced the release of the Turbo NAS TS-x21 and TS-x20 series for home users and home offices. The new models in the TS-x21 series are equipped with 2.0 GHz CPU, 1GB DDR3 RAM, and the TS-x20 series with 1.6 GHz CPU, 512MB DDR3 RAM. Both series deliver superior performance for daily routines in file storage, sharing, and data backup, and serve as ideal media centers for storing and sharing huge multimedia files.

The TS-x21 and TS-x20 series feature the brand-new Turbo NAS operating system QTS 4.0. The new QTS 4.0 integrates multi-window operations into the web-based user interface, adds cross-device file synchronization, several smart mobile apps, and more. In an era where almost everyone has at lease one mobile phone or tablet device, the QTS 4.0 fulfills people’s needs of mobile data access and synchronization, and storage for huge quantities of data. What’s more, the QTS 4.0’s multi-window user interface introduces users to an unprecedented NAS management experience. In addition, the multimedia applications and multi-tasking designs not only increase management efficiency but also transform home entertainment.

“The QTS 4.0 is a major evolution of QNAP’s software design,” commented Meiji Chang, general manager of QNAP. “It aims to reverse home users’ typical impressions towards the networked appliances as being complex and hard to use. The QTS 4.0 integrates Turbo NAS hardware design and features multi-window intelligence and smart mobile apps, making home digital data storing and management easier and multimedia entertainment more fun.”

Multi-window operations

The QTS 4.0 offers innovative desktop design to compliment smooth working efficiency. The multi-window design allows multi-tasking concurrently, and enables users to switch between each task to increase productivity. The QTS 4.0 intelligent desktop also includes a quick Start menu to quickly find desired applications, smart Dashboard with overview of system status, drag-and-drop icons to create desktop shortcuts or group shortcuts, multiple desktop to extend desktop work space, the smart Toolbar, and so on.

Cross-device file synchronization

Nowadays almost everyone has multiple devices such as mobile phones, tablet computers and desktop computers. The combination of Qsync and the Turbo NAS fulfills seamless file synchronization, enabling users to get the most recent files with their computers and mobile devices. It is useful for frequent travelers who wish to manage files and always wish to have the most recent files on each device. Qsync provides multiple ways of file synchronization and group file sharing, greatly enhancing the flexibility of collaboration.

Smart mobile apps

Users can easily access the Turbo NAS through mobile apps. The Qfile app allows remote access to the Turbo NAS and sharing files stored on the Turbo NAS. File uploading, downloading and management with Qfile is easy. The new Qfile function “auto upload from photo gallery” enables users to take photos with a mobile device and have the photos automatically uploaded on to the Turbo NAS. It works as a real-time backup for precious photos. The new Qfile HD app is specifically designed for iPads with an enhanced user interface. The Qmanager app is useful for remotely monitoring and controlling the Turbo NAS’s system status, services, downloading and backup tasks anytime, anywhere.

Integrated multimedia entertainment

The Turbo NAS provides versatile multimedia applications and acts as a media hub at home. The support of DLNA and AirPlay allows users to enjoy a TV experience in diverse ways. The rich applications make it easy and convenient to collect, manage and share huge collection of photos, music, and videos, enriching home entertainment.

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QNAP  has launched a new rackmount NAS unit, aimed at budget-conscious SMB’s looking for advanced features in an entry-level device.  Read on for details.

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QNAP  has launched a new rackmount NAS unit, aimed at budget-conscious SMB’s looking for advanced features in an entry-level device.  These are four-bay rackmount units running Marvell CPU’s and sport 1GB of DDR3 RAM and dual gigabit network ports.  Here is the press announcement from QNAP:

Taipei, Taiwan, March 21, 2013 – QNAP® Systems, Inc. today announced its new budget friendly Turbo NAS lineup TS-421U and TS-420U rackmount models for the workgroups and entry-level SMBs with fast-growing needs of economical network storage. The TS-421U features with Marvell CPU 2.0 GHz, and the TS-420U features with Marvell CPU 1.6 GHz. Both models operate with 1GB DDR3 RAM, and provide sustained high performance for daily routines in file storage, sharing, and data backup.

