Qnap, a known name in the storage world, has announced its new NAS system. NAS stand for Network Attached System and it is a small case that can be attached on your network and will store your media files for you.
The new unit TS-409 has four hot swappable bays online, RAID Capacity Expansion and Online RAID Level Migration Network Storage Solution for Business, and it looks nice.
It is powered by 500MHz CPU and 256MB of its own memory, which makes this device more than a simple HDD enclosure that can take care of more than one drive. Qnap TS-409 supports RAID 0/ 1/ 5/ 6/ 5+spare disk redundancy and one of the key things of such a device is that your noisy hard drives might finally be moved to a server room, or anyway away of your desk.
TS-409 Pro provides various powerful backup solutions, and you can stack up to 4 Terabytes as you can plug up to four 3.5-inch drives with each up to 1TeraByte or smaller.
The RAID 5 and RAID 6 support, Online RAID Level Migration and Capacity Expansion features are something that the NAS SOHO and business users might welcome. Apart from that you will find windows AD authentication for easy user account setup and centralized data management; network storage, file server, encrypted FTP server, encrypted remote replication, printer server (supports 3 printer at maximum), UPS support, cross-platform operation, built-in PHP MySQL and SQLite web server.
It is available for between €530 and €570 in German / Austrian / Swiss market popularly known as DACH.