QNAP TS-563 5-Bay Business NAS Enclosure

QNAP TS-563 5-Bay Business NAS Enclosure

QNAP TS-563 5-Bay Business NAS Enclosure

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Product Highlights

  • 5 x 3.5" or 2.5" SATA III Drive Bays
  • 2.0 GHz AMD G-Series x86 Quad-Core
  • 8GB DDR3L RAM & 512MB Flash Memory
  • 2 x Gigabit Ethernet Ports
  • 5 x USB 3.0 Ports
  • Up to 891 MB/s Read Speed
  • 10GbE Ready
  • AES-NI Hardware Encryption Engine
  • AMD Virtualization Technology
  • QTS 4.1 Operating System
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QNAP TS-563-8G-US overview

  • 1Description

Built with a tower form factor, the TS-563 5-Bay Business NAS Enclosure from QNAP is designed for small and medium-sized businesses looking for backup, restoration, private cloud, storage for virtualization, and to future-proof their IT infrastructure for 10GbE networks. The TS-563-8G runs the QTS operating system and provides all-in-one server functionalities as well as features including Virtualization Station, which allows users to run VMs on the same device. It is also able to function with regard to file synchronization, remote access, and home entertainment, for which it can perform on-the-fly and offline video transcoding, including Full HD 1920 x 1080 content.

The TS-563$ is powered by a 2.0 GHz AMD G-Series x86 Quad-Core processor, which will allow you to run multiple functions simultaneously. The built-in 8GB of DDR3L RAM, which may be expanded to 16GB, and the 512MB of flash memory allow quick access to frequently-used files and programs. Network connectivity is achieved via the 2 x Gigabit Ethernet (GbE) ports, which are expandable to either 4 x GbE ports or 2 x GbE + 2 x 10GbE ports. A variety of RAID modes are also supported, including RAID 0, 1, 5, 6, 10, 5/6/10 + hot spare, which offer data redundancy, speed, or a combination of both.

This 5-bay enclosure has the ability to natively house both 3.5" or 2.5" SATA III & SATA II hard drives or SSD drives. To support both drive formats, screws are included to accommodate both drive sizes. Read speeds of the TS-563-8G can reach up to 819 MB/s with a 10GbE configuration and data transfer speeds with AES 256-bit full NAS volume encryption can also reach up to 435 MB/s. Using the 5 x external USB 3.0 ports, this QNAP can be connected to other QNAP devices as well as other external drives.

The TS-563-8G operates using a 250W power supply and 110-240 VAC at 50-60 Hz and 5A. It is compatible with Windows, Mac, Linux, and UNIX. Included are 2 x Ethernet cables, a power cord, 20 x 3.5" HDD flat head screws, 15 x 2.5" HDD flat head screws, and a hard disk tray key.

AES-NI Hardware-accelerated Encryption
The TS-563-8G is equipped with an energy-efficient 2.0 GHz AMD Quad-Core 64-bit processor with 8GB DDR3L-1600 RAM (upgradable to 16GB), SATA III 6 Gb/s, and two Gigabit LAN ports (expandable to either 4 x GbE ports or 2 x GbE + 2 x 10GbE ports) for fast multi-tasking performance with SSD cache support. The TS-563-8G is a powerful NAS that delivers up to 819 MB/s sequential read throughput with one 10GbE configuration. The TS-563-8G's hardware-accelerated encryption engine provides unmatched encryption performance in its class, up to 435 MB/s with AES-256 bit full NAS volume encryption, boosting system performance & security while ensuring the safety of sensitive business data stored in the TS-563-8G
10GbE Connectivity
The TS-563-8G offers two built-in Gigabit Ethernet ports and supports 10 Gigabit high-speed networks by installing a 10GbE network adapter (optional purchase). The 10GbE-ready TS-563-8G delivers lightning-fast data throughput for businesses that demand higher bandwidth for virtualization and fast backup and restoration for an ever-growing amount of data. Coupled with its large storage capacity potential, the TS-563-8G is well suited for companies to store massive data and excel in fast data transmission
Capacity Expansion
The TS-563-8G offers a high performance yet affordable storage solution to fulfill the needs of businesses for archiving rapidly-growing data & large files. The TS-563-8G supports capacity expansion by connecting multiple QNAP expansion enclosures. With the QNAP scale-up solution, the raw storage capacity can be expanded on demand, making the TS-563-8G a file center for storage-intensive business applications such as video surveillance, data archiving, TV broadcast storage, and more.

