QNAP TS-409 1U NAS Review

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1U All-in-one

Nearly every home office or small business needs some sort of central data server, which is one reason why NAS units have been flying off the virutal shelves lately.  Many of these networkable storage units are little mini-servers that not only keep your data safe, but offer multimedia capabilities (like TwonkyMedia and iTunes support).  Does having a dedicated web server, print server, or BitTorrent server strike your fancy?  If so, then you should look at some of these flexible networked appliances.

QNAP has been producing quality networked appliances for a while.  One of their most popular products is the TS-409 Pro, which stuffs a whole lot of Linux-embedded servers into one small box.  Now QNAP has released a 1U version of this flexible server, which should appeal to small IT shops that need to fit their servers in a rack.  Its multimedia capabilities will certainly appeal to the home theater nut, as it allows you to literally have terrabytes of movies instantly available, to create your own video-on-demand service.

Multi-functional All-in-one NAS Server
TS-409 Pro supports multiple file sharing protocols for users to share files across Linux, Unix, Mac, and Windows platforms. Abundant valuable server functions including File Server, FTP Server, and Printer Server, etc., are supported to satisfy the business needs. Meanwhile, Windows ADS (Active Directory Service) is supported to help create an easy-to-access environment and lower the maintenance cost. With the dual support of MySQL and SQLite, SMB & SOHO users can easily set up their own web and database servers. Also, encrypted remote replication and backup to external devices are supported to enhance data protection. Various data storage and management mechanisms- FTP server with SSL/TLS encrypted technology, SSH login, and web page SSL login enable users to transfer, store, and share data securely.

A solution for present and future
The flexible RAID Expansion and Migration features lower the total cost of ownership. With Online RAID Capacity Expansion, users can select to purchase the most cost-effective hard drives for initial server setup and upgrade to larger ones in the future. All the stored data will be kept and seamlessly moved to the newly installed hard drives without turning off the server. With Online RAID Level Migration, users can start from one drive firstly and add more to upgrade the RAID level in the future with the data retained.

Easy setup, low-cost maintenance
TS-409 Pro adopts silent fan and power-saving design which is excellent for long-term operation and deployment in small business environment without server room. The hot-swap design is supported for replacing failed hard drive of a RAID configuration without turning off the server to ensure non-stop services and minimize maintenance cost and effort. Besides, the HDD S.M.A.R.T. provides complete information of the hard drive status to prevent potential physical drive failure. The comprehensive log system summarizes the detail data access records and connection status to server administrator. All error and warning messages can also be sent via e-mail alerts for ease of maintenance.

High Performance, High Reliability, Disaster-proof NAS for Business

The Most Advanced RAID Management with How-swap Design
To ensure the data security, TS-409 Pro offers advanced disk configurations for RAID 0, 1, 5, 6, 5 + Spare, Single, and JBOD. Meanwhile, TS-409 Pro supports hot-swap design which offers the non-stop and easy-to-manage service. When HDD failure occurs, the administrator can be alerted by e-mail alarm and LED indication. The failed drive can be replaced by hot swapping without turning off the server. The intelligent data rebuilding features allow users to the new drive without suffering from any system downtime.

Online RAID Capacity Expansion and Online RAID Level Migration
TS-409 Pro supports online RAID capacity expansion and online RAID level migration.

With Online RAID Capacity Expansion, users can select to purchase the most cost-effective hard drives for initial server setup and upgrade to larger ones in the future. All the stored data will be kept and seamlessly moved to the newly installed hard drives. There is no need to turn off the server during the process.
With Online RAID Level Migration, users can start from one drive firstly and add more drive members to upgrade the RAID level in the future with the data retained. There is no need to turn off the server during the process.

S.M.A.R.T & Advanced HDD Health Scanning (HHS)

TS-409 Pro supports Hard Disk Drive S.M.A.R.T (Self-Monitoring Analysis and Reporting Technology) which enables users to monitor the status of hard disk drive and check the potential problems. This tool helps to prevent the unexpected failure of hard disk and avoid critical data loss. Moreover, TS-409 Pro is embedded with HHS Technology which supports disk checking and bad blocks scanning to prevent potential data loss.

Comprehensive Event Log System

Logs of connections to TS-409 Pro via samba, FTP, AFP, HTTP, HTTPS, Telnet, and SSH, and networking services accessed by online users are all recorded. Server managers can monitor the status of TS-409 Pro closely.

