Thecus Unveils Cavium-Powered N4100 EVO NAS Device

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The folks at Thecus have just unveiled their latest low-power Network Attached Storage (NAS) device, the N4100 EVO. This new N4100 looks just like previous iterations of this 4-bay NAS, and sports Thecus’ useful LCD and front panel buttons (among many other features), but this latest device is powered by a new, lower-power dual-core SoC from Cavium. The full scoop is available in the PR below...


Thecus N4100EVO: The First Dual-core Cavium-based 4-bay NAS

Intelligent design: Evolve your digital office

12/12/2011 – Taipei (Taiwan): Thecus is well known in the market for always putting innovative hardware and state of the art technology on the table for a fair price in order to guarantee our customers the best value. Thecus’s new N4100EVO NAS offer a broad range of advanced features and differentiate themselves with low-energy hardware for those who place strong value on cutting down their electricity costs and carbon footprint. This cost-effective hardware is the first four-bay NAS on the market to feature the speedy and efficient dual-core Cavium CPU to get the quick transfer speeds necessary for large backups and heavy use. The N4100EVO is designed to change the way you run your office, at home or at work.

Dual Core CPU
The N4100EVO doesn't bust your budget and still has plenty of power to throw around. It integrates a Cavium dual-core processor, making file sharing, web hosting, and even heavy data backups easy and fast. This four bay NAS will also have 2 USB 2.0 ports for easy data backup to and from external hard drives and an LCD screen for more convenient administration.

Hardware RAID and the Powerful XOR Engine
The XOR Engine makes the N4100EVO the first SMB/home NAS on the market to use dedicated hardware to lighten the load of building RAID and free up the CPU to keep your NAS running fast. The N4100EVO embeds a dedicated XOR engine in order to speed up all RAID 5 computations and minimize one of the main drawbacks of RAID protection: rebuilding time!

A Well Rounded Software Bundle
It is important to give users the support and applications they need to take full advantage of storing and networking their data. That’s why Thecus provides a lot of useful tools to be sure their NAS can be pushed to the fullest extent. If you feel you are a tinkerer, you can also develop your own modules and share them with the community.

  • Thecus Firmware includes support for all the newest advances: XFS, 3TB HDD, SATAIII HDD, iSCSI, an open source module system, and more.
  • The powerful Acronis Backup software makes backups easy and keeps your data safe!
  • More than a dozen free modules are available on the Thecus website, including:
    • A download manager for BitTorrent, eMule and HTTP. You don’t even need to switch on your computer!
    • The brand new Piczza! photo server, which allows you to share your pictures with friends and family in a smart and easy-to-use interface.
    • A Web Disk module to upload and download data simply and easily to and from your NAS.

"As the demand for storage capacity continues to grow, SMB/home users are requiring greater integration of storage into their environments,” said Florence Shih, Thecus Technology General Manager. “The N4100EVO is designed to deliver performance, features, and reliability at an affordable price to satisfy these needs.”

“Cavium is delighted to be working with Thecus in introducing the revolutionary 4-Bay NAS product to the market,” says Douglas Cheung, Director of Marketing for Consumer and Home Networking at Cavium. “Our ECONA family of dual-core System-On-Chips (SoCs) deliver best–in-class NAS performance with the lowest power consumption. N4100EVO leverages these attributes of ECONA SoC to deliver an energy efficient 4-bay solution without compromising the performance or cost targets.”

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Nice NAS solution not if only HD's were lower in price like there were 6 months ago...

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AKnudson replied on Mon, Dec 12 2011 11:44 PM

this article is a bit.... Grey? it doesn't fully state what it would be used for nor does it show why its better than another product in this particular field, but the thing that bothered me the most was the lifeless tone throughout. it should be springing with vibrant violent volatile information that grabs me. whether or not i needed this product the ad for it would probably have sent in another direction.

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ajm135 replied on Tue, Dec 13 2011 1:34 PM

Looks like a new low power super duper Java maker(zing!!!!). sorry for the lame computer joke but seriously it looks like a coffee maker that can power your office.

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LAddvart replied on Thu, Dec 22 2011 1:47 AM

I admire the strict adherence to the facts and like hoe easy it is to get stats.

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