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QNAP Announces New Energy-efficient TS-x31+ Turbo NAS

QNAP Systems, Inc. today announced the TS-x31+ series Turbo NAS for small and home offices. Embedded with a dual-core 1.4 GHz ARM Cortex-A15 CPU, the TS-x31+ series provides a powerful yet energy-efficient solution for file storage, sharing and data backup with hardware-accelerated encryption, coupled with the easy-to-use cloud-based Notes Station 2.0, various multimedia applications and more.

"For home & small businesses, a powerful, secure yet affordable cloud storage solution is becoming a key investment for improving everyday business workflow," said Jason Hsu, product manager of QNAP. "With the TS-x31+ series, users can build a cost-efficient private cloud with ensured security and comprehensive business applications, " added Hsu.

Synology Introduces RackStation RS815+, RS815RP+, and DiskStation DS2415+

Synology Inc. today launched the new RackStation RS815+, RS815RP+, and DiskStation DS2415+. Those powerful NAS servers are designed to provide speedy encryption performance, scalability on the fly, and high return on investment for growing small medium and businesses. "RS815+, RS815RP+, and DS2415+ are three great additions to Synology's lineup. Their scalability and encrypted performance allow our professional customers to centralize file sharing, data backup, and application serving within an encrypted, unified, and virtualization-ready storage," said Michael Wang, product manager at Synology Inc.

The three models feature a 2.4GHz quad-core processor with AES New Instructions encryption engine, a RAM module expandable to 6 GB, four Gigabit LAN ports supporting Link Aggregation and failover. This powerful hardware translates into reading speeds exceeding 389 MB/s for the RS815+/RS815RP+ and 451 MB/s for the DS2415+, making them capable of handling requests from a great number of users simultaneously. For encrypted files, RS815+/RS815RP+ delivers 388 MB/s (11 times faster than the previous generation) while DS2415+ reaches 451 MB/s (13 times faster than its predecessor) in reading speed.

QNAP Launches TVS-x71 Series Turbo vNAS

QNAP Systems, Inc. today announced the release of the business-class TVS-x71 series Turbo vNAS that supports 10GbE networks and provides a high-efficiency storage solution for 4K video playback, transcoding and on-the-fly editing.

Besides incorporating comprehensive business-demanding applications and advanced virtualization features, the TVS-x71 series features the exclusive QvPC Technology that allows the NAS to be used as a cost-effective PC by allowing users to directly access stored data, monitor live surveillance feeds, enjoy digital entertainment, and much more.

ASUSTOR Unveils Trendsetting NAS 4K Multimedia Solutions

ASUSTOR Inc., a leading innovator and provider of network storage solutions, will be showcasing its innovative NAS products for four straight days starting from today, at CES 2015 at the Trump International Hotel. ASUSTOR will be exhibiting its cutting-edge 70, 51 and 50 series NAS devices and exclusive ADM 2.3 operating system featuring all new functionality including multimedia, surveillance, business management and data protection applications. ASUSTOR's 70 series devices come with powerful high performance processors combined with ASUSTOR's multimedia technology that make it the only NAS devices in the industry capable of outputting 4K ultra high definition videos directly from the NAS.

From inception, ASUSTOR's revolutionary design concepts, have allowed it to launch the ASUSTOR Data Master (ADM) NAS operating system. ADM is the first NAS OS designed around the use of Apps. It offers users an easy and intuitive experience along with the ability to expand functionality via add-on Apps. At their convenience users can browse through and download any Apps that peak their interest from App Central, exploring the unlimited potential of ASUSTOR NAS devices while creating a personalized NAS device for themselves.

AMD Embedded G-Series SoC Accelerates New QNAP NAS System

2015 International Consumer Electronics Show (CES) -- AMD today announced that the AMD Embedded G-Series system-on-chip (SoC) will be powering the new TVS-863+ and the TVS-x63 platform from QNAP, a leading provider of network attached storage (NAS) systems. The platform, designed for small to medium-sized business (SMB) and small office/home office (SOHO) customers, is a leader in its class. The TVS-x63+ series is also a very affordable option for 4/6/8-bay SMB NAS servers that feature10GbE support and hardware-accelerated encryption.

"The new QNAP NAS system based on the AMD Embedded G-Series SoC exemplifies AMD's continued dedication to innovation on embedded solutions," said Scott Aylor, corporate vice president and general manager, AMD Embedded Solutions. "NAS is a great application for the AMD G-Series SoC, taking advantage of the strong compute, low-energy consumption, and integrated GPU for display and acceleration."

