QNAP is certainly living up to its reputation for being NAS innovators, the latest addition to the range comes in the form of a 9-bay Hybrid NAS supporting 3.5” and 2.5” drives with dual 10-GbE ports. The combination of 5 x 3.5” and 4 x 2.5” drives bays seems to sound the death knell for its 5-bay TS-531X range QNAP had launched a few years back.
This model appears to clearly depict QNAP’s intention to capture the SMB 10GbE market with the inclusion of dual ports and with its proprietary NAS tiering system, and the new Alpine AL-324 quad-core 1.7GHz Cortex-A57 processor, its bound to give any other NAS a run for its money.
So, should any business which needs an entry-level NAS look at this system, is it any good for home users who use media as their focal point and want to take advantage of the 10GbE ports for the future, any good for them as well?
Well, in a nutshell, the NAS is not confined for business only home users alike can take this NAS and turn it into a central repository of precious memories, stream movies, download Video, elevate your audio experience sharing both locally and remotely if desired.
The new Annapurna Labs AL-324 Quad-Core Processor, 1.7Ghz per core and 64bit in architecture, makes a great impact and with the DDR4 support in 2GB, 8GB and maximum 16GB provides the leverage of longevity and works as performance accelerators, when data evolves and the need to increase performance is required.
The key to the NAS is QNAP’s QTS 4.3.4 operating system offering features such as surveillance (now a necessity for home and business alike), snapshots, ensuring system status and protection of data, allowing rollbacks if the need arises from accidental deletion to malware attacks, tiered storage for SSD caching enabling optimized storage efficiency with support for LXC and Docker containers for rapidly deploying application services across platforms including the cloud, servers, and PCs.
The addition of the dual 10GbE ports will be advantageous when it comes to virtualization and massive file sharing, and these are just the tip of the iceberg for features.
Most of all we were well chuffed with the price of the unit. TS-932X-2G-US - $599 and the TS-932X-8G-US - $749 diskless makes the NAS and iSCSI-SAN (IP-SAN) unified storage solution a must when working on a tight budget.
The New QNAP TS-932x is available at Simplynas.com