The TS-563-8G is compatible with the UX-500P and UX 800P RAID Expansion Enclosures. When one UX-500P is used, the TS-563-8G can support up to 10 total internal drives and when two UX-500P's are used, the TS-563-8G can support up to 15 internal drives. When one UX-800P is used, the TS-563-8G can support up to 13 total internal drives and when two UX-800P's are used, the TS-563-8G can support up to 21 internal drives
QTS - Simple and Efficient
Thanks to the intuitive user interface of QTS, system operations of the TS-563-8G are smooth and handy. Its intelligent desktop allows you to find 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 operating efficiency
Qsirch - A Smarter, Faster Way to Search
Quickly and easily find documents, photos, videos, and music with Qsirch, QNAP's built-in NAS search application that lets you find what you need using a 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 productivity boost and can help reduce the amount of time spent looking for files on the NAS so you can focus on other tasks
Run Additional Operating Systems
The TS-563-8G is empowered by AMD Virtualization (AMD-V) technology to support Virtualization Station, transforming it into a 2-in-a-box device that can function as an all-in-one NAS and a virtualization platform. Virtualization Station supports multiple operating systems, virtual machine (VM) creation, VM import/export, snapshot, and enables desktop operations on web browsers. You can also download VMs on demand from online VM marketplaces and import them to the NAS without any complex procedures
QNAP Flexible Volume
QNAP's flexible volume provides a more secure and flexible way to store NAS data. This next-generation volume offers powerful features such as storage pooling with multiple RAID group protection, thin provisioned volumes 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 helps simplify the process of NAS capacity expansion and QNAP RAID expansion enclosure management
Cross-Platform File Sharing, Centralized Data Storage
The TS-563-8G supports SMB/CIFS, NFS, and AFP protocols for file sharing across Windows, Mac, and Linux/UNIX networks. Data, logs, and ISO images of CDs and DVDs can be centrally stored on the TS-563-8G and protected by an integrated antivirus solution. The Windows AD and LDAP services enable system administrators to configure user permissions by using an existing Windows AD server, LDAP server, or built-in LDAP service. The TS-563-8G supports SAMBA v4 and can act as a Windows domain controller to manage privilege settings
Backup Solutions
QNAP NetBak Replicator supports real-time and scheduled data backup on Windows including Outlook email archiving. Apple Time Machine is also supported to provide Mac OS X users with a solution to back up data to the TS-563-8G. The USB 3.0 port on the front panel of the TS-563-8G features a one-touch-copy function for you to instantly back up data from external drives to the TS-563-8G with just one click, or alternatively to back up data from the TS-563-8G to external drives. A wide range of third-party backup software such as Acronis True Image and Symantec Backup Exec are also supported
Disaster Recovery Solutions
The TS-563-8G 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-563-8G also supports the rsync protocol to back up data to another remote server on a scheduled basis. Data can also be backed up to and restored from a range of cloud storage services, including Amazon S3, Amazon Glacier, Microsoft Azure, ElephantDrive, Dropbox, and Google Cloud Storage
Comprehensive Security Options
In open network environments, business data may be exposed in a potential hack. The TS-563-8G provides numerous security options, such as encrypted access, IP blocking, and more. IT administrators can also control the access rights of each user to different folders, preventing unauthorized access to important files. The TS-563-8G is validated with military-level FIPS 140-2 AES 256-bit encryption, preventing sensitive business data from unauthorized access and breach even if the hard drives or the entire system were stolen
Storage for Comprehensive Virtualization Applications
The TS-563-8G supports VMware and Citrix, and is compatible with Microsoft Hyper-V and Windows Server 2012, benefiting flexible deployment and management in the virtualization environments. The TS-563-8G supports VMware VAAI and Microsoft ODX to increase performance by offloading server loading for ESXi server and Hyper-V respectively, and supports QNAP vSphere Client plug-in and QNAP SMI-S provider with enhanced operational efficiency and management in virtualization applications
24/7 Surveillance Solution
Surveillance Station is a professional network surveillance Video Management System (VMS) that offers a user-friendly management interface, over 3,000 compatible IP camera models, and expandable IP camera channel licenses. It supports real-time monitoring and video & audio recording and playback with a wide range of customizable settings. You can also install the Vmobile app on your iOS or Android devices to manage the monitored channels anytime and anywhere to safeguard your office environment, or install the Vcam mobile app to turn your device into a network camera to instantly record to your TS-563-8G. The TS-563-8G offers 4 free IP camera channels and you can expand up to 40 channels by purchasing additional licenses
On-Demand Apps
Thanks to its x86 architecture, the TS-563-8G can support more NAS apps than ARM-based platforms. The built-in App Center provides various install-on-demand apps developed by QNAP and third-party developers, including tools for backup/sync, business, content management, communications, download, entertainment, and much more. It is also a centralized location for managing & updating installed apps
Additional SMB-Ready Features
The TS-563-8G supports various business applications as an all-in-one Turbo NAS with cost-efficiency:

