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    Thecus® Announces new 2-bay Home NAS: The N2350

    March 29th, 2017

    Thecus ® Technology Corp today unveiled the N2350. An upgraded version of the N2310, this 2-bay full-featured file server brings stalwart security and effortless connectivity to the vital digital data of home and office users. At a superior price to performance ratio, increasing your productivity and controlling your data has never been easier.

    Specifications

    The Thecus N2350 is powered by a dual core Marvell Armada 385 1.0GHz CPU, and equipped with 1GB of resilient DDR4 RAM. DDR4 is the next evolution in DRAM, delivering higher performance through higher speed and more robust control features while improving energy efficiency with a reduction in memory power demand. The modernized hardware makes the N2350 one of the most energy efficient NAS in its class, helping businesses and home users to save energy.

    “The N2350 provides all the essential storage services you need from a NAS, at a very attractive price point with an unprecedented level of energy efficiency. This Thecus NAS server can be quickly assimilated into any home and office environment, to delivering greater connectivity to users from day one,” says Florence Shih, General Manager at Thecus Technology Corp.

    ThecusOS 7.0

    A transformative difference in relation to its predecessor is the addition of ThecusOS 7.0, Thecus’ latest OS. This intuitive and feature-rich OS allows for significant advancements in productivity, flexibility, and performance. Key new features include Photo Center, File Center, and Thecus App Center, with an extensive variety of apps for modern digital lifestyles including the Surveillance Station.

    Data Security

    The Thecus N2350 offers complete data backup and protection capabilities: Thin provisioning, replication for disaster recovery, Remote Backup or disaster recovery (for real-time remote or local backup) as well as backup to Amazon S3 cloud service.

    Mobile Access

    The N2350 provides further connectivity with two mobile apps. Thecus Connect™ allows users to gain live access to their NAS unit, enabling them to monitor the most up-to-date information. Orbweb.me™ is a P2P module that allows users to easily view, stream and manage files in their NAS anytime and anywhere. No IP address is required.

    The N2350 is purposely designed to meet the essential needs of small office and home users, providing everything they require without any unwanted extras. With an upgrade in processor performance, the next generation DDR4 RAM, and the latest ThecusOS 7 software, the N2350 is a highly attractive option in the two-bay NAS market arena.

    Availability: Units will be ready to be shipped at the end of April.

    For more information about the N2350, go to:
    http://www.thecus.com/product.php?PROD_ID=134

    For more information on where to buy this product, go to:
    www.thecus.com/wtb.php

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    3 Key Improvements in Windows Storage Server 2016

    March 24th, 2017

    With Thecus Technology Corp implementing Window Storage Server 2016 Standard to their enterprise rackmount product line at the end of this month (W8900, W12000, W16000, W12850, W16850, W12910SAS, W16910SAS),   debate will soon commence on whether a company should upgrade their current storage solution. Windows Storage Server 2016 delivers a list of enhancements, with new advancements in performance, network and security.

    Here are three key improvements in Windows Storage Server 2016.

    Work Folders

    In Windows Storage Server 2012 R2, when file changes are synced to the Work Folders server, clients are not notified of the change and wait up to 10 minutes to get the update. When using Windows Storage Server 2016, the Work Folders service immediately notifies Windows 10 clients and the file changes are synced immediately.

    ReFS

    ReFS has new storage tiers functionality, increasing storage capacity and faster performance. The introduction of block cloning dramatically improves the performance of VM operations, such as .vhdx checkpoint merge operations. A new ReFS scan tool enables the recovery of leaked storage and helps salvage data from critical corruptions.

    Data Deduplication

    In Windows Storage Server 2012 R2, volumes had to be specifically sized for the expected churn, with volume sizes above 10 TB not being good candidates for deduplication. In Windows Storage Server 2016, Data Deduplication supports volume sizes up to 64 TB and supports individual file sizes up to 1TB.

