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Thecus N8900 2U Rackmount 10GbE Ready NAS Server

SKU: THN8900 MFR: N8900
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About the Thecus N8900

The Thecus N8900 features the latest firmware revision as well having full 64-bit kernel support making provision for 6Gb/s dual SAS and SATA support courtesy of the PCI-e LSI combo controller. Designed from the ground up and not like many other units, merely a CPU upgrade here and there then repacked and sold, this one hosts the Intel Core i3-2120 processor, integrates 2 cores at 3.3GHz and the performance is optimized with a generous 8GB of DDR3 memory allowing for excellent response times for virtualized environments and storage operations.

This is a total shift from the traditional onboard controllers normally found on all NAS devices in this class. The SAS aspect of the N8900 is a welcome addition as it helps to provide further longevity of the entire system and squeezes that extra bit of performance that is currently prevalent over SATA drives. Mind you it is at a bit of a premium! However not so if you select Enterprise Class SATA III drives as the same specification drives in the SAS class are very close to the same cost. Prudence calls for examining SAS pricing.

The Thecus N8900 is designed and built well, clearly to last with quality materials that clearly depict the seriousness of Thecus' commitment to the Enterprise market. As users continue to struggle with keeping up under the deluge of increasing data, the N8900 with support for a total of 30TB will be a breath of fresh air. The N8900 provides support for multiple file systems that includes EXT3, ETX4 and also its popular XFS, without the normal volume barriers.

Packed with a generous 8GB DDR3 memory, its' a real boon when working under virtual modes as the extra memory provides the necessary oomph, when needed. Mind you one does not need to start with all 8-bays populated as adding more drives is quite simply a matter of inserting drive/s and selecting to expand within the current volume or creating a new volume, also supported is RAID expansion that allows RAID migration from RAID 5 to RAID 6 without loss of data, this basically means one can go upwards in RAID levels but not backward, which is only possible if you delete and start over.

The one thing that stands out head and shoulders above all is the excellent performance sustained over numerous tests and coupled with certification to be VMware, Hyper V and Citrix Ready and support for iSCSI with Thin Provisioning and many other features, the N8900 is ready for enterprise prime time.

Thecus N8900 Includes

  • Thecus N8900 2U Rackmount 10GbE Ready NAS Server
  • Accessory Bag (with Key)
  • Ethernet Cable
  • Power Cord
  • Acronis True Image DVD
  • Universal CD
  • Twonky Media Server CD
  • QIG
  • Warranty Card
  • HDD Compatibility List Card
  • Sliding Shelves
  • Thecus Warranty

Thecus N8900 Features

  • 10GbE Ready: High-end data centers often need a level of speed that today's average Internet cannot provide. This Thecus NAS is 10Gb Ethernet ready to satisfy the toughest needs of today and tomorrow
  • USB 3.0 Connectivity: The next generation of connectivity is here with speeds 10x faster than USB 2.0. Whether connecting digital cameras and smart phones, backing up large external hard drives, or extending the capacity of your NAS, USB 3.0 will make sure it's done in no time at up to 5 Gbit/s
  • Acronis True Image: Thecus brings the best to the table with Acronis's advanced backup software. Back up all your data with One-click Protection or pick and choose only your most important files
  • Dual DOM: A Disk On Module (DOM) contains all of the system's critical software. If it stops working for any reason, your system firmware could be inaccessible - or worse
  • Multiple RAID: When it comes to data management, Thecus NAS truly let you have it your way. Create multiple RAID volumes each supporting different RAID modes including RAID 0, 1, 5, 6, 10,50, 60 and JBOD for your own balance of performance and data protection
  • Multiple File Systems: Support for multiple file systems including Ext3, EXT4 and XFS, gives Thecus NAS flexibility to handle many different types of environments. Users can simultaneously use different file systems across multiple RAID volumes to get the best of each one
  • iSCSI Thin-Provisioning: Get the most out of your storage space with the extreme speed of iSCSI and the efficiency of iSCSI thin provisioning
  • iOS/Android Connectivity: In the modern world, nothing is as important as reaching your data from anywhere. With ThecusShare and the Thecus Dashboard, you can manage your NAS and upload to and download/stream from your NAS using an iOS or Android device on the go
  • Rsync: Backing up your data is very necessary and everyone has specific needs when it comes to storage. Thecus's Rsync functionality gives users great flexibility with remote backup capability, a flexible scheduler and the stability of Linux-based transfer
  • User Quotas: Divide the massive storage of a Thecus NAS among multiple users. Whether there are two users or 100, user quotas make it easy to divvy up and manage disk space
  • PCI-e slot: Thecus NAS products are ready for a number of emerging technologies. Through the built in PCI-e slot, business users can add a 10G Ethernet Adaptor for lighting fast transfer speeds, or a USB 3.0 Adaptor Card to enjoy next-generation connectivity

