QNAP Systems, Inc. today announced the official release of QTS 4.3.4. Developed with a focus on the "essence of storage", the latest version of QTS empowers QNAP’s comprehensive NAS solutions with higher performance, multifunctional capabilities, and greater security.

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“QNAP not only resolves current IT needs by increasing the accessibility of snapshot support (now available with only 1GB RAM) to help users effectively mitigate the impact of ransomware attacks, but also realizes future IT trends by going beyond storage to advance in graphics processing, Internet of Things, and various new technologies for multimedia experiences,” said Tony Lu, Product Manager of QNAP, adding “The continued development of QTS provides QNAP NAS with great potential to play a core role for current and future IT infrastructure requirements.”

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Synology Inc. today launched FlashStation FS1018, its first-ever all-flash desktop NAS, in addition to officially releasing Virtual Machine Manager and DiskStation DS218.

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FS1018 is a blazing fast and compact 12-bay, low-latency, all-SSD desktop NAS. It is powered by an Intel® Pentium® D1508 dual-core CPU and 8GB DDR4 EEC memory, expandable up to 32GB. The four plug-and-play Gigabit Ethernet LAN ports can be expanded with higher performance options. FS1018 supports network add-on cards with a PCIe 3.0 x8 slot, providing over 40K 4K Random Write IOPS.

"Designing a form factor that satisfies the need for both performance and drive capacity was crucial. FS1018 offers 12 SSD bays on a scale optimal for any desktop," said Jason Fan, Product Manager at Synology Inc.

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Synology Inc. announced the official release of Virtual Machine Manager. It provides the ability to install and run multiple virtual machines, including Windows, Linux, and Virtual DSM on Synology NAS. Hardware resources can be allocated more flexibly with Virtual Machine Manager. Virtual machines can even be moved without interruption to running hosts.

According to a 2016 study made by market authority Gartner, up to 80% of x86 server workloads have been virtualized. Virtual Machine Manager attracted more than 60,000 users during its 6-month beta program. The results also show that server virtualization is definitely a trend of IT industry. Virtual Machine Manager not only provides virtualized system resources, but it also combines the powerful advantages of the Btrfs next-generation file system. This provides users with the ability to complete virtual machine snapshots and replication in just seconds. The meticulously engineered clustering architecture provides enterprises with multiple NAS management capabilities. Operations run on virtual machines scattered across NAS devices can be managed from a single portal. Virtual Machine Manager brings efficient management capabilities to help IT staff easily reach high availability in a cluster. Moreover, users can set scheduled snapshots and replication plans to protect the data of virtual machines, enjoying a variety of advanced features designed specifically for business.

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Today, Drobo announced two new special editions for the 5N2 and the 5D3 to bring performance and peace of mind to power users. Power users among creative professionals, SMBs and connected homes require increased speeds, data recovery protection, and extended support for their data-intensive workflows. These special editions are best-in-class complements to Drobo’s stellar history of delivering award-winning simple, safe, and smart storage solutions. The two packages include the following features:

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5N2 and 5D3 Gold Editions:
● 5 Years of DroboCare warranty, which includes 24×7 support and hardware replacement
● mSATA card for Accelerator Bay – up to 30% performance boost

5N2 and 5D3 Platinum Editions:
● 5 Years of DroboCare warranty, which includes 24×7 support and hardware replacement
● mSATA card for Accelerator Bay – up to 30% performance boost
● 5-Year Data Recovery Plan provided by DriveSavers

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QNAP Systems, Inc. today released Photo Tagger, an iOS mobile app that allows users to directly tag labels on photos from their mobile devices for personalized classification and more convenient searching on mobiles.

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“In the digital era, we preserve our memories using our smart phones. With Photo Tagger, users can add tags to their photos for convenient and easy photo management,” said QNAP Product Manager Sherry Liao.

Photo Tagger is an iOS app specially designed for adding tags to photos, solving the problem of the default “Photos” app not supporting adding tags or notes. Users can add self-defined tags to their photos before or after taking them, providing a smarter and faster way to manage photos. When users save their photos to their NAS, the tags are included in the file metadata for quicker and more efficient searching. Users can also create shortcuts to their most-viewed or most-visited photos by setting related tags as their favorite tags. A QNAP NAS is not required to use Photo Tagger.

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QNAP Systems, Inc. partnered with Vinpower Digital, a leading supplier in Optical Disc hardware and media solutions, to integrate Vinpower’s industrial-grade blu-ray optical disc drive for the TVS-882BR Blu-ray NAS series, allowing users to write NAS-based content directly onto CD, DVD, or Blu-ray optical discs as an additional back-up solution.

