The TS-253A NAS server is designed to grow alongside with small and medium businesses, allowing its users to use the NAS as a storage device, but also a multitasking and multifunctional light-weight server. Not only is the TS-253A reliable, it is also packed with business-critical features such as LUN/ Volume Snapshot – allowing files/folders to revert to a previous state in case of any corruption, or file-loss. The TS-253A is powered by the latest Quad-core Intel® Celeron® N3150/N3160 CPU which allow users enjoy 4K (H.264) video playback and 1080P/4K video real-time transcoding right from the NAS to an HD/4K display.
Some useful specs/features include:
- NAS and iSCSI-SAN unified storage solution for server virtualization
- Supports VMware®, Citrix®, and Microsoft® Hyper-V and advanced virtualization features
- AES-NI hardware-accelerated encryption for efficient cryptographic performance up to 224 MB/s
- Supports hardware decoding and transcode 4K (H.264) videos on-the-fly or offline
- Dual HDMI outputs for switching between mirroring and extended desktop options
- Supports the Linux® OS with direct output via HDMI
- Equipped with 24-bit digital to analog converter (DAC) for amplifier and clear audio
The beginning of a new era
Powered by the latest 14 nm Intel® Celeron® N3150/N3160 quad-core 1.6GHz processor, dual-channel 4/8GB DDR3L-1600 RAM (upgradable to 8GB), 2 Gigabit LAN ports and SATA 6Gb/s, the TS-253A can deliver up to 224 MB/s read speeds. The TS-253A can automatically increase the processor's clock rate from 1.6GHz to 2.08GHz when performing CPU-intensive tasks. The TS-253A features Intel® AES-NI hardware-accelerated encryption engine to drive transfer speeds of up to 224 MB/s with AES 256-bit encryption for both full NAS volume and shared folders, boosting system performance & security while ensuring the safety of sensitive business data stored in the TS-253A.
Tested in QNAP Labs. Figures may vary by environment.
OS: QTS 4.2.0
Volume type: RAID 1; 2 x Seagate 1TB ST1000NM0033 HDDs: NAS and PCs are connected.
Intel® Core™ i7-4770 3.40GHz CPU; DDR3L 1600Hz 16GB; WD 1TB WD10EZEX;
Intel Gigabit CT( MTU 1500 ) ; Windows® 7 Professional 64bit SP1 & Windows 8.1 Pro 64-bit IOMeter configuration: Multiple PCs via switch. Transferring 32GB file continuously to NAS for 3 minutes. Block size: 64KB for SMB2.0
Superior real-time and offline 4K video transcoding*
Featuring advanced 8th-generation Intel® HD Graphics, the TS-253A supports 4K (H.264) hardware decoding and delivers superior real-time 4K (H.264) and 1080p video transcoding to convert videos to universal formats that can be smoothly played on PCs, mobile devices and Smart TVs. With offline transcoding, even when you can only connect using a low-speed Internet connection, you can still enjoy smooth video playback via File Station, Video Station, and the Qfile mobile app by selecting a pre-rendered lower resolution video. The TS-253A also allows you to set a dedicated folder for automatic video transcoding.
Up to 5 year warranty
QNAP's TS-253A offers up to 5 year warranty for an optional purchase. All QNAP NAS devices come with at least a 2-year standard warranty while enterprise models come with 3-year standard warranty. If standard warranty is not enough, QNAP Extended Warranty Service coverage offers our customers up to 5 years of worry-free protection. Refer to this link for more information on QNAP's extended warranty.
QTS 4.2 – Simple, convenient and efficient
Thanks to the intuitive user interface of QTS, your NAS experience is smarter, smoother and spectacular. Its modern flat design streamlines loading times, and the intelligent desktop allows you to find desired functions quickly, create desktop shortcuts or group shortcuts, monitor important system information on a real-time basis, and open multiple application windows to run multiple tasks concurrently, bringing greater working efficiency.
Learn more: QTS
Disaster recovery solutions brings peace of mind
The TS-253A offers various data recovery options. RTRR (Real-Time Remote Replication) supports real time or scheduled data backup to a remote QNAP NAS or FTP server and synchronizes files to a remote folder from a local folder with better backup efficiency. The TS-253A also supports the rsync protocol to back up data to another remote server on a scheduled basis. Data can also be backed up to and restored from a range of cloud storage services, including Amazon® S3, Amazon® Glacier, Microsoft® Azure, ElephantDrive®, Dropbox®, Google Drive™, Google Cloud Storage™, and more.
