QNAP’s TS-x70 Business-class NAS Series Targets Big Storage, Fast Network Performance

Posted on October 21, 2013 10:32 AM by Rob Williams

A couple of weeks ago, we talked a bit about WD’s latest business-class NASes, the Sentinel DS5100 and DS6100. From all angles, these NASes pack a punch, what with a dual or quad-core Xeon, and not to mention Windows Server built right in. At around the same time, QNAP also announced a couple of new business-class NASes, though compared to WD’s, that moniker is about all they share.

With its TS-x70 series, QNAP is targeting those who need top-rate performance also the ability to scale-up their storage at any given time. As such, these NASes are designed to make use of QNAP’S expansion series NASes (eg: REXP-1200U-RP) in order to build a storage array consisting of up to 160TB of raw storage.

QNAP TS-870 Business-class NAS

The TS-x70 launches with three models; all appear to be 100% identical specs-wise outside of the number of bays they offer. The TS-870, for example, is an eight-bay offering, while the TS-470 is four-bay.

Under the hood of each is an Intel dual-core processor clocked at 2.60GHz, along with 2GB of DDR3 memory. If the 10Gbps Ethernet ports are made use of, throughput can reach 450MB/s read and 423MB/s write, allowing the NAS to be used as the primary storage for big projects (such as video editing).

As you’d expect from a business NAS, support for industry software is rich here, with VMware, Citrix, and Microsoft’s server options all supported, along with things like Amazon S3, Google Drive, Dropbox and so forth. Included in the box is a license for Veeam’s Backup & Replication software, along with Acronis’ True Image (a Techgage favorite).

SRPs for these diskless NASes are not stated, but one vendor is currently selling the four-bay TS-470 for ~$1,100 USD, and the TS-870 for ~$1,400 USD.

  • http://techgage.com/ Jamie Fletcher

    10GE is very expensive to setup and very power hungry. The cheapest 8-port switch I can find is ~$1000, each single-port NIC is ~$200. Further, the 10GE port on the NAS is seriously throttled, it’s not even running at half speed. Hard to understand why it’s throughput has been slowed down so much, Disk controller can’t keep up? Maybe the TCP/IP overhead from the 10GE is killing the CPU? It’s all a bit of a shame really – it’s still 5-times faster than a normal NAS though, just nowhere near it’s potential.

    • http://techgage.com/ Rob Williams

      Could be the overhead on the RAID controller, I’m not sure. And yes, 10Gb is expensive, and it bugs the hell out of me. We’ve long had hard drives that are much faster than 1Gb, yet 10Gb for the home is NOWHERE in sight. It’s a serious throttling if you ask me. Brand-new SSDs can transfer at 4x faster or more than our home networks can. It’s just getting ridiculous. Teaming NICs is an idea, but that’s just minor increments. I want 10Gb in the home… bad.

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