The TS-673A is a versatile NAS (Network Attached Storage) device with several noteworthy features:
High-Performance Processor: The TS-673A is powered by an AMD Ryzen™ V1000 series V1500B quad-core processor with Turbo Core speeds of up to 2.2 GHz. It offers excellent system performance, up to quad-core/8 threads, and up to 64GB RAM (supports ECC memory).
2.5GbE Connectivity: It comes equipped with two 2.5GbE RJ45 ports, offering faster network speeds compared to standard 1GbE. These ports are also backward-compatible with 1GbE and 100MbE, making them versatile for various network setups.
PCIe Expansion: With two PCIe Gen 3 slots, you can expand the TS-673A's functionality with PCIe cards. These cards can add features like 10GbE ports, SSD caching, extra USB 3.2 Gen 2 ports, wireless networking, or Fibre Channel support, providing flexibility for different applications.
GPU Support: The NAS supports entry-level NVIDIA® graphics cards for video processing or GPU-passthrough to virtual machines (VMs), making it suitable for graphics-intensive tasks.
SSD Caching: The TS-673A features two M.2 NVMe SSD slots, which can be used for Qtier Technology and SSD Caching. This accelerates IOPS performance and reduces storage latency, benefiting IOPS-demanding applications like databases and virtualization.
Virtualization: The device supports hosting containerized applications and virtual machines running various operating systems.
Multiple Operating Systems: It offers compatibility with QTS and QuTS hero operating systems, allowing users to switch between them based on their specific requirements. QuTS hero is QNAP's ZFS-based NAS operating system known for enhanced data integrity.
Affordable 2.5GbE Switch: To improve network speeds without breaking the bank, you can upgrade your network with a 2.5GbE switch that supports Multi-Gigabit NBASE-T™. This allows you to use existing CAT5e cables to connect multiple computers and NAS for a high-speed, secure, and budget-friendly network.
M.2 SSD and Qtier Technology: The inclusion of M.2 NVMe SSD slots, in combination with Qtier Technology, enables automatic data optimization, improving random data access speeds and maximizing the advantages of SSDs.
PCIe Expansion Cards: The TS-673A supports various PCIe expansion cards for different purposes, such as SAS/SATA expansion cards, 5GbE/10GbE network cards, QM2 cards for SSD caching or 10GbE connectivity, USB 3.2 Gen 2 expansion cards, and Wi-Fi 6 wireless adapters.
Flexible File Management: The device offers file management features like File Station for direct file management, including renaming, deleting, and file/folder permission configurations. Microsoft Office Online can be used for viewing/editing Office documents stored on the NAS.
Graphics Card Support: High-profile graphics cards, like NVIDIA® GeForce® GTX1650, can be installed to accelerate applications such as video editing, 4K UHD transcoding, and GPU passthrough to virtual machines.
Fibre Channel SAN: The installation of a QNAP 16Gb Fibre Channel card (QXP-16G2FC 16Gb) allows for setting up a Fibre Channel Target using the iSCSI & Fibre Channel app, providing an economical solution for high-speed SAN environments.
2.5GbE VM Backup: The TS-673A can be used for agentless backup of VMware® vSphere and Microsoft® Hyper-V VMs with Hyper Data Protector, offering incremental backup, global deduplication, backup scheduling, and recovery compression.
Warranty Extension: The device comes with a standard 3-year warranty, with the option to extend the warranty coverage up to 5 years.
This NAS is well-suited for a variety of applications, from high-performance data storage and backup to graphics-intensive tasks and virtualization. Its versatile features make it a compelling choice for businesses and professionals.