QNAP TS-1269U-RP TurboNAS review: Speedy NAS offers upto 48TB of storage

With the TS-1269U-RP’s capacity and network capability, your business can afford to bring all its storage in house.

We recently reviewed the QNAP TS-1269U-RP’s little brother, the TS-269L TurboNAS. Despite similar sounding serial numbers, these are two entirely different devices. Both are network attached storage enclosures, with server capabilities. But the TS-1269U-RP is a 12 bay, rack-mounted monster - suitable for small to medium sized business deployment.

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The unit has its own Linux based operating system and a series of baked in applications and features. Connection to your Mac or network is via gigabit ethernet and is easily configured using QNAP’s QFinder app.

Let’s get this out of the way first. This unit wasn’t built for looks, it was built for speed. Around 220 MB/s read and write, according to QNAP's specs, although you'll need to setup port trunking with both gigabit ethernet to exceed around 120 MB/s. The styling is basic and industrial. It’s exactly the kind of aesthetic you’d expect from an enclosure that’s designed to hidden in a cupboard.

The RP in the suffix refers to the dual power supply – to mitigate against a PSU failure, two can be wired simultaneously with automatic failover should one go down.

The 12 SATA drive bays are easy to access from the front panel of the enclosure. There’s support for both 3.5- and 2.5in drives, which you’ll need to fit yourself as like most professional units the enclosure ships empty. Fully populating the unit the first time around is a job as fiddly and repetitive as putting together an Ikea coffee table.

Though the bays are all hot swappable, this is mainly to accommodate drive failures or expansion. If you add a drive that already has data on it, it will be wiped and assimilated into the collective. Resistance is futile.

This amount of storage needs some significant control and that comes in the form of an Intel Atom dual-core processor running at 2.13GHz. The unit ships with 2GB of memory, expandable to 3GB.  The documentation specified a power consumption figure of 81W when fully operating. 

A series of ports at the back enable expansion and connectivity. There are two USB 3.0 and four USB 2.0 ports. A pair of eSATA ports enables you add further drives for external back-up. There are HDMI and VGA ports but these are only for logging into the device console for setup.

OUR VERDICT

The TS-1269U-RP is QNAP’s attempt to bring enterprise level storage to small business settings. Though corners have been cut, with Atom architecture and limited RAM, it’s fast and robust. It won’t take an IT engineer to install it either.

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