General Management Features


Touch-N-Go PC-less Installation 

You can use the front panel LCD display to complete the first time installation in a few simple steps. Any Ciphertex NAS server will automatically complete the hard disk formatting and RAID building.

Easy Setup and Configuration Setting  

Set up local or remote access with a Ciphertex NAS server is effortless and does not require any specialized IT skills. The setup process have been simplified so that the majority is either automatic or can be completed by an installation wizard. The userfriendly web GUI allows administrators to easily manage the NAS server so there is no need for an extensive knowledge of complex commands.

DOM (DISK ON MODULE) Architecture and Fail-safe 

Dual OS - Two operating systems are built on the DOM of the Ciphertex NAS server for system booting alternatively upon every system startup. When one fails, the other one will be used to boot up the Ciphertex NAS server, and the failed OS is recoverable from the other healthy OS.

Secure Access Control   

Complete control of the Ciphertex NAS server is offered from user account to share folder access rights to determine who and what can be accessed. The Ciphertex NAS server offers a variety of security options such as encrypted access, IP filtering, policy-based automatic IP blocking, and more.

Shared Folder Management 

The IT administrator can select to hide or show selected shared folders of the NAS server on the network.

Advanced Folder Permissions  

Allows Administrators to configure folder/subfolder access to the NAS server. With this feature enabled, Administrators can manage the folder permissions below the top level share from the web-based management interface easily.

Superior Performance and Energy-saving Design  

Ciphertex NAS servers deliver superior performance and high reliability for critical business applications. It is optimized to achieve low noise and low power consumption for environment protection.

Smart Fan  

The fan rotation speed is automatically adjusted according to the Server and Disk Drive temperature. You can also define the system temperatures to trigger high speed or low speed fan rotation. By manually setting the fan rotation speed, the fan will rotate at the defined speed continuously.

Wake on LAN

Enable this option to power on Ciphertex NAS servers remotely by Wake on LAN.

HDD Stand-by Mode 

Save power consumption by enabling this option to make HDD enter stand-by mode if there is no access within the specified period.

Scheduled Power On/Off

You can create schedules to turn on, turn off, or restart the Ciphertex NAS server. Up to 15 schedules can bet set.

Network UPS Support

This feature allows multiple Ciphertex NAS servers on the same physical network to be protected by a single UPS via receiving UPS notification about abnormal power supply events.

Detailed System Information Display

View the system status, such as CPU usage, total memory, free memory, packets received, packets sent, error packets, system up time, CPU temperature, system temperature, hard disk drive temperature, and system fan speed.

Practical System and Authority Control Management Tools

  • Instant SMS and Email Alert You can configure the SMTP server and SMSC server settings on the Ciphertex NAS server in order to receive instant system warning or error messages by email and/or SMS.
  • SNMP (Simple Network Management Protocol) You can collect the information, warning or error of the Ciphertex NAS server and send to a maximum of 3 SNMP servers for centralized management and real-time monitoring. Comprehensive Event Log System creates detailed logs of file-level data access to the Ciphertex NAS server via SAMBA, iSCSI, FTP, AFP, HTTP, HTTPS, Telnet, and SSH, and networking services accessed by online users can be recorded.
  • S.M.A.R.T. & Advanced HDD Health Scanning (HHS) S.M.A.R.T. (Self-Monitoring Analysis and Reporting Technology) helps you monitor the hard disk drives status. Moreover, Ciphertex NAS servers support HHS (HDD Health Scan) for disk checking and bad block scanning. 
  • Syslog Sever Support All the system event logs and connection logs can be saved to a remote Syslog server.

Windows Active Directory (AD) and LDAP Account Import

You can join the Ciphertex NAS server to your Windows AD domain or LDAP server in order to import the user accounts and groups to let users access the Ciphertex NAS server with the same login settings. The Ciphertex NAS server also supports setup of a large number of local of users and user groups.


Advanced Networking Features


Benefits of Multiple LAN Ports  

Ciphertex NAS servers support multiple IP addresses or Port Trunking modes: Balance-rr (Round-Robin), Active Backup, Balance XOR, Broadcast, IEEE 802.3ad, Balance-tlb (Adaptive Transmit Load Balancing) and Balance-alb (Adaptive Load Balancing).
  • Multi-IP Setting Allows sharing among different workgroups in two different subnets.
  • Failover Provides continuous services when one network port fails. 
  • Load Balancing Aggregates bandwidth to boost the file transfer speed. Data traffic is evenly distributed to balance network loading.

vPolicy-based Automatic IP Blocking   

To prevent the Ciphertex NAS server from malicious attacks, you can create an IP filter policy to allow, deny, or auto-block the IP address or network domain which attempts to connect to the Ciphertex NAS server via SSH/Telnet/HTTP(S)/FTP/Samba/AFP.

