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Desktop hero NAS
TS-h973AX-8G
9-Bay (5x 3.5", 2x 2.5, 2x U.2") RAID (8GB RAM, Ryzen V1500B) + 10GbE RJ45
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TS-h973AX
Enhance business productivity using the quad-core 9-bay QuTS hero NAS that supports U.2 NVMe SSD and 10GbE/2.5GbE connectivity

Featuring an AMD Ryzen™ V1000 series V1500B quad-core processor and 10GbE/2.5GbE connectivity, the 9-bay TS-h973AX packs a high-capacity hybrid storage infrastructure into a compact physical footprint. With five 3.5-inch SATA 6Gbps drive bays, two 2.5-inch U.2 NVMe SSD slots (Slot 1 & 2 support both U.2 NVMe and SATA SSDs ), and two 2.5-inch SATA 6Gbps SSD slots, the TS-h973AX can benefit from SSD caching to boost IOPS-intensive applications. With the ZFS-based QuTS hero operating system, the TS-h973AX ensures data integrity and supports block-level inline data deduplication and compression, near-limitless snapshots, and real-time SnapSync to satisfy mission-critical file servers, virtualization servers, collaborative video editing, and efficient data backup and recovery with business-class performance, job reliability, and lower overall cost.

Install high-performance U.2 NVMe PCIe Gen 3 x4 SSDs or SATA 6Gb/s SSDs in the dedicated SSD slots for cache acceleration and improved random I/O. One 10GBASE-T Multi-Gig and two 2.5GbE LAN ports accelerate virtualization, intensive file access, large backup/restoration tasks, and media transfer. Experience a business-class backup center, supporting backup/restore of cloud data and VMs (including Google™ Workspace, Microsoft 365®, VMware® and Hyper-V). Host multiple virtual machines and containers to run a wide range of applications on the TS-h973AX. Cloud storage gateways realize hybrid cloud applications by working with the cache space reserved on NAS to ensure low-latency data access to the cloud. Flexibly scale your total storage capacity to match your business growth by connecting USB expansion enclosures (TR or TL series JBOD).


TS-h973AX-8G
TS-h973AX-32G
AMD Ryzen™ V1500B 4 cores/8 threads 2.2 GHz processor

Absolute performance with AMD Ryzen™ and up to 32 GB RAM
Powered by an AMD Ryzen™ Embedded V1000 series V1500B 4-core/8-thread, 2.2 GHz processor with up to 32GB DDR4 RAM, the TS-h973AX delivers aggressive yet power-smart performance for compute-demanding applications. AES-NI encryption support boosts encryption performance while also maintaining the security of your NAS data. SSDs can be flexibly installed for cache acceleration to maximize network and storage performance for data-intensive applications.

Dual U.2 NVMe PCIe Gen 3 x4 SSD slots for optimal I/O and low latency
The TS-h973AX has four 2.5-inch SSD slots - with slots 1 & 2 supporting both high-performance U.2 NVMe PCIe Gen 3 x4 SSDs or economical SATA 6Gb/s SSDs. For tackling latency-sensitive applications, you can take advantage of U.2 NVMe PCIe Gen 3 x4 SSDs that supply up to 32Gb/s bandwidth to attain optimized performance and efficiency. You can also use QNAP’s QDA-UMP adapter to replace U.2 NVMe SSDs with cost-efficient M.2 NVMe Gen 3 x4 SSDs to maintain high-level performance while saving more costs.

Note: U.2 SSDs cannot be installed in the SATA drive bays (including the 3.5-inch bays and SSD Slots 3 & 4).



Coupled with QNAP’s SSD-aware features, the TS-h973AX maximizes performance with high cost-effectiveness.

SSD cache acceleration
Write Coalescing
Pool Over-provisioning
Increases IOPS performance and reduces latency for storage volumes - perfect for IOPS-demanding applications including virtualization and databases.
Transforms all random writes to sequential writes along with reduced I/O, effectively increasing SSD write performance.
Flexibly reserves a dedicated space in an SSD storage pool to allow new data to be written into a complete block even if the pool is almost full, thus improving the performance of fragmented pools.
Streamline large file transfers and video editing with 10GbE and 2.5GbE
The TS-h973AX has one 10GBASE-T Multi-Gig (10G/5G/2.5G/1G/100M) port and two 2.5GbE RJ45 (2.5G/1G/100M) ports, providing out-of-the-box support for high-speed networking and supporting Port Trunking and Failover to reinforce your network infrastructure. QNAP also provide many other high-speed networking solutions, including 10GbE/2.5GbE managed/unmanaged switches, 2.5GbE/5GbE/10GbE PCIe cards and USB 5GbE adapters for Windows®/Linux® workstations, allowing you to build a budget-friendly high-speed network environment for productive team collaboration.


