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Our First Look at the QNAP QGD-1600P


It wasn’t long ago when QNAP only sold NAS products. The company has embraced diversification while maintaining NAS functionality at its core. Their latest product, the QNAP QGD-1600P POE Switch and NAS, is already shaking things up in the storage space – providing a complete solution that caters for NAS, PoE and switch functionalities.

To say that there’s never been something quite like this before is a bit of an understatement. This is a significant new step forward in these technologies, combining them into a seamless platform that “just works” right out of the box in a hybrid platform that’s elegant and effortless to use.

Best of all, you get to enjoy all the benefits that an independent POE switch has to offer with all the benefits that a traditional NAS platform provides in a single system. This conserves energy, dramatically improves efficiency, and reduces the physical real estate that would have been necessary if you had to get two different pieces of hardware instead of this one combination unit.

To learn a little more about everything that the QNAP combo unit brings to the table we’ve put together this quick guide.

The QNAP QGD-1600P is a Legitimate Double Software Access Platform

One of the most important distinctions to make in regards to the QNAP Guardian Switch is that it isn’t just a NAS with extra LAN ports across the board. Nor is it a traditional network switch with a couple of hard drives tossed onboard. Instead, the QGD-1600P has been built ground up to offer both capabilities in tandem or as a parallel installation.

This means that you’re going to be able to leverage NAS features with distinct power and reset buttons that are different from the power and reset buttons that operate the switch components.

The ability to determine how these two technologies are leveraged in concert with one another (or how they are managed separately) is one of the things that makes the QNAP so spectacular.

Amazing Software Combined with Great Hardware

The hardware side of the QNAP is fantastic, with dual 2.5 SATA HD bays ready to rock and roll in NAS setups straight out of the box. You can install SSDs (though traditional hard drives can be installed as well) and operate them with a RAID array but also have a lot of freedom to use this NAS in a couple of different ways as well.

The full 1 Gb switch capabilities of the Guardian Switch hardware are impressive as well. Speed, stability, and security of this system is top-tier, and when combined with the NAS systems, this whole unit is elevated across the board.

Of course, to make the most of all the hardware under the hood of the new QNAP QGD-1600P you’ll want to poke around the software already installed on this system straightaway.

The underlying architecture of the software is easy to manage, with new and modern applications designed specifically for this platform already on the hardware. Other applications can be added as well thanks to the fact that the QNAP leverages the QTS 4.4.1 Linux OS. The extensibility you get is nothing short of exceptional.

Closing Thoughts

At the end of the day, if you are thinking about running a POE switch on your network and have been toying with the idea of adding a NAS platform to the mix as well not a bad idea to kill two birds with one stone and go with the QNAP set up.

Easy to install, easy to use, and efficient across the board this is a spectacular piece of hardware that isn’t available from anywhere else in this industry right now.