Virtual LAN 

The IT administrator can integrate the NAS server to an existing VLAN and configure the NAS server as the storage system of other VLAN devices. By enabling VLAN on the NAS server, only the devices with the same ID can access the NAS server.


Ciphertex NAS servers support IPv6 (Internet Protocol Version 6) which makes your NAS server a dual-stack IP host running IPv4 and IPv6 at the same time.

SSL Security (HTTPS) 

The Ciphertex NAS server supports HTTPS connection. The IT administrator can upload a secure certificate and RSA private key in X.509PEM format issued by a trusted provider to allow access to the NAS server via secure SSL login.

Secure FTP

The Ciphertex NAS server offers secure FTP data transfer with SSL/TLS (explicit) encryption. Passive FTP port range setup is also supported.

High Network Bandwidth

All Ciphertex NAS server devices with 5 Bays or more offer network expansion options which includes dual-port 1 GbE and dual-port 10 GbE network expansion cards, to aggregate and boost network performance. The NAS server units include two Gigabit (GbE) LAN ports which can be expanded to four GbE LAN ports or two 10 GbE LAN ports plus two GbE ports.

Shared Folder Aggregation

Access the share folders of other servers with Microsoft Networking through a "portal folder" on a Ciphertex NAS server. This saves the time and effort of loging in to different servers one by one.


RAID and Volume Management


Advanced RAID Management with Hot-swap Design  

NAS servers offer RAID 0, 1, 5, 5 + hot spare, 6, 6 + hot spare, single drive, and JBOD disk configurations. It also supports a hot-swap design such that a failed member drive of a RAID configuration (RAID 1 or above only) can be replaced by hot swapping without turning off the server.

Volume Bitmap Support   

Reduces the time required to failed RAID volumes.

Global Hot Spare 

The Global Hot Spare feature allows the administrator to share spare drives with multiple RAID volumes on the NAS server. When a hard drive fails in any RAID volume, the global hot-spare drive will automatically replace the data on the failed drive to prevent loss. Compared with a local spare drive, the Global Hot Spare function offers more efficient use of spare drives.

Online RAID Capacity Expansion  

The storage capacity for the Ciphertex NAS server can be expanded by replacing the hard disks with larger drives. All the data will be kept and seamlessly moved to the newly installed hard drives without turning off the server.

Online RAID Level Migration

You can upgrade the disk configuration to higher RAID level with the data retained without turning off the server.

Share Volume Expansion

The storage capacity for the Ciphertex NAS server can be expanded by attaching an external storage device like the Ciphertex Ranger (portable RAID) which will become a new shared volume.

Encrypted RAID Expansion

The extensive security features of the Ciphertex NAS server make this product well suited to environments requiring extra protection for the stored data. For situations requiring maximum data security, a Ciphertex external RAID system with Hardware AES 256-bit encryption can by connected to the Ciphertex NAS server providing complete security of the stored data. It allows Data from the Ciphertex NAS server to be transferred to the external encrypted RAID, and then removed to be connected elsewhere. The Hardware encryption provides superior security with no loss of performance when connected through the Ciphertex NAS server.

Storage Expansion by Virtual Disk Drive (VDD)

Ciphertex NAS servers support flexible storage expansion by stacking other iSCSI target storage devices on the network via its built-in iSCSI initiator. The connected iSCSI targets are turned into "virtual disk drives" of the Ciphertex NAS server to provide more storage capacity.

AES 256-bit Volume-based Data Encryption

A Ciphertex NAS server volume configured with AES 256-bit encryption can only be accessed by an authorized encryption password or key. This prevents Ciphertex NAS server data from unauthorized access and data breach even if the hard disk drives were stolen. *The data encryption functions may not be available in accordance to the legislative restrictions of some countries.


Backup/Restore and Disaster Recovery


Superior Backup Support

Ciphertex NAS server offer you the most complete backup solution with Apple Time Machine support, remote replication to an Rsync or FTP server, Novastor, and third party backup software support, and so on.

Rsync Replication

The data stored on the Ciphertex NAS servers can be remotely backed up to another Ciphertex NAS server or to external servers with Rsync protocol over network or Internet with or without encryption.

Real-time Remote Replication (RTRR)

Provides real-time or scheduled data replication between the Ciphertex NAS server and a remote Ciphertex NAS server, an FTP server, or an external drive with or without encryption.

