January 21, 2015


QNAP Upgrades Virtualization Station, Revamping the Turbo NAS as a Virtualization Platform for Cloud Computing

Taipei, Taiwan, January 21, 2015 - QNAP® Systems, Inc. today released an upgraded version of the industry-leading Virtualization Station. This new version (v1.2) adds several functions including user permission settings, Android support, USB passthrough, an increased number of snapshots for virtual machines (VM), directly outputting a VM to an HDMI monitor, and more.

By adding support for Android, Virtualization Station v1.2 allows users to create Android-based VMs to enjoy larger storage capacity for backing up chat logs and phone books, or to enjoy a larger working space with a bigger monitor. User permission settings allows IT administrators to quickly create users and set proper permissions for each VM, helping to efficiently manage and allocate VM resources for users with different needs. Virtualization Station v1.2 now supports USB passthrough, enabling VMs to directly read data from and operate generic USB devices such as flash drives, card readers, printers or barcode readers, bringing more convenience to operational efficiency.

VMs can be greater protected with the increase in the number of snapshots supported. In the event of a VM failing, users can quickly roll it back to the snapshot time to ensure continual system operation. Besides using web browsers, users can now operate VMs by plugging in a keyboard, mouse and HDMI monitor to their Turbo NAS and operate it as if it were a PC. Virtualization Station can benefit users in applications including online tutoring, network surveillance, NAS remote access, and much more.

“NAS with an integrated virtualization platform makes it not only storage but also a cloud computing solution,” said Alfred Li, product manager of QNAP. While the cloud industry flourishes, more software providers such as Amazon® and Google® invest in public cloud services that enable users to easily adopt for fundamental storage infrastructure. Considering cost and security issues, however, a hybrid solution combining private and public cloud services can provide a great alternative and a well-rounded cloud computing solution.

For example, a NAS with an integrated virtualization platform can help Windows Server 2012 perform not just as cloud storage but also as a data center with cloud computing capabilities. Storage features (e.g. SSD cache, data backup & RAID configurations) backboned with the power of an Intel® Xeon® processor enables a NAS to deliver high-performance services in data storage, computing and security.

With the rise of Virtual Appliances, many software vendors offer packages that integrate operating system components and software into VM file formats. Users can directly download and use them to save time installing systems and applications. While numerous Virtual Appliance online marketplaces such as VMware Virtual Appliance Marketplace, Bitnami and TurnKey offer various VMs for users to download on demand and import them directly to virtualization platforms (e.g. VMware, VirtualBox), Virtualization Station allows you to directly import Virtual Appliances for greater convenience.

QNAP has been doing its utmost to develop NAS applications with virtualization platform. The exclusive QvPC Technology represents QNAP's continuous innovation over the last few years, and consolidates a number of high-end technologies including VM integration, multimedia transcoding, HDMI output, tiered storage architecture, and more. By connecting a Turbo NAS to a keyboard, mouse and HDMI monitor, the Turbo NAS can be used as a PC to access stored data and to allow users to directly access and manage their VMs. In the field of personal cloud storage and computing, QNAP aims to provide the highest quality and most budget-friendly storage solutions.

November 28, 2014


QNAP Introduces High-Performance 2.5” SSD NAS models: TS-451S, TS-453S Pro and TS-853S Pro

Taipei, Taiwan, November 28, 2014 – Responding to the booming development of SSDs and the growing demands from users, QNAP®, Inc. has announced the TS-451S Turbo NAS, a 4-bay NAS that is optimized for high-density 2.5" SSDs and features an Intel® Celeron® 2.41GHz processor. Meanwhile, QNAP’s powerful SS-x53 Pro series (SMB models that are optimized for high-density SATA 6Gb/s 2.5" SSDs) have been renamed the TS-453S Pro (4-bay) and TS-853S Pro (8-bay) respectively to assist users in quickly recognizing different options in the same product category.

