Linux NAS | Large Business - Rackmount

N16000 The Superior Enterprise Storage Center
  • Intel Xeon for Blazing Speed
  • Enterprise Size for Enterprise Tasks
  • SATA III and SAS 6G for Ultra-Fast Transfer Speeds
  • High Availability (HA)
  • Rock-Solid Security
  • 10Gb Ethernet and Future Expansion


Media: Foxnetwork | Country: Russia

Among the advantages of the Thecus® N16000, Foxnetwork identified high data access speeds, possibility to install additional network cards (including 10GE), SATA and SAS support, ability to extend functionality with the help of free modules, strong resistance to network attacks, network interface aggregation and stacking etc.

Media: IT PRO | Country: UK

“For a 16-bay NAS/IP SAN appliance that supports both SATA and 6Git/s SAS drives, the N16000 is very good value…The new N16000 moves Thecus into the big league for network storage as it provides high storage capacity and plenty of useful features at a reasonable price…If you need the best possible performance and you're willing to invest in the 10-Gigabit Ethernet equipment to get it, the Thecus N16000 is a fine choice.”

Media: WhichNAS | Country: USA

The Thecus N16000 shows how it really should be done, it has it all, bleeding edge performance, high specification, excellent warranty, and a massive capacity booster, it seems this model and the N12000 will allow Thecus to dominate this sector for a while, most certainly sounds like its saying, move over competitors, Thecus has arrived.


  • Intel Xeon for Blazing Speed
    Harnessing the power of Intel’s Xeon X3480 processor and an overwhelming 8GB of cutting-edge DDR3 RAM, the N16000 can handle anything and everything at full speed. There are no bottlenecks or speed bumps.
  • Enterprise Size for Enterprise Tasks
    With a whopping 64 terabytes of data capacity, you’ll never go wanting again. No matter whether you are providing a public server for a massive workforce or compiling a company’s worth of HD video, your NAS will always be hungry for more.
  • SATA III and SAS 6G for Ultra-Fast Transfer Speeds
    The N16000 features support for internal hard drives with SATA III and SAS 6G. This top-of-the-line connection transfers at speeds up to an amazing 6Gbit/s. It is also backwards-compatible with SATA II, so your old disks can be swapped in and out without a hitch.
  • High Availability (HA)
    For the first time, your data is completely free of delays in access. Regardless of the situation, HA actively keeps your data on two separate, identical NAS. If one needs maintenance, the other will dutifully rise to the occasion without as much as a blip in service. Whether rain, shine, or Armageddon, your data will always be there.
  • Rock-Solid Security
    The N16000 safeguards your data with all the RAID modes you could possibly need for an Enterprise server, including RAID 0, 1, 5, 6, 10, 50, 60, and JBOD. Changing damaged hard disks is also a breeze with its built-in hot-swap, hot-spare, online RAID migration and expansion, as well as auto-rebuild capabilities. And if you need even more protection, there is also AES 256bit RAID volume encryption available.
  • 10Gb Ethernet and Future Expansion
    The future is right around the corner, and the N16000 is leading the way. With its furiously fast 8-lane PCI-e slots, the N16000 can accommodate a number of emerging technologies, including 10Gb Ethernet. The N16000 is ready for 10Gb Ethernet, and will be ready for whatever else comes next.


Long before the 3U rackmount N16000, Thecus was already the leader in household and SMB storage solutions, with products across the board that have consistently won awards for performance, quality, and stability. With an advanced UI, built generation by generation with steady improvements in functionality and ease of use, the natural next step was to go big.

“Thecus is getting into the enterprise NAS market in a big way,” said Florence, General Manager of Thecus Technology. “Our large enterprise NAS are on the cutting edge of storage technology and offer the power and advanced security features that Thecus customers have come to expect.”

The N16000 sticks with Thecus's proud tradition of industry leading performance set by products such as the N4200 and the N7700PRO. Employing top-of-the-line hardware to bring unprecedented speed to support major data operations, whether it be huge database processing for your company or supporting hundreds of employees data needs. The N16000's Intel® Xeon® X3480 Quad-Core processor clocked at 3.06GHz is one of the most impressive server processors on the market today, powering only the highest-end electronics. To utilize this advanced hardware to its full extent, we've implemented a 64-bit operating system to make sure you get all the power that this machine is capable of. It also supports the next generation of hard drives with 6G SATA/SAS technology, so the fastest disks will always be at your disposal. All of this performance is for dealing with up to 64 Terabytes of data capacity across 16 disks, more than enough for the demands of even the largest businesses.

