QNAP debuts TVS-x73e 4/6/8-bay NAS, featuring AMD RX-421BD quad-core APU, dual PCIe slots, M.2 SSD slots

QNAP Systems released Thursday its high-performance TVS-x73e series – an SMB NAS lineup featuring an AMD RX-421BD quad-core APU, up to 64GB DDR4 RAM, two M.2 SATA 6Gb/s SSD slots for SSD cache acceleration with Qtier auto-tiering, the USB QuickAccess port, dual 4K HDMI output, and hardware-assisted 4K video transcoding acceleration.

Designed for versatile business needs, the secure and scalable TVS-x73e series provides a pair of PCIe slots for flexibly installing 10GbE NICs, QM2 cards or USB 3.1 10Gbps cards, presenting small and medium businesses with the perfect NAS solution to build a private cloud for applications including high-speed data transfer, backup/recovery, virtualization, media playback and graphics display.

Housed in a metal design, the TVS-x73e series includes 4, 6, and 8-drive bay models that feature a high-performance and energy-efficient AMD RX-421BD quad-core 2.1 GHz APU (Turbo Core up to 3.4 GHz) and 4/8GB DDR4 RAM (up to 64GB).

With an optional 10GbE NIC installed, it delivers up to 1139 MB/s throughput and up to 1091 MB/s with AES-NI hardware-accelerated encryption engine. With SSD caching and two built-in M.2 SSD slots, the TVS-x73e can benefit from Qtier technology to optimize storage efficiency across M.2 SSDs, 2.5-inch SSDs and high-capacity HDDs for balanced cost, performance, and capacity.

The TVS-x73e series includes two PCIe slots that allows greater system flexibility; Users can install an optional 10GbE network card for boosting virtualization and high-resolution video editing and sharing; a USB 3.1 Gen.2 (10Gbps) card for transferring large media files to/from USB storage; or QNAP’s QM2 cards that allows for adding up to two M.2 SSDs to configure SSD caching, or to create a RAID 5 tiered storage along with the two M.2 SSDs in the NAS (M.2 SSD sold separately) to increase data protection. There are also QM2 cards that include 10GbE 10GBASE-T connectivity to provide SSD caching with high-speed network connectivity on a single card.

The TVS-x73e features AMD 3rd Gen GCN architecture with GPU performance to support 4K video decoding and stunning 4K UHD display, and the dual HDMI output with a free remote control makes it easy to enjoy the best audiovisual experience.

The business-ready TVS-x73e series is a NAS and iSCSI-SAN unified storage solution that supports VMware, Citrix, Microsoft Hyper-V and Windows Server 2012 R2 environments, but can also natively host multiple virtual machines (with Windows, Linux, Unix and Android), and containers (LXC and Docker).

Running the QTS operating system, the TVS-x73e series performs as an integrated storage solution to fulfill file backup, sharing, centralized management, and it supports block-based snapshots to record the state of the system at any time to mitigate the impact of ransomware attacks and to ensure the stability of service operations.

The TVS-x73e series is scalable by connecting QNAP expansion enclosures (UX-800P, UX-500P or REXP-1000 Pro). Storage capacity can also be expanded by using vJBOD (Virtual JBOD) that leverages the unused storage capacity of other QNAP NAS for use as virtual disks.

“The TVS-x73e NAS series is powered by an AMD quad-core APU with up to 3.4 GHz clock speed and also provides dual PCIe slots that add more value to maximize NAS potential for a wider range of applications, making the TVS-x73e ideal for organizations and professionals who ask for performance and expandability,” said Jason Hsu, Product Manager of QNAP.

QNAP initiated partnership with Netgate, provider of open source firewalls and security gateways, showcased a joint solution by implementing pfSense software on QNAP NAS to create new security and networking deployment at CES 2018.

Security is of paramount importance for all companies and is also the highest priority for QNAP as a network-attached storage solution provider. In addition to participating in the CVE Numbering Authority (CNA) and supporting McAfee Antivirus services, QNAP is now collaborating with Netgate to take network security to the next level with the pfSense firewall solution on QNAP NAS.

QNAP and Netgate also plan to collaborate on advanced firewall solutions that address the expanded throughput, encryption, and management flexibility needs of enterprise-class organizations. The availability of advanced Netgate secure networking solutions for QNAP NAS will be announced separately.

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