June 2nd, 2015 by Lyle Smith
QNAP Demonstrates Thunderbolt NAS, Qsirch, Virtualization Solutions, QTS 4.2, and More
QNAP Systems has demonstrated various new technologies and devices at Computex 2015, including the world's first Thunderbolt NAS, the unique search tool "Qsirch", a hybrid approach to virtualization with Virtualization Station and Container Station, the new QTS 4.2 operating system, multi-zone multimedia system, and various new and feature-rich Turbo NAS models for home and businesses. In addition, QNAP cooperated with HGST, Seagate, Toshiba and WD to showcase joint solutions of QNAP NAS using a variety of their HDDs and SSDs.
Thunderbolt 2 Turbo vNAS TVS-871T
QNAP TVS-871T is the world's first DAS/NAS/iSCSI SAN triple solution, optimizing high-speed and flexible connectivity. It features Thunderbolt 2 technology, which enables simultaneous 4K video transfer and display and Ethernet dual network, which gives users to flexibly to share files across multiple devices simultaneously.
With its two Thunderbolt 2 ports available on the TVS-871T, users can arrange the connection of their computer workstations with the NAS and its storage expansion enclosures based on their own needs. QNAP also indicates that users will benefit from high accessibility, optimal collaboration and seamless expansion. Additionally, the TVS-871T is designed as an ideal for Thunderbolt-equipped Mac users for 4K workflow, file storage and backup. QNAP TVS-871T was demonstrated with Seagate Enterprise NAS HDDs.
Qsirch is a full-text search tool that allows users to find specific files, including documents, movies, songs or photos, on the QNAP NAS easily. Using the TF-IDF algorithm also enables users to search while typing and identify files easily with categories, thumbnail preview, and list view. QNAP believes that Qsirch will increase productivity and work efficiency for file searching.
TS-563 Turbo NAS
The 5-bay TS-563 NAS features 10GbE-readiness and is powered by an AMD 64-bit quad-core 2.0GHz SoC processor with up to 16GB RAM. It comes equipped with AES-NI hardware-accelerated encryption, SSD cache acceleration, AMD-V technology for running Windows/Linux/Android on the NAS, and scalable storage expansion; all at competitive price. The TS-563 is designed for small and medium businesses looking to build private clouds on high-speed networks and application-intensive environments with maximized ROI.
Virtualization Station and Container Station
QNAP Virtualization Station provides virtualized desktop operations on the QNAP NAS for managing multiple virtual machines. The newly upgraded Virtualization Station 2.0 uses the software-defined networking (SDN) concept, which allows for greater benefits of flexible networking, cost efficiency and unlimited potential for a wider application scenario.
Additionally, the QNAP Container Station integrates LXC and Docker lightweight virtualization methods, which gives users the ability to operate multiple isolated Linux systems on a QNAP NAS as well as download apps from the built-in Docker Hub Registry.
QTS 4.2 streamlines UI design and enhances home/business features
QTS 4.2 has unveiled a new interface design for its desktop, Storage Manager, and other applications, which are all aimed at improving user experience. It has also added new features such as volume snapshot, snapshot replication, VM backup & restore, JBOD enclosure roaming, backup versioning, encrypting shared folders, and enhanced network security.
File Station adds integration with cloud services and enables users to view files with Office Online and Google Docs as well as the ability to directly open them with a Google Chrome office extension. Photo Station provides users with a browsing experience with features including: gallery mode, moveable control menu bar, enhanced sharing mechanisms, and more.
Multi-zone multimedia streaming and HD Station 3.0
QTS 4.2 also enables the QNAP NAS to be a multi-zone multimedia system, allowing users to centrally control media streaming to different corners of their home using a single device. Supported protocols/services include DLNA, AirPlay, Chromecast, Bluetooth and USB devices for media streaming.
HybridDesk Station 3.0 (HD Station) has been updated to 64-bit and has added multitasking, and multilingual keyboard and input support. Applications such as Skype, Libre Office, Plex Home Theater, and more have also been added to provide users an enhanced multimedia experience and increased work productivity.
The availability of TVS-871T, Container Station, and QTS 4.2 will be announced in separate releases with further details.