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QNAP TS-853 PRO Review

ts-853pro-frontQNAP has followed through quickly with a new TS-x53 range of business NAS servers, extending the platform and features from its announcement of the x51 a few weeks ago. Same platform but with extended Intel architecture instead of the featured Celeron J1800 for the TS-x51 range. The TS-x53 PRO NAS series comes installed with the Celeron J1900, with the added bonus of 4 x GbE ports.

All other innovative features in both QNAP models remain the same, particularly that of hardware transcoding and virtualization stations. As a result of the added resources, it is now possible to run two VMs concurrently in the TS-x53 PRO as opposed to one in the TS-x51.

QNAP EDGING FORWARD

The QNAP business features are impressive to say the least. All under the QvPC umbrella allowing the TS-x53 PRO NAS to act as a business PC as well as a SMB networked storage device. The connectivity aspect of achieving this is by using the HDMI as a gateway for display and the interface is through the HD Station package (Hybrid desk). We shall look at QvPC in depth shortly as it deserves more than we can do here.

Another nifty addition to the QNAP QTS 4.1 for Server Maintenance is central management of IT resources and applications for the entire business with simplified management to enable efficiency to lower the bottom line costs. NAS in nature have always been known for their lower costs for support, but QNAP takes this to the next level. Powered by Mandriva pulse the core consist of inventory management, remote control, cloning, deployments and backup / restore.

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System Migration is an area that has been a serious bone of contention with migration of drives not being possible between NAS models from same manufacturers and has hampered users to move forward with ease. Finally, it seems QNAP has this nailed. Take any model, remove the drives and migrate it to your new NAS by simply inserting the drives in the correct drive bay order as was, and you are in business.

EXPANDABILITY WITHOUT COMPLICATIONS

QNAP has extended the possibility of increasing the volume size of the RAID set by simply adding expansion units. The UX-500P is a 5-bay and UX-800P is an 8-bay, both desktop tower units that support the TS-x51 and TS-x53 series. Currently using the TS-853PRO and UX-800P you can expand to 96TB using 6TB drives. Using USB3.0 as connectivity between the two units for connectivity it becomes a matter of only installing drives and expanding the volume on the expansion unit. It took us a tad over 18 hours to complete the total volume expansion with the UX800P fully populated with 5TB drives.

FILE BACKUP AND DISASTER RECOVERY

TS-853-Pro_recoveryQNAP backup and disaster recovery features are more than sufficient to allow home and business users the ability to ensure data is backed and secure. The file backup for Windows users, Netback Replicator, is a simple but effective utility, whilst for MAC users Time Machine is the solution used to back up to the QNAP. There is also support for many third party backup software vendors which should not present any issues as far as compatibility is concerned.

Disaster Recovery has a few more options. Namely, backing up to a remote server using Rsync to another Rsync remote server or use RTRR (Real-Time Remote Replication) services for real time data backup to a remote Turbo NAS or FTP server. Another option for backup is using the cloud, to online cloud storage services, such as Amazon® S3, Amazon Glacier, Elephant Drive, Microsoft Azure, Google Drive, and Dropbox, and restore the data back to the QNAP as and when required. The restore time is largely determined by the bandwidth and must not be the only disaster recovery method. The third option is to also backup to external devices. This is rather outdated and somewhat risky, despite that it can be used as part of an overall backup strategy.

GREAT PERFORMANCE

The QNAP TS-853 PRO has a responsive front end. No apparent delays in responsiveness. If there was one, we did not notice it. So clearly there was an inkling this NAS may be quick off the blocks! The TS-853 Pro does not disappoint.

The QNAP TS-853 PRO came populated with eight HGST 4TB Deskstar NAS drives. Specified at 7200rpm, the drives stayed at normal temperature, and was ready to use within 19 hours after re-formatting the RAID to level 5 with a global hot spare. The Real World test performance results are taken from an average of twelve full test cycles. The QNAP TS-853PRO connected directly via UTP returned a credible and impressive combined average read and writes speed of 225MB/sec for a mapped share. We also tested a 4GB video file using IOMETER which returned a combined average read and write speed of 205MB/sec.

PROS:
  • Good Performance
  • Brilliant value
  • 4 x Gigabit ports
  • Ease of use

CONS:
  • Requires a sensible starters guide

Summary

QNAP’s TS-853 PRO delivers superb performance and features. Quite frankly we are at a loss as to what the competitors will do to top QNAP, if only to just clone. The price point is not half bad either. All in all a great NAS for both business and home users and highly recommended. QNAP deservedly wins our first Recommended award.

7 Total Score
Our First Recommended Award Winner

QNAP’s TS-853 PRO delivers superb performance and features. Quite frankly we are at a loss as to what the competitors will do to top QNAP, if only to just clone. The price point is not half bad either. All in all a great NAS for both business and home users and highly recommended. QNAP deservedly wins our first Recommended award.

Performance
9
Features
8.5
Build Quality
8
Usability
8.5
Value
9
User Rating: 3 (7 votes)