QNAP Launches 10 GbE-Capable TS-x70 Tower Series Turbo NASby Ganesh T S on October 11, 2013 11:44 PM EST
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10 GbE capability in off-the-shelf NAS units have most remained in the realm of rackmount models. Today, QNAP is introducing the TS-x70 series desktop pedestal models with this capability. Coming in 4,6 and 8-bay varieties, the units also sport support for connecting multiple QNAP RAID expansion enclosures (REXP-1200U-RP / REXP-1600U-RP) to ensure scalability over time.
All the three models (TS-470, TS-670 and TS-870) are powered by dual-core Celeron CPUs running at 2.6 GHz (likely to be the Intel Celeron G1610) with 2 GB of DDR3 memory. Four GbE ports and an optional 10 GbE expansion slot are available. All models have two USB 3.0 ports and a HDMI port.
QNAP claims read speeds of up to 450 MBps and write speeds of up to 423 MBps with all four GbE links link-aggregated. The units come with the QTS 4.0 OS which has all the common virtualization certifications. The TS-470, TS-670 and TS-870 are all available now with expect street pricing around $1000, $1200 and $1400 respectively. A Pro version with an i3 CPU is expected to arrive later this year.
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Jeff7181 - Saturday, October 12, 2013 - linkSounds like they're able to saturate all four 1 Gbps links. I wonder what the speed over 10 GbE is.
wavetrex - Saturday, October 12, 2013 - linkIf using RAID 6 in a 6+2 config with modern harddisks that means a maximum theoretical drive speed of around 900 MBps ( 150Mbps x 6 ), assuming the CPU is fast enough for that.
So that's probably the absolute limit of the unit on that 10 GbE link.
Freakie - Saturday, October 12, 2013 - linkMax theoretical on 10GbE is 1.25 GB/s, which I would assume you could get close to (1.2 GB/s I'd wager) if you were using 3 SSD's and not spinning drives.
alyarb - Saturday, October 12, 2013 - linkWhy would you want a 169 address on your machine for the press photo?
DigitalFreak - Saturday, October 12, 2013 - linkWho cares?
Kevin G - Saturday, October 12, 2013 - linkAs odd for a press photo but actually a good thing in reality. Any issues like a self assign IP I'd like to be displayed on the LCD screen for trouble shooting.
Freakie - Saturday, October 12, 2013 - linkThe 10 GbE situation still bugs me. These kinds of devices make absolutely no sense for anything but attaching it to a server that can't take more drives for some other reason, since server motherboards are the only things that can natively do 10 GbE. Sure, you can get a PCIe expansion card for any computer for $300 that can do 10 GbE but at that point you might as well A) Get a computer case that can fit more drives, and/or B) Add a RAID card with more SATA or SAS ports if you've filled on the ports on your mobo already.
My best guess is that we won't see 10 GbE hit the consumer market until at least two things happen. 1) Wireless access points reach at least 5 Gb/s, and 2) ISPs start offering greater than 1 Gb/s. I don't think ISPs will wait for 10 GbE to get more popular before offering >1 GB/s because the world connects wirelessly these days so if wireless access points start getting even faster, then I think we'll see ISPs like Google coming out with even higher tiers. But we're stuck at 1.3 GB/s right now. Though it would still be nice if the high end 802.11AC routers started coming with 10 GbE ports so that you could actually attach a NAS like this. Could be useful for small businesses that handle large files, like engineers/architects or media creators that like to work collaboratively and have shared storage. Or for consumers that have more money than sense and want to upload that 16GB of photos they just shot on their DSLR to their home storage server in under 20 seconds.
jmelgaard - Wednesday, November 6, 2013 - link""Or for consumers that have more money than sense and want to upload that 16GB of photos they just shot on their DSLR to their home storage server in under 20 seconds.""
Hmmm what type of CF's or SD Cards are you shooting on?... And how exactly do you connect those to your PC? :P... Sarcasm aside though, pushing for more bandwidth is a more than welcome development... Might not be usable as of now, but with that thinking we would never see progress, someone has to push the boundaries, sometimes it may not be where it makes the most sense either that it happens, but as long as it happens...
10GbE is hardly new stuff though... (as Azethoth also points out)
someone_stupid - Thursday, March 13, 2014 - linkI would like the 10GbE just for the reason I would like to setup the database server on NAS.
DanNeely - Saturday, October 12, 2013 - linkOnly $629 for the 10GbE upgrade.