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Thecus Announces the N4200PRO NAS Server

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  1. btarunr

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    The original N4200 made huge waves in the hardware community with its innovative features and functionality. Today, Thecus Technology, the Creator in Storage, is proud to announce its successor: the N4200PRO. Packing an all-new Intel Atom processor and DDR3 memory, the N4200PRO takes the original Zero-Crash NAS and puts performance into overdrive.

    Performance freaks are going to love the new N4200PRO. Plentiful storage management options including RAID 0, 1, 5, 6,10, JBOD are present, as are convenient features such as hot-swap, hot-spare, online RAID migration and expansion, as well as auto-rebuild.

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    Of course, the N4200PRO brings over the most popular features from its predecessor. Dual DOM OS Redundancy protects your system's critical software with a secondary DOM that reprograms the primary DOM should it fail for any reason. A Mini-UPS protects the N4200PRO from sudden power outages, allowing the system to store unwritten data to the hard disks and safely shut down. The N4200PRO also retains the dual displays of the N4200, sporting an LCD display for system information, and a colorful OLED display that allows you to change a variety of system settings without having to boot a single computer. Finally, a full suite of useful features including an iTunes Server, Photo Web Server, Media Server, FTP Server, Print Server, Download Manger and more are included with the N4200PRO, making it not only one of the most powerful, but also the most robust storage devices available today.

    “Upgraded with a next-generation Intel Atom processor and DDR3 memory, we've taken the original Zero-Crash NAS and made it even better,” said Florence Shih, Thecus® Technology general manager. “Packing the latest technology and signature Thecus® features and friendliness, the N4200PRO is by far the most powerful, feature-packed, and secure four-bay NAS we've ever devised.”

    The N4200PRO is paired with Intel® Atom™ D525 processor coupled with 1GB of high-speed DDR3 memory. This combination of one of the latest Intel Atom processors and next-generation DDR3 memory delivers vastly increased file transfer performance, more concurrent connections, and an overall smoother operating experience. This boosted processing power will come into play when managing the N4200PRO's four SATA bays' worth of storage, which enables a maximum of 8TB of storage space.

    “Many small businesses are deploying network attached storage appliances as their first company solution,” said David Tuhy, general manager, Intel Storage Group. “Our newest Intel Atom processor with integrated RAID storage features enables companies like Thecus to deliver the energy efficiency, performance and data protection required to meet the needs of its customers.”

    For more information on the N4200PRO, check out this page.
     
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    Actually with 3TB drives from WD it should go up to 12 TBs.

    What exactly is the container that slides out of the back? Is that how you access the processor and RAM.
     
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    No. It's a Lithium-Ion Battery used by the Built-In Mini-UPS.

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    i like these things but there too damn expensive, for the price im better off using old parts to build a fileserver
    Even the low end model is $699
     
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    Intel Atom and puts performance into overdrive = oxymoron.

    On a more serious note, this looks very nice.

    I think Microsoft is really beginning to lose out in the NAS market. They need to get a version of Windows out that does basic NAS services for <$100. Windows Server is just way too expensive. And home-server just too poor a reputation, like Windows 7 Starter. And all these Linux based NAS systems are much harder for the average home user/SOHO/small business owner to have to learn, use and configure. I've just gone through the painful process of moving our office files off a (limited and basic) Linkstation NAS that was UNBELIEVEABLY GOOD 8 years ago when we got it, but rather poor, slow, limited featured, and proprietary and onto a "WinNAS rack box". But it was *only* because we had some deep pockets and wanted low-learning-curve maintenance that we went onto the windows platform.

    MS needs to make windows much more accessible in the NAS space. Soon, for every "windows computer" there is going to be a non-windows box running NAS, mediaboxes, etc. A strategic mistake.
     
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    Not everything can handle 3TB, that goes over the classical limit of a lot of software/firmware and perhaps these boxes didn't get with the times yet.
    I'd check before assuming too much.
     
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    As an individual drive, if it can handle 2TB's it can handle 3TB's.

    This was probably written up before WD released the info. on 3TB drives being available. Unless they hard coded that limit into the firmware of the controller, the 3TB drives will not be a problem. And that can be updated.
     
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    Lots of stuff in IT could be fixed by updates, but never is, it's hard enough with normal software to get them to update stuff but with firmware it only gets worse.
     

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