QNAP TS-H1283XU-RP Reviewed

One of the most technologically advanced Network Attached Storage (NAS) solutions on the market right now, the QNAP TS-H1283XU-RP finds a way to squeeze top-tier hardware into a relatively compact yet durable form factor in a way few other options can.

Blazing fast (thanks in large part to the new Intel Xenon processor, upwards of 128 GB of DDR4 memory, and some other intelligent hardware choices), the stability of this NAS should not be undersold, either.

One of the biggest challenges folks have with most other NAS solutions is stability, after all.

These pieces of hardware are notorious for falling apart when you least expect them to, compromising and potentially corrupting your data and making life a lot more challenging than it could or should be.

You won’t have those issues with this QNAP TS-H1283XU-RP hardware.

The QNAP TS-H1283XU-RP has built-in redundancies, a lightweight new operating system (QuTS), and all of the engineering wisdom from the QNAP team shoehorned into this amazing new NAS to provide a superior experience all around.

Let’s dig a little deeper into everything you get out of this set up.

Server Level Performance with Extreme Reliability

If you talk one glance at the TS-H1283XU-RP from QNAP and thought it to be a lightweight server rack you wouldn’t be the only person. That’s by design.

A lot of what the TS-H1283XU-RP has going on from an engineering standpoint has been pulled directly from the traditional server world.

These decisions were made to increase the stability of the QNAP TS-H1283XU-RP, making it a lot more reliable across the board and providing individuals and small organizations with an NAS that had server grade performance and reliability.

Taking advantage of almost unlimited snapshots to protect your data (using SnapSync), the TS-H1283XU-RP also leverages block level in-line data decoupling as well as in-line data decompression. All of this guarantees a level of consistency and reliability other NAS options can’t while improving speed all at the same time.

Leverages the New QuTS Hero Operating System

QNAP also went back to the drawing board and created a brand-new operating system built on everything they learned with their previous iterations, launching it with the TS-H1283XU-RP NAS.

The new OS combines the more application focus QTS platform with a 128 bit ZFS file system that offers a whole lot more flexibility, adaptability, and security than previous NAS operating systems ever could.

With this new operating system you’ll get:

  • More flexible storage management tools
  • Self-healing capabilities against data corruption
  • Improved data compression and reduction
  • Higher capacity levels
  • More snapshots and SnapSync support
  • Much more complete data protection solutions and
  • An overall level of optimization that speeds things up, streamlines your NAS significantly and adds improved security as well

Best of all, the OS has been built with usability in mind. Your tech team won’t have to worry about relearning their NAS environment to get the QNAP TS-H1283XU-RP to work.

Everything just sort of flows seamlessly, helping you to get set up and running in a hurry.

Self-Healing

  • End-to-end checksums are used by ZFS to detect and correct data corruption
  • ZFS automatically repairs the damage on integrity violation detection
  • Write Once, Read Many (WORM) is also supported to maintain data integrity

Compression, Compaction & Deduplication

QuTS utilises the following inline mechanisms to optimise storage usage while decreasing storage capacity requirements:

  • Compression – shrinks the data size
  • Compaction – combines smaller data chunks to blocks
  • Deduplication – identifies duplicate data blocks and prevents multiple writes of the same data

Next-Generation Intel XEON E Processors Under the Hood

The latest Intel XENON E Series processors are tucked under the hood of every QNAP TS-H1283XU-RP NAS. They make a world of difference, too.

These processors feature six individual cores with dual threading technology on each core, providing speeds of 3.4 GHz consistently (with the ability to “burst” up to 4.8 GHz when necessary).

This processor is built with performance in mind.

When you couple that kind of “brain” for your NAS with ECC memory through the dual channel DDR4 DIMM slots you’re really going to witness how fast this cutting edge technology runs.

As long as you are using paired memory modules you’ll be able to tap into all the horsepower of the Intel chipset as well as the memories you are using, enjoying far better speed and stability with NAS workloads that change on the fly.

Fully Expandable and Extensible

Unlike a lot of other enterprise-level NAS options that are sort of “set in stone” when it comes to how you can tinker with the internals, QNAP gives you an opportunity to extend, expand, and adapt the TS-H1283XU-RP in a lot of different ways.

The hardware architecture itself is built around a fully expandable and upgradeable system. You’ll be able to swap out components as necessary (or as your budget allows), building the NAS you want without having to start from scratch all over again.

The framework and layout of the NAS itself (from a physical standpoint) also allows for a lot of extensibility and modification. You’ll get a “future proof” NAS with a system that can scale as your business, organization, or needs you.

Multi-Level Storage Options

As far as storage is concerned, you’ll have a multilevel configuration available to pick and choose from.

Obviously, you’ll need an initial storage pool to get your new QNAP TS-H1283XU-RP up and running. It’s not a bad idea to start this on a standard SSD RAID array with at least two drives for redundancy.

From there, though, you can add as much storage as you like in either the “read/write cache” department or the “data storage” department. Lightning fast SSDs in the reading and writing storage system will improve performance while larger HDD/SSD drives should be used in a RAID array for handling your application data and critical files.

Blazing Fast File Transfers

One of the most impressive things about the QNAP TS-H1283XU-RP is its ability to transfer files so quickly.

Compared to the QTS operating system from QNAP (the older operating system from this company) the TS-H1283XU-RP running the latest Hero OS enjoy significantly improved data transmission capabilities. We are talking about making the most of everything that 10GbE transfers make possible.

Mixed with enterprise level SSDs, you’ll see read and write times like you’ve never seen on a NAS before when you fire the NAS up. We ran a quick test with slower platter based drives and it didn’t take long before we hit the limits of the HDDs, leaving plenty of bandwidth on the 10Gbps connection.

Didn’t take much effort to hit the limits of a traditional 7200RPM HDD

Closing Thoughts

At the end of the day, there’s a lot to fall in love with when it comes to the QNAP TS-H1283XU-RP.

Already establishing itself as the “gold standard” in the world of extendable and adaptable NAS options, if you’re serious about protecting your data, enjoying high-speed transfers, and never having to worry about reliability there’s a good chance this is the NAS for you.

This QNAP NAS comes highly recommended.