Accept no substitutes: QNAP is the best choice for AMD Ryzen NAS

ZFS-based QuTS hero operating system enhances NAS performance and data integrity
QuTS hero combines the app-based QTS with the 128-bit ZFS file system to provide flexible storage management, comprehensive data protection, and optimized performance to tackle the complexity and performance demands of modern IT. From storage management, virtualization, to collaborative media workflows, QuTS hero streamlines your business-critical tasks.



Data integrity is key
Data reduction improves storage efficiency and performance
Multi-level cache technology with both read and write
QuTS hero’s self-healing ensures data integrity and reliability. Write Once, Read Many (WORM) is also supported.
Inline data deduplication, compression, and compaction reduce file size to conserve storage capacity and optimize performance.
Main memory read cache (L1 ARC), SSD second-level read cache (L2 ARC), and ZFS Intent Log (ZIL) for synchronous transactions with power fail protection are simultaneously supported to boost performance and security.
RAID Z enables robust data protection
QSAL (QNAP SSD Antiwear Leveling) enhances data protection
App Center ecosystem extends NAS functionality
Multiple RAID levels allow flexible capacity utilization. RAID Triple Parity and Triple Mirror deliver higher levels of data protection.
RAID-level SSD lifespan is automatically and regularly detected to prevent simultaneous SSD failure, improving your data protection and system reliability.

(Available from Q4 2020)
Apps for backup/sync, virtual machines/containers, content management, productivity, and more features can be used to expand the application potential of the TS-h973AX.
Inline data deduplication, compression, and compaction drives big data storage efficiency
QuTS hero supports advanced block-based data reduction technologies (including inline data deduplication*, compression, and compaction) to reduce file sizes, conserve storage capacity, and optimize performance. For example, if 20 virtual machines on a NAS are replicated using the same template, then storage space requirements for all 20 virtual machines can be reduced by up to 95%. Whether acting as primary or backup storage, the TS-h973AX optimizes storage utilization to provide a reliable storage cornerstone in the Big Data era.

*Note: Inline data deduplication requires at least 16 GB memory. The TS-h973AX-32G model features 32 GB memory that allows you to attain complete dedup function.


Real-time SnapSync ensures minimal RPO with real-time disaster recovery
Real-time SnapSync ensures that both the primary and secondary NAS maintain identical data. When data is written to the source, it is immediately written to the destination. If the primary NAS goes offline, IT staff can simply adjust the privilege settings of the secondary NAS to ensure continuous operations. SnapSync provides the strongest support for nonstop business operations and helps users to reduce the risk of data loss.

Note: SnapSync will be available from QuTS hero h4.5.2.


The TS-h973AX also supports snapshots and remote backup to help organizations accomplish routine backup tasks cost-effectively and efficiently.

Snapshots multiply backup protection
Attain peace of mind with near-limitless, instant snapshots. Copy-on-write technology makes snapshot creation almost instantaneous without affecting ongoing data writing. Snapshot Replica replicates snapshot files to the backup NAS, simplifying data protection with version control.
HBS simplifies 3-2-1 backup plans
HBS centralizes backup, restoration, and synchronization for easily transferring data in the TS-h973AX to another QNAP NAS, remote server, or cloud storage space. HBS supports QuDedup technology that eliminates redundant data at the source and makes multi-version backup faster.

All-in-one virtual machine and container hosting solution
You can count on Virtualization Station and Container Station for comprehensive virtualization support. Coupled with the Network & Virtual Switch app that boosts interoperability between virtual machines, containers, QNAP NAS, and other physical devices on the network, you can flexibly allocate physical and virtual network resources to simplify network deployment.

Virtualization Station
Run multiple Windows®, Linux®, UNIX®, and Android™ virtual machines and access them via a web browser or Virtual Network Computing (VNC). Businesses can run virtualized server applications on a single NAS without the need for additional physical servers.

Container Station
Experience LXC and Docker® lightweight virtualization technologies, download apps from the built-in Docker Hub Registry®, import and export containers, and create abundant microservices.

License-free VMware® and Hyper-V backup appliance
With Hyper Data Protector, the TS-h973AX becomes an agentless backup tool for unlimited VMware® vSphere and Microsoft® Hyper-V VM backup. Hyper Data Protector features incremental backup, global deduplication, backup scheduling and recovery compression. Hyper Data Protector also simultaneously backs up multiple VMs, providing you with a cost-effective and reliable disaster recovery plan, ensuring 24/7 operation of your services.

