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Written by Bruce Normann   
Tuesday, 07 February 2012
Table of Contents: Page Index
QNAP TS-879U-RP NAS Network Storage Rack Server
QNAP v3.5 New Features-Home
QNAP v3.5 New Features-Business
Closer Look: QNAP TS-879U-RP
Insider Details: QNAP TS-879U-RP
Technology Details: QNAP TS-879U-RP
QNAP Turbo NAS Features
QNAP TS-879U-RP NAS Hardware
QNAP TS-879U-RP Software
QPKG Center Software Expansion
NAS Testing Methodology
Basic-Disk Test Results
RAID 5 Test Results
NAS System Overhead Measurements
NAS Server Final Thoughts
QNAP TS-879U-RP Conclusion

QNAP TS-879U-RP Software Specifications

The TS-x79 series is designed for high-end SMB. Some home features such as Multimedia Station, Download Station, iTunes server, and UPnP media server will be provided by firmware update expected in January 2012. Please refer to the QNAP NAS Products Comparison Table for more details.

Software Specifications

Operating System

  • QSM (QNAP Storage Manager) 3.5

Supported Operating System

  • Microsoft Windows 2000, XP, Vista (32/ 64 bit), Windows 7 (32/ 64 bit), Server 2003/ 2008 R2
  • Apple Mac OS X
  • Linux & Unix

Supported Web Browsers

  • Internet Explorer 7,8, or 9
  • Mozilla Firefox 3, 4, 5
  • Safari 3 & 4 or later
  • Google Chrome

Multilingual Support

  • Chinese (Traditional & Simplified), Czech, Danish, Dutch, English, Finnish, French, German, Italian, Japanese, Korean, Norwegian, Polish, Russian, Spanish, Swedish, Turkish.

File System

  • Internal HDD: EXT3, EXT4
  • External HDD: EXT3, EXT4, NTFS, FAT32, HFS+

Networking

  • TCP/IP (IPv4 & IPv6: Dual Stack)
  • Dual Gigabit LAN with Jumbo Frame
  • Multi-IP Settings, Port Trunking/NIC Teaming (Modes: Balance-rr, Active Backup, Balance XOR, Broadcast, IEEE 802.3ad/Link Aggregation, Balance-tlb and Balance-alb)
  • Service Binding based on Network Interfaces
  • Virtual LAN (VLAN)
  • DHCP Client, DHCP Server
  • Protocols: CIFS/SMB,
    AFP, NFS(v3), FTP, FTPES, TFTP, HTTP, HTTPS, Telnet, SSH, iSCSI, SNMP, SMTP, and SMSC
  • Network Service Discovery (UPnP, Bonjour)
  • USB Wi-Fi 802.11n Adapter Support (Optional Purchase)

Network File Sharing

  • CIFS/SMB (Plus DFS Support)
  • AFP
  • NFS
  • FTP
  • WebDAV

Backup Solution

  • Real-time Remote Replication (RTRR)
    • Real-time & Scheduled Backup
    • Encryption, Compression, and File Filter
    • Works as Both RTRR Server & Client
  • USB One Touch Backup (Import/Export)
  • Apple Time Machine Support with Backup Management
  • Block-level Remote Replication
    • Work as Both Rsync Server & Client
    • Supports Encrypted Replication between QNAP NAS Servers
  • Back up to Multiple External Storage Device
  • Back up to Cloud Storage (Amazon S3 & ElephantDrive)

Security

  • IP Filter & Policy-based Automatic IP Blocking
  • Network Access Protection with Auto-blocking
  • Encrypted Access: HTTPS, FTP with SSL/TLS (Explicit), SSH/SFTP (admin only), Encrypted Remote Replication (Rsync over SSH)
  • CIFS Host Access Control for Shared Folders
  • Anti-Virus Protection
  • FIPS 140-2 Certified AES 256-bit Volume-based Data Encryption
  • Importable SSL Certificate
  • Instant Alert via Email, SMS, and LCD
  • Military-level encryption for external drive (AES-128, AES-192, and AES-256)

