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Written by Olin Coles   
Tuesday, 23 March 2010
Table of Contents: Page Index
QNAP TS-459 Pro NAS Network Storage Server
QNAP Turbo NAS Features
QNAP TS-459 Pro NAS Hardware
QNAP TS-459 Pro Software
QPKG Center Software Expansion
Closer Look: QNAP TS-459 Pro
QNAP v3 User Interface
NAS Testing Methodology
Basic-Disk Test Results
RAID-5 NAS Test Results
NAS Server Final Thoughts
QNAP TS-459 Pro Conclusion

QPKG Center Software Expansion

Explore the Unlimited Possibilities of Your NAS with QPKG

The Network Attached Storage (NAS) used to refer to a basic network storage device for simple data sharing but now with the high performance SoC and the advantage in power-saving design, it is redefined as a powerful embedded system that allows the possibilities of offering numerous fascinating applications. Over the past years, QNAP has successfully developed a series of All-in-One NAS servers for power users and business users providing a wide variety of software applications. Besides those QNAP provides, many other software packages are also developed in Linux open source community that power users are able to install them on their NAS to further enrich the functions. However, this is only limited to those advanced users or software developers who are more familiar with Linux systems. In order to let majority of general QNAP NAS users to also utilize their NAS servers with those software packages already developed by the open source community, QPKG platform and development framework is then introduced by QNAP.qnap_ts-809_qpkg.jpg

Inspired from the powerful software package management system in Linux (yum, dpkg, etc.), but unlike those running in the modern PCs today, QPKG is designed and fine-tuned for running on Linux embedded systems like NAS along with many popular software packages ready for install. Besides, in order to publish your software in our official repository all the software packages will be verified by QNAP to prevent from others to embed malicious codes for system intrusion or potential risks of data damage. Therefore QNAP NAS users may enjoy these software packages developed by the community in a safe way through an installation method as easy as firmware update just like you would install/uninstall software in the Windows environment without the need to go through the complicated process.

QNAP has introduced some popular QPKG software packages as the demonstration purpose. Below are the quick introductions on each of them:

MLDonkey (eMule)
MLDonkey (eMule) is a door to the 'donkey' network, a decentralized network used to exchange big files on the Internet and present most features of the basic Windows donkey client. (e.g., eMule)

Slim Server on Turbo Station (with SqueezeCenter 7)
Squeeze Center is the server software from Slim Device that manages common digital audio formats (.mp3, .flac, .ogg, etc.) and streams them to its players. Slim Server On Turbo Station (SSOTS) developed by flipflip is an add-on to the Turbo Station's firmware which provides the environment to run Squeeze Center 7 on it.

Optware Ipkg (Itsy Package Management System)
Ipkg, or the Itsy Package Management System, is a lightweight package management system designed for embedded devices. It is used in the Unslung operating system for the Linksys NSLU2, in OpenWRT, OpenMoko, Gumstix, iPAQ and now on QNAP NAS too.

SABnzbd+ is a multi-platform binary newsgroup downloader written in Python language. The program works in the background and simplifies the downloading, verifying and extracting of files from Usenet. SABnzbd+ does not search for files, instead NZB files (similar to .torrent files, but for Usenet) are fed to SABnzbd+ from sites like newzbin.com, binsearch.info and tvnzb.com (Requires prior installation of Python)

Python is a general-purpose, high-level programming language. Its design philosophy emphasizes programmer productivity and code readability.

WordPress is a free, open-source personal publishing system that allows you to easily create a complex blog, or web log, on your site. Written in PHP and supported by a MySQL database, WordPress offers intuitive administrative tools and sophisticated design features that make it easy to develop and integrate a personal or professional blog on your site.

Joomla CMS
Joomla! is a free, open source content management system for publishing content on the world wide web and intranets. The system includes features such as page caching to improve performance, RSS feeds, printable versions of pages, news flashes, blogs, polls, website searching, and language internationalization. Benchmark Reviews is built from the Joomla! CMS.

phpMyAdmin is an open source tool written in PHP intended to handle the administration of MySQL over the Internet. Currently it can create and drop databases, create/drop/alter tables, delete/edit/add fields, execute any SQL statement, and manage keys on fields.

xDove Email Server
XDove named after XMail & Dovecot the 2 open source offerings that are combined to provide a complete set of Email server functionalities which is one-click installable on your QNAP NAS. XDove not only provides SMTP, POP3 and IMAP services, it also comes with a variety of features like multiple virtual domains and accounts, AJAX webmail with extended functionalities including personal folders, address book, calendar and real-time chat among users under the same mail domain. Besides the mail services XDove offers scheduled backup and restore of your mailboxes from multiple domains which gives you an extra protection on the top of your RAID data redundancy.

