Another new NAS form factor was showcased today with the launch of the QNAP TS-453mini. They’re calling it a “Vertical NAS” that’s been specifically designed for compact environments like small offices and study rooms.
The new network attached storage device has been designed to run quietly, with convenient access for expansion. Features include easy, tool-less hard drive installation (via a magnetic top cover), simple RAM upgrade design, a quiet exhaust for heat dissipation and LED indicators with adjustable brightness controls.
The TS-453mini’s vertical design includes support for HDMI, allowing the NAS server to be connected to a TV (or other display) for media playback via the onboard Kodi media player software. It’s powered by a quad-core Intel Celeron 2.0 GHz processor with a choice of 8 GB or 2 GB RAM. Twin Gigabit LAN ports are included delivering up to 220 MB/s transfer throughput, QNAP say. Its total storage capacity can be expanded up to 96 TB (8TB per drive) by connecting an 8-bay UX-800P expansion enclosure.
The Intel Celeron CPU has sufficient horsepower to support QNAP’s QvPC Technology. By simply plugging in a keyboard, mouse and HDMI display users can directly access stored data and run multiple applications on Windows/Linux/UNIX or Android-based VMs. Additional business-class features are also supported, including support for Windows Active Directory, LDAP directory services, Windows ACL and domain controller features.
Add virtual storage management (VMware, Microsoft and Citrix virtualization solutions all invited), Windows and Mac backup support and a host of additional features courtesy of the included QNAP software and you have a comprehensive and compact NAS solution.
The new TS-453mini Turbo NAS is now available.