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NAS system houses 2.5-inch drives for up to 6TB

May 27, 2009 — by Eric Brown — from the LinuxDevices Archive — 41 views

Qnap Systems announced a 2.5-inch drive variation on its Linux- and Intel Atom-based network-attached storage (NAS) devices, called the SS-439 Pro Turbo NAS. In other NAS news, Asus is readying an Eee-branded NAS device, similarly running Linux on an Atom, says an industry report.

(Click for larger view of the Qnap SS-439 Pro Turbo NAS)

With its smaller drives and low-power Intel Atom N270 processor, the Qnap SS-439 Pro Turbo NAS consumes only 18 Watts with all four drives installed, claims Qnap. Aimed at SMB and SOHO users, the SS-439 Pro appears to be similar to the TS-439 Pro Turbo announced in February, except with 2.5-inch drives.

SS-439 Pro Turbo NAS
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Like the TS-439 Pro, the SS-439 Pro runs Linux on a 1.6GHz Atom N270, matched with an Intel 945GSE + ICH7M chipset. It offers 1GB of DDR2 memory, as well as a 128MB “disk-on-module” (DOM). The device offers four trays, each of which can hold up to 1.5GB capacity, for 6TB total of hot-swappable storage. It also provides three USB 2.0 ports (two less than the TS-439 Pro) and two eSATA ports for external storage and backup. As with the larger model, the SS-439 Pro offers dual gigabit Ethernet ports that can be configured as failover, load balancing, or serving two different subnets, says the company.

SS-439 Pro Turbo NAS (detail view)
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The key differences between the SS-439 Pro and the TS-439 Pro are the former's more compact 8.5 x 4.0 x 5.9-inch size, the 2.5-inch drive support, and the low power consumption, which drops from 18W to 15W in sleep mode, says Qnap. Otherwise, software features appear to be the same, with the same RAID 0-6 support and abundance of servers. Like the TS-439 and six-bay TS-639, the system can be set up to act as both a NAS and an iSCSI target server simultaneously. (For more information on the software available with all three systems, see our in-depth coverage of the TS-639, here.)

Stated Jerry Deng, Product Manager from Qnap, “The SS-439 Pro is a compact, silent, and power-saving server which is ideal to work for long hours in the office.”

Eee! Yet another Atom NAS

Asustek Computer (Asus), which has found great success with the Intel Atom in its Eee PC netbooks, will follow the industry trend by offering a 1TB NAS device using the Intel Atom N270, says an IDG News Service report. The “EeeNAS” will be unveiled at at Computex in Taipei next week, says the story. According to this translated page, the device has already won a Computex “Best Choice Award,” one of 26 such awards that appear to have been gifted primarily to Taiwanese firms.

Aimed at home and small businesses, the EeeNAS will launch for under $1,000 and run Linux, says the story, which was attributed to comments from an Asus representative. The device is said to provide two 7200 rpm SATA hard disk drives for up to 1TB of storage, and offer a 3.5-inch touchscreen for accessing functions such as burning DVDs on the device's slot-loading multi-drive. The EeeNAS also offers an uninterrupted power supply (UPS), and is equipped with WiFi to offer communication hub access for wireless devices, says the story.


Qnap did not provide pricing or availability information on the SS-439 Pro Turbo NAS. More information should be available here.

The IDG News Service report on the “EeeNAS” should be Linux SOHO NAS offers iSCSI

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  • NAS vendor touts Lenny installs, new Atom-based system
  • Linux NAS/iSCSI server adopts Atom
  • Debian "Lenny" released
  • Debian adding low-power NAS devices
  • 5TB NAS server runs Linux
  • Debian Linux installer for NAS devices goes beta
  • Debian adding low-power NAS devices
  • Linux gains new architecture support
  • Linux-based NAS expands to four bays
  • Linux network-enables SOHO storage appliance
  • Linux-based NAS devices move up to 6TB

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