AMD and Technology Partners Showcase World's First Shipping FreeSync Displays

2015 International Consumer Electronics Show (CES) - AMD today announced the expansion of the FreeSync ecosystem as technology partners including BenQ, LG Electronics, Nixeus, Samsung, and Viewsonic showcased their upcoming commercially available FreeSync-enabled displays at the 2015 International CES.

The unveiling of new FreeSync-enabled displays demonstrates the industry's commitment to open standards-based technology that enables improved gaming by synchronizing dynamic refresh rates of the displays to the frame rate of AMD Radeon R-Series graphics cards and current generation APUs. The result greatly reduces input latency and helps reduce or eliminate visual defects during gaming and video playback. The new displays range in size between 24" to 34", supporting refresh rates of 30 to 144 Hz, and resolutions of 1080p up to Ultra HD, offering a variety of options for every gamer's needs and at virtually every price point.

ASUSTOR Launches New 50T and 51T NAS Models

ASUSTOR Inc., a leading innovator and provider of network storage solutions, has announced the launch of its 50T and 51T series NAS devices consisting of four new comprehensive high performance NAS models. These new models include the AS5002T, AS5004T, AS5102T and AS5104T. The models come equipped with the latest Intel Celeron 2.41 GHz dual-core processors and Intel Celeron 2.00 GHz quad-core processors respectively, along with 1 GB and 2 GB of SO-DIMM DDR3L memory which is expandable to a maximum of 8 GB.

All new devices come with a wealth of powerful features including an automatic burst function that allows the CPU to increase its frequency for additional power when needed and a CPU floating-point unit for added computing power. Additionally, 50T and 51T series devices feature the quickest memory installation and expansion in the industry along with one-click installation for multimedia Apps, smart fans that automatically regulate the system temperature for stable operation and ASUSTOR's exclusive automatic smart system sleep mode (S3) and instant wake.

ASUSTOR Announces All NAS Devices are Upgrading to ADM 2.3

ASUSTOR Inc., a leading innovator and provider of network storage solutions, has announced that it is releasing the ASUSTOR Data Master (ADM) 2.3 operating system for all of its NAS devices (6, 3 and 2 Series). All ASUSTOR NAS users will be able to upgrade online to ADM 2.3, in order to enjoy a newly redesigned user interface along with brand new applications for both multimedia and business use.

ADM 2.3's new crisp and modern user interface optimizes loading times and provides users with a smoother multitasking experience. Support for SMB 2.0 increases overall transfer performance by 30%-50%. After upgrading to ADM 2.3, users will be able to enjoy a variety of new business applications and features including TFTP support and seamless integration with Windows AD infrastructure. With regards to new multimedia functionality, ASUSTOR is also releasing beta versions for the LooksGood NAS App and AiVideo mobile app for Android.

Synology Introduces DiskStation DS2015xs and DS3615xs NAS

Synology today launched the new DiskStation DS2015xs and DS3615xs. Coming with built-in 10GbE SFP+ LAN ports, the 8-bay DS2015xs marks the advance of 10GbE solutions into small and medium-sized businesses. For large-scale businesses, the 12-bay DS3615xs offers the superior throughput and accuracy required for centralized data storage, management, and virtualization in distributed offices.

"Highly efficiency-minded companies are reaching beyond their limits every day, and their productivity simply should not be constrained by hardware infrastructure," said Michael Wang, product manager at Synology Inc. "We believe both SMBs and large businesses deserve storage solutions that can prepare them for a much more challenging - but rewarding - future, while carefully considering their different needs. That is how we designed DS2015xs and DS3615xs."

Powered by an all-new ARM Cortex-A15 quad-core CPU and a RAM module expandable to 8GB, DS2015xs delivers over 2,090 MB/s throughput at a cost little more than standard NAS storage for SMBs. Its two built-in 10GbE SFP+ ports as well as two 1GbE RJ-45 ports not only pave the way for businesses to transition to a 10GbE environment, but also provide support for Link Aggregation and failover. All these features, combined with the native SATA III 6Gb/s support, make DS2015xs capable of handling intensive multitasking with the kind of performance that used to be the privilege of costly enterprise-grade servers.

Seagate Announces 6 TB NAS HDD

Seagate Technology today announced its new Enterprise NAS HDD - a high capacity drive targeting businesses seeking to optimize their computing for performance and reliability using Network Attached Storage (NAS) systems. With enterprise reliability and NAS optimized performance in up to 16-bays, the Enterprise NAS drive is available in capacities up to an industry-leading 6TB, and is designed to perform at high levels even under demanding workloads and in environments that call for global availability and 24x7 accessibility.