More productivity applications
Ubuntu Linux Station
Run Ubuntu® applications (including apps from the Ubuntu Software Center) directly on the TS-h973AX and remotely access the Ubuntu® desktop from a web browser.

Security Counselor
A security portal for checking weaknesses and receiving recommendations for enhancing NAS security. It also integrates anti-virus and anti-malware scanning software.

Boxafe
Safeguard enterprise cloud data by backing up/syncing files, emails, calendars and contacts from Google™ Workspace and Microsoft® Office 365® to the TS-h973AX.

Qsirch
QNAP’s powerful, Google-like search tool helps you quickly find images, music, videos, documents, and emails by keywords, color, and more search conditions. It also supports Qfiling to perform one-time or automatic archival tasks based on your search criteria.

QuMagie
An AI-powered photo management app, supporting automated photo categorization with AI Albums, iOS® Live Photo display, and powerful search tool for ultimate photo management and sharing solution.

HybridMount
Perfectly integrates NAS with mainstream cloud services. By deploying cloud storage gateways and enabling local caching on the NAS, you can seamlessly use the cloud for storage, backup, and data recovery with low-latency access.

Flexible and economical storage expansion
The storage capacity of the TS-h973AX can be expanded using USB-based expansion enclosures. Two QNAP TR RAID (4-bay TR-004, 2-bay TR-002) or one 8-bay TL-D800C JBOD storage enclosures can be easily attached and managed using the Storage & Snapshots Manager app.


Subscribe to QVR Elite surveillance solution for 24/7 security
QVR Elite is QNAP’s subscription-based smart surveillance solution, allowing you to easily build a surveillance system with lower TCO and higher scalability. You can arrange a dedicated, independent storage space for surveillance data on the TS-h973AX and enjoy simplified camera management, storage space allocation, camera live viewing and playback. Recordings are saved as MP4 files, allowing playback on nearly every device. QVR Elite also integrates QNAP AI-based solutions to build smart facial recognition for retail and door access systems with QNAP NAS. With QVR Pro Client software installed on your Windows®/Mac® or mobile devices, taking full control over monitored areas becomes more convenient and easier.

Note: QVR Elite will be available from Q4 2020.

Switch operating systems to upgrade your current storage
The TS-h973AX can also switch to using QTS - QNAP’s standard NAS operating system. This allows you to migrate drives from your current QTS-based NAS to the more powerful TS-h973AX to upgrade your storage infrastructure and take advantage of Qtier auto-tiering from QTS.

Attention: QTS and QuTS hero use different file systems. You must remove all the drives from the TS-h973AX before switching from QuTS hero to QTS.

Extend hardware warranty up to 5 years
The TS-h973AX is backed by a 3-year warranty at no additional cost. You can also purchase a warranty extension that extends your warranty coverage up to 5 years.



TS-h973AX-8G
TS-h973AX-32G   CPU AMD Ryzen™ Embedded V1500B quad-core eight threads 2.2 GHz processor CPU Architecture 64-bit x86 Floating Point Unit   Encryption Engine  (AES-NI) System Memory 8 GB SO-DIMM DDR4 (1 x 8 GB)
16 GB SO-DIMM DDR4 (2 x 8 GB)
32 GB SO-DIMM DDR4 (2 x 16 GB) Maximum Memory 32 GB (2 x 16 GB) Memory Slot 2 x SO-DIMM DDR4 For dual-DIMM configuration, you must use a pair of identical DDR4 modules. Flash Memory 5GB (Dual boot OS protection) Drive Bay 5 x 3.5-inch + 4 x 2.5-inch The system is shipped without HDD/SSD.
For the HDD/SSD compatibility list, please visit https://www.qnap.com/compatibility/ Drive Compatibility 3.5-inch bays:
3.5-inch SATA hard disk drives
2.5-inch SATA hard disk drives
2.5-inch SATA solid state drives

