Hands On: QNAP TS-259 Pro NAS

Hello QNAP NAS.  How’s your pal, Linux?  I see you have a new friend, Intel.  Intel Atom that is.

What does all that gibberish mean?

Quite simply that QNAP is starting to make use of the Intel Atom CPU (the D510 1.66GHz Dual-Core CPU to be specific) in some of their business-class NAS devices.  More computing power and more memory than the SOHO TS-219P Turbo and TS-410 Turbo devices I reviewed late last year.  More computing power and more memory to do more tasks that would be demanded of a business-class NAS.

Which takes me back to the beginning and where we are today.  Introduced at CES 2010, the TS-259 Pro is QNAP + NAS + Linux + Intel Atom.  This is a machine meant for the Small Business market.

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As always, before looking more closely at a specific product, I like to introduce the reader to the company behind that product, which is my lead-in to the first section of today’s review.

The Company

Mission

QNAP Systems Inc. is the “Quality Network Appliance Provider” and we pledged to become the world’s leading Network Attached Storage (NAS) and Network Video Recorder (NVR) solution provider.

Company

QNAP Systems, Inc. is a privately held company founded in 2004 and is dedicated to bringing world class NAS storage, professional NVR video surveillance, and network video players to consumer, small/medium business, and entry level enterprise market segments. QNAP leverages not only hardware design but also a growing core competency in software engineering that is precisely focused on bringing to market products that offer the highest available performance coupled with outstanding reliability, scalability, and ease of installation and use. QNAP is a multi-national company with headquarters in Taipei, Taiwan, and subsidiary offices in China and the United States.

Core competence

The core of QNAP’s development comes from a group of designers and engineers with extensive research experience and education in the IT and electronics industry. By listening to and sharing with our customers on a daily basis, we enable our core innovation and development to be customer driven.

Products

We apply strict manufacturing standards to ensure the lowest defect rates. Our manufacturing facilities are ISO 9000 certified and our products come with UL, FCC and CE seals. As a responsible and leading edge company, QNAP is actively working on its designs to reduce its environmental impact by meeting and exceeding the regulations of various countries. Regarding this topic, all QNAP products are 100% RoHS compliant. Additionally, we thrive to reduce energy consumption whenever possible. By all means, QNAP wants to provide the highest quality products to protect your most valuable data.

And now on to the topic of today’s article/review, the TS-259 Pro.

3 comments

  1. i wonder if there is a linux based NAS device that has an eSata port multiplier… to me, that is the holy grail of a simple to admin NAS device. neither netgear nor qnap do it yet. i am still waiting…..

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