Big Storage at Computex 2013

Bigger, Better, Faster: QNAP Systems & Promise Technology

 QNAP Systems

 The QNAP TurboNAS TS-470 Pro is fresh from the oven, featuring an Intel Core i3 processor and 2GB of RAM. And yes, this one does video transcoding too, for convenient output to DLNA-enabled devices.

 The TS-470 Pro is stacked; it's powered by an Intel Core i3-3220 dual-core processor running at 3.3GHz, 2GB of RAM (non-upgradeable though), and accepts four 3.5-inch hard drives for a maximum potential capacity of 16TB. The demo unit we checked out was also running XBMC 12 with ease; this one ought to be interesting for users looking for a media server / home theater PC / central storage system.

The QNAP representatives made it a point to showcase that the TS-470 Pro was able to playback 4K video, as shown in the image above.

Then there's the SS-469 Pro, which features four drive bays for 2.5-inch hard drives, such as laptop-class hard disk drives, or solid-state hard drives.

 The SS-469 Pro (likely the incoming replacement for the existing SS-439 Pro) is powered by a dual-core Intel Atom 2.13 GHz processor and 2GB of RM (upgradeable to 3GB). Interestingly, this NAS will come with not just a HDMI port, but also a built-in IR receiver.

Also on display was QNAP's apps for smartphones designed for specific tasks with NAS boxes on your network. The QManager app, for example, lets you manage your QNAP boxes from your smartphone.

 The QManager app lets users manage their QNAP boxes with either iOS or Android devices. You can easily monitor both system and connection status, as well as manage system servces such as turning application services on or off, or even to remote restart or shut down your Turbo NAS. 

You can also view useful bits of information about your QNAP NAS, such as temperature, drive status and more, all from your smartphone.

QNAP has a good selection of mobility and remote-access apps to choose from. QFile lets users browse and manage all the files stored on teir Turbo NAS, while VMobile let you monitor any attached IP cameras while on-the-go. QMusic lets users stream music from the Music Station app.

Promise Technology

The folks at Promise didn't have much to show, though they did mention that their Pegasus line of Thunderbolt-powered storage options would finally extend support to the Windows platform, alongside the existing support for Mac OS. 

The Promise Pegasus J2 comes in capacities of 256GB or 512GB, with support for dual mSATA SSD drives internally. It's also a single-port Thunderbolt device, and so should sit at the end of the daisy chain.

The Pegasus J2 can reach write speeds of up to 550MB/s, as well as read speeds of 750MB/s. The Pegasus J2 can also function without external power, running solely on power from the host computer while in bus mode. Of course, this does have the side effect of slower performance in return for convenience. To achieve the maximum throughput of over 750MB/s, the Pegasus J2 needs to be powered by its power adapter. 

Power for the Pegasus J2 is provided by an external brick. Oddly enough, the status LED for the Pegasus J2 sits at the rear.

Then there's the Pegasus J4, which supports a quartet of 2.5-inch SATA hard drives. The drive is rated to accept four 500GB drives at one go.

At the rear of the Pegasus J4: Dual Thunderbolt ports.