Unboxing the QNAP TS-453BU Rackmount NAS for 2018

Is the QNAP TS-453BU SMB Rackmount the NAS that you have been waiting for?

Intel® Celeron® quad-core rackmount NAS with PCIe slot for diverse storage applications. QNAP themselves highlight that this rack cabinet NAS features:

  • PCIe slot supports installing a QNAP QM2 dual-port M.2 SSD/10GbE card, a compatible wireless adapter, or a USB 3.1 10Gbps card.
  • Supports dual-channel 4K H.264/H.265 hardware decoding and on-the-fly or offline transcoding
  • Qfiling automates file organization and Qsirch provides full-text search for easier file management
  • QRM+ enables centralized management of remote Windows®, Linux® and IPMI-compatible devices.
  • A hybrid approach to virtualization in one NAS: Virtualization Station and Container Station
  • Scalable storage space with VJBOD and UX-1200U-RP/UX-800U-RP expansion enclosures

QNAP TS-453BU NAS – Internal Hardware

Powered by the latest 14 nm Intel® Celeron® J3455 quad-core 1.5GHz processor (burst up to 2.3 GHz), up to 8GB DDR3L RAM, four Gigabit LAN ports, and SATA 6Gb/s, the TS-453BU-RP runs tasks smoothly and quickly with up to 369 MB/s read/ write speeds. Additionally the TS-453BU feature either 4GB or 8GB of DDR3L memory.

The TS-453BU-RP features Intel® AES-NI accelerated encryption to drive transfer speeds of up to 336 MB/s with AES 256-bit encryption for both full NAS volumes and shared folders, boosting system performance while ensuring the confidentiality of sensitive business data stored in the NAS.

TS-453BU and the PCIe slot

The TS-453BU-RP has a PCIe expansion slot, providing flexibility in extending NAS functionality and potential applications. Install a QNAP QM2 card to provide M.2 SSD caching/10GbE connectivity, or use the TS-453BU-RP as a wireless access point by installing a compatible wireless network card, or boost the USB connectivity of the TS-453BU-RP by installing a USB 3.1 10Gbps card.

Using the QNAP TS-453BU and the QM2 10Gbe and m.2 PCIe card

QNAP’s QM2 is a PCIe expansion card that features dual M.2 SSD slots and 10GbE connectivity* (individual cards may vary in functionality). This allows users to easily set up SSD caching or to enable Qtier auto-tiering technology to optimize NAS performance.

QNAP TS-453BT3 10GbE card removed

10GbE-compatible models can also future proof the TS-453BU-RP for use with 10GbE networks. Equipped with a dedicated cooling module, the QM2 can maintain its high performance even when tasked with the highest workloads.

QNAP TS-453BU – QRM+ and QTS Software

QRM+ is QNAP’s Centralized Management Solution, designed for IT teams, for networked computing devices. It provides a single-point solution to discover, map, monitor and manage all of the critical computing devices (including servers, PCs, and thin clients) in your network, and facilitates device discovery with the graphical topology diagram. QRM+ supports IPMI 2.0, provides remote KVM (Keyboard, Video, Mouse) for certain IPMI devices, and supports tracking every action using KVM recording and playback.

It can be hard to manage emails and contact information that are scattered across multiple computers, devices, and accounts – not to mention if important emails or contact information are lost or become inaccessible due to account closure or device malfunction/loss. QNAP QmailAgent and Qcontactz helps you centrally store and manage emails and contact information, making them accessible to all of your devices at any time – and with the powerful Qsirch search engine, you can easily find specific contacts and emails whenever needed.

Simply install QRMAgent on your Windows® and Linux® devices and you will see their system status on the QRM+ management interface. With centralized management using QRM+ on the NAS, IT infrastructure and device security is enhanced while troubleshooting and network resource performance analysis is greatly simplified.

QNAP TS-453BU – Backups, Synchronization and Snapshots

Hybrid Backup Sync provides a well-rounded solution for data backup, file synchronization and disaster recovery for you to easily and securely backup data from your NAS to several local, remote and cloud storage spaces. In the event of system crashes or critical hardware failure, you can quickly restore data from these storage spaces, minimizing downtime and reducing overall loss.

Hybrid Backup Sync also takes advantage of cloud storage for one-way sync of your data to cloud storage through RTRR, rsync, FTP, SMB protocol, or two-way sync your NAS with remote NAS/cloud services.

QNAP TS-453BU – Virtualization and Virtual Machines

The TS-453BU-RP is an iSCSI/ IP-SAN storage that supports VMware® and Citrix®, and is compatible with Microsoft® Hyper-V® and Windows Server 2012® R2, fulfilling the need for flexible deployment and management in virtualization environments.

