Over the past few years there have been a heap of developments in the public and private cloud spaces. Qnap's latest NAS, the TS-x70 Pro 16 GB Series, continues on the path of improvement.
The Qnap TS-x70 Pro NAS units have already been available for a while, but only in 2 GB variants. Today, the company is announcing availability of the 16 GB variants, which according to Qnap makes it the first company to support virtualizing multiple machines on a single NAS without the need for additional hardware or software.
The units still feature the dual-core Intel Core i3 processor, two Gigabit Ethernet ports (with upgrade options for quadruple Gigabit Ethernet or dual 10 Gigabit ports), two USB 3.0 ports and three USB 2.0 ports.
You'll also find two eSATA ports, an HDMI port, and headphone and microphone jacks. Depending on the model, you get four, six or eight hot-swappable hard drive bays with locking mechanisms, giving you room to install up to 48 TB of storage (using 6 TB hard drives) if you so desire.
Of course, it's important to remember that these NAS devices are not only aimed at enthusiast home users, but also small businesses. That's reflected in the price tag, as the original TS-870 Pro with 2 GB of memory could be yours for "only" $1500.
The company gave no word on pricing for the 16 GB units, but it should be safe to say that it will still address a very specific crowd. If warranty isn't one of your concerns, it might be cheaper or quicker to just open up an existing TS-x70 Pro unit and add more memory yourself. Heck, you can even swap the Core i3 CPU for a more powerful Core i5 or Core i7 if you're daring.