"Users can enjoy numerous benefits when using SSDs in a Turbo NAS, including a smaller physical size to host at least 4 SSDs, higher-density storage capacity, RAID 5 configuration for data protection, quieter system operations, a home theater multimedia experience with the HD Station, and the exclusive QvPC Technology that allows the Turbo NAS to be used as a PC," said Jason Hsu, product manager of QNAP. The TS-x53S Pro series can also work silently and reliably with 2.5" hard drives as well.

"The new SSD NAS series features an exclusive hardware design that allows users to easily upgrade their RAM to enjoy smoother multi-tasking operations, especially for heavy users who run lots of multimedia applications," added Hsu.

Compared to the 3.5"-drive-designed TS-453 Pro, the TS-453S Pro provides a more affordable price, takes up half the physical space, and when exclusively using SSDs delivers 4,000+ IOPS (random read/write) at the equivalent total cost of a non-SSD NAS.

November 06, 2014


Synology Invites Users to Complete Their Cloud Solutions with DiskStation Manager 5.1

Bellevue, Washington—November 6, 2014—Synology® America Corp. is pleased to announce the official launch of DiskStation Manager (DSM) 5.1. DSM 5.1 brings a number of enhancements to help users complete their cloud solutions by providing an advanced private cloud that works inline with the public cloud- allowing local storage, control, and peace of mind with convenience.

  • Deeper cloud integration- In addition to services like Google Drive and Dropbox, Cloud Sync now adds support for OneDrive and Box. Backup is now supported to Microsoft Azure. The Explore feature allows for browsing for and retrieving single files from Amazon’s Glacier service.
  • Sync control – Administrators can create syncing profiles. Synced files can retain ACL permissions.
  • Note Station and DS note- Create, share, and sync digital notes and notebooks with a browser or mobile device. It’s even possible to import notes from Evernote.
  • Improved security- Security Advisor provides reports and advice to improve security, and can even remove known malware. AppArmor protects system resources from malicious software. Package Center now supports digital signatures to prevent installing tampered software usage.

“We’re excited to be making the cloud complete,” said Jason Bonoan, Product Marketing Manager at Synology America Corp. “By providing a more solid private cloud solution from Synology that works with popular cloud providers it allows our users to have full local control of their files- from security and productivity enhancement to improved multimedia experiences.”

For local usage, DSM 5.1 brings enhancements for business users.

  • SSD cache- SSD cache is now supported for High Availability clusters. Read-only caching now requires only one disk.
  • VMware® VAAI for NFS- Full File Clone and Reserve Space
  • Scheduled iSCSI LUN snapshots
  • Service by interface- Services can be restricted to specific network interfaces for improved control
  • Proxy server- Speed load times for common pages, and even restrict available sites
  • CardDAV- Address book access and synchronization between desktop and mobile clients

DSM 5.1 is available for download at http://www.synology.com/support/download

The live demo site is available at http://www.synology.com/dsm/live_demo

Availability

Synology DSM 5.1 is free to download for users who own a DiskStation or RackStation x11 series and onward. Supported models include:

  • 15-series: DS415play, DS115j, DS415+, DS1815+
  • 14-series: DS214, RS214, DS414, DS114, DS214play, DS214+, DS214se, RS3614xs+, RS2414+, RS2414RP+, RS814, DS214se, RS814+, RS814RP+, DS414j, RS3614xs, RS3614RPxs, DS414slim, EDS14
  • 13-series: RS10613xs+, RS3413xs+, DS2413+, DS1813+, DS1513+, DS713+, DS413, DS413j, DS213+, DS213, DS213air, DS213j
  • 12-series: RS3412xs, RS3412RPxs, RS812+, RS812RP+, RS2212+, RS2212RP+, RS812, RS212, DS3612xs, DS1812+, DS1512+, DS712+, DS412+, DS212+, DS212, DS212j, DS112+, DS112, DS112j
  • 11-series: RS3411xs, RS3411RPxs, RS2211+, RS2211RP+, RS411, DS3611xs, DS2411+, DS1511+, DS411+II, DS411+, DS411, DS411j, DS411slim, DS211+, DS211, DS211j, DS111
September 30, 2014

