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Written by Bruce Normann   
Wednesday, 08 June 2011
Table of Contents: Page Index
QNAP TS-659 Pro II NAS Network Server
QNAP v3.4 New Features
Closer Look: QNAP TS-659 Pro II
Insider Details: QNAP TS-659 Pro II
QNAP Turbo NAS Features
QNAP TS-659 Pro II NAS Hardware
QNAP TS-659 Pro II Software
QPKG Center Software Expansion
NAS Testing Methodology
Basic-Disk Test Results
RAID 5 Test Results
NAS Server Final Thoughts
QNAP TS-659 Pro II Conclusion

QNAP Turbo NAS Features

The TS-259 Pro is a powerful 2-bay network attached storage (NAS ) server, which is designed to provide an affordable and easy-to-management solution with iSCSI service for virtualized and clustered environment. The TS-259 Pro also offers versatile business applications to maximize the efficiency of the data center in a small-scale business environment.

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The Most Affordable and Flexible Virtualization Solution

The TS-259 Pro is certified as compatible with VMware vSphere4 (ESX 4.0 and above) virtualization platform. The NAS can be utilized as the networked shared storage of VMware virtualization environments and Windows cluster servers. Comparing with traditional SAN (Storage Area Network), the Turbo NAS is a competitive alternative with much lower setup and maintenance costs in an IP SAN.

The Feature-rich and Integrated Applications for Business

The NAS supports file sharing across Windows, Mac, Linux, and UNIX platforms. Versatile business applications such as file server, FTP server, printer server, web server, and Windows AD support are provided. The dominant features, such as WebDAV, Share Folder Aggregation (also known as DFS), IPv6 and IPv4 dual-stack, Wake on LAN, schedule power on/ off, HDD S.M.A.R.T, comprehensive log systems, and policy-based unauthorized IP blocking are all included features of a QNAP NAS server.

iSCSI for Virtualization Deployments
The Turbo NAS provides flexible and secure storage server deployment with the following enhanced iSCSI features:

* NAS + iSCSI storage solution
The Turbo NAS can serve as a NAS for file sharing and iSCSI storage concurrently.
* Flexible multiple LUNs management
The NAS supports multiple LUNs (Logical Unit Numbers) and iSCSI targets. The LUNs can be flexibly mapped to, unmapped from, and switched among different iSCSI targets.
* Secure IP SAN environment deployment
Designed with CHAP authentication and LUN masking, the advanced ACL (Access Control List) offers you the capability to block unauthorized access from the initiators.
* Designed for virtualized and clustered environments
Comparing with the high cost of Fibre Channel SAN, the Turbo NAS is an affordable system that can be deployed as a storage center for virtualized and clustered server environments, such as VMware and Microsoft Windows Failover Cluster.

Advanced RAID Management with Hot-swap Design
The NAS offers advanced RAID 0, 1, 5, 6, 10, Single, and JBOD disk configurations. It also supports hot-swap design that a failed drive can be replaced by hot swapping without turning off the server. Besides, the best-in-class RAID on the NAS brings users a higher level of data security by allowing one more hard drive failure than other NAS of the same level.

Online RAID Capacity Expansion
The storage capacity of a RAID configuration can be expanded by replacing the hard drives with larger ones. All the data will be kept and seamlessly moved to the newly installed hard drives. There is no need to turn off the server during the process.

Online RAID Level Migration
You can upgrade the disk configuration to higher RAID level with the data retained. There is no need to turn off the server during the process.

Virtual Disk Drive (VDD) adds flexibility to storage expansion along with ease of management
The unique "Virtual Disk Drive" adds flexibility to expand the capacity of NAS. By using the built-in iSCSI initiator, the NAS can connect to other iSCSI targets on the network and turn them into virtual disks, which become multiple single volumes on the NAS. Up to 8 virtual disks can be stacked. The NAS serves as the storage stack chaining master. The user only needs to connect to this single entry (QNAP NAS) and is able to reach and use all the iSCSI target storages on the network.

Built-in iSCSI Target Service
The TS-259 Pro can act as a NAS and iSCSI target server at the same time. It provides a cost-efficient iSCSI solution to set up an IP-SAN. You can make use of the built-in iSCSI target service to add up to 8 iSCSI devices. Different iSCSI Target LUNs (Logical Unit Number) can be defined as storage expansion or backup destination of the existing application servers, such as database servers and mail servers.