Disk Management

  • Single Disk, JBOD, RAID 0 / 1 / 5 / 5+Hot Spare / 6 / 6+ Hot Spare / 10, 10+Hot Spare
  • Online RAID Capacity Expansion & Online RAID Level Migration
  • Bad Block Scan & HDD S.M.A.R.T
  • Global Hot Spare Drive
  • RAID Recovery
  • Bitmap Support
    • Supports ISO Mounting (via Web File Manager)

iSCSI (IP SAN)

  • iSCSI Target
    • Multi-LUNs per Target
    • Up to 256 LUNs
    • Supports LUN Mapping & Masking
    • Supports SPC-3 Persistent Reservation
    • Supports MPIO & MC/S
  • Virtual Disk Drive (via iSCSI Initiator)
    • Stack Chaining Master
    • Max. Virtual Disk Drives: 8
    • iSCSI LUN Snapshot/Backup/Restore

Server Virtualization & Clustering

  • Supports VMware vSphere (ESX/ESXi 4.x)
  • Supports Citrix XenServer (5.x)
  • Supports Windows Server 2008 R2 Hyper-V & Failover Clustering

Power Management

  • Wake on LAN
  • Internal HDD Standby Mode
  • Network UPS with SNMP Management
  • Scheduled Power on/off (Max 15 settings)
  • Automatic Power on after Power Recovery

Access Right Management

  • Max User Accounts: 4,096
  • Max Groups: 512
  • Max. Share Folder: 512
  • Batch Creating Users
  • Import/Export Users
  • User Quota Management
  • Subfolder Permissions Support

MyCloudNAS Service

  • Private Cloud Storage
  • Free Host Name Registration
  • Auto Router Configuration, via UPnP

Domain Authentication Integratio

  • Domain Users Login via CIFS/SMB, AFP, FTP and Web File Manager
  • Supports NTLMv2 Authentication
  • Microsoft Active Directory
  • LDAP Directory Service

Web Administration

  • AJAX-based User Interface
  • HTTP/HTTPS Connections
  • Alert Notification (Email & SMS)
  • Smart Fan Control
  • DDNS & MyCloudNAS Remote Access
  • SNMP (v2 & v3)
  • UPS Support with SNMP Management (USB)
  • Supports Network UPS
  • Resource Monitor
  • Network Recycle Bin for CIFS/SMB and AFP
  • Comprehensive Logs (Events & Connection)
  • Real-time Online User List
  • Syslog Client
  • Firmware Update with Live Update Notification
  • Backup and Restore System Settings
  • Restore to Factory Default

Applications

  • Web File Manager
  • Surveillance Station
  • Apache Web Server
  • MySQL Server
  • Syslog Server
  • RADIUS Server
  • Backup Server
  • Anti-Virus
  • TFTP Server

QPKG

  • Web Applications
    • Joomla!
    • phpMyAdmin
    • WordPress
    • AjaXplorer
    • vtigerCRM
    • GLPI
    • Magento
    • GLPI
  • P2P Applications
    • MLDonkey (eMule)
    • SABnzbd+
    • NZBGet
  • Server Applications
    • Asterisk
    • XDove (Mail Server)
    • OpenLDAP
  • Media Server
    • Squeezebox Server
    • IceStation
  • Misc.
    • Optware IPKG
    • Python
    • iStat

Powerful All-in-one server

File Server

  • File Sharing across Windows, Mac, and Linux/UNIX
  • Protocols: CIFS/SMB, AFP(3.2), NFS, FTP, HTTP, HTTPS
  • QNAP Web File Manager
    • Supports ISO Mounting
    • Direct File Viewing via Google Doc

FTP Server

  • FTP over SSL/TLS (Explicit)
  • Max Concurrent Connections: 256
  • FXP Supported
  • Passive FTP Port Range Control
  • FTP Bandwidth & Connection Control
  • Unicode Support

Web Server

  • HTTP/ HTTPS Connections
  • Supports WebDAV Connection
  • Support Virtual Host
  • Importable SSL Certificate

Syslog Server

  • Centralized Log Monitoring
  • Centralized Log Archiving
  • Immediate E-Mail Alerts
  • Supports Log Filtering

