QTS 5.0 is coming soon, the beta of which may have been tested with the appropriate NAS for some time.
Version 4.x of the QTS operating system, which runs QNAP network storage (also), was released in the summer of 2013, with plenty of new features and special solutions. Over the past eight years, updates and fixes have been added to it, and its interface is still outdated, yet there is so much new waiting to be introduced that the manufacturer has seen the time to change the main version. QTS 5.0 can also be tested in public beta for a while, of course you need a suitable NAS – a list of currently supported units can be found
The QTS 5.0 interface has also got larger, more modern-looking icons (the old UI at the top and the modern UI at the bottom). [+]
As for the major new features, we might start with the new kernel, as QTS 5.0 is already built on the Linux 5.10 kernel. Users who are primarily sensitive to changes to the interface will be reassured right away: while the new UI is more modern, faster and more user-friendly with the 4.x system, it won’t be embarrassed by the new interface, concept and design for it has hardly changed. Accordingly, we still get a friendly, window-icon solution, where the layout and appearance of the elements is largely the same as in the previous version, but the icons have become larger, so they look good and visible on larger screens and resolutions.
Although the main menu has been redesigned, inside we can come across the previous UI [+]
This resizing also affects the main menu, but not the internal menus or applications, such as File Station or Control Panel. In terms of speed, we can expect to run a bit faster, at least for us we had this experience using the test TS-230 NAS in the case of.
A small but pleasant novelty is the search engine that appears in the main menu, which helps you find a specific setting option. They have also changed the way they handle notifications: the Bulletin Board has been replaced by the Notification Center, which displays all the information in one place. Each of these is clickable in the same way as before.
The new “Bulletin Board” has a wizard to help you set up, along with alerts [+]
If you have already mentioned the applications, we would like to mention here that the SSD Profiling Tool, which was previously installed by default, but in many cases only takes up space, can now be retrofitted from the application store, instead of having to deal with its removal. QBoost and QSync Central did the same. Using SSDs is still useful anyway, as QTS 5.0 uses a redesigned cache solution that promises even more performance to speed up data access.
QTS 5.0 also supports the QuFTP service – this is the new FTP solution of QNAP, which offers an FTP server and client with TLS / SSL encryption (also) so that data can be conveniently and securely transferred between different data storages and servers. The QuFTP program itself offers a central interface, through which you can access settings and log files, access the FTP server, and manage downloads here.
Since there have been a lot of attacks on NASs lately, let’s take a look at some of the improvements in data security as well! QTS has been bothering us for a while, if we use the default Administrator account for everything, but for 5.0, the installation wizard will require you to create another account with administrator privileges and then disable this default admin account for us. Another new security feature is WireGuard VPN integration and the fact that TLS 1.3 can be used for network access (however, this requires a NAS with an x86 CPU, ARM-based ones will be omitted).
In addition to security innovations, the new kernel could increase the performance of AMD-based NASs, but obviously progress is also important due to support for new hardware platforms and graphics solutions in the future.
Coral USB Accelerator is based on the Google Edge TPU. This $ 60 AI accelerator will also be available with QTS 5.0. (source: Coral) [+]
Those using the QuMagie image manager or QVR Face Recognition can also benefit from the new QTS 5, as QNAP’s Artificial Intelligence-based Face Recognition module uses an accelerator in the form of a USB or M.2 socket module based on Coral’s Google Edge TPU (this again requires an x86 NAS).
Drive Analyzer capable of predicting storage failures with artificial intelligence will be available in QTS 5.0 (source: QNAP) [+]
Last but not least, you will find QTS 5.0 introduced in QuTS Hero DA Drive Analyzer. It is also an artificial intelligence-based system that, relying on data from millions of drives already in operation, tries to predict whether the storage devices in a given NAS are nearing the end of their life, whether it is worth thinking about replacing them.
Source: Hírek és cikkek – PROHARDVER! by prohardver.hu.
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