by Lyle Smith

QNAP TS-x32XU Rackmount NAS Series Now Available

QNAP has announced the immediate availability of the TS-x32XU rackmount NAS series: the 4-bay TS-432XU, 8-bay TS-832XU, and 12-bay TS-1232XU, all of which have single power and redundant power options. Powered by the new 64-bit Alpine AL-324 ARMv8 Cortex-A57 quad-core 1.7 GHz processor and DDR4 memory, the TS-x32XU boasts noticeable performance improvements and supports snapshots, Qtier 2.0 tiered storage and RAID 50/60. The new QNAP NAS is designed for small to medium-sized businesses looking for a versatile solution that can scale based on their needs.

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by Adam Armstrong

QSAN Releases XCubeFAS All-Flash SAN

QSAN Technology Inc. launched its, and apparently Taiwan’s, first All-Flash SAN, the XCubeFAS XF2026D. This new 2U SAN is designed for both SME and larger enterprises. The SAN has 26 bays and can be expanded to support 130 SSDs.

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by Lyle Smith

QNAP Updates QM2 PCIe Expansion Card Line

QNAP has added to its QM2 PCIe expansion card line with several new models. These new cards support up to four M.2 SSDs slots on a single card and either M.2 SATA SSDs or M.2 PCIe NVMe SSDs, which allows for SSD caching and improved IOPS performance. They also allow users to create an auto-tiering volume. Moreover, the new additions to the QM2 line also maximize storage capacity and performance, as the M.2 SSDs do not populate any of the 3.5-inch drive bays. The new QM2 cards now support more QNAP NAS solutions.

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by Lyle Smith

QNAP TS-1677X Ryzen NAS Series Now Available

QNAP has released the new TS-1677X series, an enterprise-class Ryzen NAS equipped with twelve 3.5-inch drive bays, four 2.5-inch drive bays, an AMD Ryzen 8-core processor (Turbo Core of up to 3.7 GHz), Qtier auto-tiering, and SSD caching. QNAP indicates that their new TS-1677X can also be used in AI-oriented big data storage use cases when equipped with a high-end graphics card and QNAP's “QuAI” AI developer package.

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by Adam Armstrong

QSAN XCubeSAN XS5226D Review

Last year we reviewed the QSAN XCubeSAN XS1200 Series that we found to have good performance, good capabilities, and a good price for the SMB and ROBO markets that were its target. For this review, we will be looking at the same appliance with the higher-end XS5226 controller in it. As design and build and management are identical (we are using the same chassis), readers can refer back to the previous review.

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by Lyle Smith

Synology RackStation RS2418+/RS2418RP+ Now Available

Synology has announced the availability of their new RackStation RS2418+/RS2418RP+ 12-bay NAS solution. Designed for small- and medium-sized businesses, the new 2U, 12-bay rackmount offers scalability at an affordable TCO as it supports up to 144TB raw capacity in a single 2U chassis with the ability to expand up to 288TB via an RX1217/RX1217RP. This allows the new RackStation to easily expand as a business grows. 

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by Adam Armstrong

Synology Releases 3U RackStation RS2818RP+

Today Synology Inc. launched its first 3U Plus series rackmount NAS with the release of RackStation RS2818RP+. This new NAS centers around large storage capacity for lower TCO for SMBs. Along with the new NAS, Synology is also announcing that its next business-day replacement service, Synology Replacement Service (SRS), is now available in North America.

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by Lyle Smith

QNAP's vQTS Now Available For TS-x77 NAS Series

QNAP has announced the immediate availability of their new vQTS virtualization technology, which allows users to run multiple virtual QTS operating systems on a QNAP NAS. vQTS is based on Virtualization Station and offers benefits for resource segregation, multi-tenant environments, and flexible application deployment coupled with savings on energy, costs and physical space. At this time, vQTS is only available for the AMD Ryzen-powered TS-x77 NAS series.

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by Lyle Smith

Synology Moments, Drive, and Office Software Packages Now Available

Synology has announced the official release of Drive, Office, and Moments--three significant packages that run on the company’s line NAS products. These new applications give users the ability to securely and privately store, back up, and synchronize their files.

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by Lyle Smith

QNAP And Netgate Partner To Improve NAS Network Security

QNAP Systems and Netgate will be showcasing a joint solution at CES 2018 (QNAP Booth No. 40955) with the implementation of pfSense software on QNAP NAS devices. Coupled with QNAP’s participation in the CVE Numbering Authority (CNA) and support of McAfee Antivirus services, both organizations indicate that this will create a new comprehensive security and networking deployment.

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