2.5-inch bays:
2.5-inch SATA hard disk drives
2.5-inch SATA solid state drives
2.5-inch U.2 NVMe PCIe Gen3 x4 solid state drives (2.5-inch Bay #1 & #2) * 2.5-inch bay #1 & #2 support either U.2 NVMe SSDs or SATA 6Gb/s SSDs.
** U.2 NVMe solid-state drives can only be installed in 2.5-inch bay numbers 1 and 2. Installing these drives in other bays will damage the drive connectors. Hot-swappable   SSD Cache Acceleration Support   2.5 Gigabit Ethernet Port (2.5G/1G/100M) 2 5 Gigabit Ethernet Port (5G/2.5G/1G/100M) Optional via the QNA-UC5G1T USB to 5GbE network adapter 10 Gigabit Ethernet Port 1 x 10GBASE-T (10G/5G/2.5G/1G/100M) Jumbo Frame   USB 3.2 Gen 2 (10Gbps) Port 1 x Type-C USB 3.2 Gen 2
3 x Type-A USB 3.2 Gen 2 Form Factor Tower LED Indicators HDD 1-5, SSD 1-4, Power/Status, LAN, USB Buttons Power, Reset Dimensions (HxWxD) 182.65 × 224.6 × 224.1 mm Weight (Net) 3.52 kg Operating temperature 0 - 40 °C (32°F - 104°F) Relative Humidity 5-95% RH non-condensing, wet bulb: 27˚C (80.6˚F) Power Supply Unit External, 120 W, AC 100 to 240 V Fan 1 x 140mm, 12VDC Sound Level 22.9 db(A) System Warning Buzzer Kensington Security Slot  
Note: Use only QNAP memory modules to maintain system performance and stability. For NAS devices with more than one memory slot, use QNAP modules with identical specifications. Warning: Using unsupported modules may degrade performance, cause errors, or prevent the operating system from starting.

* Sound Level Test Environment: Refer to ISO 7779; Maximum HDD loaded; Bystander Position; Average data from 1 meter in front of operating NAS.
Designs and specifications are subject to change without notice.
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Stock code IBQ-973AXH-8G
Brand Qnap
Series Desktop hero NAS
Model TS-h973AX-8G
Type 9-Bay (5x 3.5", 2x 2.5, 2x U.2") RAID (8GB RAM, Ryzen V1500B) + 10GbE RJ45
ROHS Y
Date added 27/10/2020

TS-h973AX-8G Spec Information

Form Factor / Drive Height 182 x 225 x 224 mm
Platter size 3.5"
Platter (alternate) 2.5"
RAM/Cache 8GB
Guarantee 3yr
Processor AMD Ryzen V1500B 4C/8T 2.2GHz
CPU Mark (cpubenchmark.net) ? 5000
Total Drives 5
Total Drives (alternate) 4
RAID 0:1:5:6:JBOD:
RAID Levels Single Disk, JBOD, RAID 0, 1, 5, 6, 10

TS-h973AX-8G Spec Connections

sub- connectionI/EQuantity
LANRJ45 2.5GbEExternal2
LANRJ45 10GbEExternal1
U.2U.2 NVMe gen3x4Internal2
SATASATA 2.5Internal4
SATASATA 3.5Internal5
USB3USB3.2 gen2 type CExternal1
USB3USB3.2 gen2 type AExternal3

Software

TS-h973AX-8G Speed

Speed/RPM 6Gb/s SATA to 2.5GbE and 10GbE

Physical

Weight (kg) 6kg
Weight (bare) ?
Watts ?
Colour Black
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24/12/2020 | Guest | GB Flag |
Do I have to fill all the bays with drives?
You can start with any number of drives, and leave some room for future expansion. We recommend that you use exactly the same make and model of drive when expanding your RAID.
23/11/2020 | Andrea U | AT Flag |
Hi, I'm expecting my new h973AX within the next days from you and have a few qestesions, maybe you can help me with them..: As far as I've understood upon first time installation I have to decide whether to install QuTS hero or traditional QTS when setting up my QNAP. QuTS hero should be more advanced but QTS maybe more mature. How do you see it, what would you recommend? Another aspect is the following: One key features I want to use among others is to store 6 streams of surveillance cameras. I planned to use QVR pro for this. QTS supports 8 free licences/channels within QVR pro, QuTS hero has included QVR elite but only two licences. As I do not want ot buy additional 4 QVR elite licenses, can QVR pro also be used together with QuTS hero? Thanks in advance! Best regards Thomas
Hi, 

Upon first boot, you'll be prompt to install the traditional QTS or QuTS Hero. 

Please contact our support team if you have any questions about configuring your NAS. 