RADIUS Server

  • Centralized account management and authentication for network access
  • Supports 802.1x security authentication

Database Server

  • Built-in MySQL Server
  • Web-based Management via phpMyAdmin (QPKG)

Backup Server

  • Remote Replication Server (over Rsync)
  • Real-time Remote Replication
  • Apple Time Machine Support
  • QNAP Client Backup Application-NetBak Replicator
  • 3rd Party Backup Software Support: Acronis True Image, CA BrightStor, ARCserve Backup, EMC Retrospect, Symantec Backup Exec, LaCie SilverKeeper

Printer Server

  • Network Printer Sharing (USB)
  • Max Printers: 3
  • Supports Internet Printing Protocol
  • Supports Apple Bonjour Printing
  • Advanced Printer Management
  • Print Jobs Display and Management
  • Access Right Control (IP & Domain Names)

Surveillance Station

  • Supports 4 IP Cameras (Optional Purchase) for Network Surveillance

Besides the core features available in the QNAP v3.5 firmware, further capabilities are available in the QPKG Center Software Expansion. Let's take a quick look at some ways to extend the functionality of this server even further.



 

Comments 

 
# I3 with AES-Ni ?Moogle Stiltzkin 2012-02-16 02:29
Since when did Intel I3's have AES-Ni instruction ?

QNAP currently only has 2 rack models with the x79 name that has XEON cpus which do have AES-Ni.

But the other X79 models only have Intel I3 cpus, and last i checked they didn't have AES-Ni instructions on them ..... yet your saying otherwise ? Got any references for that ?

However despite that, Jason from QNAP is claiming their tests on the 879U-RP with AES encryption could achieve 100MB/s in both read & write in Gigabit environment.

His a trustable guy so i'll believe that :X but what i doubt is your claim that i3 cpus have AES-Ni ....
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# Face Palm...Bruce 2012-02-16 06:08
Just looked it up on Intel site, and you're right. There are 141 products with AES-NI. No i3's though.
ark.intel.com/search/advanced?AESTech=true

Well, I've got some re-writing to do....

FWIW, my initial testing with AES-256 supports Jason's claims. The GbE bottleneck is the dominant factor.

Thanks for pointing this out.
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# RE: QNAP TS-879U-RP NAS Network Storage Rack ServerMoogle Stiltzkin 2012-02-16 06:35
yeah, all that matters is the result. doesn't matter if it has AES-Ni or not (although it's good to have since it's suppose to accelerate AES encryption so why not) since all comes down to whether it can perform well even with AES 256 encryption enabled.

Jason says it does 100 mb/s and that in my opinion is very good. I was worried and confused why they opted for the i3's which are basically almost the same as i5's but without the aes-ni. But from the results, seems my worries were unfounded ? As i was expecting results like these which was an article by tomshardware showing how bad performance was on many NAS brands across the board that didn't use encryption acceleration such as AES-Ni.

##tomshardware.com/reviews/nas-encryption-aes-ni,2873.html


Anyway i wonder if you would be kind enough to add to your review, a chart showing AES 256 encryption performance of the i3 QNAP to help back up Jason's claim. I trust Jason, but other people who don't know him will want proof from third party sites like yours to see if what QNAP claims is true or not.

I'm also interested to know whether the other i3 QNAP models such as the 1079 can achieve the same good results for aes 256 encryption, as well as compare the results with Synology Diskstation DS3611xs which sports a Intel® Xeon® Processor E3-1225 cpu.
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# Follow-Up testingBruce Bruce 2012-02-16 07:07
Yes, I plan to do a follow-up article which will focus on performance improvements with the optional 10GbE interface, and to document the AES-256 performance. Take a look at the last chart in the NAS System Overhead Measurements section of this article. That's one of the tests I ran with AES-256 enabled, and the CPU looks like it still has some headroom left, when running of the Gigabit interface. I'll have full results in the follow-up article.
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# RE: QNAP TS-879U-RP NAS Network Storage Rack ServerMoogle Stiltzkin 2012-02-16 06:44
Quote:
FWIW, my initial testing with AES-256 supports Jason's claims. The GbE bottleneck is the dominant factor.