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QNAP Releases QTS 4.1.1 Firmware Featuring Full NAS Encryption by Volume-based Technology

QNAP®, Inc. today announced the availability of QTS 4.1.1, the new Turbo NAS firmware that features whole-NAS encryption by volume-based technology to greatly ensure data security in response to increasing cloud security challenges.

As the fear of private data being leaked over the Internet is now a prime security concern, the protection provided by Network Attached Storage (NAS) has received great attention, especially for confidential business files and private photos/videos that require high security. However, the shared-folder-level encryption found in traditional NAS does not allow users to encrypt photos, music and videos stored in default shared folders, and therefore can lead to data being easily accessible if the NAS is stolen.

“QTS 4.1.1 ensures the security of data by including full volume encryption that can encrypt photos, music, videos, and documents in every shared folder of the Turbo NAS,” said Willy Kuo, product manager of QNAP, adding “QNAP strives to develop the most secure and convenient storage solution and by providing full volume encryption, we can ensure total data security. We strongly recommend that our users use full volume encryption to ensure that their data is completely protected.”

For business users, QNAP provides a unified storage solution with both security and functionality. Even if the Turbo NAS is encrypted, all the files can still be accessible via Windows SMB/CIFS, iSCSI, and NFS protocols. In contrast, some NAS brands only allow users to encrypt newly created shared folders, and thus they will not be able to access these shared folders via NFS protocol, resulting in great inconvenience. With whole-NAS encryption, QNAP offers Turbo NAS users 100% security and a convenient private cloud storage solution.

September 29, 2014

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QNAP Releases New QTS for the Turbo NAS with Fix on GNU Bash Environment Variable Command Injection Vulnerability

QNAP®, Inc. today released a new version of QTS for its Turbo NAS lineup, fixing the GNU Bash Environment Variable Command Injection Vulnerability (CVE-2014-6271 and CVE-2014-7169), also known as “Shellshock,” that can allow attackers to gain remote control over UNIX/Linux-based systems. The Turbo NAS may also be affected under certain conditions.

QNAP’s security lab has verified the QTS version 4.1.1 Build 0927 and confirmed it has fixed the CVE-2014-6271 and CVE-2014-7169 vulnerability. Users are strongly advised to update their Turbo NAS units to this QTS version.

As the GNU Bash still have potential issues on CVE-2014-6277, which is not confirmed to be solved yet, QNAP will keep on watching the solution provided by GNU and release the corresponding hot fixes.

QTS 4.1.1 Build 0927 is now available for update directly on the Turbo NAS management interface (QTS) and on QNAP’s official download site (http://www.qnap.com/download) for the following Turbo NAS models:

