UPDATED: QNAP Launches New NAS Units, QTS 4.0 OS
April 30, 2013 9:31 PM
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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.
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 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.
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RE: Nice... But...
5/1/2013 3:48:46 PM
You pay a premium for the "set it and forget it" convenience. For many (if not most) people, that premium is well worth it. I own a Synology and have been quite pleased with the support and "plugin-style" applications. I am unaware of any Synology or QNAP that limits storage. Features are continually being added by Synology and QNAP devs. So your arguments for storage limits and features are pretty baseless.
To be fair, there are limitations. The dealbreaker for me was ZFS. Neither company has universal support for ZFS (or BTRFS) support. I think one of the recently released higher end QNAPs does support BTRFS, but since BTRFS is not production ready, not many people are trusting their data to it yet.
Were I willing to pay for offsite backup, a storage appliance would easily be my first choice. However, I'm not willing to pay for offsite backup. So my recourse is to secure my onsite NAS storage as well as I can. To that end, I am rolling psuedo-DIY: HP Microserver with NAS4Free. When all is said and done, I'll have saved about $300 (roughly equivalent specs). For now, $300 is worth the time and energy necessary to experiment with NAS4Free. If I were at another life stage, that time might be worth far more than $300.
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