As data influx increases, it becomes equally important that storage for that data is managed efficiently. Cloud computing concept is one that comes to mind. However, cloud computing comes with a lot of added cost and risk especially for governments because public clouds are often safer than private clouds in this day and age, but the day governments upload all their sensitive data onto public clouds is one that we may never see. So the next option is Network Attached Storage (NAS), which gives users the best of both, onsite and cloud data storage.
This is where ‘Quality Network Appliance Provider’—QNAP comes in--offering a range of turnkey NAS and Network Video Recorder (NVR) solutions that have been designed with the goal of offering quality, value, and convenience to customers. The California-based firm’s NAS storage is the ideal solution for IT-based projects of governmental agencies. NAS gives users the security of physically owning the drives that store the data while having the convenience of accessing it from anywhere when connected to the network.
NAS offers the security of owning the drives that store data while having the convenience of accessing it from anywhere when connected to the network
QNAP’s first ever NAS device was released in 2006. QNAP bases its NAS devices on its proprietary storage software, QTS 4.3.4. Now with a revamped UI that not only simplifies the storage management system but also puts further emphasis on the visualized snapshot management, making storage and snapshot management much easier. A snapshot allows the NAS to record its system state at any time and in the event of an unexpected situation, the user can revert to a snapshot that has been saved at a previous point in time. Just like restoring a computer using the Previous Point Restore feature. The firm also offers RAID protection against hard drive failures, notifying users through SMS or email when it detects failing drives.
NAS ranges from 4 TB to well beyond 700 TB and is the perfect storage option for government agencies as cloud computing often gets expensive quickly; the more data is stored on it. Though, for customers that do want to store data on the cloud, QNAP has them covered. “We work with hybrid cloud solutions like Dropbox, so, customers can upload the data into the NAS box first and can then schedule uploads to the cloud on a daily basis.
"As of now, we have about 1,000 employees worldwide, and our revenue is about $0.2 billion. Our five-year goal is to have a company that has a revenue stream of $1 billion"
QNAP’s NVR solutions are robust IP-based surveillance systems that capitalize on the popularity of high megapixel and fisheye cameras. Its QVR Surveillance Station 5.1 software maximizes the usability of the cameras with high management efficiency of the surveillance systems. Compatible with a myriad of cameras available in the market, QNAP’s Surveillance Station offers real-time monitoring, different recording modes and playback options, among others. A highlight of NVR is that users can analyze a desired section of video without the need for manually screening pieces of video. The Centralized Management System also enables multiple cameras to be controlled at once, negating the need for users to copy/paste settings for individual cameras in the same area.
QNAP announced the launch of the Orthanc project for NAS, a free open-source ecosystem that makes NAS systems into lightweight and powerful picture archiving and communication systems (PACS) that are specifically designed for the healthcare industry. “As of now, we have about 1,000 employees worldwide, and our revenue is about $0.2 billion. Our five-year goal is to have a company that has a revenue stream of $1 billion,” concludes Kuo.