What we want from QNAP NAS at CeBit 2017- From TS-453B to the TS-1685

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Cebit 2017 Synology QNAP ThecusWe continue our wish-lists and predictions for CeBit this 2017 with a look at QNAP NAS. Unlike Synology NAS, they have been pretty upfront about their releases for this year and already unveiled a number of them at CES 2017 and even a few hints back in December. They have already unveiled a large number of innovative and rather ground breaking NAS devices ranging from Thunderbolt 3 enabled Mac NAS storage devices like the TVS-1282T3 and Optical Media enabled NAS TVS-882BR, to the 1-Bay NAS pod TGX-150 and the very secretive TS-253B new QNAP 2-Bay for 2017. So, with all of these new QNAP devices already unveiled, will we see anything more from QNAP at CeBit 2017?

Why is QNAP NAS the NAS Server of choice this 2017?

QNAP_logo1_hnlgpk_ptkfgi In an almost polar opposite direction to Synology, QNAP have been very clear on their plans and releases for this year. Synology have held back most of their information, focusing more on software and only releasing Enterprise level units (mostly Rackmount NAS based). Whereas, QNAP have unveiled over 10 different NAS servers – each appealing to different target demographics. From 1-bays for those needing a NAS for DLNA media and backups, all the way through to the high end Mac users who wants lightning fast Thunderbolt 3 connectivity for the likes of FinalCut Po and PhotoShop. They have really tried to cover all available markets. Alongside this there is the barely mentioned potential follow up to the popular TS-253A. Will nothing but a single picture and scant information – we do not know how real this unit is and moreover, if we will even see it released in 2017. Also, with so much information already being available, many do not think QNAP have any more tricks up their sleeve.

So do we expect more QNAP NAS at CeBit 2017?

Credit for the image goes to Kai-Oliver Knops 2017
Credit for the image goes to Kai-Oliver Knops 2017

Despite the heavy NAS release of information in the last 6 months, I still think QNAP will unveil some taste treats. More than likely we will see improvements in the QTS software and possibly a TS-453B and TS-853B. If QNAP would really like to shake some features, then the often requested release of an optional Thunderbolt 2 PCIe card would be insanely popular! With the recent release of the incredibly popular TVS-473, TVS-673 and TVS-873, a number of users would welcome the optional ability to ass Thunderbolt 2 and Thunderbolt 3 to their TVS-x73. Below I have outlined those units I believe will be showcased at CeBit Germany 2017 along with a couple of predictions that we all hope to see from QNAP in 2017. You can find a link to QNAP’ stand information at CeBit here and I will of course update you all as and when everything gets released for 2017 during the event.

The QNAP TS-253B NAS 2, 4 and 8Bay Exclusive NAS News for 2017

The QNAP TS-253B NAS

  • 2-Bay NAS Server Device
  • Intel J Series Quad Core x86 CPU
  • 2GB of DDR3 Memory
  • SD Card Reader
  • HDMI
  • USB 3.0 Throughout
  • Brand New Chassis

Is this unit available?

 

Possibly the most anticipated unit for me is the TS-253B NAS from QNAP. It was only vaguely revealed a while ago directly from a QNAP source on twitter and since then no mention has been made. Whether this was an error on their part (bit weird if that is the case, to have it on display) but right now details are very thin and I hope to update you all on the much, much later 2017 release of the TS-253B (and perhaps the TS-453B, TS-653B and maybe even TS-853B if these details unfold). I cannot see this replacing the TS-253A though, as it is just too popular and more tahn likely QNAP are going for a A and B model structure of units.

The QNAP TVS-882BR 8-Bay with i5, i7, DDR4 and 5.25 Bay for Optical Drives and more

 

The QNAP TVS-882BR NAS

  • 8-Bay NAS Server Device
  • i3, i5, i7 Quad Core x86 CPU
  • 8-32GB of DDR4 Memory
  • 5.25″ Bay for Optical Drive
  • HDMI x2
  • USB 3.0 Throughout
  • Brand New Style Remote Control
  • Based on the TVS-1282 Chassis with SSD Bays Removed

Is this unit available?

The Optical Bay enabled 8 Bay NAS was first announced back at January at CES2017 and since then very little information has been revealed. It is a rather niche product but ti has to be said that there IS demand for a NAS with the ability to read and write optical media across CD, DVD and Blu-ray. Add to this the ability to distribute driver and installation software from Disc to Network, then you are looking at a rather diverse piece of kit!

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The QNAP TVS-1582TU NAS

  • 12-Bay Rackmount NAS Server Device featuring Thunderbolt
  • i3, i5, i7 Quad Core x86 CPU
  • 8-64GB of DDR4 Memory
  • 3x 2.5″ Bay for Optical Drive
  • HDMI x2
  • Dual M.2 6GB/s SSD slots
  • QNAP’s first Thunderbolt2 or Thunderbolt 3 Rackmount
  • Based on the TVS-871U Chassis

Is this unit available?