Furthermore, the "Virtual Space Allocation" (Thin Provisioning) feature is provided which allows you to flexibly allocate the capacity of iSCSI LUN (Logical Unit Number). When the physical storage capacity of the volume is going to be full, you can easily expand the storage capacity by "Online RAID Capacity Expansion", or adjust/ remove the current unused volume space according to the demands.

S.M.A.R.T & Advanced HDD Health Scanning (HHS) The NAS supports Hard Disk Drive S.M.A.R.T (Self-Monitoring Analysis and Reporting Technology) for monitoring the hard drive status. Moreover, the NAS is embedded with HHS Technology which supports disk checking and bad blocks scanning.

UPS Support
The NAS supports the majority of USB UPS devices (usbhid-ups supported) which enables the users to store the data in time and avoid critical data loss when power outage occurs during data transfer.

QNAP Backup Software - NetBak Replicator
The backup software, NetBak Replicator, is provided for the NAS users to perform real-time synchronization or schedule backup from multiple PCs to the NAS.

3rd Party Backup Software Ready
The NAS works well with other backup software, e.g. Acronis True Image, CA BrightStor ARCserve Backup, EMC Retrospect, Symantec Backup Exec, and LaCie Silverkeeper.

Encrypted Remote Replication
The data on the NAS can be backed up to or from another Turbo NAS over the network securely.

One Touch USB Auto Copy
The one touch button can be configured to trigger instant data backup from the external USB device to the NAS or the other way round (applies to the USB device connected to the front USB port of the NAS only).

Sharing Files across Windows, Mac, Linux, and UNIX
The NAS is designed for users to share the files across Windows, Mac, Linux, and UNIX environment.

Support Windows Active Directory
The Windows AD feature enables server manager to import user accounts from AD domain to NAS to reduce the time and effort for account setup, and users can use the same set of login name and password.

Web File Manager The NAS provides Web File Manager for you to easily download, upload, and manage the files on the server by web browser.

Ease of User and Share Folder Management
The NAS supports batch creation of users and share folders to save the time and effort of the server manager in account and folder creation. For the security of Windows network environment, server managers can hide or show network share folders.

Hard Disk Standby
You can configure the hard disks to enter standby mode if there is no disk access within the specified period.

Schedule Power on/ off
The flexible schedule power on/off feature is now provided on the NAS for IT administrators to manage the NAS server's up time according to the working hours. You can set the time for automatic system power on, power off, or restart on any days of the week.

Secure data storage, access, and sharing

  • Comprehensive event logs: Detailed logs of file-level data access to the NAS via samba, FTP, AFP, HTTP, HTTPS, Telnet, and SSH, and networking services accessed by online users are all recorded.
  • SSL security (HTTPS): The NAS can be accessed and configured by web browser securely.
  • Remote login to the NAS by SSH (secure shell) or Telnet connection is supported.
  • Secure FTP: The data can be transmitted with SSL/TLS (explicit) encryption. Passive FTP port range setup is also supported.
  • Write-only access right on FTP server: The third party partners are allowed to upload data to the NAS but not able to read or edit the data on FTP server.

Policy-based Automatic IP Blocking
To prevent the NAS from malicious attacks, the server manager can create an IP filter policy to allow, deny, or auto-block the IP address or network domain which attempts to connect to the NAS via SSH/ Telnet/ HTTP(S)/ FTP/ samba/ AFP.

The most comprehensive support for numerous brands of IP cameras
The Surveillance Station of QNAP NAS supports all the leading network camera brands such as AXIS, D-Link, IPUX, LevelOne, Linksys, Panasonic and Vivotek etc. By using particular models, users can use two-way video and audio monitoring and recording, and smart PTZ control to control the monitoring direction via the web interface. Each of the supported cameras has been put through stringent tests with the NAS series in QNAP's laboratory to guarantee 100% compatibility and reliability with all these camera brands.



 

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# Power Efficient, but cost efficient?Christopher G Fields 2011-06-09 06:45
Great review and looks like a great product, but as a Computer Engineer I have to say that the whole "Great for the home owner" appeal probably is not there. I would say maybe a small business would look at this to reduce cost before Betty Crocker buys this for her home to store her pictures of the family. $400 sub similar devices are out there that are cost effective and offer raid services. Great review though and probably a great product.........for a small business or a nerd like myself, but then I'd just build my own for the fraction of the cost.
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# Peter CrockerPeter 2011-07-15 17:42
A few years ago I bought a TS-639 pro with 6 * 2TB WD 2002FYPS drives. Good for 8TB storage. At this moment I get between 55 and 100 MB/sec transfer speed. The one tested here will top this. I use it for home pictures, video, backup, documents, iSCSI with a virtual MAC, printserver, you name it.
I must agree that it has cost me, but you show me a NAS with this performance,capacity and posibilities that costs less. I can not find them out there. Software and support is also good.
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# Different expectationsBruce Bruce 2011-06-09 09:37
Glad you enjoyed the article.

