QNAP TS-431X NAS with 10G SFP+

QNAP today announced the new TS-431X NAS with a built-in 10GbE SFP+ port. It is powered by a dual-core AnnapurnaLabs, an Amazon company Alpine AL-212 1.7 GHz processor and 2GB/8GB DDR3 RAM (upgradable to 8GB). The TS-431X delivers up to 956 MB/s read speed with 10GbE.


Along with its application-aware design and abundant productive features including containerized virtualization, centralized email management, a private-cloud-based note-taking tool, and Virtual JBOD, the 10GbE-ready TS-431X is a perfect NAS for small and midsize businesses looking for backup, restoration, private cloud, and higher bandwidth for rigorous data processing.

The integrated 10GbE SFP+ port enables exceptional throughput for intensive data transfer, and fast backup and restoration for an ever-growing amount of data.

“Designed to solve more complex and demanding applications in today’s IT environments, the TS-431X is well suited for organizations that have budget constraints but require high bandwidth to tackle inefficiencies.” said Dan Lin, Product Manager of QNAP.

The TS-431X features Container Station that integrates LXC and Docker® lightweight virtualization technologies, enabling unlimited containerized applications. It offers the innovative QIoT Containers to store Internet of Things (IoT) data, and helps organizations boost IoT-based microservices and modernize legacy applications to drive more business opportunities.

The TS-431X is an all-in-one NAS supporting not only essential cross-platform file sharing, backup, restoration, and security, but also exclusive productivity apps. QmailAgent allows users to centrally manage multiple email accounts from popular email services and IMAP servers; Notes Station provides an online note-taking tool enabling collaborative writing; Qsync enables cross-devices file synchronization and team folders sync; and the powerful Qsirch full-text search engine helps quickly find files on the NAS. The TS-431X also supports VPN server and VPN client, IP surveillance system, and VJBOD (Virtual JBOD) to expand the storage capacity of other QNAP NAS.

Key specifications

    • TS-431X-2G: 2GB DDR3 RAM (2GB x1)
    • TS-431X-8G: 8GB DDR3 RAM (8GB x1)

4-bay tower model; AnnapurnaLabs, an Amazon company Alpine AL-212 1.7 GHz dual-core processor, hardware-accelerated encryption engine; hot-swappable 2.5″/3.5″ SATA 6Gbps HDD or SSD; 1 x 10 Gigabit SFP+ port, 2 x Gigabit RJ45 ports; 3 x USB 3.0 port, Kensington security slot

Openstack Liberty Error: Unable to retrieve volume limit information.

After an Openstack Liberty deployment  you may encounter the following error: Error: Unable to retrieve volume limit information. OR Danger: There was an error submitting the form. Please try again.

unable to retreive size limit

These errors are a result of a miss-configuration within CINDER, to resolve this all you need to do is edit the ‘/etc/cinder/cinder.conf‘ file and make sure the following two lines exist

auth_uri = http://keystone_ip:5000
auth_url = http://keystone_ip:35357
auth_plugin = password
project_domain_id = default
user_domain_id = default
project_name = services
username = cinder
password = [ccinder password] <- find from answer file. password is stored in CONFIG_CINDER_KS_PW

After you had verified or added the lines you will need to restart the cinder services by running:

# service openstack-cinder-api restart
# service openstack-cinder-backup restart
# service openstack-cinder-scheduler restart
# service openstack-cinder-volume restart

Fix – vSphere Replication – Cannot connect to the specified site – due to change in default ports

Keep meaning to document this one, so here it goes.

Adding a site in VMware vSphere Replication fails with the error: Cannot connect to the specified site, site might not be available on the network or the network configuration may not be correct.

This may happen if you change the default network port for the vCenter Servers from 80 to another port number.

To resolve this issue when you are not using the standard port 80 or port 443, specify the port number in vSphere Replication: Add Site dialog.

For example: If vCenter Server at IP address is accessed over port 8081, enter in the vSphere Replication: Add Site dialog.

Hope this helps you out.

thanks for reading.

Vote for your Top Virtualization Blog for 2014 – vsphere-land.com

One of the great things about using virtualization especially when it’s VMware is that there are many interesting blogs out there that contain a wealth of information on this topic, many with some great ideas, tips and tricks and some really detailed information on everything VMware and also not forgetting Hyper-V.

So with the start of the year the race to become No.1 on the top Virtualization Blog (vBlog) has arrived, vSphere-land.com is out their to ask your opinion about the Top Virtualization Blogs which have helped you in the Past Year to Learn, Explore & Master the Virtualization Technology & the related Eco-system.

If my Blog has helped you in your journey of Virtualization, I would of course be grateful if you did spend a VOTE for me on their survey.

You can VOTE by clicking on the following link.

Whether you Vote or Get Voted, you have a chance to win some wonderful freebies as mentioned by Eric Siebert on vSphere-land.com

This year the top VMware & virtualization blogger voting will be bigger and better thanks to Veeam. We’ll be doing random prize giveaways both for bloggers that make it into the top 50 and for the voters as well. I’ll randomly pick 3 blogger names and 4 voter names to win prizes which include a Mac Mini, iPad Mini, HP MicroServer, Beats headphones, Roku and a Wii U.”


Applications for VMware vExpert 2014 are now open

Applications for the 2014 vExpert program were officially opened this weekend. Submit your application at :http://blogs.vmware.com/vmtn/2014/02/vexpert-2014-applications-open.html

VMware vExpert 2014

Some changes have been highlighted this year as there is now a fast track application process for 2013 vExperts.

Changes for the 2014 vExpert Program
This year we are implementing two new changes to the vExpert program. The first change is fast track current vExperts into the 2014 program. If you are a current 2013 vExpert, your 2014 application process has been shortened. Since you are a proven vExpert all we want to know is what you have been doing since the May 2013 vExpert announcement. Simple, right?”

Also new for 2014 is that there will be an ongoing open application each quarter for nominations with in 2014 which is especially handy for those that did not make the first cut or maybe would like to get in and apply later on in the year.

“The second change is quarterly nominations into the 2014 vExpert program. We will leave the application open year round and at the end of each quarter we will begin the voting process for new vExperts from the previous quarter. So even if you are not picked to become a vExpert 2014 right away, we will allow for quarterly voting and nominations.”

You have until March 6th to get your application. Good Luck.

Hello world!

Hi and welcome to my blog,

So i have finally done it, Ive started my own blog. its probably about time after all the comments I was getting from friends and collegues about doing one for virtualization.

For more about me please see my “about” page. I shall do every effort to cover what interests me most about virtualization and in the process I hope it will give you interest and information also.

so thats it for my first post, nice and short. next post I will be focusing a little on vSphere 5.0 and specifically VMwareHA. Bye till then………