"As the industry moves deeper into the cloud era, all businesses need solutions that enable applications to be accessed anywhere at any time," said Scott Horn, Seagate vice president of marketing. "With our portfolio of NAS products, we can effectively target the needs of all types of businesses and scale with them as they grow in size. These drives are tailored to the requirements of businesses, ensuring customers have choices so they are only paying for the features they need."

QNAP Introduces High-Performance 2.5" SSD NAS Models

Responding to the booming development of SSDs and the growing demands from users, QNAP Systems, Inc. has announced the TS-451S Turbo NAS, a 4-bay NAS that is optimized for high-density 2.5" SSDs and features an Intel Celeron 2.41GHz processor. Meanwhile, QNAP's powerful SS-x53 Pro series (SMB models that are optimized for high-density SATA 6Gb/s 2.5" SSDs) have been renamed the TS-453S Pro (4-bay) and TS-853S Pro (8-bay) respectively to assist users in quickly recognizing different options in the same product category.

"Users can enjoy numerous benefits when using SSDs in a Turbo NAS, including a smaller physical size to host at least 4 SSDs, higher-density storage capacity, RAID 5 configuration for data protection, quieter system operations, a home theater multimedia experience with the HD Station, and the exclusive QvPC Technology that allows the Turbo NAS to be used as a PC," said Jason Hsu, product manager of QNAP. The TS-x53S Pro series can also work silently and reliably with 2.5" hard drives as well.

Synology Releases DiskStation Manager 5.1

Synology releases DiskStation Manager (DSM) 5.1, the latest version of its NAS operating system. After 6 weeks of intense beta testing, the beta was a resounding success, thanks to the valuable feedback from individual users.

"We want to thank our users from all around the world for their participation and enthusiasm toward DSM and Synology products, paving the way for a more integrated and secured private cloud solution." said Alex Wang, CEO of Synology Inc.

ASUSTOR Adds New AS7004T Tower Model NAS to 70T Series

ASUSTOR Inc., a leading innovator and provider of network storage solutions, has announced the launch of its new AS7004T tower model NAS device. The 4-bay AS7004T model is the most compact model in the AS70T series and features a storage capacity of up to 24TB. Powered by an Intel Core i3-4330 3.5GHz dual-core processor and 2GB SO-DIMM DDR3 RAM (Expandable to a maximum of 16GB), the AS7004T features blazing read and write speeds of over 112 MB/s. Also included, are 2 gigabit Ethernet ports, 3 USB 3.0 ports, 2 USB 2.0 ports, and 2 eSATA ports for added expansion possibilities.

Additionally, the AS7004T boasts a specialized cooling system featuring a single extra-large fan and dedicated heat pipes that work with the ingeniously designed disk tray vents to allow air to flow from the front to the back of the device, effectively cooling the CPU and hard disks. Furthermore, the ADM smart fan control mechanism effectively controls the fan speed, providing an extremely quiet operating experience. The AS7004T's powerful hardware and rich variety of multimedia output functionality make it the optimal choice for prosumers who want to create a high quality home entertainment center.

QNAP Announces NAS Accelerated-Encryption Technology for Select Models

QNAP Systems, Inc. today announced that its popular, QvPC technology supported Turbo NAS TS/SS-x53 Pro and TS-x51 lineup now support Full NAS accelerated-encryption technology, a feature now available for the Turbo NAS operating system - QTS 4.1.1. Full NAS accelerated-encryption technology fully utilizes the power of quad/dual-core Intel Celeron processors on the Turbo NAS to remarkably increase the efficiency in data encryption/decryption tasks, with overall NAS read speeds improving by over 50% (over 240MB/s for the TS/SS-x53 Pro, and more than 128MB/s for the TS-x51).

"The TS/SS-x53 Pro and TS-x51 series feature Full NAS accelerated-encryption technology which delivers secure data transmission without sacrificing performance, providing users, particularly business users, with a trustworthy private cloud solution," said Jason Hsu, product manager of QNAP.

Lian Li Announces the Brushed Aluminum PC-Q26 Mini-ITX Chassis

Lian-Li Industrial Co. Ltd, today announces the brushed aluminum PC-Q26 mini-ITX chassis. Ideal for users who want to build their own NAS as well as system integrators, with its support of up to ten 3.5" drives, the PC-Q26 packs a lot of storage in a compact package. With a volume around 32.3L, the PC-Q26 supports a vast amount of storage for its size. Up to eleven hard drives can be installed: ten 3.5" and one 2.5" drive. A hot-swap backplane for two 3.5" drives is included. Additional backplanes can be easily added. With the ever-expanding storage capacity of mechanical drives, this small and lightweight aluminum chassis provides vast storage potential for the home or small office.

