QNAP Expands Turbo NAS Lineup

 
 
By Nathan Eddy  |  Posted 2010-02-01 Email Print this article Print
 
 
 
 
 
 
 

NAS server and storage specialist QNAP targets cost-conscious businesses with two servers, the 2 drive TS-239 Pro II and the 4 drive TS-439 Pro II.

QNAP Systems, a manufacturer of NAS servers, NVR video surveillance systems and network-based video players expanded its Turbo NAS lineup with two mid-range NAS servers targeted at small and midsize businesses and corporate customers. The TS-239 Pro II (2 drive model) and TS-439 Pro II (4 drive model) incorporate the Intel Atom D410 single-core processor, which delivers up to 8TB of high performance networked storage coupled with the features of QNAP's Business Series NAS servers. The TS-239 Pro II and TS-439 Pro II Turbo NAS servers are currently available through QNAP global commercial distributors, resellers and retailers.

"QNAP's new TS-239 Pro II and TS-439 Pro II models fill an important niche between our ultra high performance Business Series models and our lower performance models," said Laurent Cheng, product manager of QNAP Systems. "These two new models offer the horsepower of the single-core Intel Atom D410 CPU with all the business applications found in our Business Series at price points that are attractive to SMB and corporate customers."

The servers ship with an updated version of the QNAP NAS management software, version 3.2, which supports features such as iSCSI service and supports SPC-3 Persistent Reservation for clustering in VMware and Windows Server 2008. MPIO and MC/S are also supported. As well as DFS support (Folder Aggregation), import of user-list, and customizable Daylight Saving Time for easier administration, the next-generation Internet Protocol, IPv6, has been incorporated for future networking evolution. QNAP's Web File Manager 2 features a redesigned user interface and functionality for improved file sharing and management. WebDAV is also available for users to collaboratively share, access and edit files over HTTP and HTTPS. Additionally, Apple Time Machine backups are now supported.

The TS-239 Pro II and TS-439 Pro II NAS servers are compatible with VMware's vSphere4 (ESX 4.0) virtualization platform, which the company said is ideal for departmental file sharing, storage and server applications in the office environment. VMware has positioned its vSphere solution as a cloud operating system that helps small businesses reduce IT costs and increase responsiveness. Through QNAP's servers, SMB and corporate users are able to benefit from the interoperability between VMware virtual machines and QNAP products.

Most QNAP NAS servers feature hot-swap removable cartridge drives and offer features including virtual disk, and dual Gigabit LAN ports with fail-over, load-balancing and multi-IP setting capabilities for all Intel-based models. QNAP NAS servers are suited for simple Website hosting, ultra-high performance RAID storage supporting RAID 0, 1, 5, 6, 5+ hot spare and 6+hot spare (4 drive and higher models), stand-alone file downloading, network-wide backups, printer sharing and video surveillance. QNAP NAS servers are fully compatible with Windows, Macintosh, Linux and UNIX networks and incorporate green power management technologies.

 
 
 
 
Nathan Eddy is Associate Editor, Midmarket, at eWEEK.com. Before joining eWEEK.com, Nate was a writer with ChannelWeb and he served as an editor at FierceMarkets. He is a graduate of the Medill School of Journalism at Northwestern University.
 
 
 
 
 
 
 

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