The QNAP TS-543A NAS selling point: a well-rounded private cloud solution centralized storage and IoT applications.
QNAP is an award-winning Taiwanese corporation that specializes in providing networked solutions for file sharing, virtualization, storage management and surveillance applications to companies, SMB (Small and Medium Enterprises), SOHO (Small Office/Home Office) and home users.
NAS is Network Attached Storage. NAS is a storage system that uses RAID and clustering capabilities of direct storage drives and then utilizes existing IP networks (on an intranet or via your own Internet connection) to share or transfer data.
Cloud is a network of servers.
IoT is the Internet of Things. It is the proposed network to connect everything with, well, everything else. Your car, washing machine, fridge, stove, coffee maker, TV set, radio, garage door, security cameras, laptop, phone… connecting them for and with you to give you control at the push of a button… from a distance.
How you would use it
From the above image you’ll notice it looks like a security camera system. It is, for your business or home. But it more than that: it also is a storage solution for things other than business. When used at home, you can store movies, music, pictures and/or documents and allow each individual in the household private or shared access, either to their computers/laptops or to their phones.
If you choose to connect your NAS system to the Internet, you can choose which data (including movies, pics, etc.) can be downloaded remotely.
And when your system is connected to the Internet you can also make use of the benefits of cloud computing – for storage, backup and/or sharing.
Here’s how QNAP explains it –
In response to the coming era of Internet of Things (IoT), the TS-453A innovatively supports the open-source Linux® platform as a gateway for IoT solutions to other smart devices. The TS-453A allows users to directly utilize various feature-rich Linux apps, enjoying a private cloud combining storage and IoT applications.
QNAP TS-453A features
- Supports the Linux® OS with direct output via HDMI
- Dual HDMI output for switching between duplicated and extended desktop options
- AES-NI hardware-accelerated encryption for efficient cryptographic performance up to 412 MB/s
- Supports 4K hardware decoding and transcodes 4K H.264 videos on-the-fly or offline
- Quickly find files using a real-time, natural search with Qsirch 2.1
- NAS and iSCSI-SAN unified storage solution for virtualization
- Supports VMware®, Citrix®, Microsoft® Hyper-V and advanced virtualization features
- A hybrid approach to virtualization in one NAS: Virtualization Station & Container Station
- Build a personal karaoke system with high-quality audio output with the new OceanKTV app
QNAP TS-453A specs
Powered by the latest 14 nm Intel® Celeron® N3150 quad-core 1.6GHz processor, dual-channel 4/8GB DDR3L-1600 RAM (upgradable to 8GB), 4 Gigabit LAN ports and SATA 6Gb/s, the TS-453A delivers up to 414 MB/s read speed and runs tasks smoothly and quickly. The TS-453A can automatically increase the processor’s clock speed from 1.6GHz to 2.08GHz when performing CPU-intensive tasks. The TS-453A features Intel® AES-NI hardware-accelerated encryption engine to drive transfer speeds of up to 412 MB/s with AES 256-bit encryption for both full NAS volume and shared folders, boosting system performance & security while ensuring the safety of sensitive business data stored in the TS-453A.
QNAP TS-453A plus 4 x WD Red Helium hard drives
The TS-453A has a host of features and a big range of add-ons. For instance, it “includes 4 free IP camera channels and you can expand up to 40 channels by purchasing additional licenses.” We strongly suggest you view the official TS-453A page.
Included in this offer are four Western Digital Red 8 terabyte helium-sealed hard drives.
From WD: “A helium-sealed drive reduces internal resistance for improved performance, optimized power consumption, and greater capacity.” The WD Red series is built for always-on performance.”
Price: QNAP TS-452A plus 4 x WD Red Helium HDDS = R36 529.
This system is available on a pre-order basis with delivery within 4 working days. For more information, please call Essential IT Solutions on 021 853 4790.