There are many aspects that I like about the QNAP TS-659 Pro II and the longer I spend with it, the more I'm impressed. I'm currently testing the Cloud NAS functionality on a TS-419 P II and the same feature is on my daily use TS-809 Pro as well as the TS-659 Pro II we're looking at today. QNAP's software advances haven't been trickling in, they have been pouring in. The three servers listed above, for the most part have the same software functions and they span the QNAP product range top to bottom.
The really amazing thing is that portion of the software package just covers what ships already installed on the NAS. After you have the system all setup, the add-on packages kick in and the NAS servers just explode with options. QNAP's firmware updates, advanced software packages and add-on features are best in class; no one is doing it better and after seeing the TS-659 Pro II in action I can say that no one is even close at this time.
The QNAP TS-659 Pro II is a lot more than just a base for a good software platform. With six drive bays and two additional eSATA ports on the back, users are able to run a large number of drives, up to eight at a time. This makes running RAID 6 (dual drive failure redundancy) easier to swallow because you can still achieve a large capacity size for your array. Still, most users will opt to run RAID 5 (single drive failure redundancy). This gives users an even larger capacity size from their storage array and yet still keeps a buffer between NAS bliss and NAS disaster.
After a quick Google Price Search, I found the QNAP TS-659 Pro II for 938 Dollars in the US. For home users this is a steep price point for a product that will also need drives to get up and running, but users with small offices can afford to spend this kind of money given everything the TS-659 Pro II brings to the table. It's really not a difficult sale for business owners.
Home users are a bit more difficult to paint a clear picture to since so few have used a NAS before. I've been running NAS servers since late 2004, when I first ran an Anthology Solutions Yellow Machine. I haven't looked back since and to this day I'd rather have a NAS server than I would a second computer. As more devices launch with DLNA media capability the value of NAS servers increases with their streaming functions.