    Thecus’robust hardware armed with the trusted Windows platform offers an ideal storage solution to safely protect and effortlessly manage critical data of big business.

    For more information about Windows Storage Server 2016, please go to:
    http://www.microsoft.com

    For more information on the Thecus Windows NAS, please go to:
    http://wss.thecus.com

    For more information on where to buy these products, please go to:
    http://www.thecus.com/wtb.php

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    Thecus® Authorizes DriverSavers® to provide Data Recovery services

    March 17th, 2017

    Thecus Technology Corp has authorized DriveSavers to offer professional data recovery services to Thecus users worldwide. By owning and operating a NAS, you are ensuring that your vital information is secure. Unfortunately in the rare cases of multiple hard-drives failure, acts of god, or failing to backup when installing a new operation system or reformatting, it is a sad reality that data loss can still occur.

    When data loss strikes, it can leave you without access to valuable information. However, with advanced recovery techniques, seeming lost data can be recovered. DriveSavers has been providing data recovery solutions for home users and businesses around the globe since 1985. DriveSavers utilizes first-class data recovery facilities, with their team of expert engineers being trained and certified in all leading encryption and forensics technologies.

    How do DriveSavers Data Recovery operate?

    DriveSavers utilizes a professional Data Recovery lab; engineers open and perform “microsurgery” on failed external hard drives in a dust– and contaminant-free cleanroom environment, recovering usable data files from all types of storage devices. They handle every kind of data loss situation including mechanical failure, physical, water and fire damage, data corruption, file deletions, head crashes and more.

    If you need data recovery, contact DriveSavers and mention Thecus for 10% off your data recovery service.

    Learn more about DriveSavers at :
    www.drivesaversdatarecovery.com

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    Thecus® NAS on Windows Storage Server Essentials: fresh idea on the market, PC Magazine/RE, Ru

    March 15th, 2017
    PC Magazine/RE, Russia recently celebrated their 25th anniversary. To cherish this milestone a special edition of the magazine was issued. It was dedicated to the IT industry’s development throughout the last 25 years. The plans and current innovations of Thecus Technology Corp, were highlighted in this issue, as one of the founders and many new technologies innovators in the industry of data storage.

    Windows Storage Server is designed by Microsoft specifically to meet the requirements of small and medium businesses who would like to use the benefits of cloud-services in their infrastructures. This operational system allows to deploy a hybrid type of infrastructure and data access, which means combination of the reliable local solutions for data storage, printing, back-up, identification of the user rights and secured access and external services which are provided by Microsoft Azure cloud.  Thecus NASs working on Storage Server 2012 R2 Essentials have got such key important technologies like reliable secure storage of the critical business data, scalability, integrated cloud services (including Microsoft Azure Backup), centralized management, remote access, and many others.

    Founded in 2004, Thecus Technology Corp. constantly improves and innovates, engineering platforms that are based on the newest released components and technologies as well as software. Easy management and monitoring of the system, high efficiency, high focus on secure data storage and always signature design style – all of this has caused businesses and enterprises to develop interest in Thecus solutions.

    In May 2016 Thecus Technology Corp. was acquired by Ennoconn Corporation, and thus became part of the Foxconn IPC Technology group. Partnered together, this diverse group of companies work in tandem to provide a total IoT (Internet of Things) solution.  This allows Thecus to further develop their solutions, bringing fundamental changes and innovations into the storage industry, which is very important as NAS will play one of the key roles in the future IoT ecosystem.

    For the whole article please, go to the December 2016 Issue of PCMag/Re # 12 (306).
    For the detailed information about where to buy Thecus Windows Storage NAS please, go to:
    http://www.thecus.com/wtb.php

    For more detailed information about Thecus Windows Storage NAS series please, go to:
    http://wss.thecus.com/

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    How to set up Port Trunking to accelerate your bandwidth with ThecusOS 7.0

    March 8th, 2017

    What is Port Trunking?

