Brand New QNAP QGD-1602P NAS+Switch Revealed for Autumn 2020
We are certainly seeing some rather killer hardware be revealed by QNAP NAS in the last couple of months. Their full 2020 portfolio of storage solutions is once again making it abundantly clear that they are still the innovators of the and the latest video from their Livestream has pushed the envelope a bit further, as QNAP have announced some new hardware that serves as an alternative build option for their popular Guardian NAS+Switch from 2019 arriving in their network appliance range. I want to talk about the rather unique and exciting-sounding new QGD-1602P NAS+POE Switch Guardian hybrid device they have announced – it sounds amazing, a bit weird and takes everything that we liked in the QGD-1600p, then turned the dial up to 11! Practically super-sizing all the hardware and software potential and building that much bigger business users might quite like to get hold of. Let’s discuss.
What are the Hardware Specifications of the QNAP QGD-1602P NAS+Switch
Although at this time we do not have a real image (I will update as and when I do – for now these promo shots will have to suffice) the new QNAP Guardian QGD-1602P NAS switch-based hardware is designed to combine the features and functionality of a managed PoE switch for optimizing your network, as well as the storage, media, RAID and application support of a mid-range NAS (Plex, containers, Surveillance, Backups, DLNA, etc). QNAP is revealing this device to promote their QVR Pro surveillance platform alongside HDMI out to push its use as a standalone KVM Surveillance station. This could all be said of the QGD-1600p from late last ear, but this new version mixes things up with an 8-Core CPU option, 10Gbe, 5Gbe, 2.5Gbe and 1Gbe ports, NVMe SSDs and more. One key thing to note is that the QNAP QGD-1602p will arrive with two different CPU options. There is a 4-Core Intel C3558 2.2Ghz version and an 8 CORE Intel C3758 2.2Ghz version. Here is how those processors compare.
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Below is everything else we know so far:
- Intel Denverton C3758 EIGHT core 2.2Ghz OR Intel Denverton Processor 3558, Quad-core at 2.2GHz per core
- DDR4 Memory Support (no details on this, but it must be 4-8GB by default, for level surveillance in QVR Pro)
- 380W/220W(depending on CPU choice at purchase) Total Available Power for PoE devices
- 4x 90W Ports and 12x 30W Ports
- 2x USB 3.0 Ports
- No HDMI Out – a noticeable difference from the QGD-1600p
- 2x NVMe SSD Bays
- 2x 2.5″ HDD/SSD Bays (internal, no hot-swap)
- Support 2 x 10 GbE SFP+ port
- 8 x 2.5GbE RJ45
- 8 x 1GbE (TBC) RJ45
- 2x PCIe Gen 3 x2 Slot
- Dedicated Network Controller
- Ability to assign Switch ports to the NAS Drive portion of the QGD-1602p
- Separate Power on and off lights, reset and operation on the NAS and Switch sides of the QGD-1602p
- Storage expandable with the QNAP TL or TR Expansion Chassis series
What are the Software Specifications of the QGD-1602P Network Switch and NAS Hybrid Device?
As you would expect from a modern QNAP NAS, the QGD-1602p arrives with high levels of support for the QTS NAS system, with its hundreds of applications and abilities. Alongside this are the QuWan and QuNetSwitch platform that manages the switch and network traffic of this device. The managed switch software can be accessed remotely and independently of the NAS (in case you are re-booting the NAS or want the NAS powered down, but the switch maintained to the network of users), but can also be accessed via the QNAP QTS software and mobile apps if you want – giving you a flexible and manageable means of accessing the device and controlling everything. The QNAP NAS software and QuNetSwitch provide software support for:
- SD-WAN Software services with QuWan included
- QNAP QVR Pro Surveillance, supporting upto 40 cameras (8 licences included), with a full control deck accessible over the network/internet/client apps at an enterprise but user-friendly level
- Support for facial recognition with QVR Face and QVR Tiger, as well as AI-powered photo cataloguing with QuMagie and Multimedia Console
- Large Security Supporting tools in the NAS environment, such as Malware Manage, Security Counselor, Anti-Virus software and support of 3rd party providers you may already have in place
- VPN client support and the official QNAP VPN app
- Media management over DLNA, the internet and more, with QNAP Photo, Music and Video Station
- Virtual Machine Support across many forms, with Virtualization station at the top end, and Container Station and Linux Station for smaller/more compact virtual environments
- Whole computer environment backup/sync control via a single access point, with Hybrid Backup Sync 3 – Supporting backups and Synchronization via NAS-to-NAS, NAS-to-Cloud, NAS-to-USB, NAS-to-Remote and more
- Unparalleled File management with File Station, QSirch, QFiling
- Easy Remote Mounting services with HybridMount (makes remote storage appear localized) and vJBOD to make your NAS/available space appear as usable local storage to remote others
- Dedicated network switch software to create a bespoke network environment
- Support of Link Aggregation (Port Trunking), Port Priorities, Fail-over, etc
- Remote Switch access over LAN, Internet, Mobile App and more
- Assign users/ports to have ‘first come’ access to network services, or restrict others as needed easily
- Quality of Service options that allow you to create failover scenarios to connected users
What is the Current Alternative to the QNAP QGD-1602P Switch & NAS?
Unsurprisingly, the best current alternative to the QNAP QGD-1602p NAS Switch, is the 2019 released QNAP QGD-1600p Guardian switch. Arriving at a likely lower price, more graphically enabled (both over the network/internet AND local of HDMI 2.0a), as well as with a 4K enabled Intel Celeron J4115 CPU that has never featured on another NAS platform, it is still a remarkably solid choice and still going strong into 2020.
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