QNAP QTS 4.4.1 Beta Released

QNAP has released the beta version of QTS 4.4.1. It has Solid Architecture, High-Speed Backup, and Innovative Hybrid Storage. Linux Kernal has been upgraded which is 4.14 LTS, which also brings advantages to all the QNAP NAS.  With the QNAP QTS 4.4.1 Beta version, it has these three major categories that have been updated to bring you a better solution in the storage and backup.

QTS 4.4.1 integrates Linux Kernel 4.14 LTS, adding support for next-generation CPU platforms and providing a more stable and future-proof operating environment for QNAP NAS. HBS 3 – the integrated backup solution for QNAP NAS – also celebrates over a million downloads by adding the ability to deduplicate data at the source to optimize backup speed and storage requirements. The innovative HybridMount also delivers a whole-new hybrid cloud experience.

  • Storage x Backup
  • Hybrid Cloud
  • Multimedia Applications

Linux kernel upgrade- QNAP QTS 4.4.1 LTS

  • It enhances the Security of QTS
  • It improves the bandwidth utilization
  • Supports next-generation hardware platforms

QNAP QTS 4.4.1 Storage & Backup

HBS-3 is the integrated Backup solution for QNAP NAS upgraded from Hybrid Backup Sync 2.1. The new feature included in HBS 3 is Data reduction with QuDedup technology & also provided Internet acceleration with TCP BBR. HBS 3 supports 22 cloud providers for Cloud Synchronization & Cloud Backup.


QuDedup technology
QuDedup technology is used for Data Reduction and Source-side data deduplication, due to these features we get advantages like:

  • Bandwidth reduction
  • Storage space saving
  • Highly compatible with cloud services
  • iSCSI & Fibre Channel
  • SED
  • Qtier


Source-side Deduplication Technology can Satisfy Modern Enterprise’s Needs

Over 81% of enterprise has adopted the cloud solution, source-side data deduplication is more suitable for meeting their needs. It is highly compatible with different backup destinations, reducing the backup storage space and transmission bandwidth.

QuDedup Extract Tool Makes .qdff Restore Without Constraint



  • Need to restore via backup application before accessing


  • File Restore Anywhere
    Multi-platform (Windows/Mac/Linux)
  • File preview
    Encrypted data
  • Fine Recovery
    Single folder/file restoration

Backup Data can be Restored in different places and Taken Anywhere

Completely Integrate File and Object Type Cloud Services


  • Supports 22 public cloud services
  • Support both synchronization and backup
  • support multi-version backup

iSCSI & Fibre Channel


iSCSI & Fibre Channel management

Key features:

  • LUN can be mapped to iSCSI or FC
  • FC WWPN Aliases
Feature on iSCSI Feature on Fibre Channel
iSCSI Target FC target(FC port)
LUN Masking LUN Masking
Target ACL FC Port Binding
Multipath Multipath

ISCSI & Fibre Channel Architecture

Key points:

  • iSCSI connection by Ethernet needs additional layers.
  • Fibre Channel needs fewer layers from the physical layer to the SCSI layer in the system.

QNAP NAS supports Fibre Channel SAN

Common Fibre Channel SAN (Storage Area Networks) are closed network environments, and their devices are often expensive while lacking deployment flexibility. QTS 4.4.1 adds support for Fibre Channel on QNAP NAS. By using a QNAP NAS with Fibre Channel connectivity, your NAS can be easily added to your existing SAN environment at an affordable price point. This allows you to leverage the many benefits from QNAP NAS including snapshot protection, Qtier™ tiering storage, SSD cache acceleration and more.


Beginning QTS 4.4.1, every app in the QNAP App Center is digitally signed. When installing apps, QTS will check for signatures to ensure that apps are from QNAP or QNAP-approved publishers, protecting your NAS and data from being affected and manipulated by malicious programs.

New Multimedia Console integrates QTS multimedia apps

The Multimedia Console consolidates all of the QTS multimedia applications into one app, allowing easier and centralized multimedia app management. You can select source files for each multimedia application and can also set their permission settings.

  • PhotoStation
  • MusicStation
  • VideoStation
  • iTunes server
  • Cinemas28

How to update your QNAP NAS’s firmware

Use the Backup/Restore feature to save your current NAS configuration settings, or to retrieve a previously backed up configuration. To use this feature, log into your NAS as an administrator (use the admin account, or a user account belonging to the Administrators group) and go to “Control Panel” > “Backup/Restore” and choose “Backup/Restore Settings”. Click “Backup” to create and save a backup configuration to your computer.

If you experience an unexpected error when performing a firmware upgrade, you can use the “Restore” function on the same page to load the configuration settings that you previously backed up.

Live update

Live Update can automatically check for, and download the latest firmware suitable for your NAS.

  1. Log into your NAS as an administrator (use the admin account, or a user account belonging to the administrator group), go to “Control Panel” > “Firmware Update” and choose the “Live Update” tab.
  2. Click “Check for Update” and a pop-up will appear informing you of the latest version. Additionally, you can also select the “Automatically check if a newer version is available when logging into the NAS web administration interface” option. Enabling this option will notify you of a new firmware release when you log into the NAS.
  3. check the “Automatically restart the system after firmware update” option to reboot the system after the firmware has been installed. Click “OK” to restart the system immediately or click “Cancel” if you want to restart it later. You will have to restart the system for the new firmware to take effect. Updating the firmware will require restarting your system. Do not apply the update when you require services from your NAS.

Manual update

Verify the model name and firmware version of your NAS

Log into your NAS as an administrator (use the admin account, or a user account belonging to the administrator group) and go to “Control Panel” > “System Status”, and click the “System Information” tab. This page displays the model name and firmware version in addition to other information about the system.

Download the firmware

1. Go to the QNAP website (http://www.qnap.com/download) and select your NAS model.

2. Select “Firmware”, and find the desired firmware version. Click on the “Note” icon to read the release notes for the selected firmware version. The release notes will contain specific instructions that may apply.

3. Choose to download from a Global, European, or United States server depending on your location.

4. Depending on your browser settings, choose a download location to save the firmware file, or open your default download folder to locate it.

5. Once the download is complete, you can proceed to apply the firmware update to your NAS.

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