|QNAP reveals High-Spec talking NAS|
|Tuesday, 15 March 2016 00:00|
“System backup is complete.” a woman’s voice called out. That voice belongs to the Thunderbolt TVS-1282T, one of the device in a new range of NAS by QNAP. DSA senior journalist Satoko Omata went to Taipei on Thursday to have a first look at the Thunderbolt TVS-x82T range, as well as to find out what new directions the company has in mind.
The day-long conference sees QNAP product managers showing off their respective products and technologies used in the TVS-x82T range. The shared theme throughout the conference touches on the 3 base concepts that they are focusing for their new line of products – tiered storage, application-based partitioning, and network traffic distribution.
QNAP Product Manager, David Tsao, explained to the audience each part of their focus. Tiered storage refers to the ability for data to be stored to appropriate types of disks based on what the requirements and frequency of use for each files are to ensure fastest read/write speed for hot data. Consumers can also use each disk types for different applications to avoid busy disks unable to respond quickly to applications, and this is where QNAP focuses with application-based partitioning. While network traffic distributions allows user to dedicate network ports to desired application or service, enabling faster network speeds suitable for each usage due to rerouted bandwidth.
Utilising the 6th generation Intel Skylake processors with Thunderbolt 2, operation speed of the new range is said to increase up to 35% compared to TVS-871T. During a live demo, the device showed a reading speed of 936Mb/s and writing speed of 1048Mb/s. The NAS also boasts compatibility for 4 types of storage, including M.2 SATA 6Gb/s, 2.5” SSD, SATA HDD, and PCIe NVMe SSD. Customers can choose which types of disks to use according to their usage needs.
But it’s not just about the latest hardware. Instead of improving speed and capacity with hardware, they also introduced Virtual JBOD – a way to expand local storage on NAS without the risk of any SAS connections failing, affecting the rest of the drives in a serial connection. It utilises unused storage space of other NAS on the network in addition to the main NAS, reducing costs as well as considering practicality for the end users. “With limitations in hardware, we have no control, but limitations with software is entirely in the mind.” Product Director in QNAP’s parent company IEI, Don Yu, expressed in the conference.
With all the enticing specifications out in the market, it’s the details that puts QNAP apart from the rest. In this release, they not only reimagined the possibilities for software, but also redesigned the hardware. During the product launch, David Tsao excitedly showed the crowd the screw-less snap on tray design for hard disk installation. He wanted users to have a quick and easy way of installing hard disks without compromising on security that is often associated with screw installations. He was empathetic to tech workers who may have to spend precious time with hard disk installations.
Adding to the long list of impressive specification, they also took a second look at the cooling system by having two fans distributing heat for the hard disk and processors in two separate areas in the chassis, making the NAS a lot quieter.
One of the least expected addition to this new range however, are 2 speakers. David Tsao explained “When there’s an error with your device, you won’t have any idea what the beeps signify unless you are a tech worker with a manual. Now the NAS tells you what it’s doing and what is wrong with it. We want to make it more accessible to everyone, where end users can understand their device better.”
Talking to QNAP Sales Manager for Asia Pacific Arthur Yeh, he is optimistic about expanding the SMB market in South East Asia with this new range. “Making the world a better place is everyone’s job, QNAP expresses this by doing what we do the best, developing the most advanced technology in storage, leading the industry forward; protecting everyone’s ever-precious data, yet keeping it conveniently accessible.”
We at DSA believe that it’s these details that put them in a league of their own. By paying attention to details even as small as a screw, we believe they certainly have the potential to lead the playing field and are on a path to make NAS more accessible for everyone.
Credit: http://www.datastorageasean.com by Satoko Omata