QNAP launches 1, 2-bay NAS with iSCSI

By Peter Cohen, Macworld.com |  Storage, iSCSI, NAS

QNAP Systems on Monday introduced the TS-119 and TS-219, one- and two-bay Network Attached Storage (NAS) systems equipped with iSCSI support. Prices were not announced.

Both systems are desktop NAS appliances aimed at home, home office and small to medium business users. Inside each box is a 1.2GHz CPU and 512MB DDR2 RAM which powers an embedded operating system. The box includes front and rear-facing USB 2.0 ports, an external Serial ATA (eSATA) interface for hooking up additional devices, and a Gigabit Ethernet (GigE) network interface.

The software that runs the TS-119 and TS-219 enables users to share files across a network. It supports Universal Plug and Play (UPnP) and DLNA to operate as a media server for digital music, photos and images. They also run "Turbo NAS" firmware 3.0, which provides an AJAX-based Web management interface that QNAP likens to Apple's Cover Flow feature in Leopard.

With Internet SCSI (iSCSI) target service support, the devices can also be part of a backup or storage expansion system; users can create up to eight "virtual" drives on the NAS for their existing servers or computers; iSCSI drives on the NAS can be formatted with a file system and used as local drives.

The TS-119 supports up to a 2 terabyte (TB) hard drive, and the two-bay TS-219 can support two hot-swappable drives for up to 4TB of capacity.

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