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QNAP releases new quad-core processor and QvPC technology for SMBs

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article image QNAP’s TS/SS-x53 Pro series

QNAP Systems, Inc. introduces the new tower-based Turbo NAS TS-x53 Pro series and the 2.5”-drive SS-x53 Pro series designed to provide a powerful and reliable solution for data storage and mission-critical business applications for small and medium businesses. While the TS-x53 Pro is available in 2, 4, 6 and 8-bay models, the SS-x53 Pro series comes in 4 and 8-bay models.

Integrated with exclusive QvPC Technology, the new solutions can serve as cost-effective PC substitutes enabling direct access to stored data, real-time surveillance monitoring with local display, XBMC digital entertainment, and more.

The TS/SS-x53 Pro series NAS products are powered by a quad-core Intel Celeron 2.0GHz processor with burst speed up to 2.41GHz and 8GB/4GB/2GB energy-efficient DDR3L RAM (expandable to 8GB), supporting 2 or 4 LAN ports that provide up to 400MB/s read-write speeds in port trunking mode, and achieving 70+MB/s read-write AES-256bit encryption performance.

Jason Hsu, product manager of QNAP explains the new models deliver high performance that maintains smooth system operations even during intensive data access. Hsu adds that the high-quality hardware also provides the power for users to operate multiple virtual machines using QNAP Virtualization Station, transcode Full HD videos in real-time or offline, and enhance their business productivity with built-in SMB features.

QNAP’s exclusive QvPC Technology consolidates a number of high-end technologies including VM integration, multimedia transcoding, HDMI output, cloud integration and NAS connection technologies, allowing users to operate the TS/SS-x53 Pro series as a PC when they plug in a keyboard, mouse and monitor. With QvPC Technology, the TS/SS-x53 Pro series is transformed into a cost-effective device with PC functionalities for users to directly access stored data on the NAS, run multiple applications using Windows/Linux/UNIX/Android-based VMs, surf the web on Google Chrome, enjoy Full HD videos with up to 7.1 channel audio with XBMC, and monitor the Surveillance Station in real time with local display.

Users can install the Virtualization Station from the QTS App Center to extend the functionality of the TS/SS-x53 Pro series by operating multiple Windows, Linux and UNIX-based VMs. Virtualization Station offers numerous functions including snapshot, VM import/export, dedicated LAN ports and user permissions. Users can conveniently operate VMs as remote desktops via web browsers for instant management or troubleshooting.

The TS/SS-x53 Pro series, with integrated hardware acceleration, provides superior real-time and offline Full HD video transcoding capabilities to convert videos on-the-fly or in the background to universal formats that can be smoothly played on computers and mobile devices. During limited Internet bandwidth, users can still enjoy smooth videos by selecting lower resolutions to play the videos via File Station, Video Station, or the Qfile mobile app.

The TS/SS-x53 Pro series allows multiple users to simultaneously watch different videos stored on it without affecting the performance of other running applications. Hsu comments that this powerful transcoding feature makes the new series perfect for organisations where videos are at the heart of their daily work or digital offerings, increasing their productivity and providing higher-quality videos near-instantly.

The TS/SS-x53 Pro series has a range of comprehensive business applications and is ideal for SMBs to build a secure private cloud.

Key features include support for VMware, Microsoft and Citrix virtualization solutions to simplify virtual storage management; cross-platform file sharing for Windows, Mac, and Linux/UNIX users making the TS/SS-x53 Pro series an ideal centralised storage solution for organisations with a large number of users; support for Windows AD, LDAP directory services and Windows ACL improving the efficiency of permission settings; and ability to act as a domain controller for Windows, offering flexible backup solutions for Windows and Mac users and disaster recovery solutions including RTRR, rsync and cloud storage backup.

The IT Management Station (powered by Mandriva Pulse) provides an IT system management solution for businesses of all sizes to centrally manage multi-OS and multi-site IT assets. With the unique Signage Station, business users can easily create animated content and advertisements for promoting their services.

Featuring a scalable design, the TS/SS-x53 Pro series allows administrators to connect a QNAP expansion enclosure (UX-500P or UX-800P) to increase the total storage capacity to 96TB with multiple volumes (varies by models). The UX-500P and UX-800P tower expansion enclosures offer SMBs with budget-friendly options to expand their storage capacity on demand to fulfil storage-intensive applications such as video surveillance, data archiving, TV broadcast storage, and for backing-up the entire content of the connected Turbo NAS.

TS-x53 Pro series specifications

Quad-core Intel Celeron 2.0 GHz processor (burst up to 2.41GHz) with Virtualization Technology (VT-x), 8GB or 2GB DDR3L RAM (expandable to 8GB); 2.5”/3.5” SATA 6Gbps HDD/SSD, hard drives hot-swappable; 3 x USB 3.0; 2 x Gigabit LAN ports (TS-253 Pro)/ 4 x Gigabit LAN ports (TS-453 Pro, TS-653 Pro, TS-853 Pro); 1 x HDMI; LCD panel (TS-453 Pro, TS-653 Pro, TS-853 Pro)

SS-x53 Pro series specifications

Quad-core Intel Celeron 2.0 GHz processor (burst up to 2.41GHz) with VT-x, 4GB DDR3L RAM (expandable to 8GB); 2.5” SATA 6Gbps HDD/SSD, hard drives hot-swappable; 3 x USB 3.0; 2 x Gigabit LAN ports (SS-453 Pro)/ 4 x Gigabit LAN ports (SS-853 Pro); 1 x HDMI; LCD panel (SS-853 Pro).

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