The Most Complete Backup Solutions
Data backup may sound time and effort-consuming for most users. QNAP’s Turbo NAS now brings you the enterprise-class technology to make backup extremely simple and efficient! The intelligent automatic backup software, NetBak Replicator, is provided for users to perform real-time synchronization or schedule backup from multiple PCs to TS-409 Pro. Furthermore, the data in TS-409 Pro can also be backed up to external FAT format hard drive. TS-409 Pro also works well with other backup software, e.g. Acronis True Image, CA BrightStor ARCserver Backup, and EMC Retrospect.


Support Windows ADS

With Windows ADS (Active Directory Service) support, you can deploy your Turbo NAS in small business environment easily! It enables Windows domain users to easily access the shared data with the Active Directory authentication. This saves server manager’s time and effort in creating groups and accounts and lowers the maintenance cost by centralized management.

Sharing files across Windows, Mac, Linux, and Unix

TS-409 Pro is specially designed for different users to share the files across Windows, Mac, Linux, and Unix environment.

Secure data storage, access, and sharing

  • Data stored on TS-409 Pro is well protected: Server manager can create user ID and password, and define the authority and quota of each user.
  • IP filter control: Users can allow or deny specified IP connections to TS-409 Pro.
  • SSL Security (HTTPS): TS-409 Pro can be accessed and configured by web browser securely.
  • Remote login your TS-409 Pro by SSH (secure shell) or Telnet connection.
  • Secure FTP: Share and transmit your data over SSL/TLS (Explicit) encryption. – – – -Passive FTP port range setup is also supported.
  • Smart FTP policy control: The maximum number of all FTP connections and a single account can be configured.
  • Encrypted remote replication: Data on TS-409 Pro can be backed up to another QNAP NAS product over the Internet securely.
File Server
The principle purpose of file server is for data storage and sharing. Data security and access management are the major concerns of most users. TS-409 Pro allows server manager to create user ID and password, and define the authority and quota for each user. Thus, personal data stored on TS-409 Pro is well protected.
FTP Server
Having troubles with sending large files by e-mail due to the limited capacity? You can establish your own FTP server by using TS-409 Pro. You can manage the access authority of the FTP server and share your files with your friends or customers easily in a few steps.
Encrypted Remote Replication
Encrypted remote replication provides high level of data protection. Files can be backed up from TS-409 Pro to other QNAP NAS products in remote locations. Advanced options including data compression, block-level incremental backup, and data synchronization are supported to optimize the bandwidth and time for data backup.
Web Server with Built-in phpMyAdmin
With the built-in phpMyAdmin, Joomla! and dual support of MySQL and SQLite, SMB & SOHO users can easily set up their own web server. With the editable php.ini support, there is no need of going through all the hassles of setting up a web server. You can either develop programs by yourself or download a variety of open-sourced applications, such as online shops, forums, blogs, etc., over the Internet.
MySQL Server
TS-409 Pro is the most affordable choice as a standalone database server for system integrators. It can be flexibly applied in various deployments such as a database server of another web server in remote site or as an additional backup database server to achieve system redundancy.
Printer Server
You can share your printer device over the network by simply connecting USB printers to TS-409 Pro’s USB port (Max. 3 sets) and enabling the printer sharing function.

UPS Support
The key function of UPS is to provide the power for a period of time during power failure. TS-409 Pro supports both APC and MGE UPS devices which help users store the data in time and avoid critical data loss when power outage occurs during data transfer.

Share Folder Management
Server Managers can hide or show certain folders in the directories for some security reasons while creating the folders for the first time.

One touch USB auto copy
When a USB device such as digital camera, digital camcorder, or pen drive is connected to the front panel USB port, data in the USB device can be backed up to TS-409 Pro, or data in TS-409 Pro can be backed up to external USB device automatically by simply pressing the USB copy button. In the meantime, an external storage device can be connected to TS-409 Pro via USB port for alternative data backup.

Web File Manager
TS-409 Pro provides Web File Manager for you to easily download, upload, and manage the files on the server by web browser.

Network Recycle Bin

Can you imagine if you delete an important file on the NAS by mistake and lose it forever? You don’t need to worry now! The files deleted from the network shares of the TS-409 Pro will be moved to a particular recycle bin folder. You can restore your data anytime in case of unintended file deletion.

Built-in DDNS support
TS-409 Pro supports dynamic DNS (DDNS). You can register a unique domain name from a DDNS service provider and assign it to your Turbo NAS. There is no more need to remember a lengthy IP address!