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The key to machine learning in NAS solutions

By Ben Moore
Mon 8 Oct 2018
FYI, this story is more than a year old

QNAP Systems, a leading storage, network and computing solution provider, unveiled the high-performance TS-x77XU rackmount NAS series.

This series features the 8-bay TS-877XU-RP, 12-bay TS-1277XU-RP, and 16-bay TS-1677XU-RP.

Utilising the blazing-fast AMD Ryzen processor family with high core/thread counts, the TS-x77XU series has been significantly boosted to meet the most-demanding virtualisation needs of enterprises.

The TS-x77XU series is available with Ryzen 3 1200, Ryzen 5 2600, and Ryzen 7 2700 processors, all of which demonstrate astonishing processing power for versatile applications and scenarios (including desktop and server virtualisation, on-the-fly video transcoding/streaming, and private cloud infrastructure).

Four PCI Express (PCIe) slots are available in all models, allowing users to expand NAS functionality with network adapters (40GbE, 10GBASE-T/NBASE-T), USB 3.1 Gen 2 (10 Gbps) cards, M.2 SSD cards, and graphics cards.

The TS-1677XU comes with a 500 W power supply unit (PSU) to support a graphics card that requires additional power.

Models with redundant power supplies are also available.

"In response to strong market demands, QNAP has added AMD Ryzen-based NAS to our rackmount lineup," says QNAP director of product management David Tsao.

"With powerful processing capabilities, versatile expandability and high potential storage capacity, the TS-x77XU series enables enterprises to take their businesses to the next level."

With the power supplied by a GPU, any organisation can leverage the power of AI and machine learning by utilising the QuAI solution.

QuAI provides powerful hardware/software support and better cost controls letting organisations achieve a lower total cost of ownership and attain higher flexibility.

The multi-threading advantages of the TS-x77XU series are especially suited for virtualisation.

The series is virtualisation-ready for VMware, Citrix and Windows Server 2016 environments with the support of iSER (iSCSI Extension for RDMA) thanks to built-in Mellanox ConnectX-4 SmartNICs.

The TS-x77XU series can also host virtual machines and containers, acting as an efficient all-in-one server, and supports snapshots and virtual machine backups for complete virtualisation management.

The Ryzen 5 2600 and Ryzen 7 2700 variants of the series also support Virtual QTS of the TS-x77XU series, allowing users to run multiple virtual QTS operating systems on a single NAS, providing benefits of resource segregation (CPU, memory, networking), flexible application deployment, and providing energy, cost, and space savings.

The TS-x77XU series supports RAID 50/60 to provide greater protection and random write performance, striking a balance between capacity, protection and performance.

The latest Qtier 2.0 adds IO Aware capabilities for SSD tiered storage to keep a cache-like reserved space to handle burst I/O in real time, maximising the cost-to-performance value.

The TS-x77XU series also features a redundant power supply to ensure that mission-critical applications can maintain 24/7 business operations.

A single power supply model (the TS-877XU) is also available.

Running the latest version of QTS - the intelligent NAS operating system, the TS-x77XU series is a comprehensive storage solution for data storage, backup/restoration, sharing and management.

The built-in QTS App Center includes hundreds of install-on-demand apps to extend NAS functionality while increasing productivity gains:

  • QRM+ is a centralised management solution the features graphic topology diagrams for managing Windows, Linux, and IPMI devices

  • Q'center consolidates the management of multiple QNAP NAS

  • QVPN integrates settings of VPN server and VPN clients

  • Browser Station enables secure and convenient access to private networks

  • QVR Pro provides a professional video surveillance solution

  • QIoT Suite Lite builds a private IoT cloud platform

  • and much more

For sales and product enquiries about QNAP solutions, click here.

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