December 21st, 2018 by Michael Rink
QNAP Releasing Flexible NAS Appliances
On December 19th QNAP Systems Inc started releasing a new series of Network Attached Storage (NAS) appliances. Their new TS-x83XU enterprise NAS series boasts an impressively wide array of configurations and sizes. They have so many options almost any IT team is likely to find something that suits their needs.
All of the TS-x83XU enterprise NAS series appliances run on Intel Xeon E 3.3 GHz processors, mostly E-2124 quad-cores, and come with ECC DDR4 memory. For network connections, they have two 10GbE SFP+ ports using Mellanox ConnectX-4 Lx SmartNIC controllers. For customers looking for something a little more powerful than a pure storage appliance, there is a PCIe slot perfect for adding a graphics card.
That’s what the appliances in the series have in common, let’s look at the numerous options to select from to find the right solution for users’ needs. The series has appliances at the 1U, 2U, 3U, and 4U form factors. The 1U form factor is perhaps the most interesting as these appliances are the only ones in the series that provide hybrid rackmounts. Both 1U models have rackmounts for four 3.5-inch HDD and five 2.5-inch SSD drive bays along with two 4GB RAM sticks. The main difference between the two 1U models is in the power supply. The TS-983XU-RP-E2124-8G has 300W redundant power supply unit PSU where the TS-983XU-E2124-8G has a 250W single PSU.
The 2U form factor has three models and also offers a choice between redundant and single power supplies units. The TS-883XU-E2124-8G comes with a single 350W PSU and 8 drive bays. The other two models both have 300W redundant PSU and differ primarily in the number of drive bays, offering customers a choice between 8 or 12 bays.
Moving up to the larger 3U and 4U models, QNAP decided to only offer versions with redundant PSUs; 500W or 800W respectively. These larger models are precisely what you’d expect from scaling up the larger 2U unit holding 16 or 24 drive bays respectively.