12-bay high performance unified storage with built-in 10GbE
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QNAP TS-EC1280U R2, featuring the easy-to-use QTS operating system, provides a reliable and scalable NAS solution to fulfill data backup, file synchronization and remote access. The TS-EC1280U R2 is 10GbE-ready, delivers exceptional performance, and supports cross-platform file sharing, comprehensive backup solutions, iSCSI and virtualization applications, and many practical business functions, making it the ideal choice for SMBs to secure important business data. It also includes abundant multimedia applications backed by its powerful hardware specifications.
- QNAP TS-EC1280U-R2 Enterprise Storage
- 4 x network cable
- Quick Installation Guide (QIG)
- Power Cord
- Built-in 10GbE, highly-efficient storage solution for HD video editing and sharing
- 3,500+ MB/s throughput and 390,000+ IOPS
- Two internal cache ports and up to 4 SSDs for caching
- Scalable design, up to 840TB raw capacity
- Virtualization-ready, centralized data storage, backup, sharing and disaster recovery
QTS - Simple and efficient
Thanks to QTS’s intuitive user interface, system operations of the TS-EC1280U R2 are smooth and handy. Its intelligent desktop allows you to find the desired functions quickly, create desktop shortcuts or group shortcuts, monitor important system information on a real-time basis, and open multiple application windows to run multiple tasks concurrently, bringing greater working efficiency.
Qsirch – A smarter, faster way to search
Quickly and easily find documents, photos, videos, and music with Qsirch, QNAP's new built-in NAS search application lets you find what you need by real-time, natural search. Simply type in as much as you know about what you are trying to find, including bits of the file name or even words/phrases in the document, and Qsirch will display a list of matches, complete with thumbnails, as you type. Qsirch even remembers your search history so you can quickly navigate to files you've previously searched for. Qsirch is a huge productivity boost – it greatly reduces the amount of time spent looking for files on the NAS so you can focus on other tasks.
Note: 2GB RAM (4GB or more RAM is recommended for optimum performance) and QTS 4.1 or newer firmware is required.
The TS-EC1280U R2 supports 6Gbps hard drives driving over 3,500 MB/s throughput and 390,000 IOPS*. Featuring with Intel® Xeon® E3 v3 Quad-Core Processor and 4 GB DDR3 ECC RAM, the TS-EC1280U R2 greatly enhances efficiency of CPU-consuming tasks and serves more concurrent tasks at the same time.
*Tested in QNAP Lab. Figures could vary by environment.
Test Environment： 4 Client PC configurations: Intel(R) Core(TM) i7-2600 CPU, 16GB DDR3 RAM, Windows 7 professional 64-bit, Dual-port Intel X520 10GbE Server Adapter, IOMeter sequential read and write. NAS Configuration： OCZ Vertex4 VTX4-25SAT3-128G SSDs with RAID 6 configuration, QNAP LAN-10G2T-U dual-port 10GBase-T network adapter*2
Internal cache port for IO acceleration
The TS-EC1280U R2 supports two on-board mSATA internal cache ports, and up to 4 SSDs can be used for caching. By installing mSATA flash modules (optional purchase), the IOPS performance of storage volumes can remarkably boost. It is perfect for improving overall workflow of random IOPS demanding applications such as database and virtualization. The internal cache port design reserves the space of hard drive tray for more storage capacity.
*Instead of installing the mSATA in the internal cache port, SSDs are supported to be installed in the hard drive tray.
Removable motherboard drawer for easy maintenance
With the TS-EC1280U R2's removable motherboard drawer, IT administrators have easier access in upgrading/installing components such as RAM, the internal cache and 10GbE adapter. The motherboard itself can be removed and replaced without needing to remove the heavy TS-EC1280U R2 from the rack cabinet, making it especially useful in maintaining the TS-EC1280U R2 in data centers with multiple rack cabinets.
Note: Power-off is necessary before removing the motherboard drawer. It is not hot-pluggable.
The TS-EC1280U R2 offers four inbuilt Gigabit Ethernet ports and features two inbuilt 10GbE SFP+ ports to deliver 10 Gigabit high speed network. The 10GbE-ready TS-EC1280U R2 delivers lightening data throughput. Coupled with the support for large storage capacity, the TS-EC1280U R2 is perfect for data centers to storage big data and excel in fast data transmission, and for editing large size videos on-the-fly without transferring the videos between the TS-EC1280U R2 and desktop computers.