“The TS-421U and TS-420U satisfy the requirements of SMB and workgroup users who desire high performance networked storage with low acquisition cost but won’t compromise on reliability and features,”said Laurent Cheng, product manager ofQNAP. “They deliver high performance coupled with a broad range of business-ready applications.

The TS-421U and TS-420U are affordable yet high performance and reliable network storage solutions. Both models support iSCSI target service with Thin Provisioning, dual Gigabit LAN ports with failover and load balancing. The offerings of 2 USB 3.0 port and 2 e-SATA ports improve data transfer speed, and are beneficial to expanding the storage capacity or backing up the NAS data.

The TS-421U and TS-420U deliver high efficiency in daily business operations and privilege control. Both new models support cross-platform file sharing for Windows®, Mac®, and Linux/UNIX users, and provide a centralized storage solution. The Windows AD and LDAP directory service features enable the IT administrator to retrieve user accounts from Windows AD or LDAP-based directory server and efficiently assign access rights on the Turbo NAS, greatly simplifying the account setup for businesses with a large number of users. The Windows ACL (Access Control List) feature allows sophisticated shared folder permission settings, increasing productivity on access right management.

Both new models offer a well-rounded backup solution with comprehensive backup alternatives, including Real-time Remote Replication (RTRR) for real-time or scheduled data backup, backup to cloud storage including Amazon® S3, ElephantDrive® and Symform®, and the support of third-party backup software such as Veeam® Backup & Replication and Acronis® True Image. Windows users and Mac users can use QNAP NetBak Replicator utility and Apple Time Machine respectively to easily back up data to the Turbo NAS.

More features designed for businesses include the FTP server for easier large-size file sharing, the RADIUS server for centralizing and consolidating user authentication, the Syslog server for collecting and storing the logs of other network device on the Turbo NAS, the VPN server for accessing the Turbo NAS and other resources on the same local network from the Internet, the proxy server for web filtering and monitoring to enhance business Internet security, the web server for hosting multiple websites on the Turbo NAS, and so on.

Key Specs of New Models

  • TS-421U –  4-drive 1U rackmount unit, Marvell 6282 CPU (2.0 GHz), 1GB DDR3 RAM, 2X Gigabit LAN ports, 2X USB 3.0;
  • TS-420U – 4-drive 1U rackmount unit, Marvell 6282 CPU (1.6 GHz), 1GB DDR3 RAM, 2X Gigabit LAN ports, 2X USB 3.0.

Availability
TS-421U and TS-420U are now shipping. Learn more about the new models and other QNAP Turbo NAS lineup at www.qnap.com.

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QNAP has announced some updates to their Turbo NAS line, enhancing support for VMWare, vSphere, and Server 2012.  Read on for details.

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QNAP has announced some updates to their Turbo NAS line, enhancing support for VMWare, vSphere, and Server 2012.  Here is the press release:

QNAP Turbo NAS Supports VMware VAAI and vSphere Client Plug-in, Windows Server 2012, and Enhances AFP Performance

Taipei, Taiwan, March 6, 2013 – QNAP® , Inc. today announced highly anticipated business features, including VMware VAAI and vSphere Client Plug-in for business virtualization enhancement, the official certification for Windows® Server 2012, and AFP performance enhancement on small file transfer.

The support of VMware VAAI, featuring Full copy, Block zeroing and Hardware-assisted locking, enables data processing offloaded to the Turbo NAS to increase work efficiency. The support of vSphere Client Plug-in allows managing VMware datastores on the Turbo NAS directly from the vSphere Client console, greatly improving productivity of management of multiple virtual machines. “With these supports, the Turbo NAS becomes a more effective storage in virtualization solution and excels in increasing productivity on managing a great number of virtual machines for IT staffs,” said Jérôme Jaussaud, product manager of QNAP. VMware VAAI and vSphere Client Plug-in are supported by TS-x79, TS-x70, and TS-x69 series.

Besides, the selected Turbo NAS series are officially certified for Windows Server 2012, including TS-x79, TS-x70, and TS-x69 series. The combination of QNAP Turbo NAS and Windows Server 2012 creates a cost-effective infrastructure, physically and virtually, for businesses. Businesses can particularly enjoy the boosted performance, pleasing flexibility, management efficiency in various virtualization applications with the compatibility of Windows Server 2012.