The PC-Q26 has pop-off side panels for simplified installations, upgrades and maintenance. Hard drives, 3.5" and 2.5", can be tool-lessly mountedwith thumbscrews with rubber suspensions. Additionally, the expansion slots are secured by a single thumbscrew. Three front 120mm fans bring cool air into the chassis through side ventilation. Filters with magnets prevent dust and debris from entering the PC-Q26. A top 120mmm exhaust fan with a removable filter pulls hot, hardware damaging air out of the chassis.

Thecus Releases Patch to Resolve Bash Vulnerability

In order to combat recent bash vulnerability issues, Thecus today released a Bash patch for both Thecus OS5 and OS6 users. It is strongly recommended that all users update their NAS with this latest firmware. The patch will fix the GNU Bash Environment Variable Command Injection Vulnerability, also referred to as Shellshock (CVE-2014-6271, CVE-2014-7169, CVE-2014-7187, and CVE-2014-71861), which allows unauthorized users access to remote Unix/Linux-based systems.

QNAP Releases High-Performance TS-x31 Home NAS Series

QNAP Systems, Inc. today announced the release of the TS-x31 series Turbo NAS for SOHO and Home users. Powered by a dual-core 1.2 GHz ARM Cortex-A9 CPU, it provides a high-performance yet economical solution for file storage, sharing, and data backup coupled with the easy-to-use cloud-based note-taking application and a wide range of multimedia functions.

Available in 1, 2, and 4-bay models, the TS-x31 series is an easy-to-use network storage center for backup, synchronization, remote access, and home entertainment. "Due to the privacy concerns of pubic cloud services, the TS-x31 is ideal for establishing a secure and large-capacity private cloud where users can store, share, and access their files anytime, anywhere," said Jason Hsu, product manager of QNAP.

QNAP Releases Qfix 1.0.1 to Path GNU Bash Vulnerability

QNAP Systems, Inc. today released the Qfix 1.0.1 patch for its Turbo NAS lineup to address the GNU Bash Environment Variable Command Injection Vulnerability (CVE-2014-6271, CVE-2014-7169, CVE-2014-6277, CVE-2014-6278, CVE-2014-7186, and CVE-2014-7187), also known as "Shellshock," that can allow attackers to gain remote control over UNIX/Linux-based systems.

QNAP has previously released QTS version 4.1.1 Build 0927 to resolve CVE-2014-6271 and CVE-2014-7169. With Qfix 1.0.1 more vulnerabilities including CVE-2014-6277, CVE-2014-6278, CVE-2014-7186, and CVE-2014-7187 are now resolved. Users are strongly urged to immediately install Qfix 1.0.1 on their Turbo NAS.

QNAP Ships 16GB Versions of TS-x70 Pro Series NAS

QNAP, Inc., a global network attached storage (NAS) manufacturer, is now shipping new 16GB models of the TS-x70 Pro Series Turbo NAS which is designed specifically in support of QNAP's new Virtualization Station, a centralized virtualization environment that allows users to run and manage multiple virtual machines directly on the NAS without the need for additional hardware/software. QNAP is the first and only NAS vendor to offer this capability. The entire QNAP Turbo NAS lineup features "hardened" data security architecture that makes QNAP a leading choice of US defense contractors and enterprise datacenters.

QNAP Releases QTS 4.1.1 Firmware Featuring Full NAS Encryption

QNAP Systems, Inc. today announced the availability of QTS 4.1.1, the new Turbo NAS firmware that features full NAS encryption by volume-based technology to greatly ensure data security in response to increasing cloud security challenges. As the fear of private data being leaked over the Internet is now a prime security concern, the protection provided by Network Attached Storage (NAS) has received great attention, especially for confidential business files and private photos/videos that require high security. However, the shared-folder-level encryption found in traditional NAS does not allow users to encrypt photos, music and videos stored in default shared folders, and therefore can lead to data being easily accessible if the NAS is stolen.

"QTS 4.1.1 ensures the security of data by including full volume encryption that can encrypt photos, music, videos, and documents in every shared folder of the Turbo NAS," said Willy Kuo, product manager of QNAP, adding "QNAP strives to develop the most secure and convenient storage solution and by providing full volume encryption, we can ensure total data security. We strongly recommend that our users use full volume encryption to ensure that their data is completely protected."

