Back on 1st November, QNAP announced that it had joined forces with Advanced Micro Devices, Inc. (AMD) to roll out the world’s first Ryzen-based network-attached storage (NAS). The high-end TS-x77 business NAS features processors with up to 8-cores/16-threads (with Turbo Core up to 3.7 GHz), SSD caching, and with support for graphics cards to deliver incredible processing power for driving resource-demanding applications such as VDI, server virtualization, private cloud, and 4K video playback/transcoding.
We had a chance to speak to QNAP to learn more about this product. According to Arthur Yeh, Head of ASEAN Development of QNAP’s APAC Business Division, the TS-x77 series multi-threading advantages are especially suited for virtualization. The TS-x77 is virtualization-ready for VMware, Citrix, Microsoft Hyper-V and Windows Server 2012 R2 environments with the support of iSER (iSCSI Over RDMA). It can host virtual machines and containers as an efficient all-in-one server, and supports snapshots and virtual machine backups for all-in-one virtualization management. Businesses in need of applications running on servers can benefit the most from this new product offering as they’re able to can run applications on NAS using Virtualization Station or Container Station.
He also mentioned that it’s also well-suited for businesses in the digital content production industry, as the TS-x77 can be used for rendering jobs in the background or during off-work hours. It runs on the QTS 4.3 operating system that comes bundled in at no extra cost. The TS-x77 series is a comprehensive storage solution for data storage, backup/restoration, sharing and management. The built-in QTS App Centre includes hundreds of install-on-demand apps to extend NAS functionality while increasing productivity gains.
As for what sets it apart from the competition, Arthur said, “High performance enables more applications to run on one single unit, rather than purchasing multiple servers to run simple tasks. With PCIe expansion slots, users can add optional 10GbE card to enjoy high bandwidth on data transfer. Users can also add graphic cards to TS-x77 in accompany with VM, opening up endless opportunities for VM applications. Build in M.2 slots allow users to add M.2 SATA SSD for caching or tiering function. Additional NVMe expansion card can also be added for highest I/O performance.”
Given its high-end positioning, there were preconceptions and concerns that the series would come at a premium price. To this, Arthur assured us that the quality, features and performance completely justifies the price point. “TS-x77 nearly has all the capabilities of QNAP's enterprise-grade products, and is stronger in multimedia applications compared to enterprise products. Performance-wise, it is positioned to be higher than QNAP's TVS-x82 series, and it's the highest performance NAS server in the world which is not listed in enterprise sector. For those who are interested in purchasing TS-x77, this normally means NAS is an essential tool for their livelihood, just as you wouldn't purchase a sedan to do a lorry's job.”
Since its release, Arthur said reception for the Ryzen-powered NAS has been encouraging in the ASEAN region. He explained, “We have received lots of attention and inquiries upon the date of release, even before products were ready to be shipped. Now, the products are ready to be shipped, and there are lots of orders to be fulfilled, and buyers are now waiting for their TX-x77 to arrive. This indicates TS-x77 has a place to those in need of a high-end NAS solution, and only QNAP can fulfil.”