Restore files with Snapshot
QTS Storage Manager adds an easy-to-use web-based snapshot tool for you to easily restore data on the TS-253A back to any point of time in the case of loss important data. You can take snapshots for both volumes and LUN (block-based LUN* and file-based LUN), efficiently replicate volume/LUN snapshots via Snapshot Replica to remote servers by copying only the changes made, and quickly clone a volume /LUN snapshot as a local volume without interrupting the current system operation. You can even set up the system to automatically take a snapshot of the volume before backup via RTRR/rsync, even when the file is opened.
* Up to 256 snapshots per volume or LUN, and a maximum 1,024 snapshots per NAS. It is recommended to use block-based LUN snapshots.
Datastore for virtualized environments
The TS-253A is also an iSCSI/ IP-SAN storage that supports VMware® and Citrix®, and is compatible with Microsoft® Hyper-V™ and Windows Server 2012, benefiting flexible deployment and management in any virtualization environments. The TS-253A supports VMware VAAI and Microsoft ODX to increase performance by offloading server loading for ESXi server and Hyper-V respectively, and supports QNAP vSphere Client plug-in and QNAP SMI-S provider with enhanced operational efficiency and management in virtualization applications.
Qsirch – A smarter, faster way to search
The TS-253A supports Qsirch, a proprietary near real-time search tool for quick file searching. In addition to thumbnail previews, Qsirch now allows you to find and preview Gmail emails that are backed up on the TS-253A. Qsirch even remembers your search history allowing you to quickly navigate to files you've previously searched for. Qsirch is a huge productivity boost that greatly reduces the time spent looking for files on the NAS, allowing you to focus on other tasks. The revamped Qsirch 2.1 further features a Google Chrome Extension that allows you to search for files on your NAS when you use Google Search.
Learn more: Qsirch
Born for server virtualization
The TS-253A comes with the support of QNAP’s VM hypervisor - Virtualization Station which allows you to host virtual machines on your NAS, and access them via a web browser or VNC. Virtualization Station further uses SDN (Software-defined Networks) which allows the TS-253A and VMs to share the same LAN port. No longer constrained by physical network performance, high-speed Virtual Switches greatly increases data transfer between VMs as well as between VMs and NAS through the internal interface.
This NAS also features with the game-changing Container technology for server virtualization. QNAP’s Container Station exclusively integrates LXC and Docker® lightweight virtualization technologies, allowing you to operate multiple isolated Linux® systems on the TS-253A as well as download apps from the built-in Docker Hub Registry®. Container Station also supports the Online Document app, which allows you to directly view, edit and store files of various types anytime on your NAS, including Office documents, images and text files.
Cross-platform file sharing, centralized data storage
The TS-253A supports SMB/CIFS, NFS, and AFP protocols for file sharing across Windows®, Mac®, Linux®/UNIX® networks. Data, logs and ISO images of CDs and DVDs can be centrally stored on the TS-253A and protected by an integrated antivirus solution. The Windows AD® and LDAP services enable system administrators to configure user permissions by using an existing Windows AD server, LDAP server or built-in LDAP service. The TS-253A supports SAMBA v4 and can act as a Windows domain controller to manage privilege settings.
Well-rounded backup solutions to secure data
QNAP NetBak Replicator supports real-time and scheduled data backup on Windows including Outlook email archiving. Apple Time Machine® is also supported to provide Mac® OS X users with a solution to effortlessly back up data to the TS-253A. The front-panel USB 3.0 port of the TS-253A features a one-touch-copy function for you to instantly back up data from external drives to the TS-253A with just one click, or alternatively to back up data from the TS-253A to external drives. A wide range of third-party backup software such as Acronis® True Image and Symantec® Backup Exec are also supported.
File synchronization across multiple devices and clouds
Qsync utility turns your TS-253A into a safe, large-capacity data center for file synchronization. Any file uploaded to the TS-253A will be made available for all linked devices, such as computers, laptops or mobile devices. Qsync is especially useful for frequent travelers to manage files and always have the most up-to-date files on different devices. Qsync now provides more new features— it allows you to synchronize shared folders and create group-shared folders exclusive for your project team; it provides centralized management configuration, helping saving IT administers’ time; it also supports centralized configuration and allows you to remotely erase the Qsync folder on a lost device to avoid data breaches, and even restore it after you have retrieved the device. You can also install the Cloud Drive Sync app from QTS App Center to easily sync files with Google Drive™ and Dropbox® cloud storage.