"Storage companies are able to deliver new levels of intelligence and performance into NAS solutions with Intel Xeon X3480 processors," said David Tuhy, general manager, Intel Storage Group. "The energy efficient performance of the Intel processor provides key building blocks to deliver a solution that offers anytime, anywhere access to data.”

As an enterprise-class NAS, the N16000 needs to be on line and accessible at all times. High Availability (HA) is the most sophisticated system for keeping your data safe and within reach at all times. By running two parallel NAS, HA allows constant synchronization between the two. RAID can protect you from losing data, but HA protects you from even a momentary loss of access. The value of HA really becomes apparent when disaster strikes and one NAS experiences a problem; all traffic is channeled to the second NAS with no break in service or data loss whatsoever. From there it is a simple matter of hot-swapping out the damaged disks and letting your Thecus NAS automatically rebuild its RAID partitions; before you know it, you're back under the protective wing of HA. The N16000's advanced, yet incredibly simple, data protection system takes advantage of all the latest developments to keep your data on hand at all times. With this kind of power and safety, the N16000 looks to raise the bar and set a new industry standard for enterprise-class NAS.


1.Hardware Platform
Item Spec
Processor Intel® Xeon® Processor X3480 (3.06GHz Quad Core) + Intel 3450 chipset
SAS/SATA controller (HBA), PCI-e (8-lane) LSI 2008 HBA card supports 6G SAS/SATA (x8)
System memory 8GB DDR3 SDRAM
LAN interface (PCI-e) RJ-45x3 : Intel 82574L 10/100/1000 BASE-TX Auto MDI/MDI-X
WOL supported
USB interface USB 2.0 host port x6 (front x2, back x4) (Type A)
USB 3.0 host port x2 (back x2)
eSATA External (back x2 )
OLED Displays system status and information (Multilingual)
LED indicator Power:(Blue)
System busy: (Yellow)
System alert : Redundant power or system fan failure (Red)
HDD 1-16 Activity/Fail (Green/Red)
PCI-e slots 8-lane (x3), One is used by SAS HBA
4-lane (x1)
1-lane (x1) used by CU30N (USB 3.0)
Power supply Redundant power supply least 700W or more
Disk interface 16 x SATA/SAS for internal,  support SATA II / SATA III hard disk
Thermal/Fan control Thermal sensor on processor temperature
CPU Fan control
System fan Hot Swappable (x4)
Buttons Power button(Front, power down controlled by S/W)
LCM button (ENT, ESC, UP, DOWN)
System reset button
Locator button
RS232 1 (For UPS)
Environment Temperature : 5°C to 40°C
Humidity : 0 ~ 80 % R.H. (Non-condensing)
Chassis 3U Rack Mount
Dimensions (HxWxD) 133 x 440 x 662 (mm)
Weight 29.38Kgs