  • TS-EC880 Pro, TS-EC1080 Pro, TS-EC880U-RP, TS-EC1280U-RP, TS-EC1680U-RP, TS-EC2480U-RP
  • TS-879 Pro, TS-1079 Pro, TS-879U-RP/EC879U-RP , TS-1279U-RP/EC1279U-RP, TS-1679U-RP/EC1679U-RP, SS-EC1279U-SAS-RP, SS-EC1879U-SAS-RP, SS-EC2479U-SAS-RP
  • TS-470, TS-470 Pro, TS-670, TS-670 Pro, TS-870, TS-870 Pro
  • TS-1270U-RP, TS-870U-RP, TS-1269U-RP,TS-869U-RP, TS-269 Pro/269L, TS-469 Pro/469L, TS-469U-RP/SP, TS-569 Pro/569L, TS-669 Pro/669L, TS-869 Pro/869L
  • SS-453 Pro, SS-853 Pro, TS-253 Pro, TS-453 Pro, TS-653 Pro, TS-853 Pro
  • TS-251, TS-451, TS-651, TS-851
  • HS-210, HS-251, IS-400 Pro
  • TS-121, TS-221, TS-421, TS-421U
  • TS-120, TS-220, TS-420, TS-420U
  • TS-119/119P+/119P II, TS-219/219P/219P+/219P II, TS-419P/419P+/419P II, TS-419U/419U+/419U II
  • TS-259 Pro/259 Pro+, TS-459 Pro/459 Pro+/459 Pro II, TS-459U-RP/SP/459U-RP+/SP+, TS-509 Pro, TS-559 Pro/559 Pro+/559 Pro II, TS-659 Pro/659 Pro+/659 Pro II, TS-859 Pro/859 Pro+, TS-859U/859U+
  • SS-439 Pro, SS-839 Pro, TS-239 Pro, TS-239H, TS-239 Pro II, TS-239 Pro II+, TS-439 Pro, TS-439 Pro II, TS-439 Pro II+, TS-439U RP/SP, TS-639 Pro
  • TS-110, TS-210, TS-410, TS-410U
  • TS-112, TS-212/212P/212-E, TS-412, TS-412U
  • TS-809 Pro, TS-809U-RP

Users with further questions can contact QNAP Technical Support at:

http://helpdesk.qnap.com

September 26, 2014

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QNAP Encourages Users to Take Actions to Protect their Turbo NAS from Potential Bash Code Injection

QNAP® Systems, Inc. has been looking into the recent concerns over potential Bash code injection (CVE-2014-6271) that can lead to security vulnerabilities on the Turbo NAS and other Unix/Linux-based systems. A partial solution for CVE-2014-6271 exists but may result in another security vulnerability (CVE-2014-7169). QNAP is actively working on a solution for this issue, but in the meantime encourages all Turbo NAS users to take the following immediate actions to avoid any possible exploitation of their system.

As a temporary measure until a solution is released for this issue, please ensure that the following services of the Turbo NAS are disconnected from the Internet:

  • Web administration
  • Web server
  • WebDAV
  • Photo Station, Music Station, File Station, and any other NAS app that uses a web-based interface

Normally the local network is not accessible from the Internet easily, users can still use their Turbo NAS safely. If users still worry about the security of their local network, they can follow the steps to disable the QTS web UI completely, and only turn it on when necessary:

  • Login to QTS and disable the Web Server in Applications
  • Login to QTS and disable the secure connection (SSL) in General Settings
  • Disable NAS web administration using a SSH utility (such as putty):
    1. Connect to the Turbo NAS with admin username and password
    2. Type the following command and hit the “Enter” key:
      /etc/init.d/thttpd.sh stop

Note: The NAS web administration will become unavailable after taking the above steps. To restore it:

  1. Restart the Turbo NAS, or
  2. Manually start the web administration via SSH by typing the following command:
    /etc/init.d/thttpd.sh start

QNAP will keep users updated with the latest information as addressing this issue. If users would like further assistance, please contact QNAP Technical Support at http://helpdesk.qnap.com

September 23, 2014


Synology Releases DiskStation Manager 5.1 Beta

Synology® today unveiled the beta release of DiskStation Manager (DSM) 5.1, the latest iteration of its award-wining operating system for NAS servers.

“Storage technologies are evolving fast and so is DSM. Version 5.1 boasts a significant amount of new features revolving around three critical concepts: integrating private cloud, broadening sharing possibilities, and enhancing data safety,” said Alex Wang, CEO of Synology Inc.

DSM 5.1 delivers many major updates, including:

Protect data with versatile backup and security tools: LUN snapshot is now schedulable and LUN backup performance is 169% faster through network. More packages can be completely backed up. As for system protection, the new Security Advisor scans the system and detects potential vulnerabilities, such as weak passwords, malware, misconfigured services, and pending updates. Packages can now be digitally signed to avoid using tampered executables, while AppArmor enforces stricter file access permissions for programs in DSM. Service-interface binding allows users to assign specific services to dedicated network interfaces for extra security.

