QNAP continues its progression with QTS 4.x. The new SMB Storage Manager brings features we're used to seeing on enterprise SANs, down to SMB price levels. At the same time, the new rackmount expansion enclosures that increase the number of disks a system can utilize, gives customers a scale up strategy. It is very easy, and more cost effective to add disks via the expansion system than, it is to purchase and configure a new NAS.
QNAP offers two expansion options, the first is a 16 bay and the second is a 12 bay. The NAS units we looked at can take up to eight expansion enclosures. On the TS-EC2480U-RP, that means up to 152 hard drives for a raw capacity of 608 TB. You just can't beat the system when it comes to density verses value.
Adding to the overall value are the new options we looked at today. Storage pools, cache acceleration, encrypted volumes, and an easier than ever iSCSI configuration increase performance while reducing costs associated with learning complex software, and setup time.
Along with QNAP's new QTS 4.x software launch, the company also released five new enterprise products. These five units make up QNAP's first enterprise specific product line. The new units feature Intel Xeon processors, and deliver over 3.7GB/s of throughput via 4x 10GbE ports. Read IOPs performance tops 400K at 512 Bytes, using solid state drives in RAID 5.
CES is here, so stay tuned for more QNAP news, and product reviews.