Qnap’s TVS-1282 has virtually everything you could possibly want in a desktop NAS appliance. It offers eight LFF and four SFF hot-swap drive bays, three PCI-Express expansion slots, quad Gigabit ports, five USB 3 and no less than three HDMI ports.
The list goes on as the appliance has room for two internal SATA M.2 SSDs while its X8 PCI-e slot can support a 40GbE network adapter, a PCIe NVMe SSD or a high performance GPGPU card. Multimedia buffs will find two built-in speakers, a 3.5mm audio-out port and remote control handset while those versed in the art of Karaoke can use the pair of 6.3mm audio-in jacks to irritate their co-workers.
Even better, Qnap offers seven CPU, memory and PSU combos so you can pick the one that best suits your pocket. On review is the top dog TVS-1282-i7-64G-450W which has a 3.4GHz Intel Core i7-6700, a generous 64GB of DDR4 memory and a 450W PSU.
Build quality and design
The appliance is solidly built and its three rear-mounted cooling fans were found to be very quiet. Internal design initially looks good with the CPU mounted by a passive heatsink with a dedicated blower fan right next to it.
Underneath the fan mount are four DIMM slots all occupied by 16GB DDR4 modules while alongside are the two M.2 SSD slots. We wanted to upgrade the appliance with an Emulex OCE11102-NT dual-port 10GbE card but immediately hit a snag.
The blower fan assembly is directly opposite the two outer PCI-e slots and restricts available space so they can only support cards up to 147mm long. Our Emulex 10GbE cards are 167mm long so they would only fit in the single X8 PCI-e slot on the opposite side.
Snapshots and 10GbE performance
We loaded three 8TB Seagate NAS HDD SATA drives and created a RAID5 thin storage pool. Qnap offers three types of storage pool with the thick and thin varieties bringing snapshots into play.
From the Storage Manager app you can run on-demand and scheduled snapshots for both NAS shares and iSCSI LUNs. Smart snapshots save on space as these will only be taken if data has changed since the last one. Data recovery is simple as we could view our snapshots, run a full recovery using the Revert option or browse NAS share contents and restore individual files.
For performance testing, we used a Lenovo System x3550 M5 rack server running Windows Server 2012 R2. With a share mapped over a direct 10GbE connection, Iometer recorded excellent raw read and write speeds of 9.2Gbits/sec and 8.4Gbits/sec.
Real world speeds are equally impressive with drag and drop copies of a 25GB test file delivering read and write rates of 4.6Gbits/sec and 3.7Gbits/sec. It handled our backup test with aplomb as securing a 22.4GB test folder with 10,500 small files averaged 2.3Gbits/sec.
For IP SANs, Iometer reported fast raw read and write speeds for a 500GB target of 9Gbits/sec and 9.2Gbits/sec. With a dual 10GbE MPIO link, we saw Iometer read and write rates increase to 17.5Gbits/sec and 16.2Gbits/sec.
Backup and virtualization
Data protection features are in abundance with the Hybrid Backup Sync app offering a slick central console for managing all your local, remote, Rsync and iSCSI LUN backups. It has wizards for every job and includes RTRR (real-time remote replication) for one-way and two-way folder syncing with remote Qnap appliances.
The Cloud Backup Sync app adds support for providers such as Amazon Web Services, Microsoft Azure and Google Cloud Storage. The Qsync Central app provides real-time, two-way syncing with Windows and Mac clients, shares team folders across multiple users and allows deleted files to be retained on the appliance.
Qnap’s Virtualization Station app is a real winner as it allows the TVS-1282 to host VMs running virtually any OS you desire. The Network and Virtual Switch app also comes into play as it avoids the need to dedicate network ports to VM usage.
We used the app to evaluate Windows Server 2016 where we booted a VM from its ISO and had the new system running in under 30 minutes. We could remotely access the VM directly from the app’s interface and take on-demand snapshots making this app a great testing tool.
We also upgraded the appliance to Qnap’s QTS 4.3 beta to see what’s up and coming. The Control Panel gets a welcome refresh and the new resource monitor provides a lot more information on appliance utilization.
The Virtualization Station v4.3 gets a new interface and allows a supported AMD PCI-e GPU card to be attached to selected VMs using pass-through. Although limited to PCI-e NMVe and SATA SSD/HDD storage devices, the TVS-1282 can use the Qtier app where the new Auto Schedule feature decides when to run data migrations based on I/O activity.
The new Qfiling app searches all selected sources on the appliance for file types such as documents and can copy them to another destination or archive them for you. All Qnap’s multimedia apps also have new interfaces making them even easier to use
The TVS-1282 has something for everybody as it’s one of the most versatile and feature packed desktop NAS appliances available. It has masses of expansion options but, while we don’t consider it a deal breaker, you will need to choose your expansion cards carefully due to space restrictions for the outer two PCI-e slots.
The top-end model on review offers a powerful hardware package for the price and Qnap has six other options for smaller budgets. NAS and IP SAN performance over 10GbE is good and the new QTS 4.3 promises a lot of welcome updates to existing apps and plenty of new business-class features.
The TVS-1282 has something for everybody as it’s one of the most versatile and feature packed desktop NAS appliances available. It has masses of expansion options but, while we don’t consider it a deal breaker, you will need to choose your expansion cards carefully due to space restrictions for the outer two PCI-e slots. The top-end model on review offers a powerful hardware package for the price and Qnap has six other options for smaller budgets. NAS and IP SAN performance over 10GbE is good and the new QTS 4.3 promises a lot of welcome updates to existing apps and plenty of new business-class features.
- Powerful hardware package
- Fast 10GbE performance
- Virtualization apps
- Snapshots data protection
- Very quiet
- Two outer PCI-e slots only support short 147mm cards