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Windows not charging for client access licences, that's unheard of, that's crazy!
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10/31/2016 Tek Syndicate Hardware has been bringing the latest technology news to their US audiences for years. Reviewed early this year, the team looked at the advantages of the Thecus W5810, a NAS built on the Windows Storage System R2 2012 Essentials operation system. Here is what they had to say. 
Typically your embedded networked storage device will run on Linux, because there are not really any sort of licensing fees that are associated with this model. Microsoft sort of noticing that Linux is taking over the world basically everywhere except for desktop operating systems, said well let's come up with a version of Windows that works on devices [...] The W5810 is an example of this.  
The Thecus W5810 runs on Windows Storage Server 2012 R2 Essentials, there is a 60GB SDD card built into this, it also has 4GB of DDR3 RAM. It is powered by an Intel® Celeron™ J1900 (Quad-Core SoC) CPU. “Because I am a power-user, I put in an extra 4GB RAM. I did some testing with only the initial 4 GB RAM DDR3 and it actually runs very well. I think Microsoft did an amazing job, it’s crazy to slim down Windows to make it all fit 4 GB RAM.” 
The W5810 is ready to be used straight out of the box, with no extra Windows Server CALS are required.Microsoft has made some concessions: you don't have to have client access licences with Windows Server. Which is almost sacrilegious!  Windows Server not charging for client access licenses, that's unheard of, that’s crazy. Microsoft expects small offices to buy these NAS   
Because it’s Windows, all your file systems are based on NTFS, but it actually also supports ReFS, the new Microsoft Data Deduplication fancy thing which runs on top of NTFS. It enables controlling and checking for data integrity. It is Microsoft’s own interpretation of ZFS.”
The final conclusions of this Windows Storage Server NAS were positive.Overall I found the hardware to be very robust and satisfactory [..] WSS enables a good integration with Office 365 and Microsoft Azure, well adapted for small business in America [...] If you are used to running Windows on several devices, it will make sense to choose Windows Storage Server based NAS the W5810.”
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Established in 2004, Thecus Technology Corp provides market leading network attached storage and network video recorder solutions, committed to revolutionize how everyone from home user to enterprise level business centrally stores, manages and accesses their digital data both onsite and cloud-based. Thecus strives to deliver continuous innovation through cutting edge technology and design to provide data storage with the most customer-friendly platform, rapid performance and robust security. In May 2016, Thecus was formally acquired by Ennoconn Corporation and thus became part of the Foxconn IPC Technology group. Partnered together this diverse group of companies work in tandem to provide a total IoT (Internet of Things) solution. Now with an unparalleled portfolio to work with, Thecus is collaborating to bring unprecedented change to the network storage industry.