QTS-Linux dual systems, geared for the IoT era
The TS-253A’s QTS-Linux dual systems are based upon QNAP’s advanced virtualization technologies. The revolutionary architecture of the TS-253A enables users not only to download rich apps from QTS App Center but also to develop IoT packages for Linux® and display them using HDMI output. With the TS-253A, you can develop and run IoT packages on demand and centrally store the data on the TS-253A, benefiting from a secure private storage and development solution. Simply plug in a keyboard, mouse and HDMI monitor to the TS-253A, and use the Linux Station as if you were using a PC. You can also operate the Linux Station as a remote desktop via web browser for instant management*.
* To use the Linux Station, you must install it from the App Center.
* The remote desktop function does not support remote audio output
Install-on-demand apps to extend NAS functionality
The built-in App Center provides various install-on-demand apps developed by QNAP and third-party developers, including tools for backup/sync, business, content management, communications, download, entertainment, and much more. It is also a centralized location for managing & updating installed apps. And you can directly update the installed applications in the App Center once the updated version are released.
Learn more: App Center
LED indicators with adjustable brightness controls
With adjustable 20-stage brightness controls for LED indicators, the TS-253A provides flexible LED brightness options. Based on the surrounding environment, you can adjust the brightness of all system indicators and also schedule the system to automatically dim the LEDs at certain times when needed.
Enjoy your exclusive karaoke system with OceanKTV
QNAP OceanKTV is the first NAS-based karaoke application on the market allowing you to create a quality karaoke experience at home. The TS-253A offers high-capacity storage for accommodating up to thousands of 1080p karaoke songs. Simply attach your big-screen TV to the TS-253A via HDMI and start singing with OceanKTV. Four UI themes are provided to create the best atmosphere, and with the OceanKTV mobile app you can control the entire experience on your phone or tablet. More than a NAS, the TS-253A is a karaoke machine for singing entertainment. Enjoy alone or with your friends!
Learn more: OceanKTV
High-quality audio effect with dual microphones inputs and Line Out function
The TS-253A has two 6.3mm dynamic microphone jacks for connecting up to two dynamic microphones. Compared with the average reception quality of USB microphone, the TS-253A offers a clearer reception quality as it is equipped with a 20-bit analog-to-digital converter (ADC). On top of that, the TS-253A has a 24-bit digital to analog converter (DAC) that can send audio signals via the Line Out jack to your amplifier and deliver clearer stereo sound. By offering excellent audio output/input functionalities together with various apps, the TS-253A brings you a fantastic audiovisual experience.
Comprehensive surveillance solution providing 24/7 security
Surveillance Station is a professional network surveillance Video Management System (VMS) that offers a user-friendly management interface, over 3,000 compatible IP camera models, and expandable IP camera channel licenses. It supports real-time monitoring, video & audio recording and playback with a wide range of customizable settings. You can also install the Vmobile app on your iOS® or Android™ devices to manage monitored channels anytime and anywhere to safeguard your office environment, or install the Vcam mobile app to turn your device into a network camera to instantly record to your TS-253A. The TS-253A includes 4 free IP camera channels and you can expand up to 40 channels by purchasing additional licenses.
Learn more: Surveillance Station
Additional SMB-ready features
The TS-253A supports various business applications as an all-in-one Turbo NAS with cost-efficiency.
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The Turbo NAS supports Web server which allows numerous websites built on the same server conveniently. Administrators can manage up to 32 websites on the single one Turbo NAS with reduced IT cost.
The Turbo NAS supports Surveillance Station to connect and manage multiple IP cameras remotely, including real-time monitoring, video recording, playback, and event notifications.
Click here to learn more other business features.
Easily expand storage capacity
The TS-253A supports online capacity expansion for archiving rapidly-growing data by connecting a QNAP expansion enclosure. With the QNAP scale-up solution, the raw storage capacity can be expanded on demand*, making the TS-253A an ideal file center with large storage capacity for storage-intensive business applications such as video surveillance, data archiving, TV broadcast storage, and more.
With the support of QJBOD Express (JBOD enclosures roaming)**, you can just connect a large capacity QNAP expansion enclosure to the TS-253A, and migrate data to another NAS through the JBOD enclosure without network connectivity.
The maximum number of drives available by connecting QNAP expansion enclosures:
|QNAP NAS Model||RAID Expansion Enclosure||No. of RAID Expansion Enclosure||Total HDD No. (NAS + Enclosure)|
*To expand the storage space with an UX expansion enclosure, you must create a separate static volume or storage pool on the UX expansion unit.
**RAID groups of storage pools cannot cross multiple enclosures.
Learn more: QNAP expansion enclosure