NAS server manufacturer QNAP Systems said Monday that it launched an affordable, diskless 2U rack-mounted unit with room for eight hot-swappable 2.5-inch or 3.5-inch hard drives. Called the TS-859U-RP, this new Business Series Turbo NAS server is deemed to be datacenter and cloud-ready, allowing up to 16 TB of storage, low power consumption, and VMware Ready certification.
Under the hood, the TS-859U-RP uses Intel's dual-core Atom D510 clocking at 1.66 GHz, and 1 GB of DDR2 RAM (which seems rather low for a NAS). QNAP said that the TS-859U-RP also utilizes two, built-in power supplies: should one go out, the other kicks in to keep the server up and running while the NAS itself emails the administrator of the failure via HDD S.M.A.R.T. Other bells and whistles include dual Gigabit LAN ports with 7 bonding modes, iSCSI for business, and more.
"Savvy IT administrators will smile at the broad range of business features included in the TS-859U-RP, including file sharing in mixed Windows/Mac/Linux/UNIX networks, advanced power management with scheduled power on/off & wake on LAN access, support for Microsoft Active Directory (AD), secure AES 256-bit volume-based encryption, and the most comprehensive log system of any NAS currently on the market," the company said. "The TS-859U-RP's functionality can be extended with QPKG software plug-ins, with 15 currently available for telephony, Java, Joomla!, Wordpress, and other applications."
Newegg (opens in new tab) now offers the TS-859U-RP for $1,889.99 USD. Other US-based resellers can be found here.
Managing the servers for a medium-sized manufacturing business I can tell you that dual power supplies and e-mail notification are considered bare minimum requirements, not bells and whistles. And having only two Gigabit LAN ports would rule it out for any applications with a serious disk performance requirement, which for us rules out our VMware servers.
The only thing that looks even somewhat interesting is the QPKG plug-ins. But I'm trying to figure out why I would use their unpatchable plug-ins instead of spinning off a Linux VM and running a patchable (and customizable to my heart's content) version.
Get a HP Lefthand solution with SAS drives, or something, for VMware. Not these cheesy consumer toys.
Hope this one is more reliable.