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Thecus W8900
The Definitive Windows Storage Server

Thecus W8900

Thecus Products
Thecus Windows Storage Server
Thecus W8900 8-bay Rackmount NAS Enclosure
List Price: $2,399.00
Our Price: $2,279.00

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The W8900 8 Bay 2U Rackmount Windows Storage Server from Thecus provides a network platform that allows you to access computers that are running Windows Server 2008 R2. This server offers new tools to manage and fulfill business needs. The RemoteFX and Dynamic Memory are two additions to the latest Windows Storage Server Service Pack 1 (SP1) that increase user flexibility and control.

  • Enterprise Capacity Powering Big Data
  • SATA III and SAS 6G for Ultra-Fast Transfer Speeds
  • Productivity Enhancing Efficiency with Deduplication and ADS
  • Single-Instance Storage (Dedup)

This server delivers a cost effective, reliable and scalable solution. The W8900 Server allows easy integration within a Microsoft infrastructure and a finer optimization for Windows transfer protocols. This has a more familiar interface that helps you manage and protect essential business data.

Microsoft updates the server to maintain its security level. The Windows ecosystem enables functions such as replication, anti-virus and data backup. It features enhanced power, data and server management capabilities. In this server, traditional file protocols (NFS, SMB) are optimized to work better together. The server delivers USB 3.0 connectivity that is 10x faster than USB 2.0.

Ultra-Fast Transfer Speeds

Ultra-Fast Transfer Speeds

SATA III and SAS 6G Supported

Productivity Enhancing Efficiency

Productivity Enhancing Efficiency

Rapid Deployment with Hyper-V

Data Redundancy

Data Redundancy

Zero Downtime with Failover Clustering


Windows Storage Server 2016 Standard

Windows Storage Server 2016 Standard

Windows Storage Server 2016 Standard is a robust and reliable foundation on which to develop, deliver, and manage rich user experiences and applications. Windows Storage Server 2016 Standard provides a secure network infrastructure and reduces costs while increasing technological flexibility and value within your organization.

Ultimate Performance with 10GbE Solution

High-end data centers often need a level of speed that today’s average Internet cannot provide. This Thecus NAS is 10Gb Ethernet ready to satisfy the toughest needs of today and tomorrow.

Ultimate Performance with 10GbE Solution
Enterprise Capacity Powering Big Data

Enterprise Capacity Powering Big Data

With support for the latest high-capacity HDD and SSD models from all leading manufacturers, your server will always be equipped with the largest and fastest storage available.

SATA III and SAS 6G for Ultra-Fast Transfer Speeds

This NAS 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.

SATA III and SAS 6G for Ultra-Fast Transfer Speeds
Built-in HDMI Output

Built-in HDMI Output

Turn your NAS into the ultimate multimedia hub! An inbuilt HDMI output allows you to connect your NAS directly to your TV for media streaming and easy device management.

USB 3.0 Connectivity

The next generation of connectivity is here with speeds 10x faster than USB 2.0. Whether connecting digital cameras and smart phones, backing up large external hard drives, or extending the capacity of your NAS, USB 3.0 will make sure it's done in no time at up to 5 Gbit/s. Backwards compatibility adds the connectivity of a world full of USB 2.0 and USB 1.1 devices to get the best combination of speed and universal access.

USB 3.0 Connectivity


W8900/W12000/W16000 Front and Rear

Thecus W8900 Hardware Platform
Item Spec
Processor Intel Core i3-2120 3.30GHz Processor
System Memory 8GB DDR3 SDRAM
Storage (for Pre-installed OS) 2.5" SATA
320GB 5400rpm/7200rpm above
LAN Interface 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)
LED Indicator Power: (blue)
HDMI Output HDMI port (back x1)
Audio MIC input, Line input, Audio output
SAS/SATA controller (HBA), PCI-e (8-lane) LSI 2008 HBA card supports 6G SAS/SATA
Disk Interface 8 x SATA for internal
1 x eSATA for external
Power Supply Redundant power supply 350W or more
PCI-e Slots 8-lane (x3), One is used by SAS HBA
4-lane (x1)
1-lane (x1) used by CU30N (USB 3.0)
System Fan Hot swappable (x2)
RS232 1 (For UPS)
Buttons Power button (Front, shutdown controlled by user interface)
System reset button 
Locator button
Environment Temperature: 5°C to 40°C
Humidity: 0 ~ 80 % R.H. (Non-condensing)
Chassis 2U Rack mount
Dimensions (HxWxD) 87 x 438 x 595 (mm) / 3.43 x 17.22 x 23.43 (in)
Weight 16.67 (Kgs) / 36.75 (lb)

