The new N8900 is a monstrous beast that should serve all your NAS’ing (is that a word?) needs, whether it be high level enterprise, or if you’re just some dude with too much cash laying around. Take for example the upgrade to the Intel Core i3-2120 CPU at 3.3GHz for more processing power. The NAS even has 8GB’s of DDR3 onboard. This is all in the name of multi-tasking faster, RAID’ing faster, and running virtualized environments…err…faster. This is definitely no toy NAS that’s for sure.

On the storage side, the new Thecus N8900 can house up to eight SAS drives, and you can even add more storage with USB 3.0 ports onboard. It even has audio inputs and outputs and an HDMI connection, and upgrades to 10Gb LAN even. Fiber or high performance base-T cables to get your daily bandwidth diet. I’m not sure about the user interface, but we’ve had our shares of woes with the Thecus way of doing the NAS web interface dance. But they have gotten a lot batter in recent revisions.

In a nutshell, this thing is basically overkill for anything but enterprise. But if you want to be pimpin’ and sexy, you can have one of these for a measly $2999 US. Full PR below.

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Thecus Announces the 2nd Generation Intel Core i3-Based N8900

A powerful 8-bay rackmount NAS designed for professionals

08/15/2011 Thecus already has an 8 bay rackmount NAS, the N8200XXX featuring a quick Intel Atom processor and providing a very good value. This product fills an important niche in the market and provides users with an excellently priced large storage NAS. Before this, Thecus was already known for innovative and powerful appliances such as the N8800SAS with SAS support and heavy-loaded hardware. With the N8900, theyve decided to go one step further in performance and provide a state of the art NAS device for the most demanding users: USB3.0, HDMI output, and 10Gb Ethernet compatibility are only some of the key features included. Lets have a closer look.

Powerful Hardware for Superior Performance

As part of the latest generation of leading CPUs on the market, the Intel Core i3-2120 processor integrates 2 cores at 3.3GHz to match the N8900s no less than 8GB of DDR3 memory. Fast RAID operations, multitasking, reactive virtualized environments, application serving, and more; anything your business needs.

To maximize your data safety, the N8900 benefits from a unique Thecus feature: Dual DOM design. The DOM (Disk On Module) is the equivalent of the BIOS on a computer: if it fails or gets corrupted for any reason, all your data can be heavily damaged. Thanks to Thecus Dual DOM design, there is a second DOM ready to replace or reprogram the first one. In this way, Thecus has reduced DOM failures by 67%(1)!

A Design Focused on Flexibility

The N8900 also embeds whats best for connectivity: two USB 3.0 ports, audio output/input, and an HDMI connection. Those will also give users even more possibilities when writing their own modules thanks to the brand new Thecus software developer kit.

In addition, the N8900 is built with several free PCI-e extension slots (one 4-lane and two 8-lane slots), which can be used for virtually everything. For instance, you can decide to add more USB 3.0 or eSATA slots. For companies with higher-end needs, you can choose to install a 10Gb Ethernet adapter, allowing you to use either traditional fiber or high-performance/low-cost base-T cables!

Speaking of flexibility, the N8900 is compatible with every common (and not so common) file system: Ext3, Ext4, and XFS. There are also 6 modes of link aggregation supported to maximize performance. Coupled with 6G SAS hard disks, the final results cant be wrong!

(1)Statistics provided by Thecus Technical Support, based on a comparison made during the first semester of 2011.

For more information on the N8900, check out: http://www.thecus.com/product.php?PROD_ID=56

For more information on Thecus, go to: http://www.thecus.com

About Thecus

Thecus Technology Corp. specializes in IP Storage Server and Network Video Recorder solutions. The company was established in 2004 with the mission to make technology that is as transparent as it is easy-to-use and products that are not only the best on the market, but are accessible to experts and novices alike. Combining a world-class R&D team highly experienced in storage hardware and software development with a keen customer focus, Thecus stays close to the marketto develop high-quality products to fulfill the storage and surveillance needs of todays world.

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