FTP Server - The Turbo NAS supports FTP server to share large files, with user-defined settings including bandwidth limitation, number of connections, and write-only permissions

Web Server - The Turbo NAS supports Web server which allows numerous websites to be built on the same server. Administrators can manage up to 32 websites on one Turbo NAS with reduced IT costs

RADIUS Server - The Turbo NAS supports RADIUS server which provides centralized authorization management for computers to connect and use a network service

VPN Server - 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

Printer Server - The Turbo NAS supports Printer server to send remote printing requests over the Internet (max. 3 USB printers) and supports IPP (Internet Printing Protocol), Samba, print job management, and Bonjour printing for Mac OS X

Surveillance Station - The Turbo NAS supports Surveillance Station to connect and manage multiple IP cameras remotely, including real-time monitoring, video recording, playback, and event notifications
In the Box
QNAP TS-563 5-Bay Business NAS Enclosure
  • 2 x Ethernet Cables
  • Power Cord
  • 20 x Flat head screws (for 3.5" HDDs)
  • 15 x Flat head screws (for 2.5" HDDs)
  • Limited 2-Year Warranty
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    QNAP TS-563-8G-US specs

    Hardware Specifications
    CPU 2.0 GHz AMD G-Series x86 Quad-Core processor
    Hardware Encryption Engine AES-NI
    DRAM 8 GB DDR3L RAM (1 x 8 GB)
    Total Memory Slots: 2 x SO-DIMM
    Memory Expandable up to: 16 GB (2 x 8 GB)
    Flash Memory 512 MB
    Hard Disk Drive 5 x 3.5" or 2.5" SATA III 6 Gb/s hard drives, SATA II 3 Gb/s hard drives, or SSDs
    Hard Disk Tray 5 x Hot-swappable tray
    LAN Port 2 x Gigabit RJ-45 Ethernet ports (expandable up to 4 x GbE or 2 x 10GbE + 2 x GbE via PCIe NIC)
    Network Expansion Slot 1 x PCIe Gen2 x 4 slot
    LED Indicators Status, USB, HDD 1-5
    USB 5 x USB 3.0 ports (1 x Front, 4 x Rear)
    Support USB printer, pen drive, and USB UPS etc
    Buttons Power/Status, USB One-Touch-Backup, Reset
    Alarm Buzzer System warning
    Form Factor Tower
    Power Consumption S3 sleep: 2.26 W
    HDD standby: 30.17 W
    In operation: 47.68 W
    (with 5 x 2 TB HDDs installed)
    Temperature 32 to 104°F / 0 to 40°C
    Humidity Relative Humidity: 5 ~ 95% non-condensing
    Wet Bulb: 81°F / 27°C
    Power Supply ATX 250 W
    110 - 240 VAC
    50 - 60 Hz
    5 A
    Secure Design Kensington security slot for theft prevention
    Fan 1 x quiet cooling fan (4.7" / 12.0 cm, 12 VDC)
    Software Specifications
    Operating System QTS 4.1 (embedded Linux)
    Client OS Support - Windows 8 (32 & 64-bit), 7 (32 & 64-bit), Vista, XP, Server 2012 R2 / 2012 / 2008 R2 / 2003
    - Apple Mac OS X
    - Linux & UNIX
    Supported Browsers Microsoft Internet Explorer 10+
    Mozilla Firefox 8+
    Apple Safari 4+
    Google Chrome
    Multilingual Support Chinese (Traditional & Simplified), Czech, Danish, Dutch, English, Finnish, French, German, Greek, Hungarian, Italian, Japanese, Korean, Norwegian, Polish, Portuguese (Brazil), Romanian, Russian, Spanish, Swedish, Thai, Turkish
    File System Internal Hard Drive: EXT4
    External Hard Drive: EXT3, EXT4, NTFS, FAT32, HFS+
    Networking TCP/IP (IPv4 & IPv6: Dual Stack)
    Dual Gigabit NICs with jumbo frame (failover, multi-IP settings, port trunking/NIC teaming)
    Service binding based on network interfaces
    Proxy server (Squid available in App Center)
    Proxy client
    DHCP client, DHCP server
    UPnP & Bonjour discovery
    USB Wi-Fi 802.11ac adapter support
    Security Network access protection with auto-blocking: SSH, Telnet, HTTP(S), FTP, CIFS/SMB, AFP
    CIFS host access control for shared folders
    FIPS 140-2 validated AES 256-bit volume-based data encryption
    AES 256-bit external drive encryption
    Importable SSL certificates
    Instant alert via email, SMS, and beep
    Storage Management QNAP flexible Volume/LUN with thin provisioning and space reclaim
    RAID 0,1, 5, 6, 10, + hot spare
    Supports storage pool
    Online volume expansion
    Online storage pool expansion
    Online RAID capacity expansion and online RAID level migration
    SMART data migration
    Storage expansion via QNAP UX-500P/UX-800P expansion unit (max 2)
    Bad block scan and hard drive S.M.A.R.T.
    Bad block recovery
    RAID recovery
    Bitmap support
    Power Management Wake on LAN
    Internal hard drive standby mode
    Scheduled power on/off
    Automatic power on after power recovery
    USB and network UPS support with SNMP management
    System sleep mode (S3)
    Access Right Management Batch users creation
    Import/Export users
    User quota management
    Local user access control for CIFS, AFP, FTP, and WebDAV
    Application access control for Photo Station, Music Station, Video Station, and File Station
    Subfolder permissions support for CIFS/SMB, AFP, FTP, and File Station
    Transcoding Management Background video transcoding to 240p, 360p, 480p, 720p, and 1080p resolutions
    Automatic offline video transcoding for preset shared folders
    Embed subtitles to videos in background transcoding
    Domain Authentication Integration Microsoft Active Directory (AD) & Domain Controller support
    LDAP server, LDAP client
