QNAP Systems, Inc. have released Q’center v1.8, an upgraded version that not only extends the host server capability to ARM-based NAS models but also adds more functions to enhance privilege and security management. As a central management platform that consolidates the management of multiple QNAP NAS, Q’center provides immediate and complete information to assist IT administrators in making crucial decisions with greater efficiency.

“The new Q’center focuses more on strengthening security management in business storage environments, while also making Q’center host servers available for ARM-based NAS to lower the threshold for small and medium businesses to deploy a NAS central management system,” said Ripple Wu, Product Manager of QNAP.

With Q’center v1.8, QNAP’s new 64-bit ARM-based NAS models can perform as host servers to deliver higher cost-efficiency. Besides managing physical QNAP NAS systems, Q’center host servers can now manage vQTS – virtual QTS operating systems. By centrally deploying and monitoring multiple vQTS, IT administrators can easily manage integrated NAS experiences including aspects from vQTS.

Q’center v1.8 adds integration with Windows® Active Directory, allowing multiple NAS to be easily joined to Windows AD and allows the domain users to use the same Windows AD account name and password to connect to different QNAP NAS on the local network. IT administrators can also efficiently create shared folders with access rights verification for different AD accounts, allowing them to save precious time for other more important tasks.

IT administrators can use Q’center to set alerts for unauthorized access. If unauthorized access is detected, they can quickly change the username and password for multiple NAS systems at once using Q’center and centrally collect all the access logs for a greater control of NAS data security.

Q’center delivers a total solution for business storage environments. It provides reports for current and previous NAS statistics, and the ability to create universal and unified NAS settings for managing multiple NAS units efficiently, including firmware updates, app installation, shared folder creation, and privilege settings for multiple client NAS.

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