The exFAT file system is optimised for fast and high-capacity flash memory such as SD cards and USB devices, and allows for files of up to 16EB QNAP Systems, Inc. has teamed up with Microsoft and Paragon Software Group to provide an official exFAT driver customised for QNAP NAS, allowing users to directly access the contents of exFAT-based storage. Enhanced flash memory Compared to the conventional FAT32 file system and its 4GB single file limit, the exFAT file system is optimised for fast and high-capacity flash memory such as SD cards and USB devices, and allows for files of up to 16EB. "We are pleased to partner with QNAP on the technology solutions in network attached storage that will meet consumer needs in the 4K era and beyond," said Micky Minhas, Microsoft Vice President and Associate General Counsel. "The exFAT file system is becoming increasingly popular for SD cards and other storage devices due to the limitations of FAT32. With the purchase and installation of the exFAT driver, our users can now directly access their exFAT-based storage using their NAS," said Ripple Wu, Product Manager of QNAP. Availability The exFAT driver is now available for purchase from the QNAP License Store for US$3.99. Save Save
QNAP® Systems, Inc. recently announced the release of the powerful 8-bay business NAS TS-831X that features two built-in 10GbE SFP+ ports to fully support 10GbE high-speed networks as a cost-effective NAS solution. The TS-831X further supports VJBOD (Virtual JBOD) to introduce an economical way to utilise unused NAS storage space for expanding the storage capacity of other QNAP NAS. Taking advantage of TS-831X’s native support of Container Station, organisations can rapidly develop and deploy Internet of Things (IoT) apps to create more business opportunities. Ideal for video storage and streaming The TS-831X uses an Annapurna Labs Alpine AL-314 quad-core 1.4 GHz ARM® Cortex-A15 processor, and features 8GB/16GB DDR3 RAM (upgradable to 16GB), RAID 5/6 support, hardware-accelerated encryption and an SSD cache. It is 10GbE-ready with two built-in 10GbE SFP+ ports, and allows users to install a third 10GbE port via the extra PCIe slot for flexible high-speed network deployment. “The TS-831X alleviates budget constraints for most small-to-medium businesses to adopt 10GbE storage solutions,” said Jason Hsu, Product Manager of QNAP, adding “It includes two 10GbE SFP+ ports at a budget price to fulfill applications like virtualisation, intensive data transmission, video storage and streaming, and IP video surveillance, which require a fast, high-bandwidth and reliable NAS.” QNAP VJBOD is network-based JBOD, which helps maximise NAS storage utilisation. Besides using physical storage expansion enclosures, users can use the high-capacity TS-831X to economically expand other QNAP NAS storage with VJBOD, and to create virtual storage pools and volumes on virtual disks for operating NAS services. “VJBOD introduces an economical way to utilise unused NAS storage, and provides users with an additional flexible storage expansion solution to maximise the utilisation of available storage,” said Ripple Wu, Product Manager of QNAP. “ Container Station exclusively integrates LXC and Docker® lightweight virtualisation technologies. Users can operate multiple isolated Linux® systems on the TS-831X as well as download apps from the built-in Docker Hub® Registry. The TS-831X with Container Station provides an ideal private IoT cloud platform with countless hands-on containerised apps for developers to initialise microservices, and to easily apply, rapidly develop, and conveniently deploy IoT applications. Future-proof storage solution The TS-831X is a comprehensive storage solution for data storage, backup, sharing and centralized management, supporting Windows® and Mac® desktop/laptop backup, RTRR (Real-Time Remote Replication) with backup versioning, rsync and backup to cloud storage (Amazon® S3, Amazon® Glacier, Microsoft® Azure, ElephantDrive®, Dropbox® and Google Cloud Storage™) as well as file sharing across Windows®, Mac® and Linux®/UNIX®. The TS-831X can be used as a VPN server or VPN Client to secure network access. The powerful Qsirch full-text searching tool helps quickly find NAS data, and Qsync provides multiple ways for file synchronisation and group file sharing to greatly enhance the flexibility of team projects and collaboration. Businesses can rely on the scalable TS-831X as a future-proof storage solution. The TS-831X can attach two QNAP expansion enclosures (8-bay UX-800P and 5-bay UX-500P) to support up to 24 hard drives. With the support of QJBOD Express (JBOD enclosure roaming), users can migrate data from the TS-831X to another NAS using a JBOD enclosure without needing a network connection, saving considerable time for migrating a large amount of backup data. Key specifications of TS-831X TS-831X-8G: 8GB DDR3 RAM (8GB x1) TS-831X-16G: 16GB DDR3 RAM (8GB x2) 8-bay tower model; Annapurna Labs Alpine AL-314 1.4 GHz quad-core processor, RAID 5/6 support, hardware-accelerated encryption engine; hot-swappable 2.5”/3.5” SATA 6Gbps HDD or SSD; 2 x 10 Gigabit SFP+ ports, 2 x Gigabit RJ45 ports; 1 x PCIe Gen2 ( x2) slot; 3 x USB 3.0 port.