Computex 2010 CoverageClayMeow - July 5, 2010
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When it comes to NAS (Network-Attached Storage), QNAP has always been a leader. When sales manager Ted Tang invited me to the QNAP booth, I thought he'd show me the company's new NAS products. Instead, he wanted to show off the new Turbo NAS Firmware V3.3, and by the end our meeting, I could see why.
QNAP states that the Turbo NAS Firmware V3.3 will allow you to "get more out of your NAS" and that's no joke. V3.3 brings a ton of new features that are perfect for anyone looking for a great home theater system. The Multimedia Station 2 and QMobile are two of the biggest and coolest new features.
Multimedia Station 2 is a web-based application that allows you to access all your photos, music and videos on your NAS, built on the Adobe Flex/Flash technology. When it comes to photos, you can browse your photos from anywhere, customize your photo display with background music, email photos to friends, or even publish photos directly to social networking sites like Facebook, Blogger, MySpace, Twitter, Plurk, and Windows Live Blog. When it comes to music, you can play all your stored music, view music information, create playlists, or even share songs and playlists with your friends. Lastly, you can watch all your videos online and most video formats can be transcoded on Multimedia Station 2 directly. And with Secure Access Right Management, you can easily manage each user's authority, allowing friends to upload and share their collections with you.
QMobile is like Multimedia Station 2, but for the iPhone, iPod Touch, and iPad. Available as a free app in the iTunes App Store, QMobile allows you to access your media directly from those mobile devices from anywhere, as long as Internet access is available, regardless of the actual storage size of your device. Furthermore, you can use the built-in My Jukebox to create playlists or even play your songs based on various categorizations the app supports, such as album, artist, recently played, and more. When it comes to photos, not only can you access the ones stored on your NAS, but you can also upload photos stored on your device directly to the NAS unit. Lastly, if you're worried about your WiFi cutting out, you can save your favorite files from the NAS directly to your mobile device to enjoy your media contents offline.
The other new features of V3.3 may not be as cool, but they may prove to be just as useful.
ISO Mount allows you to access and distribute all your archived software and data CDs, DVDs and Blu-rays stored on your NAS without the need to burn discs. Each ISO image file is mounted as a share folder and you can restrict access in a variety of ways.
Network UPS allows multiple QNAP NAS units on the same physical network to share one single UPS. You can configure the NAS unit to use USB/SNMP standalone UPS mode, or as a network UPS master or slave. The UPS master will inform all UPS slaves on the same physical network of any critical power status messages.
Web Server Virtual Hosting allows you to host up to 32 websites on a single NAS unit simultaneously, with support for HTTPS and SSL. Just make sure you have a good Internet connection to host all that!
HFS+ Support for External Drive means you can connect HFS+ storage devices to improve the compatibility and data transfer capability between Mac OS X and your QNAP NAS unit.
SFTP Server Support allows you to host a SFTP server via SSH FTP for secure data transfer, access, and management, but it's only available to the administrator.
Seamless System Migration makes it so you can simply install the hard disk drives from your old QNAP NAS unit directly into your new one, in its original HDD tray order, and all the data is kept without the need for disk initialization or configuration. This is great for anyone looking to upgrade their QNAP NAS unit without the hassle or worry of losing your data.
Firmware Live Update is fairly self-explanatory - this application automatically checks and downloads the latest firmware releases for you.
Additional QPKG Plugins will be released with V3.3. QPKG stands for Quality Network Appliance Provider and refers to an open platform for software development and installation. Such plugins will include Mono, Vtiger FRM, OpenLDAP, iStat, PostgreSQL, PS3 Media Server, eyeOS, and Magento.