Seamless capacity expansion
The TS-EC1280U R2 supports online capacity expansion by cascading multiple QNAP RAID expansion enclosures to meet the needs of growing business data. With the QNAP scale-up solution, raw storage capacity can be gradually expanded to 840TB. It is especially useful for large data applications, such as video surveillance, data archiving, and TV broadcast storage, to name few.
The maximum raw storage capacity available by connecting RAID expansion enclosures:
|Turbo NAS Model||RAID Expansion Enclosure||No. of RAID Expansion Enclosure||Total HDD No.
(NAS + Enclosure)
|Max. Raw Capacity (TB) *|
*The maximum capacity is calculated by 6TB HDDs.
Powerful QNAP flexible volume
QNAP flexible volume provides a more secure and flexible way to store the NAS data. This next generation volume offers powerful features such as storage pooling with multiple RAID group protection, thin provisioned volume with space reclaim, block-level iSCSI LUN, and online capacity expansion. The QTS Storage Manager neatly presents tools and options for managing system storage which simplifies the process of NAS capacity expansion and QNAP RAID expansion enclosure management.
Cross-platform file sharing, centralized data storage
The TS-EC1280U R2 supports SMB/CIFS, NFS, and AFP protocols for file sharing across Windows, Mac, Linux/UNIX networks. Data, logs and ISO image of CDs and DVDs can be centralized store in the NAS and protected by integrated antivirus solution. The Windows AD and LDAP services enable system administrators to configure user permissions by using existing Windows AD server, LDAP server or NAS build-in LDAP service.
Well-rounded backup solutions to secure data
The TS-EC1280U R2 offers well-rounded backup solutions as a reliable backup center. QNAP NetBak Replicator supports scheduled and real-time data backup on Windows OS. Mac Time Machine is also supported to provide Mac OS X users with an effortless solution to back up data to the TS-EC1280U R2.
Disaster recovery solutions brings peace of mind
The TS-EC1280U R2 offers various data recovery options. RTRR (Real-Time Remote Replication) supports real time or scheduled data backup to a remote Turbo NAS or FTP server and synchronizes files to a remote folder from a local folder with better backup efficiency and reduced backup time. The TS-EC1280U R2 also supports rsync protocol to back up data to another remote server on scheduling basis. Besides, data can be backed up to cloud storage, such as Amazon® S3, Amazon Glacier, Microsoft® Azure, ElephantDrive®, Dropbox® and Google Cloud Storage, and restored to the TS-EC1280U R2 anytime.
Comprehensive security options
In the open network environment, business data might be exposed in potential hack. The TS-EC1280U R2 provides numerous security options, such as encrypted access, IP blocking, and so on. Besides, IT administrators can control the access rights of each user to different folders, preventing unauthorized access to important files. The TS-EC1280U R2 is validated with military level FIPS 140-2 AES 256-bit encryption, preventing the sensitive business data from unauthorized access and breach even if the hard disk drives or the entire system were stolen.
Storage for comprehensive virtualization applications
The TS-EC1280U R2 is VMware® Ready™, Citrix® Ready™, compatible with Microsoft® Hyper-V™ certification and Windows Server 2012, benefiting flexible deployment and management in the virtualization environments. The TS-EC1280U R2 supports VMware VAAI and Microsoft ODX to increase performance by offloading server loading for ESXi and Hyper-V respectively, and supports QNAP vSphere Client plug-in and QNAP SMI-S provider with enhanced efficiency of operations and management in virtualization applications.
Run multiple OS’ on the TS-EC1280U R2
The Virtualization Station transforms the TS-EC1280U R2 into a 2-in-a-box NAS that can function as an all-in-one NAS and a virtualization platform supporting multiple operating systems, fast virtual machine creation, virtual machine import/export, snapshot, and enables desktop operations on web browser. With the easy-to-use interface, you can centrally manage all virtual machines created on the TS-EC1280U R2 with least efforts. Furthermore, you can download VMs on demand from the online VM markets and import them to TS-EC1280U R2 to use directly without any complex procedure.
Note: Pre-installed with 4GB RAM x1. You can upgrade the RAM to 32GB to run 8 virtual machines.
Highly-efficient storage solution for video editing
Digital film and video production produces volumes of data that require high performance RAID storage with sustainable throughput to balance with the demanding output of video editing. The TS-EC1280U R2 fulfills storage and video editing needs with a high speed 10GbE network interface. Digital videos can be quickly stored and edited on the TS-EC1280U R2 directly over the network.