And lets not forget conventional hard drives may also be a bottle neck ?


The fastest read and write maximum throughput for a hard drive is Seagate's New Barracuda 3TB (ST3000DM001)

##anandtech.com/show/5042/seagates-new-barracuda-3tb-st3000dm001-review


Read Throughput Maximum: h2benchw 3.16
193.55
##tomshardware.com/charts/hdd-charts-2012/Read-Throughput-Maximum-h2benchw-3.16,2900.html


Write Throughput Maximum: h2benchw 3.16'
191.47
##tomshardware.com/charts/hdd-charts-2012/Write-Throughput-Maximum-h2benchw-3.16,2903.html
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# 8xBruce Bruce 2012-02-16 07:12
I'll be running RAID 5 with eight drives, though.

I don't expect to reach the same speeds that QNAP did with (8) Intel SSDs, but I'm betting it will still be way above what the unit does with the Gigabit interface.
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# RE: QNAP TS-879U-RP NAS Network Storage Rack ServerMoogle Stiltzkin 2012-02-16 07:11
regarding your last con, well some desktop drives can be used fine for raid.
For me, i've used 6 x SAMSUNG HD203WI for a long time and they work fine on my QNAP ts-659 pro II.


QNAP and other branded NAS, tend to ignore tler, so it's not critical for these nases when using raid seeing as it's not being used.

Quote:
The responses I received from Synology, QNAP, NETGEAR and Buffalo all indicated that their NAS RAID controllers don't depend on or even listen to TLER, CCTL, ERC or any other similar error recovery signal from their drives. Instead, their software RAID controllers have their own criteria for drive timeouts, retries and when a drive is finally marked bad.

##smallnetbuilder.com/nas/nas-features/31202-should-you-use-tler-drives-in-your-raid-nas


however samsung has sold off their hard drive business to Seagate who bought their hd unit out.

So the only other manufacturer that offered some good desktop raid drives was Hitachi i believe which was the Hitachi Deskstar 7K3000 3TB which is a desktop drive that works fine in raid for say a QNAP.

##storagereview.com/hitachi_deskstar_7k3000_3tb_review_hds723030ala640


The desktop drives you should be wary about for using raid are western digital and seagate, which intentionally make it problematic in a raid setup, by dropping out very often to make you buy their x2 expensive raid edition drives.
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# Some work fine.....Bruce Bruce 2012-02-16 07:44
The Spinpoint F3 was a favorite for NAS use, no doubt. Other readers have also reported good luck with their Hitachi Deskstars. You'll see similar reports on the QNAP support forums. I'm somewhat concerned that most reports are from users with smaller NAS units, where the combined vibration of 8-12 drives is not present. It's bearing failure, as much as controller quirks that cause HDD failures.

Samsung drives are still being built to the old designs/specs for now, right? Get them while you can, I think....
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# The 20 should be closser to 2. bits vs Bytes.tygrus 2012-02-22 03:05
"twenty times faster than what the latest generation of SSDs can muster"
Sorry but 10GbE =
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# Comment system ate my commenttygrus 2012-02-22 03:41
There was some mathematical symbols in my previous comment. The comment has been truncated.
...
10GbE =lt 1250MBps. 500MBps = 4800Mbps.
Reasonable sound level for a device to be in a server room.
Too loud for home use.
Would like to see aditional testing with multiple clients or larger queue depth. Need to beg someone for some 10GbE hardware.
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# 10GbE is comingBruce 2012-02-22 06:00
Next week I'll have two Intel 10GbE NICs. I'll just have the one PC, but would RoboCopy, with it's multithreaded operation get closer to the multiple client scenario?
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# Updated Results in New ArticleBruce 2012-03-21 08:00
Just wanted to let all of you know that I completed the additional testing, with 10GbE NICs and a RAM Disk on the PC.

Wow! What a difference.

Check out the results in my follow-up article here: benchmarkreviews.com/index.php?option=com_content&task=view&id=882&Itemid=70
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# RE: QNAP TS-879U-RP NAS Network Storage Rack ServerMoogle Stiltzkin 2012-03-21 08:09
Nice :} just read it.
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