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QNAP Container Station
Thursday, 22 September 2016 00:00

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LXC and Docker® Containers inclusive

LXC supports OS-level virtualization for Linux®-based operating systems, while Docker® is ideal for application virtualization purposes. As shown below, most NAS products on the market only support Docker® containers, and as such are unsuitable for the deployment of Linux® virtual machines.

As the only NAS brand on the market supporting both LXC and Docker® , QNAP NAS is the clear choice for comprehensive virtualization solutions.

Linux® Containers – Next Gen Virtualization

Architecture Supports a fully-virtualized Linux® OS including boot-up procedures Single image and running as an application
  • Run multiple applications in a single Linux®VM
  • Requires a fully-functional Linux® OS
  • Requires a Linux® upgrade
  • Single container, single application
  • Rapid deployment and migration across platforms
  • Running isolated containers simultaneously on QTS
  • A lightweight alternative to virtual machines
  • More flexible
  • Data can be saved in a container
  • Rapid and easy deployment
  • Application-centric, portable deployment across machines
  • Component re-use
  • Tool ecosystem

Start your Container Station

One-click setup, QNAP only

The wizard is free from complex procedures, automatically detects configuration, and helps you easily complete the installation with just a single click. All you need to do is click the “Create” button, then start using container applications.

The wizard helps you quickly create the container.

2Get an overview of your containers and various management tools.

3Easily check detailed information of each container.

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LXC and Docker® virtualization Container import / export Docker® Hub Registry
The dual-core, built-in LXC and Docker® virtualization introduces instant, easy deployment of Linux®-based VMs and containerized applications. Support for container import / export makes backup and transfer of containers simple and easy. The built-in Docker® Hub Registry enables you to directly search for thousands of applications from developers around the world.
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At-a-glance dashboard Flexible user interface Permission settings
The dashboard provides a clear overview including the NAS CPU/memory and individual container resource usage. You can enjoy flexible management using either a command line interface or a convenient web interface. You can set user permissions to access shared folders on the NAS, other containers’ data or NAS devices.

Lightweight virtualization for ARM®-based NAS

QNAP TS-431+ and TS-231+ Turbo NAS are the first and only ARM®-based NAS models on the market that support lightweight virtualization technology. It provides users with affordable choices to experience the amazing Container Station and to enjoy the playground of virtual containers.


Low cost, rapid deployment ideal for the education sector

Download any of the 45,000+ applications from our built-in Docker® Hub Registry. Applications include databases, web servers, programming languages, and entire development suites. It is as easy as downloading apps on your smartphone. Alternatively, use Linux® container to run multiple applications. All of these possibilities make Container Station ideal to meet the needs of the education sector, developers, and the Linux® community.


A hybrid approach to virtualization

QNAP’s Virtualization Station and Container Station jointly introduce a hybrid approach to virtualization. No matter what your virtualization needs are, you can count on QNAP for a complete range of virtualization support.

Virtualization Station   Container Station
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  • Complete OS virtualization solution
  • Supports Windows® , Linux®, UNIX® , and Android
  • Secure, isolated computing environment
  • Lightweight Linux®-based OS and app virtualization solution
  • Supports LXC and Docker® containers
  • Easy deployment, portable, and efficient


VM, LXC and Docker® , you may need them all

In many usage cases, a virtual machine is the ideal deployment solution for systems with fixed resources. In recent times, LXC has grown to be the ideal choice for administrators to deploy extremely lightweight operating systems. In contrast, Docker® is increasingly becoming the preferred choice for rapidly deploying application services across several platforms including the cloud, servers, and PCs. With an increasing level of sophistication and choice, tailoring your virtualization strategy to fit your needs just got a lot easier.

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Virtualization platform/ RequirementWindows® OSWindows® applicationLinux® OSLinux®applicationSetup timeResource requirement
Virtual Machine v v v v Medium Medium
LXC - - v v Fast Low
Docker® - - - v Fast Low

*Container Station is available from the QTS App Center (QTS 4.2 or above) for x86-based TS-x51, TS-x51+, TS-x51A, TS-x53, TS-x53A, TS/TVS-x63, TVS-x70, TVS-x71, TS/SS-x79, TS/TVS-x80 and TVS-x82 series, and the ARM-based TS-531P, TS-x31+ series with a minimum of 1GB RAM.

**Virtualization Station can only be installed on a Turbo NAS that supports Intel VT-x, AMD-V technology. The TS-x20, TS-x21, TS-x69 Pro, TS-x69L and the other ARM-based and/or entry-level models cannot run Virtualization Station. Please check the QNAP website for more information.

***Docker and the Docker logo are trademarks or registered trademarks of Docker, Inc. in the United States and/or other countries. Docker, Inc. and other parties may also have trademark rights in other terms used herein. Linux® is the registered trademark of Linus Torvalds in the U.S. and other countries. All trademarks, service marks, trade names, trade dress, product names and logos appearing on the site are the property of their respective owners, including in some instances QNAP.





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