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Application for QM2 SSD slots:
- Create a volume on these SSD and use them as extra storage
- Enable Read Cache
- Enable Read/Write Cache
- Enable Qtier feature
- Boost performance in case of memory swapping
QNAP TS-h973AX-8G 9-bay Desktop NAS, AMD Ryzen V1500B 4C 8T 2.2GHz, 8GB DDR4 SODIMM, 5 x 2.5"/3.5" SATA 6Gbps + 2 x 2.5" U.2 NVMe PCIe Gen3 x4 / 2.5" SATA 6Gbps + 2 x 2.5" SATA 6Gbps drive bays. 2 x 2.5GbE, 1 x 10GBASE-T Multi-Gig (10G/5G/2.5G/1G/100M), USB 3.2 Gen2 Type-A and Type-C, supports capacity expansion with QNAP TL and TR expansion enclosures.
Featuring an AMD Ryzen™ V1000 series V1500B quad-core processor and 10GbE/2.5GbE connectivity, the 9-bay TS-h973AX packs a high-capacity hybrid storage infrastructure into a compact physical footprint. With five 3.5-inch SATA 6Gbps drive bays, two 2.5-inch U.2 NVMe SSD slots (Slot 1 & 2 support both U.2 NVMe and SATA SSDs ), and two 2.5-inch SATA 6Gbps SSD slots, the TS-h973AX can benefit from SSD caching to boost IOPS-intensive applications. With the ZFS-based QuTS hero operating system, the TS-h973AX ensures data integrity and supports block-level inline data deduplication and compression, near-limitless snapshots, and real-time SnapSync to satisfy mission-critical file servers, virtualization servers, collaborative video editing, and efficient data backup and recovery with business-class performance, job reliability, and lower overall cost.
Install high-performance U.2 NVMe PCIe Gen 3 x4 SSDs or SATA 6Gb/s SSDs in the dedicated SSD slots for cache acceleration and improved random I/O.
One 10GBASE-T Multi-Gig and two 2.5GbE LAN ports accelerate virtualization, intensive file access, large backup/restoration tasks, and media transfer.
Experience a business-class backup center, supporting backup/restore of cloud data and VMs (including Google™ Workspace, Microsoft 365®, VMware® and Hyper-V).
Host multiple virtual machines and containers to run a wide range of applications on the TS-h973AX.
Cloud storage gateways realize hybrid cloud applications by working with the cache space reserved on NAS to ensure low-latency data access to the cloud.
Flexibly scale your total storage capacity to match your business growth by connecting USB expansion enclosures (TR or TL series JBOD).
Powered by an AMD Ryzen™ Embedded V1000 series V1500B 4-core/8-thread, 2.2 GHz processor with up to 32GB DDR4 RAM, the TS-h973AX delivers aggressive yet power-smart performance for compute-demanding applications. AES-NI encryption support boosts encryption performance while also maintaining the security of your NAS data. SSDs can be flexibly installed for cache acceleration to maximize network and storage performance for data-intensive applications.
The TS-h973AX has four 2.5-inch SSD slots - with slots 1 & 2 supporting both high-performance U.2 NVMe PCIe Gen 3 x4 SSDs or economical SATA 6Gb/s SSDs. For tackling latency-sensitive applications, you can take advantage of U.2 NVMe PCIe Gen 3 x4 SSDs that supply up to 32Gb/s bandwidth to attain optimized performance and efficiency.
Note: U.2 SSDs cannot be installed in the SATA drive bays (including the 3.5-inch bays and SSD Slots 3 & 4).
Coupled with QNAP's SSD-aware features, the TS-h973AX maximizes performance with high cost-effectiveness.
|SSD cache acceleration||Write Coalescing||Pool Over-provisioning|
|Increases IOPS performance and reduces latency for storage volumes - perfect for IOPS-demanding applications including virtualization and databases.||Transforms all random writes to sequential writes along with reduced I/O, effectively increasing SSD write performance.||Flexibly reserves a dedicated space in an SSD storage pool to allow new data to be written into a complete block even if the pool is almost full, thus improving the performance of fragmented pools.|
The TS-h973AX has one 10GBASE-T Multi-Gig (10G/5G/2.5G/1G/100M) port and two 2.5GbE RJ45 (2.5G/1G/100M) ports, providing out-of-the-box support for high-speed networking and supporting Port Trunking and Failover to reinforce your network infrastructure. QNAP also provide many other high-speed networking solutions, including 10GbE/2.5GbE managed/unmanaged switches, 2.5GbE/5GbE/10GbE PCIe cards and USB 5GbE adapters for Windows®/Linux® workstations, allowing you to build a budget-friendly high-speed network environment for productive team collaboration.