    Domain users login via CIFS/SMB, AFP, FTP, and File Station
    myQNAPcloud Service Private cloud storage and sharing
    Free host name registration (DDNS)
    Auto router configuration (via UPnP)
    Web-based file manager with HTTPS 2048-bit encryption
    CloudLink for remote access without complicated router setup
    myQNAPcloud connect for easy VPN connection (Windows VPN utility)
    Qsync Syncs files among multiple devices with SSL support
    Selective synchronization for syncing specific folders only
    Use team folders as a file center for greater team collaboration (maximum sync tasks: 32)
    Shares files by links via email
    Policy settings for conflicted files and file type filter support
    Version control: up to 64 versions
    Incremental synchronization for HDD space saving
    Supports Windows & Mac OS
    Web Administration Smart Fan Control
    Dynamic DNS (DDNS)
    SNMP (v2 & v3)
    Resource monitor
    Network recycle bin for file deletion via CIFS/SMB, AFP, and File Station
    Automatic Cleanup
    File Type Filter
    Comprehensive logs (events & connection)
    Syslog client/server
    System settings backup and restore
    Restore to factory default
    Mobile app: Qmanager for remote system monitoring & management
    All-in-One Server
    File Server File sharing across Windows, Mac, and Linux/UNIX
    Windows ACL
    Advanced folder permission for CIFS/SMB, AFP, FTP
    Shared folder aggregation (CIFS/SMB)
    FTP Server FTP over SSL/TLS (Explicit)
    FXP support
    Passive FTP port range control
    File Station Supports ISO mounting (Up to 256 ISO files)
    Supports thumbnail display of multimedia files
    Supports sharing download links and upload links
    Drag-n-drop files via Google Chrome and Mozilla Firefox
    File compression (ZIP or 7z)
    Creation of and sending download links for sharing public files with expiration time and password protection
    Support for displaying subtitles (*.SRT, UTF-8 format)
    Support slideshow playback in media viewer
    Mobile App: Qfile for file browsing and management
    Backup Station Remote replication server (over rsync)
    Real-time remote replication (RTRR) to another QNAP NAS or FTP server
    Works as both RTRR server & client with bandwidth control
    Real-time & scheduled backup
    Encryption, compression, file filters, and transfer rate limitations
    Encrypted replication between QNAP NAS servers
    Desktop backup with QNAP NetBak Replicator for Windows
    Apple Time Machine backup support
    Data backup to multiple external storage devices
    Synchronizes with cloud storage: Amazon S3, ElephantDrive, Dropbox
    Third party backup software support: Veeam backup & replication, Acronis True Image, Arcserve backup, emc retrospect, Symantec Backup Exec, etc
    Print Server Max. number of printers: 3
    Support for Internet Printing Protocol
    Print job display and management
    IP-based and domain name-based privilege control
    Cloud Backup Station Amazon S3
    Amazon Glacier
    Webdev-based cloud storage
    Microsoft Azure
    Open Stack
    Virtualization Station Supports creating one Virtual Machine (VM) to run an operating system such as Windows, Linux, and Unix
    VM import from Virtual Appliances
    VM export into a virtual appliance in OVF / QVM format
    VM clone & snapshot
    HTML5-based shared remote console
    Storage Plug & Connect Creating and mapping shared folders using QNAP Windows Qfinder
    Creation of and connection to iSCSI targets/LUN
    iSCSI (IP SAN) iSCSI target with multi-LUNs per target (Up to 256 targets/LUNs combined)
    Support for LUN mapping & masking
    Online LUN capacity expansion
    Support for SPC-3 persistent reservation
    Support for MPIO & MC/S
    iSCSI LUN backup, one-time snapshot, and restoration
    iSCSI connection and management by QNAP Windows Qfinder
    Virtual disk drive (via iSCSI initiator)
    Stack chaining master
    Max No. of virtual disk drives: 8
    Surveillance Station Supports over 3,000 IP cameras
    Includes 4 free camera licenses, up to 40 camera channels via additional license purchase
    Instant playback to check recent events
    Online editing to change cameras when in live view
    Visual aid by using e-maps
    Playback and speed control by shuttle bar
    Video preview using playback timeline
    Intelligent Video Analytics (IVA) for advanced video search
    Surveillance client for Mac
    Mobile surveillance app: Vmobile (iOS and Android)
    Mobile recording app: Vcam (iOS and Android)
    VPN Server Secure remote access: PPTP & OpenVPN VPN services
    Max number of clients: 30
    VPN Client Supported VPN protocols: PPTP & OpenVPN services
    PPTP Authentication: PAP, CHAP, MS-CHAP, MS-CHAPv2
    PPTP Encryption: None, AES 40/128 bit, AES 256 bit
    OpenVPN Encryption: None, AES 40/128 bit, AES 256 bit
    Transmission package monitor
    OpenVPN port control
    OpenVPN link compression
    App Center Over 100 official and community software add-ons such as Photo Station, Music Station, Video Station, DLNA server, Notes Station, Signage Station, Airplay/Chromecast, and more
    Dimensions & Weight
    Dimensions 7.28 x 8.29 x 9.27" / 184.91 x 210.57 x 235.46 mm
    Weight 9.7 lb / 4.4 kg
    Packaging Info
    Package Weight 13.9 lb
    Box Dimensions (LxWxH) 15.0 x 13.5 x 10.0"

