Did you see the press release of the new Cisco NSS 30 Smart Storage?
What did you think?
More informaion about the product can be found at http://www.cisco.com/go/smartstorage
It is good to see that the new boxes have support for iSCSI, media streaming, Time Machine etc.
I do not really get involved much in this market as I am voice focussed but I believe that if some functionality were added then I could possibly sell one for each IPT deployment that I do.
The features I would like to see are:
SFTP server to allow CUCM, Unity Connection, CUPS etc. to be backed up to the NSS.
TFTP server to act as a server for IOS upgrades and config backups
SMTP server to allow devices that support email notifications for alerts etc. to forward emails
I would also use the NSS to store all the software patches, BAT files, custom ring tones etc. used for the deployment. These would then be close to hand in the case that a server fails.
It would also be great if there were a service available to replicate nominated directories between NSS units so that if one dies the data is not lost.
I would also be good to have a cheaper non-RAID version for the home market if the features above get implemented!
Hope this is useful feedback.
One question - does these units come with any PC software that allows data to be backed up to the NSS? If yes what platforms are supported and what restrictions are in place?
One other great feature would be a "CCO download agent" - this would work with the Cisco web site download facility and allow scheduled downloads to be made from the web site to the NSS. This would be useful as these upgrades are often large (particularly for voice apps) and customers often prefer them to be done outside working hours to avoid hogging Internet bandwidth during the daytime.
Another great feature would be a "Go to my NSS option" similar to the well know Go To My PC service. This would allow partners to go to NSS units at customer sites without requiring a VPN.
Again hope this is useful feedback.
Thanks for the feedback. All good ideas that we'll look into
There is no client software included with the Smart Storage products. For Apple MAC clients, we support Time Machine. That is native support without having to perform any command line updates to the MAC or the Smart Storage. For Windows, you can use the built-in backup client provided from Microsoft or you can use the Cisco Small Business LBACDP Continuous Data Protection backup software. The LBACDP software is an additional sku that provides.
You can find more information about the Continuous Data Proteciton software including a 30-day free trial at the link below.
I've actually owned QNAP for a couple years with great success, but being a big Cisco fan - decided to purchase as my 2nd NAS the NSS326 instead of the original QNAP. I didn't expect much more than some rebranding and GUI tweaks - but was pleasantly surprised to find some VERY long needed features such as syslog and radius.
Overall construction of the NSS326 is excellent, and personally I like the cosmetic changes as well.
I enjoy the "meat and potatoes" GUI which is also more well organized than the original brand.
1 Comment and 1 question -
Comment - Cisco has to understand it's serving the SMB market with this product, and small things such as the box/packaging has value in this market. The original manufacturer had a box I'd keep (and still do own one, and still have the box). The traditional "brown box" same as all cisco products was a dissapointment. Some may say "it's only packaging, it's only a box" - true. But there's a small company out there call "Apple" you might have heard of that would argue the value of packaging and the value of initial reactions/perceptions of the product.
Question: QNAP is releasing a v3.3 firmware which addresses many issues that have also been replicated in the NSS326. What sort of turn around time can we expect from Cisco when these firmwares are released? Some of the fixes (media server) has been broken for almost 6 months with Twonky 5.1.x.
But overall - excellent job Cisco on doing MUCH more than just re-branding what was already a great product - and making it better.
Hi, if you already have Cisco NAS, could you please check if it has the IP cameras connection (Surveillance) feature as Qnap has. I cannot find this feature on the Cisco website. Did they remove it?
Unfortunately this is the 1 feature Cisco deleted. Not sure why. Although I don't use it myself, I do wish they would ad it back in.
I have 2 NAS's, for this reason I've kept 1 of my QNAP's.
Scouring through the menus it looks like Cisco deleted IP Video Camera support, and added Syslog and Radius (both nice additions)
v3.3 is annouced and released any day from QNAP ( http://www.qnap.com/fw_v3/Default.aspx?lang=eng#ten )
This brings a lot of new features, and some important fixes (ie: Rsync backup etc.) over the 3.2.x firmware.
Cisco - is there an ETA when this will be ported to the NSS?
Smart Storage firmware releases will follow a Cisco schedule based on bugs and customer requirements. There is no link to OEM software releases.
Ok, maybe I need to re-word
There are inherent issues with 3.2.x (among other things) some of the larger items being backup (rsync) and the media server.
Testing the NSS326, the same issues are in this unit.
When is Cisco's ETA for fixing a couple of these core functions?
It's known that the v5 of Twonky Media server included with the v.3.2 firmware on the NSS's have various issues.
A preferred fix among the users since v5 doesn't introduce many new features, is to downgrade to Twonky 4.4.17. As this is the last/best/stable version of TMS.
This can be done by disabling the MediaServer within the NSS (which is TMS v5), and installing TMS v4.4.17 from a QPKG add-in at:
Once QPKG is installed, enable it, and click on it's management web interface to configure just as you did in the bundled v5.
You'll find all issues and proper support for PS3 as a media device have been fixed.
The QPKG applications will not work on Smart Storage.
We'll review the bugs related to Twonky and try to incorporate in a future release. No firm schedule on a release yet.
So the QPKG applications as described in the datasheet http://www.cisco.com/en/US/prod/collateral/ps4159/ps9954/data_sheet_c78-599859.html
and in the feature tab (last bullet point) at: http://www.cisco.com/cisco/web/solutions/small_business/products/storage/nss300/index.html