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QNAP Upgrades Virtualization Station, Revamping the Turbo NAS as a Virtualization Platform for Cloud Computing
Wednesday, 21 January 2015 00:00

QNAP® Systems, Inc. today released an upgraded version of the industry-leading Virtualization Station. This new version (v1.2) adds several functions including user permission settings, Android support, USB passthrough, an increased number of snapshots for virtual machines (VM), directly outputting a VM to an HDMI monitor, and more.

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* This number may be affected by running VM applications and active application services on the Turbo NAS.

By adding support for Android, Virtualization Station v1.2 allows users to create Android-based VMs to enjoy larger storage capacity for backing up chat logs and phone books, or to enjoy a larger working space with a bigger monitor. User permission settings allows IT administrators to quickly create users and set proper permissions for each VM, helping to efficiently manage and allocate VM resources for users with different needs. Virtualization Station v1.2 now supports USB passthrough, enabling VMs to directly read data from and operate generic USB devices such as flash drives, card readers, printers or barcode readers, bringing more convenience to operational efficiency.

VMs can be greater protected with the increase in the number of snapshots supported. In the event of a VM failing, users can quickly roll it back to the snapshot time to ensure continual system operation. Besides using web browsers, users can now operate VMs by plugging in a keyboard, mouse and HDMI monitor to their Turbo NAS and operate it as if it were a PC. Virtualization Station can benefit users in applications including online tutoring, network surveillance, NAS remote access, and much more.

“NAS with an integrated virtualization platform makes it not only storage but also a cloud computing solution,” said Alfred Li, product manager of QNAP. While the cloud industry flourishes, more software providers such as Amazon® and Google® invest in public cloud services that enable users to easily adopt for fundamental storage infrastructure. Considering cost and security issues, however, a hybrid solution combining private and public cloud services can provide a great alternative and a well-rounded cloud computing solution.

For example, a NAS with an integrated virtualization platform can help Windows Server 2012 perform not just as cloud storage but also as a data center with cloud computing capabilities. Storage features (e.g. SSD cache, data backup & RAID configurations) backboned with the power of an Intel® Xeon® processor enables a NAS to deliver high-performance services in data storage, computing and security.

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With the rise of Virtual Appliances, many software vendors offer packages that integrate operating system components and software into VM file formats. Users can directly download and use them to save time installing systems and applications. While numerous Virtual Appliance online marketplaces such as VMware Virtual Appliance Marketplace, Bitnami and TurnKey offer various VMs for users to download on demand and import them directly to virtualization platforms (e.g. VMware, VirtualBox), Virtualization Station allows you to directly import Virtual Appliances for greater convenience.

QNAP has been doing its utmost to develop NAS applications with virtualization platform. The exclusive QvPC Technology represents QNAP's continuous innovation over the last few years, and consolidates a number of high-end technologies including VM integration, multimedia transcoding, HDMI output, tiered storage architecture, and more. By connecting a Turbo NAS to a keyboard, mouse and HDMI monitor, the Turbo NAS can be used as a PC to access stored data and to allow users to directly access and manage their VMs. In the field of personal cloud storage and computing, QNAP aims to provide the highest quality and most budget-friendly storage solutions.

Availability

Virtualization Station v1.2 is available from the QTS App Center.

 

 

 

 

 

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