File synchronization across multiple devices
The Qsync utility turns your TS-EC1280U R2 into a safe data center for file synchronization with large storage capacity. Any file uploaded to the TS-EC1280U R2 will be made available for all linked devices, such as computers, laptops or mobile devices. Qsync is especially useful for frequent travelers to manage files and always have the most updated files on different devices. Qsync provides multiple ways of file synchronization and group file sharing, greatly enhancing the flexibility of collaboration.
Comprehensive surveillance solution with 24/7 security
The TS-EC1280U R2 Surveillance Station is a professional surveillance solution with a wide range of over 2,600 compatible IP camera models and expandable IP camera channel licenses. It supports real-time monitoring, video and audio recording and playback with flexible options to customize. You can also install the Vmobile app on your iOS® or Android™ mobile devices to manage the monitoring channels anytime and anywhere, and safeguard your office environment.
Additional SMB-ready features
The TS-EC2480U R2 supports various business applications as an all-in-one Turbo NAS with cost-efficiency.
The Turbo NAS supports FTP server to share large size files, coming with user-defined settings including bandwidth limitation, number of connections, and write-only permission.
The Turbo NAS supports Web server which allows numerous websites built on the same server conveniently. Administrators can manage up to 32 websites on the single one Turbo NAS with reduced IT cost.
The Turbo NAS supports RADIUS server which provides centralized authorization management for computers to connect and use a network service.
The Turbo NAS supports VPN server which provides an easy way for IT administrators to build up a secure private network and allows the staff to log on from outside the office and access business resources securely such as files and Internet connections.
The Turbo NAS can be used as a Printer server to send remote printing request via the Internet (max. 3 USB printers), and supports IPP (Internet Printing Protocol), Samba, print job management and Bonjour printing for Mac OS X.
The Turbo NAS supports Surveillance Station to connect and manage multiple IP cameras remotely, including real-time monitoring, video recording, playback, and event notifications.
|CPU||TS-EC1280U-E3-4GE-R2: Intel® Xeon® E3-1246 v3 Quad-core processor
TS-EC1280U-i3-4GE-R2: Intel® Core i3-4150 processor
TS-EC1280U-i3-8G-R2:Intel® Core i3-4150 processor
|Memory||Total memory slots: 4
System memory: 4 GB DDR3 ECC RAM
Memory module pre-installed: 2 GB x2
Memory expandable up to: 32 GB (8GB x4)
System memory: 8 GB DDR3 non-ECC RAM
Memory module pre-installed: 4 GB x2
Memory expandable up to: 32 GB (8GB x4)
|Flash Memory||512MB DOM|
|Internal Cache Port||Two mSATA port on board for read caching
Note: The standard system is shipped without mSATA flash.
|Hard Drive||12 x 3.5-inch SATA 6Gbps/3Gbps hard drive or 2.5-inch SATA, 6Gbps/3Gbps hard drive SSD hard drive|
|Hard Drive Tray||12 x hot-swappable and lockable tray|
|LAN Port||Built-in 2 x 10 GbE SFP+ ports (LAN-10G2SF-MLX) and 4 x GbE ports
40GbE is optional
|LED Indicators||Status, 10 GbE, LAN, eSATA, storage expansion port status|
|USB||4x USB 3.0 port (rear)
4x USB 2.0 port (rear)
Support USB printer, pen drive, USB hub, and USB UPS etc.
|Buttons||System: Power button and reset button|
|Alarm Buzzer||System warning|
|Form Factor||2U, Rackmount|
|Dimensions||88(H) x 442.5(W) x 530.5(D) mm
3.46(H) x 17.42(W) x 20.89(D) inch
|Weight||Net weight (NAS only) : 14.18 kg/ 31.26 lb
Gross weight (with packing and accessories) : 21.41 kg/ 47.20 lb
|Power Consumption (W)||Sleep mode: 80.41
In Operation: 166.58 W
(with 12 x 1TB hard drive installed)
|Sound Level (dB)||Sound pressure (LpAm): 55.3 dB(A)|
|Relative Humidity||5~95% non-condensing, wet bulb: 27˚C|
|Power Supply||Redundant power:
Input: 47-63 Hz; 100-127V~/ 8A; 200-240V/ 4A
|PCIe Slot||2 (Right slot: 1* PCIe Gen3 x8; Left slot: 1* PCIe Gen3 x4)
The PCIe Gen3 x8 slot is occupied by a 10GbE network adapter.
