QNAP Offers 16-Drive Turbo NAS Appliances for Small Businesses

The appliances support file-sharing in mixed Windows, Mac, Linux and Unix environments, and private cloud storage.

As a flood of data puts increasing pressure on the storage requirements of small and midsize businesses, midmarket storage specialist QNAP Systems is offering additions for the high-end SMB market segment with two 16-drive 3U rack mount Turbo network-attached storage models with up to 64-terabyte storage capacity using 4TB drives.

The TS-EC1679U-RP and TS-1679U-RP are powered by the Intel Xeon processor and the Intel Core i3 processor, respectively, and are currently shipping.

The TS-EC1679U-RP is a 16-drive 3U rack mount unit with a Quad-core Xeon Processor E3-1225 (3.1GHz), double-data rate type 3 (DDR3) ECC RAM, 600W redundant power supply, two expansion slots for storage expansion and network expansion and four Gigabit LAN ports with a variety of expansion options for Gigabit + 10 Gigabit Ethernet networking. The TS-1679U-RP is a 16-drive 2U rack mount unit with a dual-core Core i3-2120 processor (3.3GHz), DDR3 RAM, 600W redundant power supply, two storage and network expansion slots and four Gigabit LAN ports.

The appliances support file-sharing in mixed Windows, Mac, Linux and Unix environments, private cloud storage, and high-performance computing applications, such as high-definition video editing, as well as network-wide backups. Both models feature the company€™s network-attached storage (NAS) management software, as well as user privilege design, Windows AD integration, Lightweight Directory Access Protocol (LDAP) server and client implementation applications.

Designed for network shared storage for virtual server environments, the appliances can simultaneously provide storage solutions for IP-SAN (iSCSI) and NAS implementations and are VMware-ready, Citrix-ready, and Windows Hyper-V-compliant, according to a company release. To reduce failure points, the new models are designed with cable-less backplanes connecting drives to the controller board. The hardware's intrusion-detection feature generates a log entry and alerts the administrators when the chassis is opened.

In addition, both models have optional 10GbE networking and 6G-bps serial ATA (SATA) interfaces, achieving 2,000MB per second and 200,000 input/output per second (IOPS) throughput, as well as a hot-swappable power supply and cooling fan modules. €œThe rapid growth of data and the demanding requirements for efficiency and reliability require high-performance network-attached storage solutions,€ David Tuhy, general manager of Intel's Storage Group, said in a statement.

The two storage appliances also support redundant array of independent disks (RAID) 0, 1, 10, 5, 6, 5+ hot spare, 6+ hot spare, 10+ hot spare, single-disk, just a bunch of disks (JBOD) and other formats, as well as the Global Hot Spare, which allows a spare drive to replace a failed drive on any RAID volume on the NAS for automatic RAID data rebuilding.

€œPerformance is only part of the equation, though; the new models also raise the bar on reliability and uptime by reducing failure points and maximizing redundancy in critical components so the system administrators have peace of mind they made the right choice for their networked storage,€ Meiji Chang, general manager of QNAP, said in a statement.