Thanks, 

SPAN.COM tech team



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TS-h973AX
Enhance business productivity using the quad-core 9-bay QuTS hero NAS that supports U.2 NVMe SSD and 10GbE/2.5GbE connectivity

Featuring an AMD Ryzen™ V1000 series V1500B quad-core processor and 10GbE/2.5GbE connectivity, the 9-bay TS-h973AX packs a high-capacity hybrid storage infrastructure into a compact physical footprint. With five 3.5-inch SATA 6Gbps drive bays, two 2.5-inch U.2 NVMe SSD slots (Slot 1 & 2 support both U.2 NVMe and SATA SSDs ), and two 2.5-inch SATA 6Gbps SSD slots, the TS-h973AX can benefit from SSD caching to boost IOPS-intensive applications. With the ZFS-based QuTS hero operating system, the TS-h973AX ensures data integrity and supports block-level inline data deduplication and compression, near-limitless snapshots, and real-time SnapSync to satisfy mission-critical file servers, virtualization servers, collaborative video editing, and efficient data backup and recovery with business-class performance, job reliability, and lower overall cost.

  • Install high-performance U.2 NVMe PCIe Gen 3 x4 SSDs or SATA 6Gb/s SSDs in the dedicated SSD slots for cache acceleration and improved random I/O.
  • One 10GBASE-T Multi-Gig and two 2.5GbE LAN ports accelerate virtualization, intensive file access, large backup/restoration tasks, and media transfer.
  • Experience a business-class backup center, supporting backup/restore of cloud data and VMs (including Google™ Workspace, Microsoft 365®, VMware® and Hyper-V).
  • Host multiple virtual machines and containers to run a wide range of applications on the TS-h973AX.
  • Cloud storage gateways realize hybrid cloud applications by working with the cache space reserved on NAS to ensure low-latency data access to the cloud.
  • Flexibly scale your total storage capacity to match your business growth by connecting USB expansion enclosures (TR or TL series JBOD).



TS-h973AX-8G
TS-h973AX-32G
AMD Ryzen™ V1500B 4 cores/8 threads 2.2 GHz processor

Absolute performance with AMD Ryzen™ and up to 32 GB RAM
Powered by an AMD Ryzen™ Embedded V1000 series V1500B 4-core/8-thread, 2.2 GHz processor with up to 32GB DDR4 RAM, the TS-h973AX delivers aggressive yet power-smart performance for compute-demanding applications. AES-NI encryption support boosts encryption performance while also maintaining the security of your NAS data. SSDs can be flexibly installed for cache acceleration to maximize network and storage performance for data-intensive applications.

Dual U.2 NVMe PCIe Gen 3 x4 SSD slots for optimal I/O and low latency
The TS-h973AX has four 2.5-inch SSD slots - with slots 1 & 2 supporting both high-performance U.2 NVMe PCIe Gen 3 x4 SSDs or economical SATA 6Gb/s SSDs. For tackling latency-sensitive applications, you can take advantage of U.2 NVMe PCIe Gen 3 x4 SSDs that supply up to 32Gb/s bandwidth to attain optimized performance and efficiency. You can also use QNAP’s QDA-UMP adapter to replace U.2 NVMe SSDs with cost-efficient M.2 NVMe Gen 3 x4 SSDs to maintain high-level performance while saving more costs.

Note: U.2 SSDs cannot be installed in the SATA drive bays (including the 3.5-inch bays and SSD Slots 3 & 4).



Coupled with QNAP’s SSD-aware features, the TS-h973AX maximizes performance with high cost-effectiveness.

SSD cache acceleration
Write Coalescing
Pool Over-provisioning
Increases IOPS performance and reduces latency for storage volumes - perfect for IOPS-demanding applications including virtualization and databases.
Transforms all random writes to sequential writes along with reduced I/O, effectively increasing SSD write performance.
Flexibly reserves a dedicated space in an SSD storage pool to allow new data to be written into a complete block even if the pool is almost full, thus improving the performance of fragmented pools.
Streamline large file transfers and video editing with 10GbE and 2.5GbE
The TS-h973AX has one 10GBASE-T Multi-Gig (10G/5G/2.5G/1G/100M) port and two 2.5GbE RJ45 (2.5G/1G/100M) ports, providing out-of-the-box support for high-speed networking and supporting Port Trunking and Failover to reinforce your network infrastructure. QNAP also provide many other high-speed networking solutions, including 10GbE/2.5GbE managed/unmanaged switches, 2.5GbE/5GbE/10GbE PCIe cards and USB 5GbE adapters for Windows®/Linux® workstations, allowing you to build a budget-friendly high-speed network environment for productive team collaboration.


Accept no substitutes: QNAP is the best choice for AMD Ryzen NAS

ZFS-based QuTS hero operating system enhances NAS performance and data integrity
QuTS hero combines the app-based QTS with the 128-bit ZFS file system to provide flexible storage management, comprehensive data protection, and optimized performance to tackle the complexity and performance demands of modern IT. From storage management, virtualization, to collaborative media workflows, QuTS hero streamlines your business-critical tasks.