AjaXplorer is a file explorer for remotely managing files on a web server or operation as a simple file-sharing system. Its rich layout and actions make it easily accessible to virtually any end-user. The AJAX based interface, providing streamlined and intuitive functionalities, similar to that of a standard file-system explorer on any operating system.

Software Expansion via QPKG Platform
The QPKG software package platform enables the users to maximize the usage of Turbo NAS by installing additional software packages developed from the users and community worldwide. This can be done by simple "download & install" clicking without going through any complicated process.



# Benchmark with 2 x gbit bonding^-Super_Treje-^ 2010-03-22 23:58
can have a test with two network cards joined together to double the performance?
gbit + gbit = 2 gbit lan connection
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# RE: QNAP TS-459 Pro NAS Network Storage ServerOlin Coles 2010-03-23 06:56
Network adapters don't work like that, so it can't be done (on any computer).
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# RE: QNAP TS-459 Pro NAS Network Storage ServerJturco 2010-03-23 08:29
I notice there are no Windows Home Servers used in your comparisons. Is there value in looking at these devices in comparison to the NAS units tested? It would be a good data point as these devices are avaliable, have comprable features, and competitivly priced.
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# RE: RE: QNAP TS-459 Pro NAS Network Storage ServerOlin Coles 2010-03-23 20:40
You've got to consider the costs involved. For $900 before hard drives, you get everything needed for a full-fledged server with the QNAP NAS. With a Windows box, you've got to buy the software and licenses, buy the hardware, and build the computer. The cost will be nearly double, without the drives.
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# RE: QNAP TS-459 Pro NAS Network Storage Server^-Super_Treje-^ 2010-03-23 12:54
actually not true because under Linux you can use the same network cards together ( "bonding"), moving at speed 2 Gbit / s
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# Rare exceptionOlin Coles 2010-03-23 13:00
With the exception of Linux bonding, PCs and the NAS itself will not support this feature. I'm not aware of another NAS product that allows for this, either. Additionally, you'd need network appliances that can accept greater than 1Gb Ethernet LAN connections. Presently, only 10Gb will do this to my knowledge.
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# RE: Rare exceptionBarry 2010-05-17 19:44
Netgear ReadyNAS Pro will bind the two gigabit interfaces
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# Netgear ReadyNas Pro^-Super_Treje-^ 2010-05-17 23:26
yes but the netgear can not exceed 50 MB / S because it inside a Windows operating system!
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# Netgear doesn't run Windows OSaponcel 2010-11-12 13:06
Netgear runs NETGEAR RAIDiator Operating System:

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# RE: QNAP TS-459 Pro NAS Network Storage ServerJturco 2010-03-24 06:18
If you look at HP's Line of MediaServers I think the costs are comperable to the NAS systems. If you look at using an Old PC and reconfiguring it to host a WHS system the costs could be much better than the NAS.

For purposes of evaluation and comparison only the packaged WHS systems like HP or Asus could be compared to the NAS systems. It would be impossiable to quantify the wide variation of surplus "Old PC" configurations and evaluate performance. It would also be interesting to look at a New Build cost for a WHS box using low-cost components.
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# RE: RE: QNAP TS-459 Pro NAS Network Storage ServerOlin Coles 2010-03-24 07:12
I suppose that if all you wanted to do was share files, there are several less-expensive ways to do it... including much more affordable NAS devices that don't offer as many features. Keep in mind that the QNAP TurboNAS series brings a lot more than simple file sharing to the table... just take a look at the firmware demo.
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# RE: RE: RE: QNAP TS-459 Pro NAS Network Storage ServerJturco 2010-03-24 07:54
Ditto for the WHS...It is a Windows Server 2003 core and performs backups, serves media, and uses a more efficient method of file redunduncy rather than a RAID 5/6 setup (definetly a debatable point to say it is equilivant in security).