The TS-453BU-RP supports VMware VAAI and Microsoft ODX to increase performance by offloading server loading for ESXi server and Hyper-V respectively, and supports QNAP vSphere Client plug-in and QNAP SMI-S provider with enhanced operational efficiency and management in virtualization applications.

QNAP TS-453BU – User Interface

With modularized multiple applications and functions, QTS enhances management efficiency, personal productivity, multimedia, and much more. New intelligent agent services have also been added to simplify system operations and management.

The user-friendly QTS features an intelligent desktop that allows you to find desired functions quickly, monitor important system information on a real-time basis, open multiple application windows to run multiple tasks concurrently with greater working efficiency, and provides a built-in App Center with install-on-demand apps to extend NAS functionality. QTS breaks the barriers of devices, platforms, and geography to bring optimized cloud experiences and incorporates advanced features.

QNAP TS-453BU – How to use the HDMI port

Featuring advanced 9th-generation Intel® HD Graphics, the TS-453BU-RP supports dual-channel 4K H.264/H.265 hardware decoding and real-time transcoding, allowing you to convert videos to universal file formats that can be smoothly played on multiple devices.

QNAP Linux Station is integrated with Ubuntu® OS, allowing you to download and install versatile multimedia apps from Ubuntu Software Center, such as Plex Media Server, KMPlayer, LibreOffice and VLC. QNAP’s HD Station also allows you to directly enjoy multimedia using HD Player or third-party players such as Plex Home Theater.

By connecting the TS-453BU-RP to a HDTV or A/V receiver you can enjoy watching videos with up to 4K resolution.

QNAP TS-453BU – Surveillance Station and QVR Pro

The TS-453BU-RP supports QVR Pro (Beta) that integrates QNAP’s professional QVR system into the QTS operating system. You can arrange a dedicated, independent storage space for surveillance data on the NAS and leverage the advantages of scalability and storage manageability from QTS.

QVR Pro features a flexible monitoring interface that allows adjusting the proportion and monitor view of IP cameras, supports an upgraded timeline feature that provides instant video search and quick view identification in live monitoring mode, and allows for monitoring views and playing back images without switching between windows.

Additional functions like batch adding and editing cameras and searching for cameras across different LANs further save the cost and time in deploying and maintaining a complete surveillance system. With the newly-developed QUSBCam2 App, you can use a USB camera as an ONVIF network camera.

Simply connect it to your TS-453BU-RP, and you can view real-time images without installing any software. Through QVR Pro, you can even store recordings for playback, allowing you to build a surveillance system with minimum budget.

QNAP TS-453BU – Conclusion

The TS-453BU-RP is a 1U rackmount NAS that easily fits into a standard 19-inch rack, providing an ideal storage solution in the server room for small and medium businesses. The TS-453BU-RP comes with a PCIe slot for boosting potential applications: the QNAP QM2 expansion card can be installed to add an M.2 SSD cache/10GbE connectivity, a compatible wireless card can be installed to use the TS-453BU-RP as a wireless access point, and a USB 3.1 10Gbps card can be added for easier backup to/from multiple external storage. The TS-453BU-RP also provides a wide range of value-added features: 4K video playback and real-time transcoding; deployment of virtual environments through Virtualization Station and Container Station; centralized management of remote Windows®, Linux® and IPMI-compatible devices with QRM+; and web automation services with IFTTT Agent.

Ordering P/N TS-453BU-4G TS-453BU-8G

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CPU Intel Apollo Lake J3455 4-core 1.5GHz
System memory 4 GB DDR3L 2 x 2GB 8 GB DDR3L 2 x 4GB
Ram slot SODIMM x 2 (MAX. 8GB)
Flash Memory 4GB eMMC
PCIe Slot 1 x PCIe gen 2 x 2 slot
Hard Drive Tray 4
Drive Interface SATA 6Gb/s, 3Gb/s HDD or SSD; Hot-swappable
USB 4 x USB 3.0 (Rear)
LAN Port 4 x GbE
HDMI Output 1 x HDMI 1.4b
LED Indicators System Status, HDD,USB, LAN
Buttons Power, Reset
System Warning Buzzer
Form Factor 1U, rack mountable
Dimensions 44 x 439 x 499 mm
1.73 x 17.28 x 19.65 inch
Weight Net: 7.50 kg (16.53 lbs)
Gross: 11.60 kg (25.57 lbs)
Power consumption (W) HDD sleep: 21.3W
Typical Operation: 31.5W
Sound Level (dB)* Operating low speed: 38.6 dB(A)
Temperature 0-40˚C
Relative Humidity 0~95% R.H.
Power Supply ATX 250W
Fan 2 x 40mm, 12V DC

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