The Turbo NAS lineup supports AFP (Apple Filing Protocol), enabling Mac computers to connect to the NAS. Now the APF performance on small file transfer is improved with increasing rate as much as 38% in read and 152% in write depending on the processor platform. “The enhanced performance is beneficial to speed up file transfer. Users can experience the apparently smooth work and the improved efficiency when using AFP,” said Jason Hsu, product manager of QNAP.

Availability

VMware VAAI, vSphere Client Plug-in, and the compatibility of Windows Server 2012 are available for the following Turbo NAS models:
TS-EC1679U-RP, TS-1679U-RP, TS-EC1279U-RP, TS-1279U-RP, TS-1079 Pro, TS-EC879U-RP, TS-879U-RP, TS-879 Pro, TS-1270U-RP, TS-870U-RP, TS-869U-RP, TS-869 Pro, TS-669 Pro, TS-569 Pro, TS-469 Pro, TS-269 Pro, TS-469U-RP, TS-469U-SP, TS-869L, TS-669L, TS-569L, TS-469L, TS-269L.

For more information, visit www.qnap.com.

QNAP continues to enhance support for virtualization in their Turbo NAS product line.

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At CeBIT 2013, QNAP showed off some of the multimedia and digital signage capabilities of their TurboNAS line of NAS units.  Read on for details!

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At CeBIT 2013, QNAP showed off some of the multimedia and digital signage capabilities of their TurboNAS line of NAS units.  Here is the press release:

QNAP Demonstrates Ultra Home Multimedia Applications for the Turbo NAS, Unveils Powerful NAS Solutions with VMware VAAI, and More at CeBIT 2013

Taipei, Taiwan, March 5, 2013 – At the CeBIT 2013 opening today, QNAP® Systems, Inc. presented the multimedia applications for home users, unveiled its high performance business-class Turbo NAS solutions with VMware® VAAI certification for virtualization applications, and displayed the new VioStor NVR firmware v4.0.0. Visitors could experience the full-spectrum of Turbo NAS series and VioStor NVR series at CeBIT 2013.

Ultra home multimedia applications

QNAP displayed a comprehensive multimedia experience with its Turbo NAS featuring various home applications. The HD Station enables users to obtain Full HD experience with big-screen TV via HDMI and easily enjoy the vast video, music and photo collections stored in the Turbo NAS, surf the web, and even control the entire experience from mobile phones or tablets. The TV Station allows online TV watching, recording, and playback with DVB-T USB TV tuner. Mobile apps including Qfile and Qmanager are available for users to easily upload, share, and manage files remotely with the mobile devices. The new Qfile HD app is particularly designed for iPad users with enhanced user interface. Users can enjoy a smart digital life and entertainment with the feature-rich Turbo NAS.

10GbE ready, 400 TB NAS solution and virtualization-aware storage

QNAP presented a powerful 400 TB NAS Solution for virtualization combining its high-end Turbo NAS TS-x79U series with new additions of REXP-1200U-RP and REXP-1600U-RP. It provides a flexible solution for IT administrators to expand the total capacity of the Turbo NAS up to 400TB. Equipped with many other powerful features including 10GbE ready, SSD cache, VMware VAAI and vSphere Client plug-in, Microsoft SCVMM/ODX, and thin-provisioned volume, the Turbo NAS not only effectively optimizes efficiency and reliability in virtualization applications, but also serves as a high performance NAS for data backup.

“The great storage expansion solution will relieve IT administrators from having to invest big at initial setup,” said David Tsao, product manager of QNAP. “The solution can largely reduce inflexibility in IT budget allocation for businesses that do not see rapid growth of storage demand in the near future, but in some point of time afterward.”

QNAP has been continuously improving user experience in virtualization. The QNAP virtualization-aware solution offers optimal performance for businesses to deploy a virtualization environment.

VioStor NVR firmware v4.0.0

The new VioStor NVR firmware 4.0.0, revamped with a completely new user interface, drag-and-drop control panel, cross-browser support, real-time system alert and much more, was presented for users to enjoy smooth experience with the management of VioStor NVR.

