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QNAP QTS 5.0 Beta: New kernel for greater security and data protection

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With the QTS 5.0 operating system officially released today in the first beta version for its own NAS systems, QNAP brings an update to the Linux kernel, new security features, support for WireGuard VPN and, according to the manufacturer, increased cache performance with SSD NVMe. and more.

Focus on increased safety and comfort in operation

The innovations and enhancements in QNAP’s first beta version of QTS 5.0 are designed to improve the efficiency of NAS management as well as increase performance. The Linux kernel 5.10 is now used as the basis for the revised user interface, which is supposed to offer more intuitive navigation and a consistent layout for convenience and has a central search function in the main menu.

QNAP QTS 5.0 (Beta)
QNAP QTS 5.0 (Beta) (Build: QNAP)

Additionally, QNAP names better security features for QTS 5.0 Beta, such as support for TLS 1.3, the ability to automatically update the operating system and applications, and secure access to the NAS using SSH keys for authentication.

WireGuard VPN for a secure internet connection

In addition, the update for a secure Internet connection brings QVPN 2.0, in which WireGuard VPN is integrated. This is intended to provide users with a clearer representation and operation for secure connections. Another positive point of the kernel update and therefore of the QTS 5.0 Beta is, according to QNAP, a higher performance of the SSD if it is used as a cache unit. The manufacturer has also improved the DA Drive Analyzer, which uses cloud-based artificial intelligence to determine the life expectancy of drives and then provides suggestions for the exchange strategy to avoid data loss.

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Secure data exchange via FTP

According to QNAP, the QuFTP application has also been revised in QTS 5.0, with which the installed FTP server can, among other things, exchange data with clients over an encrypted connection via SSL / TLS in the future. Other new configuration options include a bandwidth or transmission speed restriction for individual users or groups.

QNAP QTS 5.0 (Beta) - The New Home Screen
QNAP QTS 5.0 (Beta) – The New Home Screen (Image: QNAP)
QNAP QTS 5.0 (Beta)
QNAP QTS 5.0 (Beta) (Build: QNAP)

All information about innovations and optimizations QTS 5.0 in beta has to offer, QNAP has made it available on an overview page. Previously supported NAS models are also listed there. Interested users of a QNAP NAS download current beta version. It also describes how the installation works.