Thecus N8900 Specifications

Processor Intel Core i3-2120
System Memory 8GB DDR3 SDRAM
LAN Interface (PCI-e) RJ-45x3: Intel 82574L 10/100/1000 BASE-TX Auto MDI/MDI-X
WOL supported
USB Interface USB 2.0 host port x6 (front x2, back x4) (Type A)
USB 3.0 host port x2 (back x2)
LED Indicator Power: (Blue)
System busy: (Yellow)
System alert: Redundant power or system fan failure (Red)
HDD 1-8 Activity/Fail (Green/Red)
OLED Displays system status and information (Multilingual)
HDMI Output HDMI port (Back x1)
Audio MIC input, Line input, Audio output
SAS/SATA controller (HBA), PCI-e(8-lane) LSI 2008 HBA card supports 6G SAS/SATA (x8)
Disk interface 8 x SATA for internal
1 x eSATA for external
Power Supply Redundant power supply 500W or more (80plus)
PCI-e Slots 8-lane (x3), One is used by SAS HBA
4-lane (x1)
1-lane (x1) used by CU30N (USB 3.0)
Thermal/Fan Control Thermal sensor on processor temperature
CPU Fan control
System Fan control
System Fan Hot swappable (x2)
Buttons Power button(Front, shutdown controlled by user interface)
LCM button (ENT, ESC, UP, DOWN)
System reset button
Locator button
RS232 1 (For UPS)
Temperature 5deg.C to 40deg.C
Humidity 0 - 80 % R.H. (Non-condensing)
Chassis 2U Rack mount
RAID Modes RAID 0, 1, 5, 6, 10, 50, 60 and JBOD
Auto-rebuild Supported
Hot-swap Supported
Dedicated Hot Spare Supported
Global Hot Spare Supported
Online RAID Migration Supported
Online RAID Expansion Supported
RAID Volume Encryption AES256bit
Power Management Available spin-down while idle setting
Bad Block Scanning Supported
SMART Info Supported
SMART Test Supported
Disk Roaming Supports volume-based roaming to other N8900
Configuration Fixed IP address, dynamic IP address
IP sharing mode Can be enable/disabled
Transport Protocols TCP/IP/AppleTalk
File Protocols SMB/CIFS, HTTP/HTTPS, FTP, NFS v4, AFP
Link Aggregation Load balance, Failover, 802.3ad, Balance-XOR, Balance-TLB, Balance-ALB
Data Access: Client OS Support Windows 2000/XP/2003/Vista/7
UNIX/Linux
Mac OS 9/X
Data Access: FTP Build-in FTP server with bandwidth control
Data Access: Secure FTP Build-in secure FTP Server with bandwidth control
Data Access: Download Manager HTTP/FTP/BitTorrent/eMule (via DLM2 module)
Data Access: Printer Server (IPP) Supports USB printers
Supports a wide range of IPP printers
Client can manage print tasks (list/delete) via web user interface
Client Incremental Data Backup Acronis True image(OEM version)
Client System Disaster Recovery Acronis True image(OEM version)
Single Volume Remote Replication Incremental or synchronized (via Rsync module)
USB device copy to NAS Controlled through LCM
Bi-directional USB copy Supported (via USB Copy module)
MAC time machine Supported
iSCSI Target/Initiator Supports Microsoft/Mac OS X/Linux initiators and Thecus NAS targets
iSCSI Thin Provisioning Configurable to virtual size 16TB
MPIO Supported
MCS Supported
Clustering Supported
SCSI3 persistent group reservation Supported
Scheduled Power On/Off Supported
Multiple RAID Supported
Multiple File System Selectable EXT3/EXT4/XFS
iTunes Server Supports AAC, MP3 w/ ID3 tag and WAV
Media Server Support uPnP AV streaming protocol
User Authentication: Local User Supports built-in user accounts
User Authentication: Local Group Supports built-in user groups
User Authentication: Windows ADS Supported
File System: Type Journaling File System
File System: Capacity 24TB (XFS)/16TB (EXT4)/8TB (EXT3) per volume
File System: Language Support Unicode Support
File System: Authorization (ACL) "Read", "write", or "deny" privileges to individual users or groups in folders and sub-folders
File System: User Quota Supported
User Interface Web-based user interface supports English, Traditional Chinese, Simplified Chinese, Japanese, Korean, French, German, Italian, Spanish, Russian, Polish and Portuguese
Utility Program MS Windows Setup Wizard
Supports Windows 2000/XP/2003/Vista/7
Mac OS X Setup Wizard
Email Notifications Sends system messages via e-mail to the system administrator
SNMP Trap System information trap out
Dual DOM Supported
Recycle Bin Supported
Web Server Supported (via module)
ISO Mount Supported
User Module Supported
IP Cam Surveillance Supports up to 10 IP cameras (via module)
Dimensions (H x W x D) 87 x 437.5 x 595 mm/3.42 x 17.22 x 23.42"
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