There is a lot of hype about the TVS-x63 series. Some of the hype is justified and some not so much. I don't think users will buy the system just for the AMD processor unit and very few will purchase the 8-bay model we tested today for the enhanced video for the Radeon GPU. The TVS-863+ with eight drive bays is a little too large for most home theater installations -- the TVS-463 (4-bay) and TVS-663 (6-bay) fit the home theater replacement a little better. The 8-bay model we tested today is a good fit for business use and offers powerful features at a great price point.
Starting with the primary function, storage. The TVS-863+ uses eight drive bays that support the latest in hard disk drive technology. With HGST's new He8 drives with 8TB density, users can easily store up to 64TB of data. After RAID 6 overhead, that comes out to about 48TB of usable space with dual disk failure redundancy.
Your data shares are no longer limited by wires or proximity. QNAP's cloud service gives your users access to permission-based files from anywhere in the world. The cloud service is one of the standout features for this model as it keeps the files local rather than sharing them to Google or Amazon. You control the content and who has access to it.
Other software add-on packages extend the range of useful business features as well. Virtualization and soon-to-come Docker support open the door for any operating system and feature you may want to add. Many features already exist, though, in the low-overhead QTS operating system via apps, even CPU- hungry databases run on the system.
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A massive over-simplification which is almost up there with "I want to buy an internet for my PC". It's not a technology, it's a protocol which runs over dead-basic Ethernet connectivity. The technology is "Ethernet", not iSCSI.
You can't boot ALL computers from an iSCSI mounted volume unless you NIC supports it - and most integrated NICs don't.
The "Con" of only having a single 10GbE interface isn't really a con for this type of device - if you need dual 10GbE then it's more likely to be for path diversity than performance, in which case you'll be wanting multiple switches and you're then into the realms of enterprise requirements, and if that's the case you wouldn't buy one of these in any case.
iSCSI is technology, bridging two different protocols, and it doesn't need to be done over ethernet (though most commonly done over ethernet). Sure it's not "network technology" in the sense of low level protocols and physical devices, but it's still just as much a separate technology as TCP/IP, TLS, etc. (i.e. not all technology even has to have the same purpose or independent from others)
"You can't boot ALL computers from an iSCSI mounted volume unless you NIC supports it - and most integrated NICs don't."
Pretty sure all newer vPro systems support it, and definitely anything with PRO series NIC from Intel (and of course server grade NICs). Considering this device is 10gigE, I don't think they meant consumer grade computers booting over it!
As for single 10gigE not being an issue, the only case in which I think people would see it as an issue is in the case of a legacy network still running gigE, in which case two teamed adapters running gigE would certainly still have a benefit. Other than legacy networks, you're right on the ball there.
That's not really that much... ;)
Dual 10gbE is nice for redundancy in a large network but I'm referring to performance increases against cost. A dual port 10GbE NIC has a very small price premium over a single port 10GbE NIC. QNAP sells both dual and single port 10GbE NICs but only offers the TVS-863+ with a single port.
pretty small ;-)
I prefer the other solutions where we talk about TB not GB... ;-)
WHAT? I currently have two 8-drive setups running RAID 6. A 12TB and a 24TB setup (2G and 4G drives respectively). And I'm almost full (89%). I have a large movie collection (all legal and no, you can't get any... ;-) and I also use about 8TB of that for (fake) work data storage. So I'm up to 28TB of movie and music storage that is just about full. I'd happily retire them for a single 48TB solution.
Although building them myself is far cheaper, it's not as small. This is the first unit I'd actually consider buying that I've seen thus far. I'd for sure be excited to test it and see if it'll do everything else I need also (seems like it should).