QNAP has announced its new Turbo NAS lineup TS-421U and TS-420U rackmount models for the workgroups and entry-level SMBs with needs of economical network storage.
Both models operate with 1GB DDR3 RAM, with the TS-421U running on Marvell CPU 2.0GHz, and the TS-420U, on Marvell CPU 1.6GHz. Both support iSCSI target service with Thin Provisioning, dual Gigabit LAN ports with failover and load balancing. They each house 2 USB 3.0 ports and 2 eSATA ports to improve data transfer speed, and are beneficial to expanding the storage capacity or backing up the NAS data.
The TS-421U and TS-420U deliver high efficiency in daily business operations and privilege control. Both new models support cross-platform file sharing for Windows, Mac, and Linux/UNIX users, and provide a centralized storage solution. The Windows AD and LDAP directory service features enable the IT administrator to retrieve user accounts from Windows AD or LDAP-based directory server and efficiently assign access rights on the Turbo NAS, simplifying the account setup for businesses with a large number of users. The Windows ACL (Access Control List) feature allows sophisticated shared folder permission settings, increasing productivity on access right management.
Both models offer a well-rounded backup solution with comprehensive backup alternatives, including Real-time Remote Replication (RTRR) for real-time or scheduled data backup, backup to cloud storage including Amazon S3, ElephantDrive and Symform, and the support of third-party backup software such as Veeam Backup & Replication and Acronis True Image. Windows users and Mac users can use QNAP NetBak Replicator utility and Apple Time Machine respectively to easily back up data to the Turbo NAS.
More features designed for businesses include the FTP server for easier large-size file sharing, the RADIUS server for centralizing and consolidating user authentication, the Syslog server for collecting and storing the logs of other network device on the Turbo NAS, the VPN server for accessing the Turbo NAS and other resources on the same local network from the Internet, the proxy server for web filtering and monitoring to enhance business Internet security, the web server for hosting multiple websites on the Turbo NAS, and so on.