QNAP TS-859 Pro 12

QNAP TS-859 Pro Review

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First I'd like to thank QNAP for supplying this sample.

QNAP has become well known for their exteme feature sets on their NAS units. The company offers them in all shapes and sizes, starting from single hard drive SOHO devices to large 8 bay units. We have reviewed some of their smaller NAS in the past and even their very cool network media player the NMP-1000, but today we get take the TS-859 Pro for a spin. With a price tag of well above 1000 US Dollars, this puppy is intended for medium sized businesses, but features much more than just plain NAS functionality.

Hardware & Software Specifications


Processor:Intel® Atom™ Processor D510 1.66GHz (Dual-Core)
Memory:1GB DDRII RAM, 512MB Flash
HDD Capacity:2.5/ 3.5" SATA x8
LAN Port:2 x Gigabit RJ-45 Ethernet port
LCD Display:Mono-LCD display with backlightEnter button, Select button for configuration
USB Connectivity:5 x USB 2.0 port (Front: 1; Back: 4)Support USB printer, pen drive, USB hub, and USB UPS etc.
eSATA Connectivity:2 x eSATA port (Back)
Sound Level (dB):w/o HDD installed: 40.0 dBStand by: 40.4 dB In operation: 40.8 dB (with 8 x 750GB HDD installed)
Power Consumption (W):Sleep mode: 30WIn Operation: 59WPower-off (in WOL mode): 1W(with 8 x 1.5TB HDD installed)
Dimensions:185.2 (H) x 298.2 (W) x 235.4 (D) mm7.29 (H) x 11.74 (W) x 9.27 (D) inch
Weight:Net weight: 7.3 kg (16.08 lbs)Gross weight: 8.6 kg (18.94 lbs)

Software Specifications

Operating System: Embedded Linux
Supported Operating System: Microsoft Windows 2000, XP, Vista (32-/ 64-bit), Windows 7 (32-/ 64-bit), Server 2003/ 2008, Apple Mac OS X, Linux & Unix
File System: Internal HDD: EXT3, EXT4
External HDD: EXT3, EXT4, NTFS, FAT32
Networking: TCP/IP (IPv4 & IPv6: Dual Stack)
Dual Gigabit: NICs with Jumbo Frame, Multi-IP Setting, Port Trunking/ NIC Teaming, DHCP Client, DHCP Server
Protocols: CIFS/ SMB, AFP(3.1), NFS, FTP, HTTP, HTTPS, Telnet, SSH, iSCSI and SNMP, Network Service Discovery (UPnP, Bonjour)
Network File Sharing: CIFS/ SMB (plus DFS support), AFP, NFS, FTP, WebDAV
Backup Solution: USB One Touch Backup (Import/ Export), Apple Time Machine Support, Block-level Remote Replication
QNAP NAS servers: Data Backup to External Storage Device, Data Backup to Cloud Storage (Amazon S3), Security IP Filter, Network Access Protection with Auto-blocking, HTTPS Connection, FTP with SSL/ TLS (explicit) , Encrypted Remote Replication (Rsync over SSH), Importable SSL Certificate, Instant Alert E-mail and SMS
Disk Management: Single Disk, JBOD, RAID 0/ 1/ 5/ 6/ 5+hot spare/ 6 +hot spare, Online RAID Capacity Expansion, Online RAID Level Migration, HDD S.M.A.R.T., Bad Block Scan, RAID Recovery, Bitmap Support
iSCSI: Max. iSCSI Target: 256, Multi-LUNs per Target, Supports LUN Mapping & LUN Masking, Supports SPC-3 Persistent Reservation, Supports MPIO, Supports MC/S
Disk Expansion: Virtual Disk Drive (via iSCSI Initiator)
Server Virtualization & Clustering: Supports VMware vSphere (ESX/ ESXi 4.0 and above), Supports Windows Server 2008 Hyper-V & Failover Clustering
Power Management: Wake on LAN, Scheduled Power on/ off (max. 15 settings), Automatic Power on after Power Recovery
Access Right Management: Max. User Accounts: 4,096, Max. Groups: 512, Max. Share Folders: 512, Batch Creating Users, Import User List, User Quota Management
Web Administration: AJAX-based User Interface, HTTP/ HTTPS Connections, Alert Notification (Email & SMS), Smart Fan Control, DDNS, SNMP (v2 & v3), UPS Support with SNMP Management (USB), Resource Monitor, Network Recycle Bin for CIFS/ SMB and AFP, Comprehensive Logs (Events & Connections), Real-time Online User List, Syslog Client, Backup and Restore System Settings
QPKG: Web Application (Joomla, phpMyAdmin, WordPress, AjaXplorer), P2P Application (MLDonkey (eMule), SABnzbd+), Server Application (SSOTS (Squeezebox Server), Tomcat, Asterisk, XDove (Mail Server)), Miscellaneous (Optware IPKG) (Python) (Java Runtime Environment)
Supported Web Browsers: Internet Explorer 7 & 8 or Later, Firefox 3 or Later, Safari 3 & 4 or Later, Google Chrome
Multilingual Support: Chinese (Traditional & Simplified), Czech, Danish, Dutch, English, Finnish, French, German, Italian, Japanese, Korean, Norwegian, Polish, Russian, Spanish, Swedish
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