Why a QNAP TS-639 Pro Turbo NAS

My primary goal with that storage device is a playground for my VMware vSphere environment. Although I have installed it under VMware Workstation 7, kinda of sand box, thx to Vladan’s great post for that, I wanted to extend to a NAS storage device for other tests. As I can’t afford an EMC V-MAX, I searched for small embedded Linux NAS’es. One could say I can use OpenFiler on a spare PC, but I wanted something more condensed, with hot-plug disks, designed from the beginning as a NAS device in mind, which allows you to access its OS too cause I hate black box devices you can’t tweak. optionally I wanted a device I could hook up to my PS3 and play HD movies 🙂

I googled and googled again, I have read many reviews about SMB storage devices… Thecus, Drobo, IOmega came out of the bag!
Then I found an article about a QNAP NAS device, the TS-219. Next I went to their web site and read thoroughly their literature. Google again for other reviews, and finally came back to QNAP site but this time to pick up the one which would fit all my requirements. Bingo the QNAP TS-639 Pro Turbo NAS is all what I expected from such device.

iSCSI support with jumbo frame was a must have and with the latest firmware QNAP now supports SPC-3 Persistent Reservation,  VMware vSphere (ESX/ESXi 3.5, 4.x), Windows Server 2008 Hyper-V, Windows Server 2008 Failover Clustering.

  • iSCSI Target
    * Multi-LUNs per Target
    * Supports LUN Mapping
    * Supports LUN Masking
    * Supports SPC-3 Persistent Reservation
    * Supports MPIO
    * Supports MC/S
  • Virtual Disk Drive (via iSCSI Initiator)
    * Stack Chaining Master
    * Max Virtual Disk Drives: 8
  • On top of that, one of the feature that I like the most, a feature that on its own rules out any other NAS devices, it’s QPKG.
    The QPKG software package platform enables the users to maximize the usage of Turbo NAS by installing additional software packages developed by the users and community worldwide. This can be done by simple “download & install” clicking without going through any complicated process.

    Here are the main QPKG packages available for QNAP NAS devices:

  • Web Applications
    * Joomla!
    * phpMyAdmin
    * WordPress
    * AjaXplorer
  • P2P Applications
    * MLDonkey (eMule)
    * SABnzbd+
  • Server Applications
    * SSOTS (Squeezebox Server)
    * Tomcat
    * Asterisk
    * XDove (Mail Server)
  • Misc.
    * Optware IPKG
    * Python
    * Java Runtime Environment
  • …and more
  • Additionally I’ve installed packages like DSTAT, IPERF, JAVA RE… The list of available packages is very long and keeps growing every day!
    In the QNAP forum some people have installed PS3 Media Server on their QNAP NAS … WOW the sky is the limit!

    Now at a glance, all the other features:

    File Server

    • File Sharing Across Windows, Mac OS and Linux/ Unix Platforms
    • Protocols: CIFS/SMBv1, AFP, NFS, FTP, HTTP, HTTPS
    • QNAP Web File Manager

    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
    • Importable SSL Certificate

    Database Server

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

    Backup Server

    • Remote Replication Server (over Rsync)
    • 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

    iTunes Server

    • Audio and Video Sharing
    • Smart Playlist for iTunes Client (Windows & Mac OS)

    Printer Server

    • Network Printer Sharing (USB)
    • Max Printers: 3

    Multimedia Station

    • Image Slide Show and Rotation
    • Display Photo Details from EXIF: Date, Exposure Time, Aperture, etc.
    • Automatic Thumbnail Generation for Easy Browsing
    • Photo Album Access Authority Management
    • Multimedia Files (Video and Audio) Local Playing
    • Automatic File Categorization

    UPnP Media Server

    • Built-in TwonkyMedia Server (DLNA 1.5 Certified)
    • Real-time & Background Photo Transcoding
    • Supports UPnP/ DLNA Media Player
      * Game Console: PlayStation 3, PSP and Xbox 360
      * Digital Media Adapter/ Player
      * Mobile Device (e.g. iPhone/ iPod Touch with UPnP/ DLNA Applications)
    • Supported Formats:
      * ASF – Windows Media Video (Codecs: WMV video and WMA audio)
      * BMP – Bitmap Image
      * FLV, F1V, F4V – Standard Quality YouTube Video (Codec: Flash, Video: Sorenson Spark H.263 Video Codec & MP3 Audio Codec)
      * GIF – Graphics Interchange Format
      * JPG, JPEG, JPE – Joint Photographic Experts Group Image
      * MP3 – MPEG Audio Layer 3 (Codec: MPEG Audio)
      * MP4 – High Quality YouTube Video (Codecs: MP4: H.264 Video & HE-AAC audio)
      * MP4 – MPEG-4 Video (Codecs: Microsoft MPEG-4 v1, Microsoft MPEG-4 v2, Microsoft MPEG-4 v3 & ISO MPEG-4 v1)
      * MPEG, .MPG, .MLV – MPEG-1 (Codecs: MPEG-1 Video & MP2 Audio)
      * PNG – Portable Network Graphics
      * WAV – Linear Audio (Codecs: Uncompressed PCM-encoded & ADPCM-encoded)

    Download Station

    • PC-less BitTorrent/ FTP/ HTTP Download (up to 500 tasks)
    • BitTorrent Download
      * Supports TCP/ UDP Tracker Protocol
      * Schedule Download
      * Configurable Port Range
      * Bandwidth Control
      * UPnP NAT Port Forwarding
    • HTTP/ FTP Download
      * Configurable Saving Directory
      * Bulk Download with Wildcard Setting
      * RapidShare Download Support
    • QNAP Download Management Software: QGet
      * For Both Windows & Mac OS
      * Manage the Download Tasks of Multiple QNAP NAS Remotely over LAN or WAN

    Surveillance Station

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

    QNAP has just released new models, TS-x59 series, more powerful with the new Intel ATOM dual-core processor. I’m currently testing an engineering sample, read my post at QNAP TS-639 Pro Turbo NAS Part 6


    About PiroNet

    Didier Pironet is an independent blogger and freelancer with +15 years of IT industry experience. Didier is also a former VMware inc. employee where he specialised in Datacenter and Cloud Infrastructure products as well as Infrastructure, Operations and IT Business Management products. Didier is passionate about technologies and he is found to be a creative and a visionary thinker, expressing with passion and excitement, hopefully inspiring and enrolling people to innovation and change.
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    4 Responses to Why a QNAP TS-639 Pro Turbo NAS

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    3. Vladan says:


      it looks like great NAS even for a small and medium shops. Coupled with vSphere Essentials could be an alternative to expensive SAN….

      • deinoscloud says:

        Hi Vlada, thx for commenting. Yes it is perfect NAS for small and medium shops, I found the device very fast and stable.

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