QNAP TS-563 Network Attached Storage Review

DSC_7239I have the opportunity to work in the Information Technology market and I get to work with some cool technology. Recently, I’ve been focusing more and more on visualization and network storage. To put it simply, we have the ability to run multiple virtual servers off of a couple of physical servers and some form of network attached storage. One of the interesting things that I’ve seen happen over the two decades that I have worked in IT is there is a form of corporate technology that filters down to home and small office users over time. How does an average home user take advantage of network attached storage or in this case a NAS. Well, the answer is: it depends. How you use network attached storage is going to be different between home users and small offices. Most small NAS units offer more than just a collection of disks on which data is stored. Some offer the ability to host a web site, run light weight operating systems, or can even act as a media repository and most can do it with a very easy to navigate user interface (UI). While network attached storage is not a new technology on the consumer side, they are becoming more and more affordable as more models are released. QNAP is one of the market leaders in network storage. The recently released TS-563 is aimed at the upper end of the consumer market and the middle of the small business range. The TS-563 is a 5-bay device that features the AMD G-Series quad-core 2.0 GHz processor.

Review Sample Provided by: QNAP
Product Name/Link to Website: QNAP TS-563
Product was given in exchange for work done to produce this review.

QNAP TS-563 Packaging

Unlike a lot of consumer based products, QNAP takes a very simple approach with their packaging. The TS-563 is packaged in a very simple cardboard box that has a sticker on the front with a list of the specifications and features. Inside, you’ll find the TS-563 tucked away inside stiff foam inserts and wrapped in a plastic bag to prevent scrapes and scratches during transport.

 

There is not a lot needed to get the TS-563 up and running. Included in the kit is a power cord, quick start guide, two 6′ Ethernet cables, and screws for the hard drives.

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Specifications

CPUAMD® x86 G-Series Quad-core 2.0 GHz processor
Floating Point Unit
Yes
Hardware Encryption Engine
Yes (AES-NI)
DRAMSystem memory:

TS-563-2G: 2GB DDR3L RAM (2GB x1)
TS-563-8G: 8GB DDR3L RAM (8GB x1)

Total memory slots: 2 SODIMM
Memory expandable up to: 16 GB (8GB x 2)

NOTE: For the information of RAM module installation and compatible NAS models, please refer to the QNAP RAM Module Installation Guide

Flash Memory512MB
Hard Disk Drive5 x 3.5″or 2.5″SATA 6Gb/s, SATA 3Gb/s hard drive or SSD
NOTE:
1. The system is shipped without HDD.
2. For the HDD compatibility list, please visit https://www.qnap.com/compatibility
Hard Disk Tray5 x Hot-swappable tray
LAN Port2 x Gigabit RJ-45 Ethernet port (Expandable up to 4 x GbE or 2 x 10GbE + 2 x GbE via PCIe NIC)
Network Expansion Slot1 (PCIe Gen2 x 4)
LED IndicatorsStatus, USB, HDD 1-5
USB5 x USB 3.0 port (Front: 1, Rear: 4)
Support USB printer, pen drive, and USB UPS etc.
ButtonsPower/Status, USB One-Touch-Backup, reset
Alarm BuzzerSystem warning
Form FactorTower
Dimensions185(H) x 210.6(W) x 235.4(D) mm
7.28(H) x 8.29(W) x 9.27(D) inch
WeightNet: 4.4 kg (9.7 lbs)
Gross: 5.8 kg (12.79 lbs)
Power Consumption (W)S3 sleep: 2.26W
HDD standby: 30.17W
In operation: 47.68W
(with 5 x 2TB HDDs installed)
Temperature0-40˚C
Humidity5~95% RH non-condensing, wet bulb: 27˚C
Power SupplyATX 250W, 110-240V AC, 50-60Hz, 5A
Secure DesignKensington security slot for theft prevention
Fan1 x quiet cooling fan (12cm, 12V DC)

 

