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Aug 12, 2008 — by Eric Brown — from the LinuxDevices Archive — 29 views

Qnap Systems announced a new member of its “TS” family of Linux-based network-attached storage (NAS) devices. The five-bay, hot-swappable TS-509 Pro Turbo NAS is equipped with a 1.6GHz Intel Celeron processor, 1GB RAM, and dual gigabit Ethernet ports.

(Click for larger view of the TS-509 Pro Turbo)

Designed for SMBs and enterprise workgroups that require asset-sharing and data backup, the TS-509 Pro Turbo is more powerful than previous TS systems. These include the SoHo-oriented TS-109 and TS-209, and the four-bay, 500MHz TS-409 Pro Turbo, which targets small businesses.

The TS-509 breaks rank with earlier TS systems with its Intel Celeron clocked at 1.6GHz. Previous models were based on Marvell Orion SoCs, which use Marvell's “Feroceon” micro-architecture implementation of ARM Ltd.'s ARMv5 architecture. These earlier NAS devices recently received a “debian-installer” port courtesy of former Debian project leader Martin Michlmayr.

The TS-509 Pro Turbo: an open and shut case
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In addition to offering the faster Celeron processor, the TS-509 is equipped with four times more RAM than the TS-409, with 1GB of DDRII, and 16 times the amount of flash, with 128MB. Connectivity options include dual gigabit Ethernet, five USB 2.0 ports, and eSATA and serial ports. The Ethernet ports can be configured in failover or load balancing modes, or set to serve two different subnets, says the company.

Based on embedded Linux, the TS-509 stores the OS and NAS applications in flash ROM, which Qnap says improves “stability.” The device supports Linux, Unix, Mac OS X, and all major Windows desktops.

RAID support includes RAID 0 (disk striping), RAID 1 (mirroring), RAID 5, RAID 5+ (hot spare), RAID 6, and JBOD (linear disk volume), says Qnap. The TS-509 offers RAID capacity and migration expansion features that ease upgrades to larger storage devices with higher RAID levels, says the company. The device also provides an LCD-panel-based “Touch-N-Go” RAID installation feature that does not require access from a PC. Other features include schedule power on/off and “wake on LAN” for remote access, as well as monitoring and log systems.

Server functions for the TS-509 Pro Turbo are said to include:

  • File server
  • FTP server
  • Printer server (max. three sets)
  • DDNS support
  • Web server with built-in phpMyAdmin
  • Joomla (open source content management system)
  • MySQL/SQLite and MySQL server
  • Editable php.ini
  • UPnP/DLNA media streaming (via built-in TwonkyMedia server)
  • iTunes server
  • HTTP/FTP/BT download server

TS-509 Pro Turbo (detail)
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Hardware specs for the TS-509 Pro Turbo include:

  • Processor — Intel Celeron 1.6GHz
  • Memory — 1GB DDRII
  • Flash — 128MB (DOM)
  • Storage — 5 x hot-swappable bays for 3.5-inch SATA I/II HDDs; up to 5TB
  • Networking — 2 x gigabit Ethernet (RJ-45) port
  • USB — 5 x USB 2.0 (one front-mounted)
  • eSATA — 1 x eSATA port
  • Serial — 1 x RS-232
  • VGA — 1 x interface for maintenance
  • LED indicators — LEDs for each drive, status, LAN, USB
  • Buttons — Power, USB, backup, reset
  • Dimensions — 10.3 x 7.4 x 10.3 inches (261 x 188 x 261 mm)
  • Operating temperature — 32 to 104 degrees F (0 to 40 degrees C)
  • Power supply — ATX 250W; 100-264 Vac~ input, 46-63Hz, 5A
  • Security — K-Lock security slot
  • Operating system - embedded Linux


Qnap did not provide pricing or availability information for the TS-509 Pro Turbo NAS. More information may be found here.

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