CES 2008: 4-bay hot swap using more RAID options
away in one of the halls at CES is a company that is sure to become more popular once the word gets out about the excellent products that this company offers. QNAP comes from the world of building business class network attached storage (NAS) devices. Now they are leveraging their experience delivering business class NAS solutions to provide an easy-to-use and feature rich product that is targeted at home and small business owners. The key to QNAP’s strategy is offering the features that this market space needs at a cost that is less than competing solutions that are using Microsoft’s Windows Home Server, due to the fact that they are using a RISC based solution that is running an embedded Linux kernel.
Features and flexibility are where QNAP is excelling by offering the ability of the QNAP NAS products to act as a file server, backup server, print server, Web server, FTP server, MySQL server, and P2P Server. In addition, the QNAP NAS products are able to do remote replication with optional encryption from NAS to NAS both locally and over the Internet. With the replication technology users are able to use the QNAP NAS servers as a software delivery system with the ability to replicate files between NAS units automatically. Of course, in addition to the business features of the QNAP NAS products the QNAP NAS also offers a variety of tools that are targeted at the management, storage, and playback of digital media. What makes the QNAP NAS products better than the competition is their ability to simply offer the flexibility for the NAS to be used in more ways than a traditional NAS at an affordable price, according to Shawn Su from QNAP.
QNAP is launching the new TS-409, which is a new 4-bay SATA hot swap NAS supporting RAID 0/1/5/6/JBOD. The TS-409 will join the single drive TS-109 single drive model and the TS-209 two drive model. All of the QNAP models offer you the flexibility to select the SATA hard drives you want to use by not including them in the package. So, the QNAP products might be best described as a “bring your own drive(s)” solution. Like all of the TS series products the TS-409 offers Gigabit Ethernet with optional Jumbo frames support.
We really liked the P2P BitTorrent download station technology that is included in the QNAP. We can see this as a great solution for those who use BitTorrent services all of the time. We think, however, that the real asset is its ability to be able to run MySQL powered Web solutions and deliver them with QNAP NAS Web server. Just in case you want to use the QNAP NAS in an enterprise or small business environment that already has Windows servers that are using Active Directory, the QNAP NAS offers Active Directory integration support.
With the easy-to-use Web-based interface that offers fast configuration and easy setup, the QNAP products look to be setting a new standard and direction for NAS products. The TS-409 will start shipping later this week and will be available from a variety of retailers.