We use cookies to provide you with a better experience. If you continue to use this site, we'll assume you're happy with this. Alternatively, click here to find out how to manage these cookies

hide cookie message
 
Network storage Reviews
15,103 Reviews

QNAP TS-639 Pro Turbo review

£899 inc VAT

Manufacturer: QNAP

Our Rating: We rate this 4 out of 5

The QNAP TS-639 Pro Turbo iSCSI-enabled NAS solution is a perfect match for the growing small office, especially one expanding beyond the internal storage of a VMware or Windows Hyper-V virtualization server.

The QNAP TS-639 Pro Turbo iSCSI-enabled NAS solution is a perfect match for the growing small office, especially one expanding beyond the internal storage of a VMware or Windows Hyper-V virtualization server.

Of course, no sub-£1,000 box is going to be as fast as an enterprise SAN, but the QNAP TS-639 Pro Turbo is a snap to set up (even the iSCSI), and it's packed with software bells and whistles. With a long list of features, QNAP add-ons, and QPKG community extensions available, the QNAP Turbo NAS is truly a jack-of-all-trades.

We've been running three models in my lab, where we tested their performance across a range of file services tasks using the Intel NAS Performance Toolkit All three models are built on a low-power x86 CPU and a common Linux operating system. The four-bay TS-419U is a 1U rack-mount system with a Marvell 1.2GHz CPU and 512MB of RAM, while the four-bay TS-459 Pro and six-bay QNAP TS-639 Pro Turbo are desktop cabinet systems with an Atom 1.66GHz CPU and 1GB of RAM. As the specs suggest, the TS-419U ran a step or two behind its two cousins.

QNAP TS-639 Pro Turbo: Essentials plus extras

Any self-respecting NAS appliance today fulfils basic functions such as Dynamic DNS, flexible disk configs (JBOD, RAID 0,1,5), streaming media support, WebDAV for drive mounting over HTTP/SSL, workstation backup, and FTP, and the QNAP TS-639 Pro Turbo does not disappoint. Plus, with SMB/CIFS Windows file sharing combined with Apple Time Machine, NFS, web server, FTP server, and print server, the QNAP appliance eliminates the need for additional "services machines." For those needing offsite backup, the entire line seems to support Amazon S3 replication.

QNAP has a whole series of feature modules that you can turn on as the need arises, most notably a surveillance system that can harvest video from a wide range of IP webcams. This entry-level surveillance system (supporting up to eight cameras depending upon model) isn't going to replace the much costlier systems such as NetDVR or the Axis Camera Station, but it makes storage of heterogeneous camera video affordable for even the smallest organization. (QNAP also sells dedicated video surveillance appliances that can support upward of 40 cameras.)

Initial setup is handled through the supplied QNAP Finder application (Mac or Windows) or via the front panel for "PC-less configuration." The QNAP Finder allows you to find and configure your appliance even if it's getting its address via DHCP. In a nice touch, the discovery utility also allows you to do drive mapping.

After initial setup, a simple web interface - accessible from the QNAP Finder or by browsing directly to the appliance - provides access to all of the configuration aspects of the system. You don't need the QNAP Finder, but it makes life easier when managing multiple QNAP devices. Although IPv6 support is included for some of the storage features, the QNAP Finder seems to function only in the IPv4 world at the moment.

A rare feature in the QNAP line is called Share Folder Aggregation. Similar to symbolic links in the *nix world, Share Folder Aggregation allows the QNAP NAS to mount SMB shares on other servers and make those shares available in a new "Aggregated Folder." Because the QNAP TS-639 Pro Turbo does seem to play nice with Active Directory, we could easily see this as a way to give access to special directories without having to provide additional credentials to your workgroup users. This type of external file system mounting is even extended to the iSCSI world since this box can be either a provider or consumer of iSCSI connections.

NEXT: real-world performance >>

Related reviews

See also: Group test: what's the best NAS drive?

QNAP TS-639 Pro Turbo Expert Verdict »
NAS server
Gigabit Ethernet
Status LCD
Intel 1.6GHz
DRAM 1GB, 128MB Flash
Data Transfer Rate: 300 MBps
Hard drive, disk array (RAID)
RAID 0, RAID 1, RAID 5, RAID 6, JBOD, RAID 5 hot spare
Serial ATA-300
Gigabit Ethernet
Network/Transport Protocol: TCP/IP, UDP/IP, NTP, SMTP, FTP, DHCP, SMB
Remote Management Protocol: SNMP, Telnet, HTTP, HTTPS, SSH
DNS, File Level Security (ACLs), DHCP, Microsoft CIFS, Network File System (NFS), FTP, FTPS, Server Message Block (SMB), Apple File Protocol (AFP), HTTP, HTTPS
Load balancing, dynamic DNS server, print server, IP address filtering, iTunes server, Jumbo Frames support, DHCP server, FTP server
Expansion Bays Total (Free): 6 (6)x hot-swap - 3.5in
2x Ethernet 1000Base-T RJ-45, 5x Hi-Speed USB, 4 PIN USB Type A, 2x eSATA-300, 7 pin external Serial ATA, VGA
2x network cable
K-lock security slot
Voltage Required: AC 120/230 V (50-60Hz)
Power Consumption Operational: 86.6 Watt
257x235x175mm
5.2kg
  • Overall: We give this item 8 of 10 overall

A NAS appliance with an unusually wide selection of features, the QNAP TS-639 Pro Turbo is a good flexible choice for the small to medium-sized organisation.

There are currently no price comparisons for this product.
  • QNAP TS-659 Pro Turbo review

    QNAP TS-659 Pro Turbo

    The QNAP TS-659 Pro Turbo device is built for those who need 12TB of storage capacity but aren't fussed too much about speed. There are much faster - and cheaper - alternatives. However, the TS-659 Pro Turbo has plenty of server features to suit both the home and small offices.

  • QNAP Turbo NAS TS-419U review

    QNAP Turbo NAS TS-419U

    With a multitude of software options and strong support for VMware and Hyper-V, the QNAP Turbo NAS TS-419U appliance can play many roles in a growing small business.

  • QNAP TurboNAS TS-259 Pro+ review

    QNAP TurboNAS TS-259 Pro+

    The QNAP TurboNAS TS-259 Pro+ is a pricey 2-bay NAS enclosure that packs in features for home and office use, and it's fast, too.

  • Qnap TS-459 Pro Turbo review

    Qnap TS-459 Pro Turbo

    The Qnap TS-459 Pro Turbo - Qnap's latest network-attached storage (NAS) device - might not look much different from its predecessors, but there's a lot more power packed underneath the hood.

  • QNAP TS-259 Pro Turbo review

    QNAP TS-259 Pro Turbo

    The QNAP TS-259 Pro Turbo is a fast two-bay network-attached storage (NAS) device with powerful guts and plenty of features.


IDG UK Sites

LG G Watch release date, price and specs: Hands-on and pictures

IDG UK Sites

Apple financial results: iPhones, iPads & Macs sales for Apple's Q2 2014, plus shares to split

IDG UK Sites

Twitter - not news

IDG UK Sites

See Moo Studios' new animated advert for Blue Moon beer