TS-h973AX 9-bay Ryzen NAS
|Other NAS provider
6-bay Ryzen NAS
|Drive bays||9 x hot-swappable drive bays, including:
5 x 3.5-inch/2.5-inch SATA
2 x 2.5-inch U.2 NVMe PCIe Gen 3 x4 or SATA
2 x 2.5-inch SATA
|6 x 3.5-inch/2.5-inch hot-swappable SATA HDD/SSD drive bays|
|10GbE port||Built-in 10GBASE-T Multi-Gig port (10G/5G/2.5G/1G/100M)||No|
|2.5GbE port||Dual 2.5GbE ports (2.5G/1G/100M)||No, only 1GbE ports|
|Memory||8GB DDR4 for running twice as many applications and services||4GB|
QuTS hero combines the app-based QTS with the 128-bit ZFS file system to provide flexible storage management, comprehensive data protection, and optimized performance to tackle the complexity and performance demands of modern IT. From storage management, virtualization, to collaborative media workflows, QuTS hero streamlines your business-critical tasks.
|Data integrity is key||Data reduction improves storage efficiency and performance||Multi-level cache technology with both read and write|
|QuTS hero's self-healing ensures data integrity and reliability. Write Once, Read Many (WORM) is also supported.||Inline data deduplication, compression, and compaction reduce file size to conserve storage capacity and optimize performance.||Main memory read cache (L1 ARC), SSD second-level read cache (L2 ARC), and ZFS Intent Log (ZIL) for synchronous transactions with power fail protection are simultaneously supported to boost performance and security.|
|RAID Z enables robust data protection||QSAL (QNAP SSD Antiwear Leveling) enhances data protection||App Center ecosystem extends NAS functionality|
|Multiple RAID levels allow flexible capacity utilization. RAID Triple Parity and Triple Mirror deliver higher levels of data protection.||RAID-level SSD lifespan is automatically and regularly detected to prevent simultaneous SSD failure, improving your data protection and system reliability.
(Available from Q4 2020)
|Apps for backup/sync, virtual machines/containers, content management, productivity, and more features can be used to expand the application potential of the TS-h973AX.|
QuTS hero supports advanced block-based data reduction technologies (including inline data deduplication*, compression, and compaction) to reduce file sizes, conserve storage capacity, and optimize performance. For example, if 20 virtual machines on a NAS are replicated using the same template, then storage space requirements for all 20 virtual machines can be reduced by up to 95%. Whether acting as primary or backup storage, the TS-h973AX optimizes storage utilization to provide a reliable storage cornerstone in the Big Data era.
*Note: Inline data deduplication requires at least 16 GB memory. The TS-h973AX-32G model features 32 GB memory that allows you to attain complete dedup function.
Real-time SnapSync ensures that both the primary and secondary NAS maintain identical data. When data is written to the source, it is immediately written to the destination. If the primary NAS goes offline, IT staff can simply adjust the privilege settings of the secondary NAS to ensure continuous operations. SnapSync provides the strongest support for nonstop business operations and helps users to reduce the risk of data loss.
The TS-h973AX also supports snapshots and remote backup to help organizations accomplish routine backup tasks cost-effectively and efficiently.
Attain peace of mind with near-limitless, instant snapshots. Copy-on-write technology makes snapshot creation almost instantaneous without affecting ongoing data writing. Snapshot Replica replicates snapshot files to the backup NAS, simplifying data protection with version control.
HBS centralizes backup, restoration, and synchronization for easily transferring data in the TS-h973AX to another QNAP NAS, remote server, or cloud storage space. HBS supports QuDedup technology that eliminates redundant data at the source and makes multi-version backup faster.
You can count on Virtualization Station and Container Station for comprehensive virtualization support. Coupled with the Network & Virtual Switch app that boosts interoperability between virtual machines, containers, QNAP NAS, and other physical devices on the network, you can flexibly allocate physical and virtual network resources to simplify network deployment.
Run multiple Windows®, Linux®, UNIX®, and Android™ virtual machines and access them via a web browser or Virtual Network Computing (VNC). Businesses can run virtualized server applications on a single NAS without the need for additional physical servers.
Experience LXC and Docker® lightweight virtualization technologies, download apps from the built-in Docker Hub Registry®, import and export containers, and create abundant microservices.
With Hyper Data Protector, the TS-h973AX becomes an agentless backup tool for unlimited VMware® vSphere and Microsoft® Hyper-V VM backup. Hyper Data Protector features incremental backup, global deduplication, backup scheduling and recovery compression. Hyper Data Protector also simultaneously backs up multiple VMs, providing you with a cost-effective and reliable disaster recovery plan, ensuring 24/7 operation of your services.
The storage capacity of the TS-h973AX can be expanded using USB-based expansion enclosures. Two QNAP TR RAID (4-bay TR-004, 2-bay TR-002) or one 8-bay TL-D800C JBOD storage enclosures can be easily attached and managed using the Storage & Snapshots Manager app.
QVR Elite is QNAP's subscription-based smart surveillance solution, allowing you to easily build a surveillance system with lower TCO and higher scalability. You can arrange a dedicated, independent storage space for surveillance data on the TS-h973AX and enjoy simplified camera management, storage space allocation, camera live viewing and playback. Recordings are saved as MP4 files, allowing playback on nearly every device. QVR Elite also integrates QNAP AI-based solutions to build smart facial recognition for retail and door access systems with QNAP NAS. With QVR Pro Client software installed on your Windows®/Mac® or mobile devices, taking full control over monitored areas becomes more convenient and easier.
