iSCSI RAID NAS – Three-in-One Hardware Heaven


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This is my first SCSI device – ever. In all my years of owning computer equipment, I’ve never had a single SCSI device. I’ve had plenty of scurvy devices over the years since none of it ever had enough Vitamin C. SCSI is fast. That’s one of the reasons why they’ve decided to add it as a feature to the TS-459 Pro – a NAS device that is capable of swapping up to four iSCSI devices. Thanks to the folks at QNAP for sending this to me as a review unit.

The QNAP Pro 4-Bay Desktop Network Attached Server TS-459 can be utilized as the networked shared storage of VMware virtualization environments and Windows cluster servers. The unique “virtual disk drive” adds flexibility to expand the capacity of your NAS to allow file sharing across any platform. This makes for the perfect file server in business – or home – environments.

The TS-459 Pro is the powerful 4-bay network attached storage (NAS ) server, which is designed to provide an affordable and easy-to-management solution with iSCSI service for virtualized and clustered environment. The TS-459 Pro also offers versatile business applications to maximize the efficiency of the data center in the business environment. Incorporating the next-generation Intel Atom D510 1.66GHz Dual-Core processor and 1GB DDRII RAM, the Turbo NAS delivers exceptional performance and maintains high reliability for multiple concurrent applications and intensive data transfer with guaranteed low power consumption.

I’m no stranger to NAS devices. Why would you want this one in particular? SCSI is fast. Raid allows you to have redundancy with the data you’re putting inside this system. There’s a lot more to this thing, though. It has a file server built in. There’s an FTP server built in. It has surveillance station inside, meaning you can hook up a security camera. There’s a print server built in. It even supports IPv6 and delivers instant SMS and email alerts.

This powerful device can literally do almost anything you might think to throw at it. The list goes on and on. Why wouldn’t you want it? You may think the external hard drives you already have are sufficient. This machine comes with four USB ports on the back and two e-SATA ports. There’s a single USB port on the front for convenience.

The drives are hot-swappable, but what if you don’t want anyone swapping your drives? Psh. No problem – just lock it down using the included key.

I am more than happy to have this on my home network now. There’s even a VGA port on the back of this sleek little number. I absolutely love this, and can’t recommend it highly enough.

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