QNAP announce a budget friendly 10GBe Network Switch for RJ45 and SFP+ this 2017
We are pleased to report that QNAP NAS, the company that has been fulfilling so many of your NAS server needs for home and business has taking the next logical step in supplying and satisfying your home and business NAS needs, with the release of the QNAP QSW-1208-8C 20 Port Network Switch.
What makes the QNAP QSW-1208-8C Network Switch so special?
Firsts and foremost, it will be the most cost effective and affordable network Switch supporting 10GBe over both SFP+ and RJ45 available in the market today. With likewise switches from Netgear and Buffalo starting at £500+ and all the way up to and above £2,000+, the QNAP QSW-1208-8C is proposed retail around £200+ without VAT (we find that hard to believe), less than half the cost of the currently available alternatives.
What ports and functions does the QNAP QSW-1208-8C 10GBe switch support?
One of the most popular features of the QNAP QSW-1208-8C that is bringing it attention is the dual combination of both 10GBe RJ45 ports and 10GBe SFP+ ports. In total the unit provides 20 total ports in total. A mixed combination of 4x SFP+ 10GbE ports, 8x SFP+ ports and 8x 10GBase-T RJ45 port. The ability to utilise devices featuring alternative network connections via this single device for communication is a fantatic feature indeed and only serves to highlight how the £200+ price tag is so appealing? However we still are none the wiser as to the true price once this unit becomes available. Watch this space for confirmation.
What makes QNAP QSW-1208-8C 10GBe Switch different from Netgear and Buffalo switches?
This is one of the first Network Switches in 10GBe to be released by a NAS server specialised company and certainly QNAP’s first model. Although of course it is based on technological innovations made by their competitors in network devices over decades, it still very much features a number of QNAP’s own functions and features. Likewise you can bet that the QNAP QTS NAS software will be fully compatible and compliment the QNAP QSW-1208-8C switch and achieve the best results. That said it should be highlighted that the QSW-1208-8C from QNAP is an unmanaged switch and this may well put some business users off. But what is an unmanaged switch and is it that much different to a managed switch in the long term?
What is the difference between Managed and Unmanaged Switches?
An unmanaged switch, like the QNAP QSW-1208-8C, an unmanaged Switch allows Ethernet enabled hardware like PCs, Printers and Desktop machines to send and receive data from one another in a system known as plug and play. The QSW-1208-8C, like all unmanaged switches, are shipped with a fixed sofware and harddware configuration which cannot be changed. generally these are used by smaller networks, SMB offices and temporary setups that pop up on site for contracted tasks.
A managed network switch gives you all the features and functionality of an unmanaged switch like the QSW-1208-8C from QNAP, but also includes the ability to control, alter and manipulate the network sharing of the 10GBe switch. Providing features and applications as:
Quality of Service Control (QoS)
Quality of Service (QoS) allows you to prioritise network traffic and manages available bandwidth so that the most important data traffic goes first.
Simple Network Management Protocol Control (SNMP)
It’s a widely accepted protocol which allows network managing and monitoring. This feature is great for keeping an eye on network status and performance.
Creation of Virtual Local Area Networks (VLANs)
VLANs allow network administrators to group devices together without having to run new cables or make changes to their network infrastructure.
Providing Redundancy and integrity solutions
Redundancy is a feature designed to duplicate data so if something fails there will be a backup.
Port Mirroring for easy duplication
A Managed Switch allows you to configure Port Mirroring to send copies of traffic to a single port on the same switch for analysis by a network analyser.
So, if features like these are the ones that matter most to your Network Setup, then the QSW-1208-8C 10GBe Unmanaged Switch may not be for you!
What are the other key features of the QNAP QSW-1208-8C 10GBe Network Switch?
Along with being very petite in size, despite its large array of connectivity, the unit is designed with low noise in mind in a very petite chassis. This coupled with a lack of moving parts, excellent heat ventilation and QNAP including a 5 year warranty mean that this is a future proofed network switch with a switching capacity up to 240Gbps.
How can I make the most of the QSW-1208-8C 10GBe switch with my QNAP NAS?
With more and more QNAP NAS devices being released with an optional PCIe slot, there has never been a better time to consider making the jump to 10GBe if you can. QNAP have provided numerous PCIe expansion cards to upgrade your NAS server in the home or office for a number of years providing upgrades to 10GBe over SFP+ and RJ45, and with the release of the new and exciting QNAP TS-453B, TS-253B and TS-653B this has got even better. The new QNAP NAS for 2017 is now available for home users wanting a 2-Bay NAS with 10GBe – a rare find! Along side this QNAP have released two new PCIe cards that support both the 10GBe connection AND the added facility to install 2.5″or dual m.2 SSD for additional Cache as needed. Yes, 10GBe upgrade and SSD Cche uprade on the same card and only needing a single PCIe slot. You can find the newly released QNAP PCIe cards to cmpliment/combine with your nas below: