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QNAP QTS 4.1 SMB Storage Manager Deep Dive

QNAP QTS 4.1 SMB Storage Manager Deep Dive
QNAP's new Storage Manager for SMB products brings powerful SAN features to low-cost, business specific NAS products. Let's take a close look.
| Software in IT/Datacenter | Posted: Jan 10, 2014 3:01 am

Introduction

 

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On Dec. 20th 2014, QNAP released an update to its award winning QTS 4.0 operating system. The new version, QTS 4.1, adds new features to the Storage Manager, and fixes a handful of issues introduced with QTS 4.0, a new operating system for the companies.

 

Unlike years past, QNAP's new software layer divides enterprise / SMB NAS, and consumer / SOHO products a bit. The Storage Manager is more business focused with the upper tier models; more like the SAN products we're reviewing in the lab. A number of enterprise features now come only on the enterprise / SMB products, like SSD cache, and storage pools.

 

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The base software is still the same as you can see above, but the storage manager is quite a bit different. The move is good for both enterprise, and consumers. While building arrays and storage pools made up of separate arrays would be out of place for most consumers, pooling resources has become the new "it" thing to do. On the consumer side, keeping the array building process simple is a concern for any NAS manufacturer. Not everyone is a technology enthusiast, so out teaching the person in a small office who casually maintains the office server while doubling as a fact checker, mail delivery, and any number of other tasks, just doesn't make for an ideal situation.

 

Today we're walking through the new QNAP QTS 4.1 SMB Storage Manager update.

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