    Port Trunking, also known as Link Aggregation, is used to combine multiple LAN interfaces into one switch to increase bandwidth without changing any hardware devices, thus reducing cost. Doing so will offer optimal resource utilization, maximize throughput, minimize response time, and avoid overload. Port Trunking also provides redundancy, fault tolerance or load balancing. It also provides failover capabilities to maintain network connectivity if a network port fails.

    When you don’t have a 10Gigabit network card, and frequently access more than 1Gigabit speeds for larger audio and video files, using Link Aggregation technology is the perfect way to expand your network bandwidth.

    Steps to setting up Port TrunkingGo to the Control Panel > Network. > Link Aggregation

    Click on Add

    This will take you to a screen where you can select the LAN ports you wish to be used, next decide your Jumbo Frame (1400~9000 bytes) and aggregation mode. Jumbo Frame explained below.

    Thecus NAS offer seven modes of LAG (link aggregation). Load balance, Failover, 802.3ad, Balance-XOR, Balance-TLB, Broadcast and Balance-ALB. See a detailed explanation of each mode below.

    You will also have to type in the following:

    • Your IP address this must be fixed, not static
    • Your Netmask
    • Your Gateway
    Once you have added all the necessary information, click on Apply. The NAS will then be needed to reboot. Once the reboot is completed, you will be able access your new network performance.
    The different types of Aggregation explained:Load Balance: This LAG balances outgoing traffic across the active ports and accepts incoming traffic from any active port.

    When to use?

    • The network service “constant line” demand can be used.
    • When you have many small packets, you might also consider using, for example, when you use eMule/BT to download.
    • MountNAS iSCSI LUN or a network drive to access video file editing work.
    • When flow balance is required, so cannot use Failover only.
    • Different speed NIC can be shared, but not recommended.

    Failover: LAG in failover mode uses a main port for incoming and outgoing traffic between the two devices while the others are kept as backup. If the main fails, the other one immediately takes the charge. No special switch is required to support this. This mode provides fault tolerance.

    802.3ad: This mode requires a switch which can also support 802.3ad. This LAG mode uses the bandwidth of all available similar ports, sharing the transmission evenly.

    Balance-XOR: This mode dedicates one port for each destination address. XOR provides load balancing and fault tolerance.

    Broadcast: This mode uses all available ports to transmit the data towards the switch. If one port fails to transmit, the other ports assure the communication is completed, thus providing fault tolerance.

    Balance-TLB (Transmit Load Balance): Outgoing traffic is load balanced, but incoming only uses a single interface. The driver will change the MAC address on the NIC when sending, but incoming always remains the same.

    Balance-ALB (Adaptive Load Balance): Both sending and receiving frames are load balanced using the change MAC address trick.

    What is Jumbo Frame?

    Jumbo Frame is a feature that is supported on the NIC and hub; it’s specifically designed for Gigabit Ethernet industry standard, a long packet format. With Jumbo Frame, you can get Gigabit effectiveness of Ethernet network, allowing data transfer effectively of 50%-100%. A Jumbo Frame is anything bigger than 1518 bytes with a max of 9000 bytes and MPU default of 1500 bytes. In other words, Jumbo Frame is to modify packet size, in order to help processor cycles and bandwidth, and to save the number of transmitted packets

    Setting up the client-side system’s NIC?If you want to set up Jumbo Frame, you must first make sure that the network environment such as router / hub / switch specifications is supported. Even on the network, various client devices (PC/printer)have to support Jumbo Frame as well. For example, if a NAS set up to a 9000 bytes Jumbo Frame, but the switch or PC does is not supported; this will cause packet restriction on receiving devices which are not supported, and will cause network bottlenecks at the router.

    Recommended Jumbo Frame Timing

    • Only applies to “large”, “long time” transmissions.
    • Database backup
    • HD Audio/Video streaming
    • Video/Image Editing Environment
    When not to apply Jumbo Frame
    • A network environment/small packet coexists or a small number of packets is large, Jumbo Frame will hinder performance.
    • BT/eMule for this type of file transfer, do not apply Jumbo Frame because the source of non-fixed(IP/MAC)and data file has been altered to smaller files.