Home users and businesses definitely have a different POV when it comes to technology costs. The IT director at my company (~400 people) bought one of the 5-bay units a year ago, and remarked how inexpensive it was, for all the things it could do. I don't think a home user is ever going to feel the same way, but a unit like this can serve reliably for a LONG time as the strong foundation of a home network. So, over time the higher initial cost amortizes out.

But, I hear you... I'm a self-declared cheapskate - my relatives call my home "The house that does without". This is an unfair description, but I do have a tendency to buy things once, by choosing things that have lasting value. The rest of my family is always buying the newer, cheaper version of things, and replacing them every 18 months. Me, I'd rather not have to redo everything that often.
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# Encryptionendocine 2011-06-09 20:11
One thing that wasn't mentioned in the review is drive encryption. On a QNAP system its an option, but not viable on a large array because the CPU can not handle it, so don't buy it for that. Hopefully either atoms get more powerful or they use faster processors for their future products. Tried to encrypt a 4T array and it was going to take days on a 459.
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# Next TimeBruce Bruce 2011-06-09 20:22
I suspect the next major upgrade of the top-line NAS units will include CPUs that support Intel® AES New Instructions (Intel® AES-NI). The increased performance, compared to prior generations of CPUs is astounding.
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# I mostly concurJim 2011-06-10 15:36
Good review. I'm a SOHO user with several PCs that are heavily used for work/play. I work at home a lot and need good reliable, fast storage for PC backup storage, file sharing, remote file access, and now using Oracle's VirtualBox, I've been using NAS to store VM images. So figuring I'd buy something a little more high-end, I bought a TS-459 Pro II. Have only been using it for a few weeks now, but I'm very pleased. Performance is pretty much identical to results in the review. iSCSI is a neat capability for VM's. I populated my unit with Hitachi 5K3000 2TB disks in RAID-5 and it works flawlessly. These low cost "green" Hitachi drives are 512 byte sectors, and so far have not exhibited compatibility issues seen with other mfr's "green" disks. I stress tested them 24x7 for a week in the QNAP before moving any live data to it.

I agree the cost is a bit high for most home environments, but it really does satisfy my needs for a compact, environmentally-friedly, and robust "work at home" infrastructure.

Thanks,
Jim
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# The right product for the applicationBruce Bruce 2011-06-10 20:00
Sounds like you are definitely in the target market for this product line. You're using several of its core strengths at the same time.

Good choice on the Hitachis, they're one of the recommendations on the QNAP forum. Spinpoint 3 drives from Samsung are another good choice, apparently. I wanted to test out the SATA 6Gb/s capability, and there aren't a whole lot of good choices ATM. You also did the right thing by stress testing the system BEFORE you loaded it up with data.
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# True.. I was a bit gunshyJim 2011-06-12 10:05
Remembering the "Deathstar" fiasco IBM had with drives a few years ago, and the fact that Hitachi has these 5K3000 series drives manufactured in China, I was reluctant to order them at first. But with rebates, they were $59 apiece... Almost throw-away if they didn't pan out. I was pleasantly surprised that none were DOA or exhibited any early failure issues under stress. Although they are only 5900 RPM, they are faster than most other "green" drives, and when working in Raid-5, they can deliver more throughput than Gig Ethernet can provide. Sata III (6 GB/s) is nice (state of the art), but in reality the spindles at that speed can't deliver data to the controller that fast. I think the verdict on these drives will be out for a while until they establish some real-world track record. I'm cautiously optimistic, though.

Jim
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# RE: QNAP TS-659 Pro II NAS Network Servers 2011-06-16 14:07
Nice write up will passing this link on.

FYI

Memory info found while sifting threw the other reviews and the QNAP forum pages.

TS-659 PRO II/TS-x59 PRO II

memory 24.99 at newegg + $0.99 Shipping

Kingston 2GB 204-Pin DDR3 SO-DIMM Unbuffered DDR3 1333 System Specific Memory Model KVR1333D3S8S9/2G

Can confirm it works.
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# Thanks for the tipBruce Bruce 2011-06-16 14:28
Without access to the BIOS, it's tough to tell what kind of speeds/timing QNAP is using, and if they are consistent across the platform. They spec the existing system memory out as DDR3-800, and Kingston has another module with the same spec memory chips on it that runs at DDR3-800, CAS 6. So many JEDEC profiles, so little time....