The TS-h973AX can also switch to using QTS - QNAP's standard NAS operating system. This allows you to migrate drives from your current QTS-based NAS to the more powerful TS-h973AX to upgrade your storage infrastructure and take advantage of Qtier auto-tiering from QTS.
Attention: QTS and QuTS hero use different file systems. You must remove all the drives from the TS-h973AX before switching from QuTS hero to QTS.
Ubuntu Linux Station
Run Ubuntu® applications (including apps from the Ubuntu Software Center) directly on the TS-h973AX and remotely access the Ubuntu® desktop from a web browser.
A security portal for checking weaknesses and receiving recommendations for enhancing NAS security. It also integrates anti-virus and anti-malware scanning software.
Safeguard enterprise cloud data by backing up/syncing files, emails, calendars and contacts from Google™ Workspace and Microsoft® Office 365® to the TS-h973AX.
QNAP's powerful, Google-like search tool helps you quickly find images, music, videos, documents, and emails by keywords, color, and more search conditions. It also supports Qfiling to perform one-time or automatic archival tasks based on your search criteria.
An AI-powered photo management app, supporting automated photo categorization with AI Albums, iOS® Live Photo display, and powerful search tool for ultimate photo management and sharing solution.
Perfectly integrates NAS with mainstream cloud services. By deploying cloud storage gateways and enabling local caching on the NAS, you can seamlessly use the cloud for storage, backup, and data recovery with low-latency access.
The TS-h973AX is backed by a 3-year warranty at no additional cost. You can also purchase a warranty extension that extends your warranty coverage up to 5 years.
|CPU||AMD Ryzen™ Embedded V1500B quad-core eight threads 2.2 GHz processor|
|CPU Architecture||64-bit x86|
|Floating Point Unit||
|System Memory||8 GB SO-DIMM DDR4 (1 x 8 GB)|
|Maximum Memory||32 GB (2 x 16 GB)|
|Memory Slot||2 x SO-DIMM DDR4
For dual-DIMM configuration, you must use a pair of identical DDR4 modules.
|Flash Memory||5GB (Dual boot OS protection)|
|Drive Bay||5 x 3.5-inch + 4 x 2.5-inch
The system is shipped without HDD/SSD.
For the HDD/SSD compatibility list, please visit https://www.qnap.com/compatibility/
|Drive Compatibility||3.5-inch bays:
3.5-inch SATA hard disk drives
2.5-inch SATA hard disk drives
2.5-inch SATA solid state drives
2.5-inch SATA hard disk drives
2.5-inch SATA solid state drives
2.5-inch U.2 NVMe PCIe Gen3 x4 solid state drives (2.5-inch Bay #1 & #2)
* 2.5-inch bay #1 & #2 support either U.2 NVMe SSDs or SATA 6Gb/s SSDs.
** U.2 NVMe solid-state drives can only be installed in 2.5-inch bay numbers 1 and 2. Installing these drives in other bays will damage the drive connectors.
|SSD Cache Acceleration Support||
|2.5 Gigabit Ethernet Port (2.5G/1G/100M)||2|
|5 Gigabit Ethernet Port (5G/2.5G/1G/100M)||Optional via the QNA-UC5G1T USB to 5GbE network adapter|
|10 Gigabit Ethernet Port||1 x 10GBASE-T (10G/5G/2.5G/1G/100M)|
|USB 3.2 Gen 2 (10Gbps) Port||1 x Type-C USB 3.2 Gen 2
3 x Type-A USB 3.2 Gen 2
|LED Indicators||HDD 1-5, SSD 1-4, Power/Status, LAN, USB|
|Dimensions (HxWxD)||7.19 × 8.84 × 8.82 inch|
|Weight (Net)||7.76 lbs|
|Operating temperature||0 - 40 °C (32°F - 104°F)|
|Relative Humidity||5-95% RH non-condensing, wet bulb: 27˚C (80.6˚F)|
|Power Supply Unit||External, 120 W, AC 100 to 240 V|
|Fan||1 x 140mm, 12VDC|
|Sound Level||22.9 db(A)|
|Kensington Security Slot||
Application for QM2 SSD slots:
Configured system orders start here!
The selected drives are batch controlled and tested using our HDD and SSD servers. Passed drives are then installed in the NAS with Volume and RAID set. Our pre-burn testing prepares the NAS with an initial system and drive testing cycle to ensure that the integrity of the entire system is tested and passed with no issues at all.
Our stress testing (burn-test) cycle commences for a minimum of 24 hours and extends to 48 hours if requested or required. This is undertaken in order to ensure stability when used in a normal environment. These tests can include extremes of workload (constant I/O's), CPU and memory use, thermal load (heat), clock speed, or voltages, bus and connectivity components, with the primary stress testing software aiming to test stability by trying to force a system to fail. Our tests put a greater emphasis on robustness, availability and error handling heavy loads.
Once the tests are complete we QA and pack the system back into it's retail box. Then it's double boxed to protect the unit during shipping. You receive your QNAP NAS Ready To Plug 'N' Store. It doesn't get any easier. Buy your NAS from the QNAP EXPERTS at QNAP DIRECT.