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QNAP Sets Up M.2 SSD NAS with Built-in Hardware-based Network Switch

By CIOReview | Monday, April 4, 2016

FREMONT, CA: Collating multiple physical data storages and accessing them via servers has become much convenient through QNAP’s M.2 SSD-based Network-attached storage (NAS)—the TBS-453A NASbook. QNAP Systems is a provider of Quality Network Appliances and aims to provide cutting edge NAS and Network Video Recorder (NVR) solutions. The company recently promoted its world’s first M.2 SSD-based NAS, built-in with a hardware-based network switch.

The TBS-453A NASbook provides full access to NAS functionalities with Redundant Array of Independent Disks (RAID) protection in an ultra-compact size. The hardware-based network switch can also act as a physical network switch and shares network access with multiple users. The design is compact with dual HDMI output, 4K display that can fit in anywhere to increase the productivity and connectivity rate in small offices.

The M.2 SSDs are smaller in size and can be used in light-and-thin laptops and small-form-factor PCs. They drive home high performance with zero noise. As they become more popular the product is expected to become more affordable. “In light of M.2 SSD’s benefits, we are proud to present the industry-first TBS-453A M.2 SSD NASbook to provide users with a portable yet versatile NAS,” says Jason Hsu, Product Manager, QNAP.

Powered by 14nm Intel Celeron N3150 quad-core 1.6GHz processor and dual-channel 4GB/8GB DDR3L RAM, the TBS-453A’s processor can automatically flare-ups up to 2.08GHz for CPU-intensive chores. The TBS-453A is incorporated with 2 Gigabit Ethernet and 3 Gigabit switch ports to conveniently build flexible network environments. The flexible environments enhance workgroup collaboration by admitting connected devices to access documents stored on the TBS-453A NASbook or to share internet connectivity. It delivers up to 112MB/s per LAN and backs up AES-NI hardware-accelerated encoding to drive AES 256-bit encrypted transfer speeds of up to 109MB/s per LAN.

The set up further offers a hybrid approach to virtualization applications and allows user to run multiple Linux, Windows, UNIX, and Android based virtual machines on the NAS. The TBS-453A is designed to bring rich multimedia applications such as to allow users to connect it to TV/AV receiver to enjoy the 4K media content.