    QNAP TS-563-8G-US reviews

    TS-563 5-Bay Business NAS Enclosure is rated 3.0 out of 5 by 2.
    Rated 1 out of 5 by from Poor Quality, Worse Support Customer service/support from QNAP was terrible. Response times were 2-3 days or more, making troubleshooting of even simple issues take weeks. The unit was noisy. Disk reads/writes would result in a series of clicking noises. QNap support blamed the WD 4TB Red Pro drives in use, even though those are on their vendors comparability list. (These drives are now in use in a competitor NAS and are perfectly silent.) Set up of the unit was straightforward, except for two key points. 1. The initial build of the RAID 6 array took 37 hours to complete. (No data on the unit yet, and it was not in use at the time.) 2. After applying the automatic OS update, AD Users could not connect to the NAS. (The NAS still had the AD configuration in place, but it would not recognize any non-local users.) The AD issue noted above actually occurred on 3 separate instances. Two of the times, it worked at night, and the next morning, nobody could log in using AD credentials. This QNAP NAS was eventually returned. QNAP Support refused to acknowledge anything was wrong with either the physical hardware or the OS software installed. The specifications for this NAS are nice, however the quality and stability of the product are simply not anywhere near where they need to be for any sort of business use.
    Date published: 2017-01-18
    Rated 5 out of 5 by from Will definitely purchase another very soon There are a lot of features from the onboard apps that we did not expect to receive as part of the NAS drive. So far this unit has greatly exceeded our expectations. Works perfectly with google drive
    Date published: 2017-05-03
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