QNAP Turbo NAS portfolio grows with new rackmount systems

QNAP added to its TurboNAS portfolio with a rackmount version of a popular desktop model and a series of NAS devices aimed at SMBs.

QNAP, Inc. today announced a number of new rackmounted Turbo NAS products: the TS-451U and TS-x53U. The TS-451U is a 1U rackmount version of the QNAP Turbo NAS TS-x51 series, and the TS-x53U is a new series for small to medium-sized businesses.

The TS-451U is aimed at small businesses and home offices. It is a four-drive unit featuring a 2.41 GHz dual-core Intel Celeron processor. The system ships with 1 GB of DDR3 SDRAM, which can be expanded to 8 GB, and also features dual Gigabit LAN ports, supporting network file transfer speeds up to 220 MB/s. With 6 TB HDDs, the TS-451U can scale up to 24 TB of capacity. It can be further expanded to 128 TB with the QNAP's UX-1200U-RP expansion enclosure.

The company says the TS-x53U series products offer a 2.0 GHz quad-core Intel Celeron processor that are aimed small to medium-sized businesses and processor-intensive applications. The units ship with 4 GB of DDR3 SDRAM which can be expanded to 8 GB and also offer four Gigabit LAN ports that offer up to 400 MB/s throughput. The systems are available in 4-, 8-, and 12-drive configurations with a maximum capacity of 72 TB using the 12-bay model and 6 TB HDDs. TS-x53U series products can also be expanded up to 192 TB using the UX-1200U-RP expansion enclosure. Models are available with or without redundant power supplies.

For [vendors] to be successful moving up in the mainstream SMB or higher-end SOHO, they need to have more than just increased storage space capacity at a good price.
Greg SchulzStorageIO

All of the new QNAP Turbo NAS products offer QTS 4.1 NAS management software and support SSD caching via QTS 4.1. Systems ship with QNAP's NetBak Replicator backup software and RTRR (Real-Time Remote Replication). Users can make real-time or scheduled backups to a remote Turbo NAS or FTP using rsync. Data can also be backed up to a range of cloud storage services, including Amazon S3, Amazon Glacier, Microsoft Azure, Dropbox and Google Drive.

Systems also support the vSphere Client Plug-in, which allows users to manage VMware datastores on the systems directly from the vSphere client console. Systems offer RAID 0, 1, 5, 6 and 10, JBOD support, Active Directory support and AES 256-bit encryption. The units also offer QNAP's QvPC software, which enables systems to be directly operated by plugging in a keyboard, mouse and HDMI monitor.

"QNAP has historically been in the higher-end consumer, prosumer and lower-end SMB SOHO space along with Seagate/Lacie, Buffalo, Netgear and a bunch of others," said Greg Schulz of StorageIO in an email to SearchSMBStorage. "However, they are joining others such as Iomega and Synology who have moved further up into the SMB, ROBO, workgroup, multi-function, unified, converged NAS storage systems that also provide block iSCSI among other features."

He went on to note that some vendors have moved up market by simply adding more drives or a faster processor and gain market share by being a low-cost price leader, while others are beginning to offer enterprise-like feature functionality.

"For [vendors] to be successful moving up in the mainstream SMB or higher-end SOHO, they need to have more than just increased storage space capacity at a good price," Schulz said.

The QNAP Turbo NAS TS-x53U systems and the TS-451U are available now.

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