|Fan||4 x 6 cm smart cooling fan|
- Power Button
- LED Indicators: 10 GbE, Status, LAN, Storage Expansion Port Status
- Password & Network Settings Reset Button
- USB 2.0 Port x 4
- Gigabit LAN x 4
- USB 3.0 Port x 4
- Dual port 10GbE SFP+
- PCIe slot (PCIe Gen3 x4)
- Power Connector
The TS-x80 rack mount models comply with ANSI/EIA-RS-310-D rack mounting standards. Before purchasing the server racks for these models, please make sure the server racks conform to the following criteria:
1. Rack size
- Mounting post width : ≥ 451mm
- Panel width : ≥ 485mm
- Mounting post depth : 579.1mm~873.5mm
- The distance between two rack posts is 465mm (center-to-center measurement of the rack's square holes)
2. The optional rack kits for the TS-x80 rack mount models are only compatible with square-hole server racks.
|Operating System||Disk Management|
|QTS (QNAP Turbo NAS System)||
|Supported Clients||Power Management|
|Supported Browsers||Access Right Management|
|Multilingual Support||Domain Authentication Integration|
|File System||Web Administration|
|Powerful All-in-one server|
|FTP Server||Syslog Server|
|Backup Station||Print Server|
|iSCSI (IP SAN)||Database Server|
|Server Virtualization & Clustering||RADIUS Server|
|Virtualization Station||VPN Server|
|Storage Plug & Connect via Windows Qfinder Pro by QNAP||Surveillance Station|
||Add New Features by Online Installation of over 90 Official and Community Software|
||(The actual available software add-ons may vary depending on the NAS platform)|
* This feature may vary according to different models.
** The data encryption functions may not available in accordance with the legislative restrictions of some countries.
Design and specifications are subject to change without notice.
|Storage expansion accessories|
|Dual-wide-port storage expansion card, SAS 12Gbps.
Note: The storage expansion card is to be installed in the NAS for connecting to the RAID Expansion Enclosures.
|Mini SAS external cable (SFF-8644 to SFF-8644), 1.0 m|
|Mini SAS external cable (SFF-8644 to SFF-8644), 0.5 m|
|Mini SAS external cable (SFF 8644 to SFF 8088), 1.0 m
Note: A 12Gb/s SAS for 6Gb/s SAS cable is required to connect the TS-EC1280U R2 to a 12Gb/s SAS-enabled REXP-1620U-RP/REXP-1220U-RP. The transfer rate over the cable will be 6Gb/s.
|A03 series (Chassis) rail kit, max. load 57 kg|
|Dual-port 10GBase-T network expansion card for A01 series rack mount model, low-profile bracket.|
|Dual-port 1 GbE network expansion card for A01 series rack mount model, low-profile bracket|
|QNAP 4GB DDR3-1600 LONG-DIMM RAM module|
|QNAP 8GB DDR3-1600 LONG-DIMM RAM module|
|4GB DDR3 ECC RAM, 1600 MHz, long-DIMM|
|8GB DDR3 ECC RAM, 1600 MHz, long-DIMM|
|mSATA Flash Module|
|Two 128GB mSATA flash modules|
Various handy utilities are available for you to work smartly with your Turbo NAS. These utilities help increase your productivity and make it absolutely easy with connecting the Turbo NAS, setting up the system, data backup and synchronization, downloading files, and so on.
Connect and set up NAS easily
Qfinder Pro is a utility, available for Windows, Mac, and Linux, to quickly find and access the Turbo NAS over the LAN. Install the Finder on your computer, open it, and double click your Turbo NAS name, and the login page is ready for you.
If you're finding it difficult to connect your NAS to a Chromebook, Qfinder Pro for Chrome allows you to quickly find & connect to the Turbo NAS over LAN. Just download Qfinder Pro from the Chrome Web Store and enjoy easy access to your Turbo NAS now.
*Qfinder Pro Chrome is for Chromebooks & Chrome only.
Easily access the NAS by Storage Plug & Connect
Windows version of Qfinder Pro provides a convenient way to connect to the Turbo NAS and map a network drive or a virtual disk. By creating a shared folder on the Turbo NAS and mapping it as a network drive, you can use it as an additional drive and store files on it as it is a local drive of the computer.
*Storage Plug & Connect is for Windows version only.
NAS Connection by VPN
myQNAPcloud Connect helps you access the published services of the Turbo NAS quickly and securely on the Internet. myQNAPcloud Connect application is designed for Windows PC users. By installing the myQNAPcloud Connect, you will be able to connect to the Turbo NAS and easily manage files by drag-and-drop within the Windows Explorer.