Data integrity is key
Data reduction improves storage efficiency and performance
Multi-level cache technology with both read and write
QuTS hero’s self-healing ensures data integrity and reliability. Write Once, Read Many (WORM) is also supported.
Inline data deduplication, compression, and compaction reduce file size to conserve storage capacity and optimize performance.
Main memory read cache (L1 ARC), SSD second-level read cache (L2 ARC), and ZFS Intent Log (ZIL) for synchronous transactions with power fail protection are simultaneously supported to boost performance and security.
RAID Z enables robust data protection
QSAL (QNAP SSD Antiwear Leveling) enhances data protection
App Center ecosystem extends NAS functionality
Multiple RAID levels allow flexible capacity utilization. RAID Triple Parity and Triple Mirror deliver higher levels of data protection.
RAID-level SSD lifespan is automatically and regularly detected to prevent simultaneous SSD failure, improving your data protection and system reliability.

(Available from Q4 2020)
Apps for backup/sync, virtual machines/containers, content management, productivity, and more features can be used to expand the application potential of the TS-h973AX.
Inline data deduplication, compression, and compaction drives big data storage efficiency
QuTS hero supports advanced block-based data reduction technologies (including inline data deduplication*, compression, and compaction) to reduce file sizes, conserve storage capacity, and optimize performance. For example, if 20 virtual machines on a NAS are replicated using the same template, then storage space requirements for all 20 virtual machines can be reduced by up to 95%. Whether acting as primary or backup storage, the TS-h973AX optimizes storage utilization to provide a reliable storage cornerstone in the Big Data era.

*Note: Inline data deduplication requires at least 16 GB memory. The TS-h973AX-32G model features 32 GB memory that allows you to attain complete dedup function.


Real-time SnapSync ensures minimal RPO with real-time disaster recovery
Real-time SnapSync ensures that both the primary and secondary NAS maintain identical data. When data is written to the source, it is immediately written to the destination. If the primary NAS goes offline, IT staff can simply adjust the privilege settings of the secondary NAS to ensure continuous operations. SnapSync provides the strongest support for nonstop business operations and helps users to reduce the risk of data loss.

Note: SnapSync will be available from QuTS hero h4.5.2.


The TS-h973AX also supports snapshots and remote backup to help organizations accomplish routine backup tasks cost-effectively and efficiently.

Snapshots multiply backup protection
Attain peace of mind with near-limitless, instant snapshots. Copy-on-write technology makes snapshot creation almost instantaneous without affecting ongoing data writing. Snapshot Replica replicates snapshot files to the backup NAS, simplifying data protection with version control.
HBS simplifies 3-2-1 backup plans
HBS centralizes backup, restoration, and synchronization for easily transferring data in the TS-h973AX to another QNAP NAS, remote server, or cloud storage space. HBS supports QuDedup technology that eliminates redundant data at the source and makes multi-version backup faster.

All-in-one virtual machine and container hosting solution
You can count on Virtualization Station and Container Station for comprehensive virtualization support. Coupled with the Network & Virtual Switch app that boosts interoperability between virtual machines, containers, QNAP NAS, and other physical devices on the network, you can flexibly allocate physical and virtual network resources to simplify network deployment.

Virtualization Station
Run multiple Windows®, Linux®, UNIX®, and Android™ virtual machines and access them via a web browser or Virtual Network Computing (VNC). Businesses can run virtualized server applications on a single NAS without the need for additional physical servers.

Container Station
Experience LXC and Docker® lightweight virtualization technologies, download apps from the built-in Docker Hub Registry®, import and export containers, and create abundant microservices.

License-free VMware® and Hyper-V backup appliance
With Hyper Data Protector, the TS-h973AX becomes an agentless backup tool for unlimited VMware® vSphere and Microsoft® Hyper-V VM backup. Hyper Data Protector features incremental backup, global deduplication, backup scheduling and recovery compression. Hyper Data Protector also simultaneously backs up multiple VMs, providing you with a cost-effective and reliable disaster recovery plan, ensuring 24/7 operation of your services.

More productivity applications
Ubuntu Linux Station
Run Ubuntu® applications (including apps from the Ubuntu Software Center) directly on the TS-h973AX and remotely access the Ubuntu® desktop from a web browser.

Security Counselor
A security portal for checking weaknesses and receiving recommendations for enhancing NAS security. It also integrates anti-virus and anti-malware scanning software.

