The QNAP TS-412U Turbo NAS is a 4-drive 1U rack-mounted network attached storage (NAS) server optimized for small and medium business who are looking an affordable yet high performance network storage solution. The TS-412U is easily installed in the server room and configured for up to 12TB (using 3TB hard drive) of online storage. The TS-412U is an ideal solution for centralized data backup, cross-platform file sharing, website hosting, and much more. Moreover, the TS-412U offers exceptionally low power consumption, maximum system reliability & expandability, and numerous business-critical applications.
The TS-412U incorporates an embedded Marvell 1.2GHz CPU and 256MB DDRII memory, delivering high speed throughput. It works with 2.5-inch or 3.5-inch SATA hard drives mounted in hot-swappable drive carriers and includes two Gigabit LAN ports for multi-IP settings and port trunking (7 bonding modes). Also, it is equipped with 4 USB ports and 2 eSATA ports for storage expansion or external data backup.
In addition, the TS-412U supports NAS and iSCSI applications to provide a low-cost, highly flexible and efficient IP SAN solution for SMB users. iSCSI targets can be created on the NAS for storage expansion of the PC or other servers and backup destination of the database servers and mail servers, etc. The TS-412U can be used to connect to other iSCSI devices on the network and add them as virtual disk drives (VDD) to expand the storage capacity of the NAS.
Just not worth it
Pros: Web interface is well-designed and really easy to use. There are a lot of compelling features on this device.
Cons: We have 3 QNAP devices, two of these and one of a higher model, and they are hands down the worst purchase decision we ever made. They frequently mark drives as "Read/Write Error". There's nothing really wrong with the drivers, but you have to pull them out and run the drive manufacturer's fix and erase tools, then you have to put the drives back in and wait three-four days for them to rebuild. Then about a month later, a different drive will have the same issue. This is if you're lucky. If you're not lucky, putting the drive back in will cause the unit to panic and mark the entire array as "unknown". Just accept that your data is lost at that point. Trying anything else will probably result in the device being completely blown out and you doing a complicated firmware restore procedure.
Other Thoughts: I'm not sure who else is in the market at this price point, but do yourself a favor and find out who they are.
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