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The TVS-882BR series provides an excellent solution for storing large amount of digital contents and allows for easy sharing through a network. However, it’s always recommended to follow a “3-2-1” rule when storing digital content. The “3-2-1” rule represents having at least three copies of your data, of which two should be stored on two different media and one backup copy should be kept offsite. This rule is specifically designated for protecting against natural disasters that could potentially destroy all property and data stored in an affected region. That is why QNAP had the foresight to also include a Blu-ray writer drive onto theTVS-882BR Blu-ray NAS series.

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QNAP Systems, Inc. has joined forces with Advanced Micro Devices, Inc. (AMD) to roll out the world’s first Ryzen-based NAS – the high-end business TS-x77 series (available in 6 , 8 , and 12 -bay models). Featuring processors with up to 8-cores/16-threads (with Turbo Core up to 3.7 GHz), SSD caching, and with support for graphics cards, the TS-x77 delivers incredible processing power for driving resource-demanding applications such as VDI, server virtualization, private cloud, and 4K video playback/transcoding.

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The TS-x77 series includes models with AMD Ryzen 7 1700 (8-cores/16-threads) and AMD Ryzen 5 1600 (6-cores/12-threads) processors that support AES-NI encryption acceleration and up to 64 GB DDR4 RAM. Two M.2 SATA 6 GB/s SSD slots are provided for cache acceleration or high-performance storage pools. Every model in the series provides USB 3.1 Gen2 10Gbps Type-A and Type-C ports, and three PCIe slots for incredible expansion potential. Supported PCIe devices include a graphics card, 10GbE/40GbE NICs, PCIe NVMe SSD, USB 3.1 expansion cards, and QM2 cards (that add additional M.2 SSDs or 10GbE connectivity). Incorporating incredible performance, reliability and scalability, the TS-x77 series provides an exceptional storage solution for diverse business IT environments.

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QNAP Systems, Inc. today released the QTS 4.3.4 beta for ARM-based QNAP NAS. As data security is a fundamentally essential requirement for NAS, QNAP makes snapshots a standard feature to help mitigate the growing threat of ransomware. QNAP has been working alongside AnnapurnaLabs, an Amazon company, and from QTS 4.3.4, QNAP NAS with AnnapurnaLabs processors can support snapshots with only 1GB RAM, making snapshot protection more accessible to users of entry-level NAS. QTS 4.3.4 for x86-based NAS and other ARM-based NAS models will be released soon with comprehensive and accessible snapshot protection.

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QNAP continues to explore the potential of the ext4 file system, empowering QNAP NAS with high performance and outstanding snapshots manageability. Users can also set snapshot reservation space to ensure enough dedicated space for saving snapshots.

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synology ds218play nasSynology Inc. today launched DS218play, DS218j, and DS118, three feature-rich NAS servers with media streaming, file sharing, and data backup features perfect for home and small offices.

DS218play is equipped with a 64-bit quad-core 1.4 GHz processor with a hardware encryption engine and 1 GB RAM, delivering encrypted sequential reading/writing throughput at over 110 MB/s. Powered by a hardware transcoding engine, DS218play supports real-time single channel 10-bit H.265 4K Ultra HD or single channel full HD video transcoding. This enables users to enjoy videos on the go with no device limits.

DS218j features a dual-core 1.3 GHz processor with a hardware encryption engine and 512 MB RAM, delivering sequential reading throughput at over 113 MB/s and writing throughput at over 112 MB/s. DS218j allows users to experience faster data access while achieving energy efficiency with its eco-friendly design, consuming only 17.48 W during peak usage and 7.03 W under HDD hibernation.

DS118 is a new 1-bay tower NAS, equipped with a 64-bit quad-core 1.4 GHz processor and 1 GB RAM. With its hardware encryption engine, DS118 offers encrypted sequential reading/writing throughput at over 110 MB/s. DS118 is an ideal storage solution that comes with data backup and QuickConnect features that allow users to access data from any location. It also supports 10-bit H.265 4K video transcoding on the fly to enrich multimedia entertainment.

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QNAP Systems, Inc. (QNAP) today released the TS-431XeU NAS (available in 2GB and 8GB RAM models) that offers a compact, short depth design with a 10GbE SFP+ port for high-speed connectivity. The TS-431XeU features a standard 1U form factor, and is ideal for space-constrained SMBs and homes that require fast, stable and secure storage.

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The rackmount TS-431XeU has a shorter chassis depth of 11.46 inches (291 mm), allowing for saved space to be used for ventilation or cabling to facilitate flexible deployment. Combining high-performance hardware and software at a cost-effective price, the TS-431XeU is a superb storage solution for SMBs. With a noise level of only 20.3dB, and power consumption of 12.42W (sleep) or 30.99W (active), the TS-431XeU is quiet and eco-friendly, ideal for lowering the total cost of ownership (TCO).

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