Increase productivity: Proxy Server speeds up Internet browsing while securing the network thanks to its various caching, filtering, and authentication options. File Station can now connect to a remote FTP or WebDAV server, while its new email client provides a quicker alternative for file sharing. IPv6 support has been expanded to QuickConnect and more DSM services. NFS VAAI support brings new virtualization options such as File Clone and Reserve Space. SSD caching technologies is more intuitive with a revamped interface, a real-time hit rate statistics to evaluate the utilization, and a recommendation on appropriate SSD cache size.

Create a better and more integrated private cloud: File versioning in Cloud Station can now be disabled to allow greater storage flexibility. Cloud Station also supports synchronizing data in encrypted folders to protect privacy, as well as Windows ACL for more precise user privileges’ setting. Cloud Sync is compatible with more public cloud providers, such as OneDrive, Box or hubiC. In addition, Cloud Sync and all Cloud Station’s client software now supports selective sync, allowing users to determine which folders, file types and size to be sync. Cloud backup offers a contingency plan for archives with support for Microsoft Azure, SFR, and hicloud. Furthermore, Glacier Backup now supports file-level dedupe and restoration from Amazon Glacier.

Sharing video, audio, and photo content has never been easier: Video Station now offers a streamlined and more pleasant user experience. The smart search feature and revamped folder page increase usability and efficiency. Video Station will now automatically look for subtitles on Internet. Watch status lets users see at a glance which videos aren’t finished yet. The slideshow feature on Photo Station combines background music and transition effects for professional-looking presentation. Share your picture, music or video collections with a public link. In addition, most of the mobile apps have been tweaked; from quick search to improved integration or new design.

Note Station and DS note empower users with flexible and secured collaboration tools: Create, share, and sync thousands of digital notes and notebooks with DSM 5.1. DS note provides Android and iOS users with mobile access to Note Station. In addition to a rich-text editor, media content can be previewed instantly. For group collaboration, Note Station and DS note support track changes, version history, and restoration. In addition, sensitive notes can be encrypted with user-defined passwords.

If you want to know more about DSM 5.1 beta, please consult this page or click here for the full specifications.

Synology DSM 5.1 Beta Program
Synology will hand out a DS214se to the three beta testers who provide the most valuable assistance and feedback. Please visitwww.synology.com/support/beta_dsm_5_1 for more details. DSM 5.1 beta and the new packages are available at www.synology.com/support/beta_dsm_5_1 Visit the live demo site at www.synology.com/products/dsm_livedemo to try out new features.

Availability
Synology DSM 5.1 beta is free to download for users who own a DiskStation or RackStation x11 series and onward. Supported models include:

  • 15-series: DS415play, DS115j
  • 14-series: DS214, RS214, DS414, DS114, DS214play, DS214+, DS214se, RS3614xs+, RS2414+, RS2414RP+, RS814, DS214se, RS814+, RS814RP+, DS414j, RS3614xs, RS3614RPxs, DS414slim, EDS14
  • 13-series: RS10613xs+, RS3413xs+, DS2413+, DS1813+, DS1513+, DS713+, DS413, DS413j, DS213+, DS213, DS213air, DS213j
  • 12-series: RS3412xs, RS3412RPxs, RS812+, RS812RP+, RS2212+, RS2212RP+, RS812, RS212, DS3612xs, DS1812+, DS1512+, DS712+, DS412+, DS212+, DS212, DS212j, DS112+, DS112, DS112j
  • 11-series: RS3411xs, RS3411RPxs, RS2211+, RS2211RP+, RS411, DS3611xs, DS2411+, DS1511+, DS411+II, DS411+, DS411, DS411j, DS411slim, DS211+, DS211, DS211j, DS111
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