Boxafe
Safeguard enterprise cloud data by backing up/syncing files, emails, calendars and contacts from Google™ Workspace and Microsoft® Office 365® to the TS-h973AX.

Qsirch
QNAP’s powerful, Google-like search tool helps you quickly find images, music, videos, documents, and emails by keywords, color, and more search conditions. It also supports Qfiling to perform one-time or automatic archival tasks based on your search criteria.

QuMagie
An AI-powered photo management app, supporting automated photo categorization with AI Albums, iOS® Live Photo display, and powerful search tool for ultimate photo management and sharing solution.

HybridMount
Perfectly integrates NAS with mainstream cloud services. By deploying cloud storage gateways and enabling local caching on the NAS, you can seamlessly use the cloud for storage, backup, and data recovery with low-latency access.

Flexible and economical storage expansion
The storage capacity of the TS-h973AX can be expanded using USB-based expansion enclosures. Two QNAP TR RAID (4-bay TR-004, 2-bay TR-002) or one 8-bay TL-D800C JBOD storage enclosures can be easily attached and managed using the Storage & Snapshots Manager app.


Subscribe to QVR Elite surveillance solution for 24/7 security
QVR Elite is QNAP’s subscription-based smart surveillance solution, allowing you to easily build a surveillance system with lower TCO and higher scalability. You can arrange a dedicated, independent storage space for surveillance data on the TS-h973AX and enjoy simplified camera management, storage space allocation, camera live viewing and playback. Recordings are saved as MP4 files, allowing playback on nearly every device. QVR Elite also integrates QNAP AI-based solutions to build smart facial recognition for retail and door access systems with QNAP NAS. With QVR Pro Client software installed on your Windows®/Mac® or mobile devices, taking full control over monitored areas becomes more convenient and easier.

Note: QVR Elite will be available from Q4 2020.

Switch operating systems to upgrade your current storage
The TS-h973AX can also switch to using QTS - QNAP’s standard NAS operating system. This allows you to migrate drives from your current QTS-based NAS to the more powerful TS-h973AX to upgrade your storage infrastructure and take advantage of Qtier auto-tiering from QTS.

Attention: QTS and QuTS hero use different file systems. You must remove all the drives from the TS-h973AX before switching from QuTS hero to QTS.

Extend hardware warranty up to 5 years
The TS-h973AX is backed by a 3-year warranty at no additional cost. You can also purchase a warranty extension that extends your warranty coverage up to 5 years.



TS-h973AX-8G
TS-h973AX-32G
 
CPU AMD Ryzen™ Embedded V1500B quad-core eight threads 2.2 GHz processor
CPU Architecture 64-bit x86
Floating Point Unit  
Encryption Engine  (AES-NI)
System Memory 8 GB SO-DIMM DDR4 (1 x 8 GB)
16 GB SO-DIMM DDR4 (2 x 8 GB)
32 GB SO-DIMM DDR4 (2 x 16 GB)
Maximum Memory 32 GB (2 x 16 GB)
Memory Slot 2 x SO-DIMM DDR4 For dual-DIMM configuration, you must use a pair of identical DDR4 modules.
Flash Memory 5GB (Dual boot OS protection)
Drive Bay 5 x 3.5-inch + 4 x 2.5-inch The system is shipped without HDD/SSD.
For the HDD/SSD compatibility list, please visit https://www.qnap.com/compatibility/
Drive Compatibility 3.5-inch bays:
3.5-inch SATA hard disk drives
2.5-inch SATA hard disk drives
2.5-inch SATA solid state drives

2.5-inch bays:
2.5-inch SATA hard disk drives
2.5-inch SATA solid state drives
2.5-inch U.2 NVMe PCIe Gen3 x4 solid state drives (2.5-inch Bay #1 & #2) * 2.5-inch bay #1 & #2 support either U.2 NVMe SSDs or SATA 6Gb/s SSDs.
** U.2 NVMe solid-state drives can only be installed in 2.5-inch bay numbers 1 and 2. Installing these drives in other bays will damage the drive connectors.
Hot-swappable  
SSD Cache Acceleration Support  
2.5 Gigabit Ethernet Port (2.5G/1G/100M) 2
5 Gigabit Ethernet Port (5G/2.5G/1G/100M) Optional via the QNA-UC5G1T USB to 5GbE network adapter
10 Gigabit Ethernet Port 1 x 10GBASE-T (10G/5G/2.5G/1G/100M)
Jumbo Frame  
USB 3.2 Gen 2 (10Gbps) Port 1 x Type-C USB 3.2 Gen 2
3 x Type-A USB 3.2 Gen 2
Form Factor Tower
LED Indicators HDD 1-5, SSD 1-4, Power/Status, LAN, USB
Buttons Power, Reset
Dimensions (HxWxD) 182.65 × 224.6 × 224.1 mm
Weight (Net) 3.52 kg
Operating temperature 0 - 40 °C (32°F - 104°F)
Relative Humidity 5-95% RH non-condensing, wet bulb: 27˚C (80.6˚F)
Power Supply Unit External, 120 W, AC 100 to 240 V
Fan 1 x 140mm, 12VDC
Sound Level 22.9 db(A)
System Warning Buzzer
Kensington Security Slot  

