Editor’s Note: The following article is reprinted from the Today @ PC World blog at PCWorld.com.
The dual-core Atom, together with the included 1GB of DDR2 RAM, boosts the RAID processing of the Turbo NAS servers; in turn, this allows these NAS devices to deliver over 100MB/sec on RAID 5 FTP reads, according to QNAP.
Due to ship in this month, the servers are sold without drives. The performance boost comes with a price tag, though—which is why these devices are being aimed at small business users. The two-bay TS-259 Pro will cost $599, four-bay TS-459 Pro will cost $899, and the six-bay TS-659 Pro will cost $1199. Need mondo storage? The whopping eight-bay TS-859 Pro will sell for $1499 (plus the cost of drives times eight).
Business users will appreciate that these devices are certified to work with VMware’s vSphere4 cloud computing system. The units come with version 3.2 of QNAP’s management software, for a wide range of features and services (such as iSCSI support, improved file sharing and management, and Apple Time Machine support). QNAP says that all of its NAS servers are fully compatible with Mac, Linux, and UNIX networks.