QNAP has launched the Turbo NAS TS-421U and TS-420U, two entry-level NAS devices that feature Marvel 6282 processors, 1 GB of DDR3 memory and support for a maximum of four drives. Both these models aim to provide a "well-rounded backup solution with comprehensive backup alternatives" such as Real-Time Remote (RTRR) for real-time or scheduled backups.
In addition to local storage, the devices feature native support for a variety of cloud storage services such as Amazon A3, ElephantDrive and Synform and fully supports third-party backup solutions such as Acronics True Image, Apple Time Machine and Veeam Backup & Replication.
|Processor||Marvell 6282 (2.0 GHz)||Marvell 6282 (1.6 GHz)|
|Memory||1 GB DDR3||1 GB DDR3|
|Ports||2 x Gigabit LAN, 2 x USB 3.0, 2 x eSATA||2 x Gigabit LAN, 2 x USB 3.0, 2 x eSATA|
|Form Factor||1U Rackmount||1U Rackmount|
The TS-421U and TS-420U also support cross-platform file sharing for Windows, Mac, and Linux/UNIX users, and provide a centralized storage solution. Additionally the Windows AD and LDAP directory service features enable IT administrators to retrieve user accounts from Windows AD or LDAP-based directory server and efficiently assign access rights. These capabilities are further expanded with support for Windows Access Control List (ACL) which offers sophisticated shared folder permission settings.
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based on the specs, I would say a price range of $200-300 would be fair
alot of homes now days atleast the ones we work at have racks with Av networking etc all in one. Even the smaller racks are nice that can be pulled out from a small cabinet.
but the qnaps in general have some nice features on them