Note: Use only QNAP memory modules to maintain system performance and stability. For NAS devices with more than one memory slot, use QNAP modules with identical specifications. Warning: Using unsupported modules may degrade performance, cause errors, or prevent the operating system from starting.

* Sound Level Test Environment: Refer to ISO 7779; Maximum HDD loaded; Bystander Position; Average data from 1 meter in front of operating NAS.
Designs and specifications are subject to change without notice.



TS-h973AX-8G Qtier
ComparisonQtierSSD CacheFull SSD
1.Available SSD Space Expandable as needed Limited by available memory* Expandable as needed
2.Price LowLowHigh
3.Applicable storage Volume/LUN Volume/LUN Volume/LUN
4.Data Migration Method ScheduledAutomatic-
5.Data migration Mechanism Moves data to different tiers depending on access frequencyReplicates frequently-accessed data to SSD storageAll data stored on SSDs
6.Application Scenarios Used for predictable I/O workloads such as file/web/email servers, application virtualization or video editing.Used for highly frequent data access environment such as application virtualization or video editing.Used for applications requiring fast/intensive I/O such as databases or virtualized environments.

Read more about Qnap TS-h973AX-8G auto tiering.

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Specifications

General

Stock code IBQ-973AXH-8G
Brand Qnap
Series Desktop hero NAS
Model TS-h973AX-8G
Type 9-Bay (5x 3.5", 2x 2.5, 2x U.2") RAID (8GB RAM, Ryzen V1500B) + 10GbE RJ45
ROHS Y
Date added 27/10/2020

TS-h973AX-8G Spec Information

Form Factor / Drive Height 182 x 225 x 224 mm
Platter size 3.5"
Platter (alternate) 2.5"
RAM/Cache 8GB
Guarantee 3yr
Processor AMD Ryzen V1500B 4C/8T 2.2GHz
CPU Mark (cpubenchmark.net) ? 5000
Total Drives 5
Total Drives (alternate) 4
RAID 0:1:5:6:JBOD:
RAID Levels Single Disk, JBOD, RAID 0, 1, 5, 6, 10

TS-h973AX-8G Spec Connections

sub- connectionI/EQuantity
LANRJ45 2.5GbEExternal2
LANRJ45 10GbEExternal1
U.2U.2 NVMe gen3x4Internal2
SATASATA 2.5Internal4
SATASATA 3.5Internal5
USB3USB3.2 gen2 type CExternal1
USB3USB3.2 gen2 type AExternal3

Software

TS-h973AX-8G Speed

Speed/RPM 6Gb/s SATA to 2.5GbE and 10GbE

Physical

Weight (kg) 6kg
Weight (bare) ?
Watts ?
Colour Black
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24/12/2020 | Guest | GB Flag |
Do I have to fill all the bays with drives?
You can start with any number of drives, and leave some room for future expansion. We recommend that you use exactly the same make and model of drive when expanding your RAID.
23/11/2020 | Andrea U | AT Flag |
Hi, I'm expecting my new h973AX within the next days from you and have a few qestesions, maybe you can help me with them..: As far as I've understood upon first time installation I have to decide whether to install QuTS hero or traditional QTS when setting up my QNAP. QuTS hero should be more advanced but QTS maybe more mature. How do you see it, what would you recommend? Another aspect is the following: One key features I want to use among others is to store 6 streams of surveillance cameras. I planned to use QVR pro for this. QTS supports 8 free licences/channels within QVR pro, QuTS hero has included QVR elite but only two licences. As I do not want ot buy additional 4 QVR elite licenses, can QVR pro also be used together with QuTS hero? Thanks in advance! Best regards Thomas
Hi, 

Upon first boot, you'll be prompt to install the traditional QTS or QuTS Hero. 

Please contact our support team if you have any questions about configuring your NAS. 

Thanks, 

SPAN.COM tech team



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