Thecus Announces Home Automation Capability for NAS through Add On Modules

Thecus, the networked storage expert, announces the availability of free 3rd party software modules for Thecus NAS products, allowing Thecus NAS to also function as home automation servers. The home automation modules developed in the Thecus community continue to extend Thecus NAS functionality beyond networked storage. With third party modules, users can configure their Thecus NAS to stream media, host websites, showcase photo galleries, and now even control their home.

As the 21st century progresses, the concept of an intelligent, energy-saving home is no longer a far off fantasy but entirely possible with the technology we have today. Intelligent climate control, appliances that monitor and work themselves, curtains that close and open depending on sunlight, and gardens that water themselves are just a few of the benefits that home automation can provide. Using smart appliances and a Thecus NAS with home automation modules like Domoticz, Homegenie or MisterHouse, homeowners can network intelligent appliances and sensors into an automated home system. Thecus continues to excel in network storage and third party modules that extend NAS capabilities even more.

Seagate Delivers New Surveillance Hard Disk Drive Featuring Recovery Services

Seagate Technology plc., a world leader in storage solutions, today took the wraps off the industry's first dedicated surveillance hard disk drive (HDD) featuring Seagate Rescue services-the Seagate Surveillance HDD. Engineered specifically for surveillance and video analytics applications, the Surveillance HDD is a world-class drive that employs data recovery services designed to restore data from malice or accidental failure, keeping systems in the field longer and reducing post deployment expenses.

"Over 413 petabytes of data are produced in just one day by video surveillance cameras installed worldwide in 20131-that's 150,000 petabytes of data every year, most of which are stored on high-capacity surveillance systems for archive or video analytics purposes," said Scott Horn, Seagate vice president of marketing. "That data is invaluable to the user to either meet industry regulations or leverage for content analysis or security- so when data loss occurs it's an expense to the customer. Seagate's Surveillance HDD with Rescue services addresses this issue head on and alleviates these concerns."

Synology Launches DiskStation DS415+ NAS

Synology today announced the new DiskStation DS415+, a powerful 4-bay NAS server designed to centralize data storage, backup, and file sharing for small and medium-sized businesses, as well as enthusiast home users. DS415+ features an Intel Atom 2.4Ghz quad-core processor with an AES-NI hardware encryption engine, a floating-point unit, as well as 2GB DDR3 RAM. The four drive bays accommodate huge amounts of storage capacity, while the USB 3.0, USB 2.0, and eSATA ports allow users to connect and access various external storage devices. Dual LAN ports support failover and link aggregation, thus improving resiliency and potential throughput.

"Thanks to its best-in-class combination of hardware specs and DSM software integration, DS415+ handles data transfer and encryption at blazingly fast speeds, bringing peace of mind to businesses or individuals who wish to safeguard their data while maintaining excellent performance," said Michael Wang, product manager at Synology Inc. As the first desktop DiskStation model to include a quad-core processor and AES-NI hardware encryption engine, DS415+ delivers performance and accelerated data encryption that is on par with more expensive high-end servers. With link aggregation enabled, DS415+ provides average reading and writing speeds that exceed 228 MB/s and 233 MB/s respectively, while encrypted file transfers retain an astoundingly similar level of performance, exceeding 232 MB/s reading and 206 MB/s writing.

HGST Unveils Intelligent, Dynamic Storage Solutions to Transform The Data Center

Leveraging its data center storage insights, HGST, a Western Digital company (NASDAQ: WDC), is broadening its scope of innovation to capture new and growing opportunities in data center storage infrastructure. The company today announced six new offerings that will help organizations manage the increasing volume, velocity, variety and longevity of data in today's rapidly evolving data center.

In addition to maintaining its longstanding leadership in storage devices, the new offerings demonstrate HGST's commitment to transform the data center and itself through hardware and software solutions that elevate the value it provides to partners and customers. By creating innovative solutions that shape the emerging categories of Flash fabric solutions and active archive solutions, HGST is driving the data center evolution by helping organizations readily extract the information, knowledge and wisdom that lies within their data.

Thecus Announces World's First Windows Storage Server 2012 R2 Essentials NAS

Thecus Technology Corp. today announces another world first: Windows Storage Server 2012 R2 Essentials is now available for NAS users. Available this October, the 2-bay W2000, 4-bay W4000, and the 5-bay W5000 offer a host of benefits to SMB users, including data protection, integrated cloud services, and secure remote access.

"Thecus NAS provide users with a complete solution to their storage needs. With the additions to the W Series, Thecus is able to offer a more diversified product to its customers. Windows Storage Server 2012 R2 Essentials is an ideal pairing with Thecus NAS and will equip small businesses with a powerful and trusted storage solution," said Florence Shih, CEO at Thecus Technology Corp.
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