updated 01:35 pm EDT, Mon August 10, 2009
QNAP Turbo NAS servers
QNAP Systems on Monday said it will soon release two new Turbo NAS servers meant for use in corporate or entry-level enterprise environments. The TS-439U-RP and TS-439U-SPK share the same four-drive design that fits into 1U racks and has hot-swappable bays. Total capacity in either is 8TB when using 2TB drives. Either can be configured to accommodate 2.5-inch or 3.5-inch hard drives, with a 1.6GHz Intel Atom CPU and 1GB of RAM overseeing the actual workload of the system. The models can transfer data at 87.3MBps when reading from FTP sites and in RAID 5 mode.
Users can set up the drives in RAID 0, 1, 5, 6 and 5+ hot spare configurations, a plain collection of drives, or online RAID modes for either capacity expansion or level migration. They also feature iSCSI Target service with Thin Provisioning, dual gigabit LAN ports with support for seven bonding modes and multi-IP setting. The RP model has two 150W power supplies, with the secondary one taking over in the case of the primary's failure. The SP makes do with a single power supply, but can be outfitted with a redundant one.
Both the TS-439U-RP and TS-439U-SP are compatible with Mac, Windows, Linux, and Unix powered systems. For security, there is AES 256-bit volume-based encryption, policy-based IP blocking, secure FTP and encrypted remote replication for backing up the NAS server to another over the network. Users can also set the NAS servers up to send an e-mail or SMS alert if the contained drives are at or near failure.
The TS-439U-RP and TS-439U-SP NAS servers will be available later this month, with prices yet to be announced.