by Lyle Smith

QNAP TVS-463 NAS Review

The TVS-463 is a NAS solution designed for home to business applications with the ability to expand the total raw storage capacity up to 160TB using the UX-800P QNAP expansion enclosure. In addition, the TVS-463 is 10GbE-ready when using the optional PCI-E network expansion, which allows for high performance and persistent throughput.  The TVS-463 comes equipped with a AMD 2.4GHz quad-core x86 processor with 4GB DDR3L-1600 RAM (upgradable to 16GB) as well as five USB 3.0 ports, two HDMI ports, and two Gigabit LAN Ports. This functionality allows the TVS-463 to be used as a PC via its QvPC Technology; users simply plug in a monitor, keyboard and mouse and they are now able to operate the NAS using HybridDesk Station on the screen. Users can also run multiple Windows, Linux, Android-based virtual machines with the Virtualization Station.

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by Lyle Smith

Synology NVR216 Compact NVR Solution Announced

Synology has introduced the NVR216 compact NVR solution designed for small shops, offices and other places where space is an issue. The NVR216 is equipped with a dedicated 1080p HDMI output, which allows users to directly connect to a monitor for easy surveillance, as well as the ability to manage cameras and recordings. Available in both a 4 or 9 channel configuration, each channel can run at 720p/30FPS for smooth video feedback. Additionally, NVR216 can be expanded to 4 drives when leveraging the DX213 expansion unit, which gives the new NVR solution a “future proof” build; something that growing businesses often desire.

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by Tucker Mindrum

QNAP TVS-871 NAS Review

QNAP's 4th generation NAS family including the TVS-871, provides a comprehensive storage solution to growing businesses. With eight bays and 4GB of RAM, the TVS-871 sets up SMBs with a reliable server that can push solid performance (reported 2,335MB/s read and 2,150MB/s write) while offering modern features like 4K video transcoding, real-time remote replication (RTRR), SSD cache acceleration, and a wide range of third-party app compatibility. Users can also treat the TVS-871 as a PC through QvPC Technology, a QNAP-exclusive program that combines VM integration, cloud integration, transcoding, and the inherent NAS functionality. Thanks to QNAP's Virtualization Station, it is compatible with Windows, Linux/UNIX, and Android-based VMs, and can run Google Chrome for web browsing.

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by Adam Armstrong

Synology Announces Several Changes Going Into 2016

Today Synology America Corp. announced that it will be making several changes in the coming year. The demands of both personal and professional technology are only going up and Synology is making changes to meet these demands. These changes include a new OS, DiskStation Manager (DSM) 6.0, new advanced NAS products, apps for wearable devices such as the Apple Watch, and Synology’s first router, the Synology RT1900ac.

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by Lyle Smith

QNAP TS-x63U NAS Series Now Available

QNAP Systems has announced the TS-x63U, a new business-class AMD-powered quad-core TS-x63U series NAS designed for SMBs looking for backup, restoration, virtualization storage, and private cloud solutions as well as to future-proof their IT infrastructure for 10GbE networks. Available in 4, 8 and 12-bay models and single and redundant power supply options, the TS-x63U series comes equipped with 10GbE network connectivity using a single-port SFP+ network adapter with the ability to bridge 1GbE devices to a 10GbE network using its four built-in GbE interfaces. The TS-x63U series also features an AES-NI hardware-accelerated encryption engine, SSD cache support, and flexible scalability.

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by Adam Armstrong

QNAP Is DataCore Ready For SANsymphony-V

Today QNAP Systems Inc. announced that its enterprise-class Turbo NAS series are certified DataCore Ready for SANsymphony-V. SANsymphony-V is DataCore’s virtual SAN software-only solution that runs on existing x86 architecture. This combination of QNAP’s hardware and DataCore’s software aims to maximize the availability and utilization of IT assets while simplifying data storage management.

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by Lyle Smith

Synology RackStation RS815 NAS Review

The Synology RackStation RS815 is a 1U 4-bay rackmount NAS designed for small businesses and consumers with a limited budget who are looking for an efficient way to store, protect, and share their data. One of the most notable features of the RS815 is its ability to scale when needed, which makes this ideal for small growing companies, as this device is certainly a “future proof” NAS. Additionally, the Synology RS815 is built using a small 12-inch chassis design--roughly a third shorter than its predecessor RS814--allowing it to be deployed in even more space-constraining areas, such as a 2-post rack or a wall-mount server rack.

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by Lyle Smith

QNAP TVS-471U Turbo vNAS Series Now Available

QNAP Systems has announced the availability of their new 4-bay 10GbE-ready TVS-471U Turbo vNAS series, including the TVS-471U-RP and TVS-471U. Featuring high performance, scalable design, reliability and rich business applications, QNAP indicates that the TVS-471U line is designed to offer SMBs smooth daily file operations as well as low total cost of ownership. The company’s QvPC Technology also adds more hands-on usage for functionality including direct access to stored data, monitoring live surveillance feeds, and watching media with a keyboard, mouse, and HDMI display. In addition, Qsirch allows users to quickly search through their files on the QNAP NAS to find specific items with improved productivity.

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by Lyle Smith

QNAP TS-431U Turbo NAS Now Available

QNAP Systems has announced the availability of the TS-431U, a new 4-bay TS-431U Turbo NAS designed to offer optimal price/performance in a 1U network storage server chassis for file sharing, backup, synchronization, and more. The TS-431U comes equipped with an advanced Freescale dual-core 1.2GHz processor and 1GB DDR3 RAM for multi-tasking and provides businesses with a private cloud for easily and securely accessing data.

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by Tucker Mindrum

Synology DiskStation DS1515 Review

Synology has released its first 5-bay value series NAS; the DS1515. Synology cut costs on this model by loading it with a lower-end CPU (Quad Core 1.4GHz Alpine AL-314) and fewer USB 3.0 ports, but it still provides all of the features one would expect with a Synology DiskStation. It would be ideal for budget-minded businesses that don't mind a bit of a dip in performance compared to the DS1515+, which would cost about $150 more.

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