2.Software Functions
RAID modes RAID 0, 1, 5, 6, 10, 50, 60 and JBOD
Auto-rebuild Supported
Hot-swap Supported
Dedicated hot spare Supported
Global hot spare Supported
SMART info Supported
SMART test Supported
Online RAID migration Supported
Online RAID expansion Supported
RAID volume encryption AES256bit
Power management Available spin-down while idle setting
Bad block scanning Supported
Disk roaming Supports roaming to other N16000 in volume based
Configuration Fixed IP Address, Dynamic IP Address,
IP sharing mode Can be enable/disabled
Transport protocols TCP/IP/AppleTalk
File protocols SMB/CIFS, HTTP/HTTPS, FTP, NFS v3, AFP
Link aggregation 6 modes supported
10GbE NIC Supported
Data Access
Client OS support Windows XP and after
Windows Server 2003 and after
Mac OS X 
Web disk Web-based file access
FTP Build-in FTP Server with bandwidth control 
Secure FTP Build-in secure FTP Server with  bandwidth control
Download manager (module) BT Download (via Transmission module)
NZB download (via NZB module)
Printer server (IPP) Supports USB printers
Supports IPP various printers
Client can manage print tasks  (list/delete) via web user interface
Data Backup
Client incremental data backup Acronis Backup and Recovery Server OEM for Windows (license x5)
Client system disaster recovery Acronis Backup and Recovery Server OEM for Windows (license x5)
NAS remote replication Dual mode in volume based
USB device copy to N16000 Controlled through LCM
Bi-directional USB copy (module) Supported
Block Level Access
iSCSI target Supports Microsoft/Mac/Linux initiator
iSCSI initiator For stacking with N5200/1U4500/1U4600/N5500/N7700 series/N8800 series/N12000/N16000
iSCSI thin provisioning Configurable to virtual size 16TB
MPIO Supported
MCS Supported
Clustering Supported
SCSI3 persistent group reservation Supported
Power management
Scheduled power on/off Supported
Volume management
Multiple RAID Supported
Multiple file system selectable EXT3/EXT4/XFS
Multimedia Support
iTunes Server Supported File Types: AAC, MP3 w/ ID3 tag, WAV
Photo Web Server Supported File Types: GIF, JPG (JPEG), BMP, PNG
Supports EXIF display
Supports slide shows
User Authentication
Local user Supports built-in user accounts
Local group Supports built-in user groups
Windows ADS Supported
File System
Type Journaling File System
Language support Unicode Support
Authorization (ACL) Read, Write, or Deny options on individual users or groups for sharing, sub-folders, and files
User quota Supported
Multi-lingual web-based administration Web-based server management interface supports English, Traditional Chinese, Simplified Chinese, Japanese, Korean, French, German, Italian, Spanish, Russian, Polish and Portuguese
Utility program MS Windows Setup Wizard, supports Windows 2000/XP/2003/Vista/7
Mac OS X setup Wizard
Email notification Sends system messages via e-mail to system administrator
SNMP trap System information trap out
Dual DOM Supported
Web disk Supported
Recycling bin Supported
Web server (module) Supported
ISO mount Supported
User module Supported
IP cam surveillance (module) Supports up to 10 IP cams
HA (High Availability) Supported

Package Contents

Accessory Bag(with key) Ethernet Cable Power Cord Acronis True Image DVD
Universal CD QIG Warranty Card HDD Compatibility List Card
Sliding Shelves

How To

NAS 101

Connecting to your NAS

Backup and Data Security

Thecus TV

Thecus NAS for Large Business Solution

Discover iSCSI and how to use it with a Thecus NAS

This tutorial is separated in three parts. The first part will teach you what's iSCSI and how it can be used. The second and third part would be practical demonstration on iSCSI Target/Initiator. Only the second part requires a Thecus NAS!

Thecus N16000 Speed Demonstration

When it comes to speed, Thecus's flagship model, the N16000 NAS, gives a number of options to choose from. It supports 10 gigabit Ethernet, which is 10 times faster than standard 1 gigabit Ethernet and can reach transfer speeds well over 1000 MB/s, as well as 10GBASE-T Ethernet to get the speed of 10 gigabit Ethernet at a drastically lower price. 10GBase-T Ethernet runs next-generation high speed networking over standard Ethernet cables (RJ45) with a PCI-e Ethernet card that plugs into the N16000. This allows your company to make the change without a large investment in infrastructure; simply install the new device and it's ready! In the new speed demonstration video we look at advantages and disadvantages of cables; demo read and write speeds; and look inside the Thecus N16000 to see what sets it apart from competition.

Thecus® High Availability

For businesses, having constant access to their data is always of vital importance. High Availability (HA) is the most sophisticated system for keeping your data safe and within reach at all times. By running two parallel NAS, HA allows constant synchronization between the two.

Thecus's supersized N12000, N16000 serise and N8900 are equipped with the High Availability (HA) function. Find out more on Thecus TV, where Thecus shows how HA works on the example of Thecus's biggest N16000 NAS.

Unboxing the Thecus N16000

Thecus unravels the N16000, the biggest NAS offered by the brand. With a raw maximum capacity of 48TB, a powerful Intel® Xeon® X3480 Quad-Core processor clocked at 3.06GHz and no less than 8Gb of RAM, this NAS is designed to bring you what's best on the enterprise market at a great value. It comes with 5 licenses of Acronis Backup and Recovery Server OEM for Windows and has passed the iSCSI VMware certification test. If you need more, you can still add 10GB Ethernet Adapter, more USB 3.0 ports or even design your own modules.