QNAP NAS afficionados attention, QNAP announced the beta release of QTS 4.3 – the NAS operating system enhanced with automated services.
“QTS 4.3 was designed around the concept of ‘intelligence’ and adds numerous competitive features to provide business and individual users with intelligent and efficient functionality,” said Meiji Chang, General Manager of QNAP, adding “QTS 4.3 also delivers outstanding performance to provide business advantages, simplify management, empower productive collaboration, and for complete multimedia entertainment.”
Key new apps and features in QTS 4.3:
Visual and insightful resource monitoring: The re-engineered Resource Monitor becomes a dedicated app, featuring useful graphs and additional metrics to provide better functionality for analyzing and managing resource utilization
Intelligent Qtier™ 2.0: QNAP’s Qtier Technology empowers QNAP NAS with auto tiering that helps continuously optimize storage efficiency across SSD, SAS drives, and NL-SAS / SATA drives. Qtier 2.0 also learns from NAS usage, analyzes system performance and peak usage hours to determine the best time and optimum transfer speeds for auto tiering.
Maximized network accessibility with Network & Virtual Switch: In addition to NAS and virtual machines sharing the same LAN port, one of the significant enhancements for Network & Virtual Switch is the support for data transfer between VMs and containers. It also adds functions including the T2E Converter (bridges Thunderbolt™ and Ethernet networks) and the Thunderbolt virtual switch NAT service that allows Thunderbolt devices to connect to all physical adapters via QNAP Thunderbolt NAS.
Time Machine backup over SMB: QTS 4.3 supports seamless functionality with the latest macOS Sierra for SMB network file sharing protocols for extensive backup scenarios.
Simplified file organization with Qfiling: Qfiling makes organizing files automatic and efficient. It categorizes files, performs based on schedules, and works on local/remote NAS and across external storage devices. After setting up, the filing process is performed automatically.
File Station adds remote connections: Users can directly browse and transfer files between their QNAP NAS and public cloud services, and mount shared folders from a remote NAS to a local NAS using FTP, CIFS/SMB and WebDAV. In addition to Google Drive™, Dropbox®, Microsoft® OneDrive®, Box®, Yandex® Disk and Amazon® Drive, QTS 4.3 adds support for Microsoft® OneDrive® for Business and HiDrive®.
Refined multimedia experience: In addition to all of the multimedia-focused apps having a revamped user interface, Photo Station now supports exFAT and allows disabling right-click copy; Music Station adds a new Spotlight mode and supports smart playlists; Video Station allows for tagging scenes, switching audio tracks, and downloading supplementary data from online databases such as TMDb. QTS 4.3 also provides multi-zone multimedia controls for these diverse apps. Download Station now features an integrated BT search engine, supports third-party plug-ins to expand Download Station's functionality, and more.
More apps and utilities to boost productivity: QmailAgent helps to centrally manage multiple email accounts from a single interface, backs up emails in QNAP NAS, and features "SmartShare" links to send attachments without worrying about file sizes. Qcontactz helps to centrally manage a growing contacts list from multiple devices and platforms, supports importing contacts from Google® accounts and CSV or vCard 3.0 files, and is integrated with QmailAgent. QButton allows users to customize the actions of buttons on their QNAP NAS remote control. Qsync is enhanced with a new team folder structure and auto-recovery functionality that greatly improves stability and synchronization speed. More useful apps and utilities are available from the QTS App Center.
Learn more about QTS 4.3 at https://www.qnap.com/qts/4.3/en/index.php.
*Features are subject to change and may not be available for all products.
Availability & Compatibility
QTS 4.3 Beta is now available for the following QNAP NAS models:
- 24-bay: SS-EC2479U-SAS-RP, TVS-EC2480U-SAS-RP, TS-EC2480U-RP
- 18-bay: SS-EC1879U-SAS-RP
- 16-bay: TS-EC1679U-SAS-RP, TS-EC1679U-RP, TS-1679U-RP, TVS-EC1680U-SAS-RP, TS-EC1680U-RP, TDS-16489U
- 15-bay: TVS-EC1580MU-SAS-RP
- 12-bay: SS-EC1279U-SAS-RP, TS-1269U-RP, TS-1270U-RP, TS-EC1279U-SAS-RP, TS-EC1279U-RP, TS-1279U-RP, TS-1253U-RP, TS-1253U, TVS-EC1280U-SAS-RP, TS-EC1280U-RP, TVS-1271U-RP, TVS-1282, TS-1263U-RP, TS-1263U
- 10-bay: TS-1079 Pro, TVS-EC1080+, TVS-EC1080, TS-EC1080 Pro
- 8-bay: TS-869L, TS-869 Pro, TS-869U-RP, TVS-870, TVS-882, TS-870, TS-870 Pro, TS-870U-RP, TS-879 Pro, TS-EC879U-RP, TS-879U-RP, TS-851, TS-853 Pro, TS-853S Pro (SS-853 Pro), TS-853U-RP, TS-853U, TVS-EC880, TS-EC880 Pro, TS-EC880U-RP, TVS-863+, TVS-863, TVS-871, TVS-871U-RP, TS-853A, TS-863U-RP, TS-863U, TVS-871T
- 6-bay: TS-669L, TS-669 Pro, TVS-670, TVS-682, TS-670, TS-670 Pro, TS-651, TS-653 Pro, TVS-663, TVS-671, TS-653A
- 5-bay: TS-563, TS-569L, TS-569 Pro
- 4-bay: IS-400 Pro, TS-469L, TS-469 Pro, TS-469U-SP, TS-469U-RP, TVS-470, TS-470, TS-470 Pro, TS-470U-SP, TS-470U-RP, TS-451A, TS-451S, TS-451, TS-451U, TS-453mini, TS-453 Pro, TS-453S Pro (SS-453 Pro), TS-453U-RP, TS-453U, TVS-463, TVS-471, TVS-471U, TVS-471U-RP, TS-451+, IS-453S, TBS-453A, TS-453A, TS-463U-RP, TS-463U
- 2-bay: HS-251, TS-269L, TS-269 Pro, TS-251C, TS-251, TS-251A, TS-253 Pro, HS-251+, TS-251+, TS-253A
QNAP Systems, Inc., as its brand promise "Quality Network Appliance Provider", aims to deliver comprehensive offerings of cutting edge network attached storage (NAS) and network video recorder (NVR) solutions featured with ease-of-use, robust operation, large storage capacity, and trustworthy reliability. QNAP integrates technologies and designs to bring forth quality products that effectively improve business efficiency on file sharing, virtualization applications, storage management and surveillance in the business environments, as well as enrich entertainment life for home users with the offering of a fun multimedia center experience. Headquartered in Taipei, QNAP delivers its solutions to the global market with nonstop innovation and passion.