What are NAS with all their SSD storage used for?

QNAP TS-h1290FX Features

The manufacturer QNAP recently launched a new NAS server called QNAP TS-h1290FX, a real beast in terms of hardware features, as it is a really powerful device with lots of expansion possibilities. Next, we will explain all its hardware features.

CPU and RAM

The main processor of this NAS is the AMD EPYC 7232P, an 8-core, 16-thread processor capable of reaching speeds of up to 3.2 GHz, with a 64-bit x86 architecture and an AES-NI encryption engine to significantly speed up encryption and decryption work with the AES algorithm. This kit comes with a total of 64 GB of RAM memory in 8 modules of 8 GB each, but this RAM can be expanded up to 1 TB of capacity (8 x 128 GB of DDR4 RDIMM).

As you can see, we have very advanced, really powerful hardware to tackle any kind of task, including full operating system virtualization through Virtualization Station, or using Docker containers with Container Station.

Storage

The main feature of this new NAS is its storage, and it has a total of 12 bays to accommodate 2.5″ drives. Being 2.5″ units, we can install 2.5″ hard drives‘ which have significantly less capacity than their 3.5″ counterparts, we also have the option of installing SATA3 SSDs inside, and we even have the possibility of installing U.2 NVMe drives PCIe Gen4 x4 to have the best possible performance and squeeze SSDs to the max.

As you can see, this new NAS is specifically designed with the purpose of all your storage being SSD. Of course, the QuTS hero or QTS operating system (you can choose which one to install) will allow us to create all-SSD storage pools, we also have the option of using SSD cache acceleration with some drives, and finally , we have Tiered storage if you have a 2.5 inch hard drive installed which has a larger capacity.

connectivity

The connectivity of this NAS is really complete, and we have the following ports:

  • 2 x 2.5G Multigigabit portsjumbo frames and link aggregation support.
  • 2 SFP28 ports at a speed of 25 Gbps, it supports jumbo frames and link aggregation.
  • 3 USB 3.2 ports Gen 1 at 5 Gbps, to connect any hard drive inside easily and quickly.

Other very important features of this new NAS model are the incorporation of multiple PCIe slots for adding expansion cards and further increase your chances. We will be able to install 10 Gbps network cards, dedicated graphics cards and we could even install QM2 cards with more SSD storage through its M.2 ports. Below you can see the available PCIe slots:

  • Slot 1: PCIe Gen 4 x16
  • Slot 2: PCIe Gen 4 x16
  • Slot 3: PCIe Gen 4 x8
  • Slot 4: PCIe Gen 4 x16

As you can see, in terms of connectivity, this new model is top of the range, and we have great versatility.

Do these new all-SSD NAS make sense?

These powerful NAS servers with all their flash storage have a very specific audience, such as graphic designers, photography professionals and also video professionals. Of course, due to its characteristics, this type of equipment is also ideal for carrying out very intensive virtualization of operating systems, since we have a lot of RAM and a very powerful processor with many cores.

Of course, in addition to having a NAS of this type, it would also be highly recommended to have less powerful and specifically storage-oriented equipment, that way when we are done doing all the content on the NAS everything flash, we can spend all the data to secondary storage so you don’t quickly carry around SSDs.

Considering the budget we need for a NAS of this powerful style, and that later we will also need another one to store all the content, it is clear that these devices are aimed at medium and large companies of the multimedia industry.

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