Software Specifications

Operating System
QTS 4.1 (embedded Linux)
Power Management
  1. Wake on LAN
  2. Internal hard drive standby mode
  3. Scheduled power on/off
  4. Automatic power on after power recovery
  5. USB and network UPS support with SNMP management
  6. System sleep mode (S3)
Supported Client OS
  1. Windows XP, Vista, Windows 7 (32/64-bit), Windows 8 (32/64-bit), Windows Server 2003/2008 R2/2012/2012R2
  2. Apple Mac OS X
  3. Linux & UNIX
Access Right Management
  1. Batch users creation
  2. Import/Export users
  3. User quota management
  4. Local user access control for CIFS, AFP, FTP, and WebDAV
  5. Application access control for Photo Station, Music Station, Video Station, and File Station
  6. Subfolder permissions support for CIFS/SMB, AFP, FTP, and File Station
Supported Browsers
  1. Microsoft Internet Explorer 10+
  2. Mozilla Firefox 8+
  3. Apple Safari 4+
  4. Google Chrome
Transcoding Management
  1. Background video transcoding to 240p, 360p, 480p, 720p and 1080p resolutions
  2. Automatic offline video transcoding for a preset shared folders
  3. Embed subtitles to videos in background transcoding
Multilingual Support
  1. Chinese (Traditional & Simplified), Czech, Danish, Dutch, English, Finnish, French, German, Greek, Hungarian, Italian, Japanese, Korean, Norwegian, Polish, Portuguese (Brazil), Romanian, Russian, Spanish, Swedish, Thai, Turkish
Domain Authentication Integration
  1. Microsoft Active Directory (AD) & Domain Controller support
  2. LDAP server, LDAP client
  3. Domain users login via CIFS/SMB, AFP, FTP, and File Station
File System
  1. Internal Hard Drive: EXT4
  2. External Hard Drive: EXT3, EXT4, NTFS, FAT32, HFS+
myQNAPcloud Service
  1. Private cloud storage and sharing
  2. Free host name registration (DDNS)
  3. Auto router configuration (via UPnP)
  4. Web-based file manager with HTTPS 2048-bit encryption
  5. CloudLink for remote access without complicated router setup
  6. myQNAPcloud connect for easy VPN connection (Windows VPN utility)
Networking
  1. TCP/IP (IPv4 & IPv6*: Dual Stack)
  2. Dual Gigabit NICs with jumbo frame (failover, multi-IP settings, port trunking/NIC teaming)
  3. Service binding based on network interfaces
  4. Proxy server (Squid available in App Center)
  5. Proxy client
  6. DHCP client, DHCP server
  7. Protocols: CIFS/SMB, AFP, NFS, FTP, FTPS, SFTP, TFTP, HTTP(S), Telnet, SSH, iSCSI, SNMP, SMTP, and SMSC
  8. UPnP & Bonjour discovery
  9. USB Wi-Fi 802.11ac adapter support

* Not all services support IPv6.

Qsync
  1. Syncs files among multiple devices with SSL support
  2. Selective synchronization for syncing specific folders only
  3. Use team folders as a file center for greater team collaboration (maximum sync tasks: 32)
  4. Shares files by links via email
  5. Policy settings for conflicted files and file type filter support
  6. Version control: up to 64 versions.
  7. Incremental synchronization for HDD space saving
  8. Supports Windows & Mac OS
Security
  1. Network access protection with auto-blocking: SSH, Telnet, HTTP(S), FTP, CIFS/SMB, AFP
  2. CIFS host access control for shared folders
  3. FIPS 140-2 validated AES 256-bit volume-based data encryption*
  4. AES 256-bit external drive encryption*
  5. Importable SSL certificates
  6. Instant alert via email, SMS, and beep

* Somedata encryption functions may not available in accordance with the legislative restrictions of some countries.