Almost NOTHING is known about the TVS-1582TU at this time of writing. The market is crying out for a rackmount enabled Thunderbolt NAS and this could well be the unit everyone is waiting for. It has been scantily mentioned in the background of other official QNAP articles online (with regard to compatibility, firmware or connectivity) but with little mention of hardware, the design or even Mac or Windows compatibility. We will of course keep you updated on this and hope that CeBit will finally see this unit unveiled.

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The QNAP TS-1685 NAS

  • 16-Bay NAS Server Device
  • Super Powerful Xeon D Quad Core CPU
  • 16-128GB of DDR4 Memory
  • 12 x 3.5″ Bay and 4x 2.5″ for SSD Cache
  • Featuring 1GBe and 10GBe
  • Dual PCIe slots
  • Front mounted LCD Panel
  • Based on the TS-1635 Chassis

Is this unit available?

Possible the most powerful QNAP Desktop NAS, the QNAP TS-1685 was first revealed in CES2017 and loked like it was going to be the ultimate file server for businesses over 1GBe and 10GBe. After the moderately successful TS-1635 that featured rather modest hardware, it is only natural that QNAP think about using the same chassis design and construction to make a super powerful version for businesses who stop at nothing for data to be distributed and shared at the fastest speed. We hope to see a unit up and running at CeBit 2017 perhaps.

The QNAP TGX-150 1-Bay

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The QNAP TGX-150 NAS

  • 1-Bay 2.5 SSD/HDD NAS Server Device
  • Intel Anywan GRX750 2.0GHz Dual Core CPU 
  • 2GB of DDR3 Memory
  • WiFi router capabilities with 2.4/5GHz MU-MIMO Support
  • Completely new compact Chassis design
  • 175mm x 95mm x 34mm in size
  • No internal Fan, so lovely and quiet

Is this unit available?

Synology have had tremendous success with their popular branded Synology RT2600AC Router. Likewise QNAP have their own Router, come storage device ready to go and it has already featured at numerous storage events. The TGX-150 is a SSD/HDD enabled router, that is designed to take the Router/switch out of the equation and delivery your network directly into the device. With a host of features and functions, it will be fantastic to see this unit in the wild, as well as seeing how it fairs with the Synology router.

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The QNAP Thunderbolt Upgrade Card

  • Thunderbolt 2 or Thunderbolt 3 Upgrade Card for QNAP PCIe Expansion Enabled NAS
  • Featuring Thunderbolt 2 and USB-C TB3 Connectivity
  • Most likely only available for TVS QNAP systems
  • Dual port to enable daisy chaining

Is this unit available?

An often asked question regarding the Thunderbolt NAS series from QNAP, can you buy the card separately? The answer is no at the moment and one could argue that this is because QNAP would rather sell the Thunderbolt connectivity with the unit itself, seeing as they are still currently the ONLY NAS brand worldwide with this technology. However i genuinely cannot see it being much longer before they consider seeing the card (as they currently do with 10GBe PCIe cards) as an optional upgrade. Notwithstanding because eventually another company may tac onto the idea of providing this connectivity, but also because the novelty of the connection may run thin and many users will opt to save themselves hundreds of pounds by forgoing the connection and therefore QNAP loses out on a later upsell. Whatever the outcome, the chances of a Thunderbolt PCIe card being revealed by QNAP at CeBit is pretty thin and I only include in a desperate wish to see it happen!

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The QNAP TVS-1282T3 NAS

  • Thunderbolt 3 Enabled 12-Bay NAS
  • Featuring Thunderbolt 3 Dual USB-C Ports
  • Suitable for both Mac and Windows (check to confirm)
  • 4x 2.5″ SSD Slots for Cache
  • Dual m.2 SSD SATA slots of further tiered storage
  • Based on the TVS-1282T2 Chassis

Is this unit available?

Thunderbolt 3 NAS! As little as 2 years ago, the ideal of a NAS server with Thunderbolt connectivity was thought to be impossible! Now we are so used to the idea of a Network Attached Storage device featuring Thunderbolt for Mac or Windows, that we EXPECT a Thunderbolt 3 NAS. And QNAP are stepping up and giving us exactly what we asked for! Another unit that was mentioned at CES2017, we fully expect the TVS-1282T3 to feature at CeBit 2017 and hopefully be shown in action. With the recent release of the MacBook Pro 2016 with Thunderbolt 3, this will be a welcome addition to many photo and video editing suites and definitely a unit to get excited about.