The VioStor NVR supports up to 64-channel display mode for live monitoring and 16-channel display mode for playback, provides practical local display, real-time system alert and E-map function, and offers more management convenience when users experience the powerful surveillance system.

Digital Signage Player

The QNAP digital signage player includes its own embedded software allowing easy content design and control for content placement. The software allows the freedom to schedule message delivery and the flexibility to manage multiple signage players over the network. The latest digital signage series iS-1500, iS-1600 and iS-1620 are available in the exhibition for users to experience.

Availability

The availability of QNAP 400TB solution will be announced separately.

Learn more about QNAP Turbo NAS, VioStor NVR and Digital Signage Player, at www.qnap.com.

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QNAP announced a new 12 bay rackmount Turbo NAS unit today.  Read on for details!

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QNAP announced a new 12 bay rackmount Turbo NAS unit today. This unit is aimed at small to medium sized businesses and has many business-oriented features, like dual gigabit LAN ports, rackmount form factor, Atom processor, 512MB DOM for system boot, locks on the drive bays, and more.  Here is the press release:

Taipei, Taiwan, February 20, 2013- QNAP® Systems, Inc. today officially launched its latest business-class 12-drive rackmount Turbo NAS TS-1269U-RP. Featuring blazingly fast performance and well-rounded designs to ensure system reliability and rich business applications, the TS-1269U-RP is designed to fulfill mission-critical storage needs of small and medium businesses with maximum system uptime.

The TS-1269U-RP is equipped with a Dual-core Intel® Atom 2.13GHz processor, dual Gigabit LAN ports, and 2GB DDR3 RAM, delivering excellent performance to match up with the needs of running performance-driven applications concurrently in nowadays business environments. With 4TB hard drives installed, the TS-1269U-RP can hold up to 48TB of raw storage capacity. “QNAP’s internal testing shows that both writing and reading speeds in typical Windows environments can achieve up to 220 MB/sec in network trunking mode,” said Jason Hsu, product manager of QNAP.

Business continuity is backed with comprehensive reliability designs of the TS-1269U-RP, including advanced RAID management, redundant power supply, 512MB DOM with dual system OS that ensures successful system boot-up, dual LAN ports providing network failover, and hot-swappable support for SSD, SATA 6Gb/s 3.5” and 2.5” drives. It also features key lock on hard disk trays for enhanced security.

The TS-1269U-RP, certified with Windows Server 2012, is an ideal centralized storage solution for SMBs with large number of users. It allows cross-platform file sharing for Windows®, Mac®, and Linux/UNIX users. The Windows AD and LDAP directory services enable the IT administrator to retrieve user accounts from Windows AD or LDAP-based directory server and assign access rights to the Turbo NAS, greatly reducing time and effort in account setup. The Windows ACL (Access Control List) feature offers sophisticated shared folder permission settings which simplify IT management in privilege control.

Being certified by major virtualization solutions in the market, the TS-1269U-RP is proven to be a reliable storage unit for server virtualization via iSCSI/IP-SAN deployment. It supports VMware® vSphere, Citrix® XenServer and Microsoft® Hyper-V. Being certified with VMware® Ready for ESXi 5, the TS-1269U-RP supports both vSphere 4 and vSphere 5.

The TS-1269U-RP offers flexible backup solutions, supporting Real-time Remote Replication (RTRR) for real-time or scheduled data replication, backup to cloud storage including Amazon® S3, ElephantDrive®, Symform® and Google® Drive, and third-party backup software such as Veeam® Backup & Replication and Acronis® True Image. Windows users and Mac users can use QNAP NetBak Replicator utility and Apple Time Machine respectively to easily back up data to the TS-1269U-RP.

The TS-1269U-RP has built-in Surveillance Station Pro. Compatible with over 1,400 IP cameras, it’s easy to build up an IP-based surveillance solution to safeguard the environment. Without additional software installation, the IP camera live-view, recording, and playback are all done on web browsers. The VMobile app for iOS® and Android devices enables on-the-go operations.

Availability

The new TS-1269U-RP Turbo NAS is currently available. Learn more about the new model and the rest of the QNAP Turbo NAS lineup, including where to buy, at www.qnap.com.

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