Dubbed the TVS-871T, this is supposed to have Thunderbolt 2 Turbo vNAS connectivity with 20Gbps bandwidth. So you get high transfer speeds of DAS (Direct-attached storage) combined with the Network-attached storage.
The press release says that TVS-871T, when combined with the Thunderbolt-ready storage expansion enclosures TX-500P or TX-800P, will be of great use to creative media professionals looking to streamline large 4K video and design workflows.
David Tsao, product manager of QNAP said that the TVS-871T tackles the most common bottleneck for 4K workflows: I/O speed and storage.
"It provides unmatched performance for high-resolution file storage and I/O-intensive tasks to increase working productivity focusing more on 4K or 3D workflows.
The eight bay QNAP TVS-871T can be configured with Haswell processor options including Intel Core i5 and i7 CPUs.
The pair of Thunderbolt 2 ports give users dual 10GbE ports which can run alongside the Thunderbolt interface completely independently and with no bandwidth interference.
With this array of ports available, PC and Mac users can enjoy the high-speed storage of Thunderbolt DAS plus flexible file sharing of 10GbE networks.
If you need greater storage capacity than the eight bays affords you can expand the addressable storage up to 448TB by attaching a maximum of six QNAP expansion enclosures (TX-500P and TX-800P).
Users can simply connect a keyboard, mouse and HDMI display to use the TVS-871T as a PC substitute.
There is no mention of price yet but here are the key specs:
• TVS-871T-i7-16G: Intel Core i7-4790S 3.2 GHz quad-core processor and 16GB DDR3 RAM
• TVS-871T-i5-16G: Intel Core i5-4590S 3.0 GHz quad-core processor and 16GB DDR3 RAM
• 8-bay tower model, AES-NI hardware encryption engine; hot-swappable 3.5"/2.5" SATA 6Gb/s, 3Gb/s HDD or SSD; 2 x Thunderbolt 2 high-speed ports, 3 x USB 3.0; 2 x 10 Gigabit Ethernet port (10GBased-T), 4 x 1 Gigabit Ethernet port; 1 x HDMI port