    Please Note:

    Port Trunking is unable to exceed the speed limit of a single Ethernet device, but it offers a substantial amount of bandwidth for multiple users connecting at the same time. For example, if two 1Gb ports are used for Link aggregation, the network bandwidth capacity will be increased to 2Gb, but the network speed will remain at 1Gb.

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    Thecus® Launches New 4-Bay Rackmount N4910U PRO NAS Series

    March 2nd, 2017

    Thecus Technology Corp. today announced their latest 4-bay N4910U PRO NAS series to the market. These versatile and compact 1U Rackmount units have been designed to deliver growing small and medium-sized businesses uncompromising resilience and high multi-thread performance in their storage.

    “Today, small and large businesses alike require more robust and highly dependable storage that can support high workloads and heavy user-access. The new N4910U PRO series delivers powerful performance and stalwart reliability while retaining a highly competitive value proposition.” says Florence Shih, General Manager at Thecus Technology Corp.

    The N4910U PRO series are powered by the Intel® Skylake Xeon 3.3GHz Quad Core Server CPU, 8GB of resilient DDR4 ECC RAM, upgradable to 64GB and are compatible with the latest high capacity SATA drives and SSDs on the market. They especially cater for heavy multi-threading applications.

    Both models are capable of storing up to 40 TB of networked storage space, and can be upgraded with Dual-Port-10GbE network cards such as the Thecus C10GI540T2, enabling lightening fast transfer rates.

    The N4910U PRO series include two versions of this model. The N4910U PRO-S has a single standard built in power supply unit, alternatively the N4910U PRO-R offers a redundant power supply.

    The N4910U PRO series offers complete data backup and protection capabilities: Thin provisioning, replication for disaster recovery, snapshot technology (Btrfs only), Data Guard for disaster recovery (for real-time remote or local backup) as well as backup to cloud services including DropBox, ElephantDrive, and Amazon S3.  It comes bundled with both Acronis True Image and Intel Security for uncompromising data security.

    Running the latest ThecusOS 7.0, the N4910U PRO series offers a large suite of capabilities and supports a vast amount of 3rd party solution apps as well as complete Scale Out functionality. With Scale Out, businesses can avoid costly revamps of their data centers by flexibly adding additional NAS devices to expand storage capacity.

    The N4910U PRO Series offers robust, rapid and reliable SMB/Enterprise storage solutions which further deliver on Thecus’ ethos of ‘empowering professionals’.

    Availability: Units will be available at the end of March.

    For more information about the N4910PRO-S/R, go to:
    http://www.thecus.com/product.php?PROD_ID=133

    For more information about the C10GI540T2 NIC with Dual-Port-10GbE, go to:
    http://www.thecus.com/product.php?PROD_ID=123

    For more information on where to buy this product, go to:
    http://www.thecus.com/wtb.php

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    Thecus® Soars Over Competition at the Taiwan Excellence Awards

    February 22nd, 2017

    This week the award ceremony for the annual Taiwan Excellence Awards took place. Thousands of products were judged by 90 experts in different fields. The award winners represented superior value and innovation shown in R&D, design, quality, and marketing of products made in Taiwan.

     

    John Tsai, the VP of Marketing represented Thecus on this prestigious night, as Thecus was honored and awarded twice by the Taiwan Excellence Awards. “With such a large success at this year’s Taiwan Excellence Awards, Thecus’ brand recognition in the network attached storage industry has reached new a pinnacle and further bolsters Thecus’ reputation of world-class product manufacturing quality and marketing capabilities,” stated John Tsai.

    Thecus was recognized at the Taiwan Excellence Awards for the N2810PRO and N5810PRO. Both devices are shining examples of the trusted hardware design and data protection functionality that Thecus has to deliver the market.

