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New QNAP NAS can take multiple sized drives for versatility and convenience

By Ken Wong - on 28 Jul 2021, 10:51am

New QNAP NAS can take multiple sized drives for versatility and convenience

The NAS can use both 3.5-inch and 2,5-inch drives at the same time. Image courtesy of QNAP.

QNAP’s latest NAS, the TS-h973AX Compact NAS Solution, doesn’t have the easiest name to remember, but it brings versatility and convenience to SMBs and SOHOs.

Small in size, but not in stature as my grandmother used to say, the hot-swappable 9-bay enclosure is divided into five 3.5-inch SATA 6Gbps drive bays and four 2.5-inch SATA drive bays. Slots 1 and 2 support both U.2 NVMe and SATA SSDs.

This design isn’t new and we’ve seen other enclosures that can take both drive sizes, but this is the first this year that we’ve seen from QNAP that doesn’t have them fit into the same bay but comes with separate bays for 3.5-inch and 2.5-inch drives. We created a link here for a comparison between the two models.

It can handle multiple RAID levels for flexible capacity utilisation such as RAID Triple Parity and Triple Mirror for higher levels of data protection.

It is powered by a quad-core 2.2GHz AMD Ryzen V1500B CPU, can support up to 64GB of RAM, and comes with one 10GbE and two 2.5GbE network ports for connectivity.

The TS-h973AX uses the ZFS-based QuTS hero operating system for storage management. It ensures data integrity and supports block-level inline data deduplication and compression, near-limitless snapshots, and real-time SnapSync to satisfy mission-critical file servers, virtualisation servers, collaborative video editing, and efficient data backup and recovery.

 

Pricing and availability

It has both 10GbE and 2.5GbE ports for connectivity. Image courtesy of QNAP.

It is available in Singapore now from Convergent Systems (S) Pte Ltd and the QNAP official stores on Shopee and Lazada, starting from S$1,669 and comes with a three-year limited warranty.

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