QNap's next generation of NAS appliances support SATA3 hard disks, have USB3 ports and support some interesting cloud backup services. Dave Mitchell puts the five bay TS-559 Pro II on test and sees whether it's the small business storage host with the most.
There’s never a dull moment in the desktop NAS appliance market with each vendor constantly trying to outdo the others for features. QNap’s latest TS-x59 Pro II range consists of three new desktop models and are the first to support 6Gbit/s SATA hard disks and have USB3 ports.
QNap has also pushed ahead with its support for cloud services as, along with Amazon’s S3 hosted backup, you now have support for the ElephantDrive service which Netgear teamed up with some time ago with its ReadyNAS appliances. However, QNap goes a step further with its MyCloudNAS service which allows you to use the appliance to provide your own secure cloud backup, multimedia and file sharing services to remote workers.
The TS-559 Pro II uses the same 1.8GHz dual-core Atom D525 processor as the older Pro+ model but you can now expand memory. The appliance has 1GB which can be upgraded to 3GB using an extra SO-DIMM module. It’s easy enough to achieve as you just remove the main cover where you’ll find the extra slot easily accessible.
Physically, the TS-559 Pro II is virtually identical to its predecessor as the only external differences are the blue USB3 ports on the front and rear. Along with these you have dual Gigabit Ethernet, four USB2 and a couple of eSATA ports.
QNap’s TS-559 Pro II is one of the first NAS devices to have USB3 ports.
Installation is simple as QNap’s Finder utility locates the appliance on the network and offers quick access to its well designed web interface. This provides a side menu listing all features and selecting one shows all its details in the main window alongside.
QNap’s web interface is well-designed and provides easy access to the myriad features.
The MyCloudNAS service is hosted by QNap which manages host name registration and dynamic DNS mapping for the appliance’s services. A wizard takes you through the process where you provide a unique hostname and enable the services you want to publish.
CPU: 1.8GHz Intel Atom D525
Memory: 1GB DDR2 expandable to 3GB, 512MB DOM
Storage: 5 x 3.5in.or 2.5in SATA2/SATA3 hard disk hot-swap bays
RAID: Software managed
Array support: RAID 0, 1, 5, 6, 5 + hotspare, JBOD
Network: 2 x Gigabit Ethernet
Other ports: 2 x USB3, 4 x USB2, 2 x eSATA
Management: Web browser
Software: QNap Finder, NetBak Replicator and Qget software bundled