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QTS 4.0 is the highlight of QNAP's new NAS devices

QNAP has announced two new product lines in its family of Network Attached Storage (NAS) devices for home and small business users. The TS-x20 an TS-x21 series NAS units are all powered by Marvell ARM processors and feature QNAP's new QTS 4.0 OS. Both the TS-x20 and TS-x21 are available in 1-, 2-, and 4-bay configurations (i.e., TS-120, TS-220, and TS-420).
 
The TS-x20 series comes with a 1.6GHz processor paired with 512MB of DDR3 memory. The TS-x21 series ups the ante with a 2.0GHz processor and 1GB of DDR3 memory. All units feature a brushed metal chassis, two USB 3.0 ports and at least one GbE LAN port -- the TS-420 and TS-421 both come with two GbE LAN ports.


QNAP TS-421
 
As for QTS, version 4.0 offers up what QNAP calls an "intelligent desktop" which allows users to multitask in a multi-window environment. QTS 4.0 allows easy access to documents, pictures, videos, and music. Download Station even allows you to manage your Torrents if you're into that sort of thing. Naturally, all of the new NAS devices support AirPlay and DLNA.


QTS 4.0
 
QTS also brings Qsync, which provides easy file syncing between a desktop, laptop, and smartphone. QNAP likens the feature to DropBox, but with as much as storage as you're willing to add to your NAS unit.
 
QNAP has not yet announced pricing and availability for the TS-x20 and TS-x21 series, but we'll let you know as soon as we find out.

Updated 4/30/2013 @ 9:30pm EST
We've just been notified of pricing for the TS-x20 and TS-x21 lineup. The TS-120, TS-220, and TS-420 are priced at $179, $229, and $429 respectively. The TS-121, TS-221, and TS-421 are priced at $229, $329, and $499 respectively.

Sources: QNAP [1], [2]



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What about this new OS for the other QNAP models?
By Eug on 4/30/2013 3:18:46 PM , Rating: 2
It's about time they got an OS to compete with Synology's. Not everyone is a sysadmin.

However, it's still not good enough to have it just on a few models. I was interested in the Atom-based QNAP TS-469L until I found out QTS 4.0 is not available for it at this time. In fact, QTS 4.0 is currently only available on (a few of) their ARM-based units. None of their Intel-based NAS's are currently supported.

The QTS 4.0-endowed TS-421 doesn't fit the bill though because it's a significantly slower unit, with a single-core 2.0 GHz ARM CPU. That likely means a significant performance bottleneck even for home use.

Thus, I purchased a Synology instead, specifically a DS413. It has a dual-core 1.067 GHz PowerPC CPU. It isn't as fast as Atom, but is sufficient for my home/home office needs, and it comes with a decent OS for non-experts like me.




By fteoath64 on 5/1/2013 2:28:49 AM , Rating: 2
The DS413 is a very decent machine for the money. Nearly 85% the speed of the Atom unit at a lower price and all the feature you could want. It shows how a lowly, 1Ghz PPC chip can do such a thing and imagine how it would perform if it scales to 1.8Ghz in frequency!. It is also very power efficient when compared to Atom.
Only downside is that its USB3 port performance was hardly any good.


By Eug on 5/1/2013 7:02:01 AM , Rating: 2
Bad USB 3 performance on the Synology? That's disappointing. I'll have to test that out. Fortunately, there is an eSATA port and that's what I'm using. I wish there were two eSATA ports like the QNAP though.


By sixteenornumber on 5/1/2013 3:02:48 AM , Rating: 2
I'd like to see manufacturers stop using frequency as a measure of performance. I have a server grade motherboard with a Atom D-525 (1.8Ghz x2) CPU. not enough power to stream 720p movies. In the other hand, my under clocked i3 (1.6GHz x2) has no problem going as far as 1080p.


By Eug on 5/1/2013 7:15:06 AM , Rating: 2
Streaming? I assume you mean transcoding, because just about any NAS can stream HD 1080p H.264 video just fine.

Fortunately in 2013, a transcoding server is usually not necessary anymore. Any new laptop or desktop (even with integrated graphics), any decent tablet, and even most higher end smart phones can natively play back 1080p H.264 directly. For this reason, transcoding ability was not a consideration at all for me when I was looking for a NAS.


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