    The Taiwan Excellence Award is the highest achievement presented to Taiwanese manufacturers by the Taiwan Ministry of Economic Affairs (MOEA)

    The N2810PRO is a high performance 2-bay NAS for the home and small office user. It delivers on hardware that simply out powers its rivals.

    This NAS provides the ideal environment for immersive multimedia entertainment, with 4K resolution playback it also debuts a new arsenal of output alternatives to fulfill user’s visual and audio desires, with HDMI output, DisplayPort output, and built-in SPDIF output.


    Designed for data-heavy small and medium businesses, the N5810PRO is a crash-resistant 5-bay NAS, that contains a built-in Mini-UPS for a contingency power supply to maintain data availability in the event of power failure. Thecus has its own patent for the Mini-UPS, which is unique in the industry.

    For improved network performance, the server is embedded with five Ethernet ports and seven modes of link aggregation, including fault tolerance for resilience and port-trunking to enable throughput.

    We would like to thank the judges of the Taiwan Excellence Awards for their recognition of Thecus.

    For more information about Thecus’ Award for Taiwan Excellence for the N2810PRO, please go to:
    http://www.taiwanexcellence.org/index.php/awards/nowdt/content/1/1/106262CA-T097

    For more information about Thecus’ Award for Taiwan Excellence for the N5810PRO, please go to:
    http://www.taiwanexcellence.org/index.php/awards/nowdt/content/1/1/106261CA-T097

    For more information on the N2810PRO, go to:
    http://www.thecus.com/product.php?PROD_ID=119

    For more information on N5810PRO, please visit:
    http://www.thecus.com/product.php?PROD_ID=108

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    Thecus®W4810, brings Retrogaming to Network Attached Storage, by Zeden, FR

    February 21st, 2017

    Zeden is a website dedicated to the gaming community. They provide their readers with all the latest information on hardware for gaming computers, and test out games. The team from Zeden generally use a NAS traditionally to backup, share and protect their data. However, being passionate about videogame culture, they managed to use this particular NAS that runs on Windows Storage Server Essentials R2 Essentials, as a living room console.

    Benchmark, dissecting Thecus W4810 capacities

    Because the W4810 runs on Windows, the team at Zeden utilized the NAS as a small living room computer. Thanks to the Windows platform, they were able to benchmark the NAS CPU.  They used LinX to test the CPU power, Super Pi to calculate its speed calculating the Pi number at 2 million decimals, and 3DMark11 to assess the capacity of its graphic motherboard. From these results, they came up with several alternative uses for the NAS.

    “It is difficult to compare the results of a NAS and a platform X99 that is dedicated to game play … But we can say that, certainly, that though this WSS does not achieve the performance of a real PC gaming computer,  it does however not have to blush in front of an entry-level machine, like one equipped with a Core i3 without an additional graphics card. From these results, we can consider a number of uses, such as multimedia and retro gaming!

    Multimedia use for a NAS

    After testing its performance they used the Thecus W4810 as a multimedia server It is true that it is pleasant to be able to use a PC on a large screen, like a TV, to fully enjoy the 1080p rendering of videos. The connectivity of the NAS allows it to be perfectly at ease in this area. Whether on YouTube, Twitch, or downloading (legally of course) for movies and series, you will not be disappointed […] moreover, because it is a server, you can access your multimedia data from your NAS anywhere in the world.

    Retrogaming!

    The Zeden team is fond of new technologies, but their first passion is videogames. Their generation grew up at the same time as the first game consoles, during the 80’s and 90’s. Today with a bit of nostalgia, a lot of people in their thirties wish to play the good old games they used to play. With the characteristics of the W4810, Zeden were able to install emulators from Super Nintendo and Sega Megadrive. “The characteristics of this server allow us to easily play with our old console games. Whether on the Nintendo platform, or Sega, the list of possibilities is long.”

