Change is good, at least that is what we tell ourselves when confronted with something like a new OS. I will be the first to admit that I don't care for change much, and in fact I will avoid it whenever possible. On the flip side there are times when change can bring to fruition good things, like smoother menu transitions, the ability to run multiple applications at once, and something we all love - customizing our desktop. If you haven't guessed by now, then I should probably tell you, I'm talking about the latest NAS OS from QNAP - QTS 4.0.2.
In April, QNAP launched the next evolution of its operating system for its home and business NAS appliances. Dubbed QTS, this new OS allows for a drag and drop type workflow, effectively extending the system you're used to on your PC to your NAS.
Features include the ability to minimize windows to the toolbar, open multiple file managers to drag and drop files across storage appliances and the all new slide out dashboard to name a few. Let's dive in now and take a close look.
Perhaps the first thing you will notice after upgrading to the new QTS system is the new login system. Instead of having options for diving straight into file server, surveillance station or the admin panel, you must first login.
Ok, we successfully logged in to our system, and immediately are greeted with a more appealing desktop environment. From here you can move shortcuts around and place them anywhere you would like, similar to what you would do with your iOS, Windows or Android device.
Over to the right, you will find a small icon poking out from the desktop interface, upon opening you will be greeted with health statistics of your drives, temperatures of the internal CPU and the resource monitor. This is what QNAP calls their Dashboard.
Opening up the control panel, you will find that QNAP configured this new OS to use tabs. In the overview, you will find everything listed in the four sub menu's listed on one page for quick access.
Like QNAP OS 3, the QTS interface supports applications, many created by the fine people at QNAP themselves, but also many from the development community. A step further, applications are now sorted into categories to help you find what you're looking for without looking through the full list on one screen.
HD Station, is a new application that we will touch on in its own in-depth article, but also one of the best features on modern QNAP NAS appliances. Teaming up with XBMC, QNAP offers the best solution for watching media on your HDTV.