Buffalo & Aquantia to Deliver 10GbE for New TeraStation WS5020 WSS 2016 NAS

Buffalo Windows Server 2016 NAS and 10Gbe – What’s not to like?

Though this is not the first time we have covered the Buffalo Windows Storage Server 2016 NAS range, we thought it worth mentioning the recent press release from them regarding their 10Gbe inclusion and the chip that helps do the job. Aquantia, a leader in Multi-Gigabit Ethernet, announced today that Buffalo has selected the Aquantia AQtion AQC107 Multi-Gig Ethernet controller to provide Multi-Gig network connectivity for all 23 devices in the new TeraStation WS5020 line. Buffalo TeraStation WS5020 devices are built to provide future-proof storage solutions for tomorrow’s business demands. The TeraStation WS5020 line includes a range of both desktop and rackmount Network Attached Storage (NAS) devices that are available in the United States, Europe and Japan. The selection of the AQtion AQC107 for its unmatched 10GbE connectivity was the obvious choice for this enterprise-grade line.

Why is the Aquantia AQtion AQC107 So Popular Right now?

This is not the first time we have heard about a brand boasting the use of the Aquantia 10Gbe specialized controller, AQtion AQC107. 2018 has been more than a good year for normal tech use. It is the year in which we have reached the tipping point surrounding network speeds. With so many of us using primary devices designed to be wire-free and portable, the need for remote storage for general access and backups is paramount. However, in order to suitably substitute local storage ( c:/ or a big USB for example), the network speed needs to be much, much better than the 1Gbe we are using commonly – pretty unsuitable when some files we edit/view are Gigabytes in size! Hence why 10Gbe is so attractive now.

However, 10Gbe is more than the same port as before with a different speed. It needs a good controller chip to maintain the speeds and keep it all moving this way and that. This is where the Aquantia controller comes in. We have seen big brands from QNAP to Asustor and now to Buffalo include this controller as a mark of confidence in their hardware and the inclusion of this in the new Windows Server 2016 NAS from Buffalo is a big, big step forward. Masaya Ishimaru, Director of Network Business at Buffalo said: “Buffalo TeraStation drives are known for allowing business users to reliably share and safeguard data. To take the TeraStation product line to the next level we looked for a technology partner that can differentiate the line’s capabilities. With the AQtion AQC107 the time needed for reading and writing files, plus backups, is dramatically reduced and the user experience is enhanced.”

Why is 10Gbe Windows Server NAS from Buffalo with Aquantia a big deal?

TeraStation WS5020 NAS devices are integrated with Windows Storage Server 2016 (pre-tested NAS-grade hard drives included). They are perfect for professionals using large files including graphics, video, and CAD and allow a seamless integration with existing Windows-based environment. This new series also integrates Microsoft based cloud services Azure Backup. With the Multi-Gig Ethernet Controller designed on the motherboard of the NAS, the Aquantia AQC107 delivers a clear step-up in user productivity. As an example, the time taken to download stored data from the NAS on ten enterprise PCs, simultaneously during a virus check, has been reduced to a third or less of that for conventional storage products.

LK Bhupathi, Senior Director of Product Marketing, Aquantia Corp. said: “Being selected by Buffalo to power this wide range of enterprise devices is proof that the adoption of Multi-Gig connectivity is gaining momentum. We are pleased to collaborate with Buffalo to deliver this new line of future proofed storage solutions that increase productivity and improve the end-user experience.”

For more information about the Buffalo TeraStation WS5020 line and other Windows Storage Server 2016 NAS, head below:

WSS 2016 NAS Available NOW from Buffalo

What are the Specifications of the Buffalo WSS 2016 NAS Range?

The new Buffalo WSS 2016 NAS server devices will arrive in 2, 4 and 6-Bay RAID enabled chassis. First, let’s discuss the 2-Bay and 4-Bay WSS 2016 units. One of the biggest advantages of using a NAS with Windows Server 2016 pre-installed is that it will perform much, much better with less hardware consumption. Below are the specifications we know so far:

WS5220DN 2-Bay

WS5220DN04W6EU – 4TB

WS5220DN08W6EU – 8TB


Available May 2018

WS5420DN 4-Bay

WS5420DN08W6EU – 8TB

WS5420DN32W6EU – 16TB

WS5420DN16W6EU – 12TB

Available May 2018

Intel Atom C3338 – Dual core 1.5Ghz8GB DDR4 RAM

WSS 2016 Workgroup Edition

10Gbe (10GBASE-T) x1

1GbE(RJ45) x2

USB 3.1 Gen 1 x2

USB 1-Touch Backup

LCD Display

2-Bay Storage

Software RAID 0, 1, JBOD

Available in 4TB and 8TB

Intel Atom C3338 – Dual core 1.5Ghz8GB DDR4 RAM

WSS 2016 Workgroup Edition

10Gbe (10GBASE-T) x1

1GbE(RJ45) x2

USB 3.1 Gen 1 x2

USB 1-Touch Backup

LCD Display

4-Bay Storage

Software RAID 0, 1, 5, 6, 10

Available in 8TB, 16TB, and 32TB

The new WSS 2016 NAS will arrive with a new chassis, prepopulated with 4, 8, 16 and 32TB of storage (depending on the unit you purchase). This storage can be protected with RAID 1, 5, 6 and 10 Support as you desire and arrive with Windows server 2016 Workgroup Edition. These devices are aimed at smaller work/office environments of up to 50 users and arrive with sufficient hardware to keep this system and the users fully supported. One of the most interesting things about this new Buffalo WSS 2016 range of devices, is the inclusion of 10Gbe. Using the popular and much more affordable 10GBASE-T version of 10Gigabit ethernet, this means that devices in your environment that have 10G can operate CONSIDERABLY faster and connect to 10GBe network storage a great deal quicker. Additionally, devices that are still 1Gbe RJ45 based (the default and standard of almost all network devices) can still connect to this same windows server 2016 network.


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