    ConclusionThecus and its WSS series provide end users with all the functionalities that you seek from a storage server (data protection, high capacity …). In addition, Thecus proposes a multimedia ready device via its HDMI, SPDIF and DisplayPort. Zeden’s team has now added one more functionality to this Thecus NAS, transforming it into a videogame console, able to run emulators based on the Windows platform. It will be possible to play games, but be careful, the configuration will block the most gourmous games, but if you are a fan of MineCraft, it will work without issue, with the advantage of having the server locally 24/7.

    We thank Jean-Baptiste and Pierre-Alexis at Zeden for the test and the award.

    For the whole W4810 review by Zeden, please go:
    http://www.zeden.net/actu/24241-Test-Thecus-W4810-review

    For more information on where to buy this product, please go to:
    http://www.thecus.com/wtb.php

    For more information on the Thecus W4810, please go to:
    http://wss.thecus.com/product_W4810.php

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    Thecus® Implements Windows Storage Server 2016

    January 26th, 2017

    Thecus® Technology Corp. today announced the implementation of Windows Storage Server 2016 to their enterprise rackmount product line.  Available this February, Windows Storage Server 2016 arrives packed with a huge array of features. Microsoft has extended its already highly usable storage solution to better cater for enterprise environments.

    “The latest evolution of the Windows operating system allows businesses to innovate faster, in a cloud-ready environment, with increased security and functionality. Window Storage Server 2016 proves why Microsoft continues to be a key player in the IT infrastructure ”, says Florence Shih, General Manager of Thecus Technology.

    Windows Storage Server 2016 will enable businesses to take advantage of IT innovation while reducing security risks and disruptions. With access to new layers of security, datacenter efficiency, and agility in application development backed by Microsoft Azure, one of the world’s largest cloud datacenters. No matter where an organization is heading, it will be able to get there with Windows Storage Server 2016.

    The implementation of Windows Storage Server 2016 into Thecus products lines will occur throughout the year in relation to different product segments.

    For more information about Windows Storage Server 2016 , please visit:
    https://www.microsoft.com/en-us/cloud-platform/windows-server

    For more information on Thecus Windows Storage Server NAS, please visit:
    http://wss.thecus.com/index.php

    For more information on where to buy Thecus WSS NAS, please visit:
    http://www.thecus.com/wtb.php

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    How Data Deduplication can maximize ROI

    January 18th, 2017

    Maximum capacity efficiency

    Data deduplication, allows for data optimization by eliminating redundant data. Based on the type of data a business operates with, businesses can save from 25-80% of their storage space. This highly efficient process allows for a smaller storage solution to be purchased, a longer period until it reaches its full capacity, delivering a serious return on investment.

    How Data Deduplication works

    Data deduplication involves finding and removing duplication within data without compromising its fidelity or integrity. The goal is to store more data in less space.

    The process is achieved by segmenting files into small variable-sized chunks (32–128 KB), duplicate chunks are then identified, when the data is deduplicated, a single copy of duplicate information is retained. Redundant copies of the chunk then have pointers to the original. The chunks are compressed and then organized into special container files. If a file is updated, only the changed data is then saved.

    While some chunks (X, Y, U and V) are uniquely being used by each file, the chunks (A, B and C) are used by both files. So in the Chunk Store these Chunks (A,B,C) only need to be stored once instead of multiple times.

    Benefits of data deduplication in brief

    1. Increased storage efficiency
    2. Increased network efficiency
    3. Increased return on investment on hardware

    Data deduplication can be accessed today

    Data Deduplication is ready to be used in all of Thecus’ Window Storage Server product lines with the use of Windows Server 2012 R2 series (Standard and Essentials). Deduplication can be easily installed and enabled on selected data volumes in only a few seconds.The implementation of Windows Storage Server 2016 into Thecus products line will occur throughout the year in relation to different product segments. WSS2016 will first be launched with Thecus Rackmount products, scheduled for release soon.

    For more information on Thecus’ Windows Storage Server solutions, go to:
    wss.thecus.com

    For more information about Thecus, go to:
    www.thecus.com

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