QNAP Systems, Inc. today announced the release of QTS 4.2.2 – the smart NAS operating system – with its new innovative storage capacity expansion technology. VJBOD (Virtual JBOD) Beta allows users to expand the capacity of a QNAP NAS by using unused storage resources from other QNAP NAS. VJBOD is a great benefit for users with multiple QNAP NAS and helps achieve optimal capacity utilization in a cost-effective way.

“With VJBOD, users can make the best use of available storage resources across multiple QNAP NAS and enjoy a highly-flexible storage expansion solution. With VJBOD and conventional expansion enclosures, users have a wide range of options available to expand the available space of their QNAP NAS.” said Ripple Wu, Product Manager of QNAP.

QNAP VJBOD is network-based JBOD which allows users to allocate storage space from another QNAP NAS iSCSI LUN as an Virtual Disk, then create storage pools, take snapshots, clone snapshots, or index multimedia files into the media library on the local NAS. With VJBOD, a QNAP NAS can use unused storage space from up to 8 remote NAS while at the same time being connected to QNAP expansion enclosures, providing it with massive amounts of storage potential. Moreover, VJBOD can be used in couple with 10GbE/40GbE network and port trunking (link aggregation) to provide users with storage space with high speed and stable connectivity.

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QNAP Systems, Inc. today announced a partnership with Golden Frog, a company that offers online privacy and security solutions, to provide their secured and private personal VPN service, VyprVPN, to QNAP NAS users.

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Through this collaboration VyprVPN is available on the QTS App Center in the Beta Lab category. QNAP users can directly connect to VyprVPN using their QNAP NAS and select from three protocols to encrypt their Internet connection (PPTP, OpenVPN-256, OpenVPN-160). VyprVPN for QNAP provides users with increased security and privacy, and QNAP is the first NAS provider to offer an integrated VPN service to users.

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QNAP Systems, Inc. today announced the release of the dual-core 2-bay TS-251A and the 4-bay TS-451A. These models feature a unique USB QuickAccess port to directly connect them to computers via USB 3.0, offering great plug-and-use convenience to access files stored on the NAS with up to 100 MB/s throughput. Coupled with NAS and iSCSI SAN features, it provides a complete storage solution for file backup, synchronization, and remote access. With two Gigabit LAN ports for delivering up to 211 MB/s throughput, 4K video playback and transcoding support, and an array of multimedia applications, the TS-x51A is an ideal NAS system for photographers and audiovisual enthusiasts.

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The TS-x51A is powered by the latest 14nm Intel® Celeron® dual-core 1.6GHz processor (burst up to 2.48 GHz) with a low TDP of 6 watts and dual-channel 2GB/4GB DDR3L-1600 RAM (upgradable to 8GB). It features two Gigabit Ethernet ports and supports AES-NI hardware-accelerated encryption to deliver up to 205.14 MB/s throughput with AES-NI full-volume encryption. “The USB QuickAccess port is the true highlight of the TS-x51A. It enables a direct connection between the NAS and a Windows®/ Mac® for file transferring,” said Jason Hsu, Product Manager of QNAP, adding “It provides users with a familiar USB plug-and-use experience to quickly complete the first-time installation and then to access NAS files in day-to-day use. It is an easy-to-use NAS packed with performance and functionality.”

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Thecus today announced the release of the N4810, an expanded 4-bay version of the N2810PRO that will come equipped with 4 GB of DDR3 RAM (expandable to 8GB) and the Intel Celeron N3160 Quad-Core processor. This new attractively priced 4-bay NAS server is capable of up to 40TB of storage space, making it the ideal choice for home and small office users seeking solid data protection with their own personal cloud, in conjunction with an optimized Multimedia centre.

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With the N4810 built on the hardware of its little brother, the N2810PRO, users are equipped with the same immersive multimedia experience. Delivering superb sharpness and colour contrasts in 4K resolution playback, accessed through the HDMI output or DisplayPort output, guaranteeing that the picture quality from movies is just as the director envisioned. Connection to your digital sound system via a SPDIF output is available, providing crystal clear audio for music and movies. A new USB 3.0 Type-C port has been added to the three already equipped USB 3.0 ports. This Type-C connector is the size of a microUSB and has a reversible plug allowing cables to be conveniently plugged in either direction.

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Drobo, the maker of award winning storage solutions for businesses, professionals and consumers, today launched a mobile photo and video upload app, DroboPix, as part of the company's continuing efforts to bring simple, safe and secure solutions to its customers.

DroboPix is part of the myDrobo suite of software applications that makes managing important data effortless. The DroboPix app allows 5N and B810n owners the ability to automatically upload and organize photos and videos seamlessly within their local Wi-Fi network. Using DroboPix is simple. Users walk into their home or office where the app recognizes the network, verified by the geolocation, and new photos and videos are uploaded automatically. The geolocation verification and usage of the user's Wi-Fi adds two layers of security, while the transfer over Wi-Fi conserves battery power and cellular data usage.

Customers can access uploaded pictures and videos on their Drobo via NAS shares, from a web browser or directly from a mobile device using DroboAccess, another app available on the myDrobo Platform.

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QNAP Systems, Inc. today announced the official release of the Enterprise ZFS NAS ES1640dc – a whole-new product line for mission-critical tasks and intensive virtualization applications. Representing a milestone for QNAP’s step into the enterprise storage market, the ES1640dc delivers business-class cloud computing data storage with Intel® Xeon® E5 processors, dual active controllers, and full support for virtualization environments. The ES1640dc runs the new FreeBSD-based QES operating system that assists businesses in building the most cost-efficient VDI platform and storage for critical data with near-limitless snapshots, block-level data deduplication, and thin provisioning with reclaim.

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The ES1640dc is powered by Intel® Xeon® E5-2420 v2 processors with 32GB RAM and features dual active-active controllers, providing businesses with near-zero downtime high availability. Other features include battery-protected DRAM write cache, dual 10GbE ports, optional 40GbE NIC, redundant power supplies, and a field-replaceable design for easier maintenance. The new FreeBSD-based QES operating system also provides advanced features including flexible storage pools, simplified management, high-performance SSD cache, near-limitless snapshots, SnapSync, block-based data deduplication, in-line compression and thin provisioning with reclaim for optimized utilization in virtual machine storage.

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QNAP Systems, Inc. today released the Qmedia App for tvOS, allowing QNAP NAS users to enjoy the videos, photos, and music files stored on their NAS via Apple TV.

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QNAP NAS is more than a secure and reliable storage center. With an abundance of entertainment and multimedia apps, QNAP NAS can easily perform as the cornerstone of digital home and share media across a wide range of devices and services. With the Qmedia app, users can enjoy their media directly using Apple TV without needing to log into their NAS.

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Drobo, the maker of award winning storage arrays for businesses, professionals and consumers, today announced the launch of the Drobo 5D Turbo (5Dt). The 5Dt, is built on Drobo’s patented BeyondRAID™ technology to meet the demanding data storage requirements of professionals and media creators providing them with simplicity, flexibility and performance. The 5Dt reinforces Drobo’s commitment to innovation.

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The 5Dt offers both High Speed Thunderbolt™ 2 and USB 3.0, providing the ultimate in flexibility. The 5D Turbo is a complete solution that also supports 4k Thunderbolt connected displays. Included with the 5Dt is an mSATA card for increased performance, Thunderbolt 2 and USB 3.0 cables and DroboCare for 3 years at no additional charge.

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Thecus today announced the release of the N2810PRO, an upgraded version of the N2810 that will come equipped with 4 GB of DDR3 RAM and the new Intel Celeron N3160 quad-core processor, allowing users to get improved speed and processing power. This high-performance 2-bay NAS server fulfills the demand for home and small office users who are eager for impregnable protection of their data, while enjoying enhanced Multimedia Playback with 4K video resolution.

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Providing the ideal environment for immersive multimedia entertainment, the N2810PRO debuts a new arsenal of output alternatives to fulfill user’s visual and audio desires. This NAS delivers superbly detailed images, with spectacular colour contrasts in 4K resolution playback, accessed through the HDMI output or the newly added DisplayPort output. To further cater to your multimedia setup, the option exists of connecting the audio via a SPDIF output to provide expansive sound through your sound system.

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Synology Inc. today launched DiskStation DS416play. The consumer-centric four-bay NAS server, equipped with a 1.6 GHz dual-core processor with a burst frequency up to 2.48 GHz, is a high-performance storage and application server built for home users and creative professionals to store an entire library of content in one place.

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"With accelerated performance, DS416play lets you accomplish more tasks in one day," said Jason Fan, product manager at Synology Inc. "The add-on software packages allow users to organize and access files with ease, extending the capability of NAS and taking it further beyond just data storage."

Synology DS416play features single channel 4K Ultra HD or triple-channel full HD video transcoding on the fly, allowing users to effortlessly convert media files to the right formats for playback on different devices. DS416play supports a wider selection of file formats, making it easier for users to enjoy their favorite movies via Apple TV, DLNA devices, mobile devices, and computers.

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