The HP includes an iTunes server and Twonky media...it can host a website, FTP, print server, and remote access any capable machines on the network (requires XP pro, Vista Pro or Ultimate or Win 7 equilivant).

I am not really debating the merits of either typs but I wonder how it stands up to the speed of these NAS boxes.
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# RE: QNAP TS-459 Pro NAS Network Storage ServerAWoroch 2010-03-25 13:14

* No NIC Teaming
* No 4 Disk RAID5 (to benchmark maximum transfer)
* No NIC teaming on the side connecting to it - like a server connecting to shared storage, at an entry level.
* No testing with multiple clients connected.

Needs more testing guys....
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# RE: QNAP TS-459 Pro NAS Network Storage Server^-Super_Treje-^ 2010-03-25 23:30
no modding the kernel (to overcome certain limitations), and is a Linux kernel!
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# Not the fastestBengie 2010-04-02 13:01
Teaming/Bonding a NIC can be done, but it has to be supported by the NIC & Switch.

As to bonding making the benchmarks faster... no. 1gbit is good for ~125MB/sec minus overhead of the protocols.

My Win7 machine can copy to/from my wife's Vista machine 110MB/sec. 60-70MB/sec doesn't seem all that fast. I can copy my 3GB Win7 ISO in under 30 seconds.
Both of our machines have only a single HD, not raided, and both are low end Dells. Nothing says low end like an i7 with ATI 4850 and a 360watt PSU
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# Not the Fastest?AWoroch 2010-04-02 17:20

We do teaming all the time on Dell PowerEdge servers and switches, and it certainly makes a difference. While Gigabit maxes out at about 90MB/sec (that's the overhead from 125MB/sec), it would be nice to get more. Especially if you had a couple of systems transferring data to/from the device. I'm not saying I expect these QNAP's to be comparable to an Equallogix PS5000 SAN, but it would be nice if we could get them half-way.

While your single PC to single PC transfer is very good, *I* am more interested in full out sustained MB/sec and/or IOPS to determine if these would be good for say shared storage between two ESX servers in a lab, to test out vMotion, HA, DRS, etc.

This is the other reason why I would have liked to see the tests with all 4 ddrives in use, to get a feel for it's max throughput.
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# The RAID would helpBengie 2010-04-02 18:49
The transfer tests they showed were of single copies of large files. While my transfer may drop drmatically with multiple clients, I could buy an SSD and upload a consistent 110MB/sec.

I'd like to point out my 110MB/sec is ACTUAL transfer speeds via windows file sharing and only 4% kernel time to boot.

My plan is to get a server, use my MSDN to drop Windows server on it, plop a few SSDs with a fast RAID controller. I'm thinking I'll have to get a 10gbit card and a nice switch
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# RE: The RAID would help^-Super_Treje-^ 2010-04-02 23:22
switch 'No' Gbit ports and bonding with management and external connection of the same class 10Gbit.
I also use the Dell Power Edge and if I could access a QNAP, which is 4 or 8 slot tower to rack, 2 rather than 1 Gbit Gbit would be great because it saves lots of money.
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# MrNick 2010-07-10 05:11
I purchased the unit as a cheap file server to host my website at home myself. with some of these cheap cable internet deals from optusnet I think I will have a verrry cost effective hoisting system that should outperform any shared hosting package anywhere out in cyberspace. WIll update things as it progresses.

Regards Nick Pidoulas
Webmaster, owner and founder of
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# PDU makes buzzsl0n 2010-09-13 10:54
I just bought ARM based TS-410 which has the same PDU as the reviewed device - EDAC EA11351A-120. The first sound I heard having powered on the device was high pitched noise produced by AC/DC PDU, after ~ 20 hours of running the noise is still there ... I'm quite disappointed, going to send it back to the shop where I bought it.
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# add virtual Windows server for appsQnap VM 2011-01-19 14:44
Tested: virtual Windows OS on linux VMware is OK for light applications as license servers and alikes. Don't know if Wine emulator would work or if this is tested on Qnap.
Yet, as you'd probably have to buy a retail Windows OS box (instead of OEM), it is still an over expensive rip-off.
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