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QNAP targets SMBs with affordable NAS solutions

New TS series with support for virtualisation, encryption, transcoding and HDMI output

The TS-x51+ is ideal for organisations looking to build a secure private cloud.
The TS-x51+ is ideal for organisations looking to build a secure private cloud.

QNAP Systems has announced the release of the quad-core 2-bay TS-251+ and 4-bay TS-451+ NAS designed to provide high-performance, affordable and scalable storage solution for small offices and workgroup users.

The new models feature virtualisation readiness, containerized applications, enhanced backup solutions, real-time & offline video transcoding, QvPC Technology, HDMI video playback with an included remote control, and many other functions for businesses and SOHO users seeking to build a cost-efficient and modern storage solution, the company says.

The TS-251+ and TS-451+ are powered by a 22nm 64-bit quad-core Intel Celeron 2.0GHz processor (burst up to 2.42GHz) with 2GB/8GB energy-efficient DDR3L RAM. They also include dual Gigabit LAN ports, and can deliver up to 225 MB/s throughput and up to 205 MB/s transfer speeds with AES 256-bit volume & folder encryption.

“The TS-251+ & TS-451+ are ideal choices for those who demand the superior performance of a quad-core x86-based NAS without breaking the budget,” said Jason Hsu, product manager of QNAP. “Both NAS are speedy, versatile and provide future-proof scalability.”

The new NAS series runs QTS 4.2, a smart NAS operating system that comes with a variety of features to empower offices and home applications. Users can run multiple applications on Windows, Linux, UNIX and Android based virtual machines on the NAS with the Virtualization Station, and operate multiple isolated Linux systems on the NAS. The Container Station integrates LXC and Docker lightweight virtualization technologies and allows apps to be downloaded from the built-in Docker Hub Registry.

Not limited to high-end models, the TS-x51+ includes the snapshot function (a minimum of 4GB RAM is required). The QTS Storage Manager can easily create snapshots within seconds for both volumes and LUN, and users can also carry out snapshot replica and cloning tasks. The NAS series also offers flexible backup solutions for Windows and Mac and disaster recovery solutions with Real-Time Remote Replication (RTRR), rsync and cloud storage backup.

Users can easily operate the TS-251+ and TS-451+ as a PC with QvPC Technology. By simply plugging in a keyboard, mouse and HDMI display, users can directly access stored data, run multiple virtual machines, surf the web, enjoy 1080p videos with the included remote control and up to 7.1 HD audio with Kodi, monitor live feeds on Surveillance Station, and much more. The NAS also supports real-time and offline transcoding capabilities as well as streaming photos, music and videos to different rooms from a single device using Bluetooth, USB devices, HDMI, DLNA, Apple TV and Chromecast as a multi-zone control system.

The TS-x51+ is ideal for organisations looking to build a secure private cloud with numerous offerings, including cross-platform file sharing for Windows, Mac, Linux and UNIX users; support for Windows AD, LDAP directory services and Windows ACL; VPN server with L2TP/IPsec, OpenVPN, and PPTP support; 2-step verification; encrypted access, and more.

Today’s businesses are also demanding economical solutions that provide flexible storage scalability for rapid data growth. The TS-x51+'s scalable design supports online capacity expansion by connecting a QNAP 8-bay UX-800P or 5-bay UX-500P expansion enclosure to provide a total capacity of up to 96TB.