Web Administration
  1. Smart fan Control
  2. Dynamic DNS (DDNS)
  3. SNMP (v2 & v3)
  4. Resource monitor
  5. Network recycle bin for file deletion via CIFS/SMB, AFP, and File Station
    • Automatic Cleanup
    • File Type Filter
  6. Comprehensive logs (events & connection)
  7. Syslog client/server
  8. System settings backup and restore
  9. Restore to factory default
  10. Mobile app: Qmanager for remote system monitoring & management
Storage Management
  1. QNAP flexible Volume/LUN with thin provisioning and space reclaim
  2. RAID 0,1, 5, 6, 10, + hot spare
  3. Supports storage pool
  4. Online volume expansion
  5. Online storage pool expansion
  6. Online RAID capacity expansion and online RAID level migration
  7. SMART data migration
  8. Storage expansion via QNAP UX-500P/UX-800P expansion unit (max 2)
  9. Bad block scan and hard drive S.M.A.R.T.
  10. Bad block recovery
  11. RAID recovery
  12. Bitmap support
Powerful All-in-one server
File Server
  1. File sharing across Windows, Mac, and Linux/UNIX
  2. Windows ACL
  3. Advanced folder permission for CIFS/SMB, AFP, FTP
  4. Shared folder aggregation (CIFS/SMB)
Storage Plug & Connect
  1. Creating and mapping shared folders using QNAP Windows Qfinder
  2. Creation of and connection to iSCSI targets/LUN
FTP Server
  1. FTP over SSL/TLS (Explicit)
  2. FXP support
  3. Passive ftp port range control
iSCSI (IP SAN)
  1. iSCSI target with multi-LUNs per target (Up to 256 targets/LUNs combined)
  2. Support for LUN mapping & masking
  3. Online LUN capacity expansion
  4. Support for SPC-3 persistent reservation
  5. Support for MPIO & MC/S
  6. iSCSI LUN backup, one-time snapshot, and restoration
  7. iSCSI connection and management by QNAP Windows Qfinder
  8. Virtual disk drive (via iSCSI initiator)
  9. Stack chaining master
  10. Max No. of virtual disk drives: 8
File Station
  1. Supports ISO Mounting (Up to 256 ISO Files)
  2. Supports thumbnail display of multimedia files
  3. Supports sharing download links and upload links
  4. Drag-n-drop Files via Google Chrome and Mozilla Firefox
  5. File Compression (ZIP or 7z)
  6. Creation of and sending download links for sharing public files with expiration time and password protection
    • Support for displaying subtitles (*.SRT, UTF-8 format)
    • Support slideshow playback in media viewer
  7. Mobile App: Qfile for file browsing and management
Surveillance Station
  1. Supports over 3,000 IP cameras
  2. Includes 4 free camera licenses, up to 40 camera channels via additional license purchase
  3. Instant playback to check recent events
  4. Online editing to change cameras when in live view
  5. Visual aid by using e-maps
  6. Playback and speed control by shuttle bar
  7. Video preview using playback timeline
  8. Intelligent Video Analytics (IVA) for advanced video search
  9. Surveillance client for Mac
  10. Mobile surveillance app: Vmobile (iOS and Android)
  11. Mobile recording app: Vcam (iOS and Android)
Backup Station
  1. Remote replication server (over rsync)
  2. Real-time remote replication (RTRR) to another QNAP NAS or FTP server
  3. Works as both RTRR server & client with bandwidth control
  4. Real-time & scheduled backup
  5. Encryption, compression, file filters, and transfer rate limitations
  6. Encrypted replication between QNAP NAS servers
  7. Desktop backup with QNAP NetBak Replicator for Windows
  8. Apple Time Machine backup support
  9. Data backup to multiple external storage devices
  10. Synchronizes with cloud storage: Amazon S3, ElephantDrive, Dropbox
  11. Third party backup software support: Veeam backup & replication, Acronis True Image, Arcserve backup, emc retrospect, Symantec Backup Exec, etc.
VPN Server
  1. Secure remote access: PPTP & OpenVPN VPN services
  2. Max number of clients: 30

 

Print Server
  1. Max. number of printers: 3
  2. Support for Internet Printing Protocol
  3. Print job display and management
  4. IP-based and domain name-based privilege control

 

VPN Client
  1. Supported VPN protocols: PPTP & OpenVPN services
  2. PPTP Authentication: PAP, CHAP, MS-CHAP, MS-CHAPv2
  3. PPTP Encryption: None, AES 40/128 bit, AES 256 bit
  4. OpenVPN Encryption: None, AES 40/128 bit, AES 256 bit
  5. Transmission package monitor
  6. OpenVPN port control
  7. OpenVPN link compression
Cloud Backup Station
  1. Amazon S3
  2. Amazon Glacier
  3. Webdev-based cloud storage
  4. Microsoft Azure
  5. Open Stack
App Center
  1. Over 100 official and community software add-ons such as Photo Station, Music Station, Video Station, DLNA server, Notes Station, Signage Station, Airplay/Chromecast, and more.
Virtualization Station
  1. Supports creating one Virtual Machine (VM) to run an operating system such as Windows, Linux, Unix
  2. VM import from Virtual Appliances
  3. VM export into a virtual appliance in OVF / QVM format
  4. VM clone&snapshot
  5. HTML5-based shared remote console
Designs and specifications are subject to change without notice.

 

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