by September 2, 2004 0 comments



This 1U form factor, QNAP device provides 800 GB of storage space and works on NASWare Advanced Edition (Linux based) OS. The OS comes preinstalled on the 32 MB Flash memory, which makes the OS immune to disk crashes. The device contains four 200 GB, hot swappable, IDE HDDs, preconfigured as a RAID-5 volume.

The device supports file sharing with Apple, Linux, Netware, UNIX and Windows clients. Like the HP, it supports snapshots and back up to SCSI tape drives. However, unlike HP, you cannot install third-party backup software; instead you have to use the software that comes with it. You can also replicate data to a remote location. For authentication, you can import usernames and passwords from a Windows domain and map users with a UNIX system. Access-control lists for Network shares are also provided. Though, the device provides logging for various events, it is less comprehensive than the HP NAS. For virus you can configure the device to use an external anti-virus server. For remote management, it offers only a Web-based interface. You can set disk quotas on the device, but not directory quotas, as on the HP. Like the HP, it supports SNMP- and
SMTP-based alerts.

The file-serving performance of the device (129.4 MBits/sec) is lower than the HP, which could be because it doesn’t have the advanced disk-performance option that the HP has.

The price of this device is much lower than the HP and offers more storage capacity. ¨

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