Package Contents

Package Contents

Software Functions:

Improved Networking

  • BranchCache
    BranchCache can help you optimize Internet usage, improve performance of networked applications, and reduce trac on your wide-area network (WAN).
  • NIC Teaming
    NIC Teaming, also known as load balancing and failover (LBFO), allows multiple network adapters on a computer to be placed into a team for bandwidth aggregation or trac failover to prevent connectivity loss in the event of a network component failure.
  • SMB Multi-channel
    SMB Multichannel enables le servers to use multiple network connections simultaneously. It facilitates aggregation of network bandwidth and network fault tolerance when multiple paths are available between the SMB 3.0 client and the SMB 3.0 server.

Data Access & Protection

  • Work Folders
    A new feature that facilitates the BYOD (bring-your-own-device) scenario by enabling users to access work les from their personal computers and devices. Organizations retain centralized control over their data and can specify device policies such as encryption and lock screen password.
  • DFS Replication
    Enhancements include increases in scalability, the ability to do database cloning and corruption recovery, a Windows PowerShell module, a new WMI provider, faster replication on high bandwidth connections, and recovery tools for conicts.
  • Failover Clustering
    Failover clusters provide high availability and scalability to many server workloads. These include server applications such as Microsoft Exchange Server, Hyper-V, Microsoft SQL Server, and le servers. The server applications can run on physical servers or virtual machines.

Enhanced Scalability

  • Storage Spaces
    Storage Spaces delivers Software Dened Storage (SDS). Easily group multiple hard drives into a storage pool and protect data in the pool, without the need to understand RAID. Storage Spaces enables cost-eective, highly available, scalable, and exible storage solutions for business-critical deployments.
  • Data Deduplication
    Controls data growth by removing duplicate data. Allows the server to eciently store, transfer and backup less data.

Server Virtualization Deployment

  • Hyper-V
    Windows Server Hyper-V oers a scalable and feature-rich virtualization platform that helps organizations of all sizes realize considerable cost savings and operational eciencies. Using Windows Storage Server 2016 Standard, you can take advantage of new hardware technology, while still utilizing the servers you already have.
  • OEM Appliance OOBE (out-of-the-box experience)
    Enhancements include added support for four-node cluster deployments and a wizard for creating a domain controller within a Hyper-V VM that can be used to deploy a turnkey cluster-in-a-box.

Storage Protocols

  • iSCSI Target Server
    Improvements to iSCSI Target Server include support for VHDx (VHD 2.0) virtual hard disks for capacities of up to 64 TB. iSCSI Target Server also now supports SMI-S, enabling end-to-end provisioning using System Center Virtual Machine Manager.
  • SMB
    Improvements to the Server Message Block (SMB) protocol include better SMB Direct performance, automatic rebalancing for Cluster Shared Volumes (CSV) on scale-out le servers, shared VHDx les, Hyper-V Live Migration over SMB, SMB bandwidth management, detailed event messages, and more.

Windows Storage Server 2016 Comparison Chart:

Windows Storage Server 2016 Comparison Chart
  Workgroup Standard
File sharing (SMB & NFS) Yes Yes
Online Backup Yes Yes
DFS-Replication Yes Yes
File Classification Infrastructure (FCI) Yes Yes
File Server Resource Manager (FSRM) Yes Yes
Domain Join Yes Yes
Shared block storage (iSCSI Target + Boot) Yes Yes
OEM Customizable Out of Box Experience Yes Yes
Storage Spaces Yes Yes
Deduplication No Yes
BranchCache – Hosted Cache No Yes
Virtualization No Host + 2 VM
Clustering (including AD/DNS) No Yes
Simplified Cluster Setup No Yes
Networking Infra (DHCP, DNS & WINS) No Yes
AD Roles including Domain Controller (RODC) No No
Active Directory (Domain Controller, Certificate Services, Federation Services, Rights Management) No No
Application Server, Network Policy, Remote Desktop Broker, WDS and Fax Server No No


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Pricing Notes:

Thecus Products
Thecus Windows Storage Server
Thecus W8900 8-bay Rackmount NAS Enclosure
List Price: $2,399.00
Our Price: $2,279.00