Many thanks for doing the detective work!

I know this isn't true, but it's funny to think that there's a cousin of the ASUS Eeee hiding inside my QNAP. LOL
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# RE: Thanks for the tips 2011-06-17 06:09
Glad it helped.

I spent a few days Googleing for the solution.

NOTE: I found posts that the other Kingston module does -NOT!- work. Any module that's specs match the module above should in theory work.

I couldn't see paying QNAP 600% more for what looked like just a generic little stick of laptop ram.

On the Bios note. Have you or anyone tried connecting a monitor to the VGA port on the back with a USB k/b and mouse and booting up? I was wondering about seeing the bios my self but other things have been occupying my time.

I haven't had it for long but so far I am pleased with that little box.

This unit is a more costly little NAS but has far more capabilities and potential than the other offerings out there.
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# Free TipPeter 2011-07-15 17:51
Before you want to upgrade the memory, you might firts want to check the QNAP resource monitor. My TS 639 pro standard has 1 GB installed.
The resource monitor shows me that it rearly uses more than 400 Mb, even when I am tranfering files at max speed.
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# CorrectionPeter 2011-07-15 17:52
Before you want to upgrade the memory, you might first want to check the QNAP resource monitor. My TS 639 pro standard has 1 GB installed.
The resource monitor shows me that it rearly uses more than 400 MB, even when I am tranfering files at max speed.
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# True facts...Bruce 2011-07-15 18:11
You're right about that, Peter. I looked at that issue in more detail in my latest review, of the QNAP TS-219P+. The section called "NAS System Overhead Measurements" clearly shows that file transfers hardly tax the memory subsystem at all. It's all the other capabilities where the extra memory can make a difference, really. It's not needed for the basic disk I/O.
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# More Memory....Jim 2011-12-07 08:26
I actually did add a 2-gig DIMM to my TS-459 ProII. Works fine and it was about $20. I was figuring that since it's running lunux as the underlying OS, the memory could (or would) be used for disk cache buffers. It's not clear that that is happening. But if you want to download, and install other applications, or enable many of the built-in services, the additional memory is a nice touch. :-)

BTW, my 459 has been working beautifully for over 6 months now and the hitachi disks are still going strong. I couldn't be happier.
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# Thanks for the update on the Hitachi HDDsBruce 2011-12-07 08:39
Good to hear that the Hitachis are holding up OK. Too bad we won't see those prices for awhile. $59 for a 2TB HDD is just a big fantasy now.....
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# No more cheap disks....Jim 2011-12-09 08:42
Yeah. I'm really glad I bought one extra at the time. Since RAID arrays like to be populated with identical disks, I figured having an identical spare was a good idea.
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# For $25 after the rest...Mik 2012-05-27 23:22
I decided, if it uses it or not most of the time, for the tiny little extra it costs to bang it in there today rather than after I wished I had it, it was worth adding it to the order. Almost bang on $2000 for a 12TB, 659 Pro II from Amazon.co.jp
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# The 1%'ersBruce 2012-05-28 08:10
You're right, an extra 1% on the initial cost is just not a significant issue. Memory is dirt cheap right now anyway. Too hab HDDs aren't. {$^(
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# sm768@hotmail.coms 2011-07-16 06:17
I have always found that planning for the future saves time and aggravation later on.
Anything worth doing is worth over doing, With in reason. Reason only being limited by ones Bank account/credit limit.
True, file transfers don't even come close to using the base system memory but start running a few other things and it can start to add up. streaming content to more than one media center running a personal web server etc. and it starts to eat up system resources. So adding 2gb of extra ram to future proof it for less than $30.00 is a no brainier when you have already invested around 2K$ for the box and the drives to populate it.
I wish my linux/programming Kung-Fu was stronger. I would love some one to port mythtv to it. Add a mythtv ipgk/qpkg a silicondust HD Homerun dual the soon to be releases cable card version network tuners. That would make this thing really rock. I have the dual and am impatiently waiting for the cable card version to be released later this month they work with linux mac and ms-win ware the centon offering is an internal card only works with ms-win. I found a post on the silicondust forum that someone was porting mythtv to a synology box. I hope someone takes up the challenge for QNAP. I really like my TS-659 PRO II. I still need to more drives read "a few more pay checks" to complete the box.
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