Synchronize files anytime, anywhere
Qsync is a useful tool to synchronize files in multiple computers. It creates a specific “Qsync folder” in your devices that you can simply drop files in, and synchronizes the files to all your devices linked to the Turbo NAS.
Sync in multiple ways
Whenever you add, edit, delete or rename a file on one computer, the change applies to all others linked with the Turbo NAS, so you have exactly identical contents on all your devices.
It allows you to remove files on one computer without affecting the copies stored on others that are linked with the Turbo NAS. However, when someone updates the files you deleted from another computer, you can still retrieve them in the Qsync folder.
Advanced Selective Sync
With both Full Sync or Smart Sync options, you can choose to only sync specific sub-folders within the Qsync folder, useful if your computers have limited storage.
Share files and folders easily
Quickly share files with download links
You can create download links to share files with people, even if they don’t have an account on the Turbo NAS. This greatly reduces the time in creating user account and password for users.
Share folders for collaboration
Your life is connected with different groups of people. You can create sub-folders within the Qsync folder, and share each with different groups of Turbo NAS users as a file exchange center. Everyone in the same sub-folder is always kept up-to-date with the latest version of the files.
QNAP NetBak Replicator
Backup data on PC
The QNAP NetBak Replicator, provided with any Turbo NAS unit free of charge, helps you easily back up files from Windows PC - entire disk drives, documents, pictures, music, videos, fonts, emails, and more - to the Turbo NAS. The operation is very simple. You can do the backup task in just a few clicks using NetBak Replicator by the setting of real-time synchronization, scheduled backup and auto-backup from multiple PCs to the Turbo NAS.
NetBak Replicator also supports backing up to a remote server via FTP and WebDAV through the Internet. Imagine that you can backup new photos whenever on vacation. Even you are away from home, the convenient backup supports your memories.
vSphere (Web) Client plug-in
Manage QNAP NAS within vSphere (Web) Client
The Turbo NAS supports vSphere (Web) Client Plug-in that allows managing VMware datastores on the Turbo NAS directly from the vSphere (Web) client console. In a large-scale server virtualization environment, management is centralized and straightforward. Administrators can easily control the status of the Turbo NAS and datastores and create additional datastores to multiple ESXi hosts in just a few clicks.
Note: The TS-x51 series doesn’t support vSphere (Web) Client plug-in.
Q’center Virtual Appliance
Deploy Q’center as virtual appliance
Q’center is a powerful QNAP NAS management system. The Q’center Virtual Appliance can be easily deployed in Microsoft® Hyper-V™ or VMware® ESXi™ to increase its flexibility and connectivity for large storage environments.
Minimum requirements：108 GB free disk space, 1 GB memory and 4 virtual CPUs
Supported platforms: VMware ESXi (ESXi 5.0, ESXi 5.1, ESXi 5.5), VMware Fusion 7, VMware Workstation 11, Microsoft Windows Server 2012 R2 with Hyper-V 3.0.
Use Q’center to monitor multiple NAS.
With Q’center, you can view the status and system information of multiple QNAP NAS units at the same time, inspect system resource usage, monitor disk/volume health and perform other management tasks. With these features, Q’center can better assist IT administrators and QNAP NAS users in system resource allocation and future capacity planning.
QNAP Snapshot Agent
In QTS 4.2, the Storage Manager's Snapshot function supports iSCSI LUNs to rapidly back up and restore data. When creating a LUN snapshot, QNAP Snapshot Agent for Windows Server or VMware vCenter allows the NAS to communicate with the remote server when taking snapshots and ensures Application-consistent LUN snapshots.
VSS Hardware Provider also allows NAS ROW (Redirect on Write) instead of Windows COW (Copy on Write) to increase backup efficiency and to offload the snapshot to the NAS for reducing the performance impact on the Windows server.
Take screenshots, easy and fast
Qsnap is a handy utility assisting you to quickly capture screenshots on your PC, and easily edit, save, and share, enabling quick note-taking or productive communication in your work and life.
- Hotkey capturing: Taking PC screenshots without complicated mouse operations.
- Easy editing: Add emphasis or remove unnecessary elements with a range of editing tools.
- Instant sharing: Simply drag and drop the screenshots to instant messengers and emails as attachments to share.
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Download the QNAP TS-ECx80U R2 Series Datasheet (PDF).