A while ago, the folks at QNAP sent us one of their NAS devices for a test run around the block. You can read the article over here. Now, we were quite fond of the device and the capabilities and QNAP was pretty pleased with our review. So, a couple of weeks ago, a new package arrived in the mail here at VMguru and we were very pleasantly surprised to find a brand new QNAP Product in the box. In this article, we’re unboxing the NAS appliance and setting it up so we can go and test it with a VMware test server.
The box that arrived was actually pretty impressive. This seems to be a pretty big thing! After removing the shipping package, we saw a very nice box with an even nicer picture of the QNAP we’re going to put to the test. This is certainly not your average 2-disk or 4-disk NAS. So, first of all, some specs to get you all warmed up. This NAS is a pretty all-round guy with a lot of support already build in.
The hardware specs:
- CPU: Intel® Atom™ 2.13GHz Dual-core Processor
- DRAM: 1GB RAM (Expandable RAM, up to 3GB)
- Flash Memory: 512MB DOM
- Hard disk bays: 8 x 3.5/2.5 inch drives, hot swappable and lockable
- LAN: 2 x Gigabit RJ-45 Ethernet port
- USB: 2x USB 3.0 port (Back: 2) 5x USB 2.0 port (Front: 1; Back: 4)
- eSATA: 2 x eSATA port (Back)
- Display: Mono-LCD display with backlight