Complete Data Backup Solution with Disaster Recovery

Ciphertex NAS servers offer complete backup solution for data protection, including NovaStor Backup Software, and support for cloud-based storage backup (Amazon S3), Apple Time Machine, encrypted remote replication, third party software backup, and one-touch-copy backup. You can choose different backup modes for redundant data backup.

NovaStor Backup Software

Included is a License from NovaStor for NovaBACKUP Business Essentials. Nova- BACKUP provides Disaster Recovery & Bare Metal Restore. NovaBackup is easy to install and easy to use. Wizards guide you through the process and your protection begins immediately. The software is advanced enough to handle even the most serious server environments, but remains user friendly. Begin your backup strategy in a matter of minutes without the need of an engineering degree or the expense of an IT consultant.
  • Ease of use – The product has been designed with two interfaces. A Basic interface that is completely wizard driven for novice users and a robust Advanced interface for experts.
  • Minimal use of system resources – NovaBACKUP runs in the background with little interruption to the end user.
  • Full support for Disaster Recovery Backup and Bare Metal Restore - Support of both file based backups and image based backups all in one piece of software.
  • Interface Device support – NovaBACKUP supports the largest list of devices (disk, tape, CD/DVD, USB, MO, ETC) in the industry which helps large organizations have one solution to standardize on.
  • Time Based Restore – NovaStor has several options for restoring files. One option is based on time. By using NovaStor’s TimeSlider TM, you can go back to any point in time and the restore view will show what files were available at that time.

Apple Time Machine Backup and Management

Mac users can back up data from Mac PCs and Notebooks to the Ciphertex NAS server via Time Machine. This feature saves the storage space of your Mac units. You can also specify the amount of storage space dedicated to Time Machine backup on the Ciphertex NAS server and manage the backup data easily via the web-based administration interface.

Cloud Storage Backup

The Ciphertex NAS server is ready to send private data to the clouds! The NAS server supports Amazon S3 cloud backup storage which has several backup modes including real-time, scheduled backup and versioning control so that the data can be restored from any point of time. Cloud storage can be monitored through a web browser. An extra set of all of the data stored will always be available, so remote data recovery is quick and simple.

One-touch-copy Backup

You can configure the onetouch- copy button on the front of the Ciphertex NAS server (except Rack Mount) to copy the data from the NAS server to an external storage device or vice versa. The Ciphertex NAS server supports EXT3/EXT4; NTFS and HFS+ file systems for high speed data transfer and enhanced compatibility between the Ciphertex NAS server and Windows and Linux PCs or Mac OS X.

iSCSI LUN Backup and Restore

The Ciphertex NAS server has taken iSCSI LUN backup/restore to a whole new level with snapshot technology. The IT administrator can use the LUN snapshot to back up contents in the LUN to various storage destinations, including Windows shared folders via SMB/CIFS, Linux shared folders via NFS, or local shared folders on the NAS server.

Third-party Backup Software

The Ciphertex NAS server is compatible with popular third-party backup software, for example, Acronis True Image, CA BrightStor ARCserve Backup, EMC Retrospect, and Symantec Backup Exec.


Standard Applications


Feature-rich and Integrated Applications for Business

Ciphertex NAS servers support file sharing across Windows, Mac, Linux, and UNIX platforms. Versatile business applications such as file server, FTP server, printer server, web server, and Windows AD (Active Directory) support are provided. The dominant features, such as WebDAV, Share Folder Aggregation (also known as DFS), HDD S.M.A.R.T, comprehensive log systems, and policy-based unauthorized IP blocking are all included.

File Server

Ciphertex NAS servers allow file sharing across Windows, Mac, Linux, and UNIX platforms. It also supports WebDAV for you to access the share folders via HTTP/HTTPS protocol remotely.

FTP Server

You can set up Ciphertex NAS servers as FTP servers and share the files conveniently with your friends or customers.

Printer Server

The Ciphertex NAS server supports USB printer sharing over the network (max. 3 USB printers). The NAS server offers printer sharing over the network and remote printing over the Internet via IPP (Internet Printing Protocol). Print job management, and Bonjour printing for Mac OS X are also supported.

Virtual Host Supported Web Server

You can host multiple websites on Ciphertex NAS server swith the built-in web server and virtual host feature. The Ciphertex NAS server supports PHP, MySQL, HTTPS connection, and SSL authentication. It is the ideal solution for you to create your own websites, and so on.

Surveillance Monitoring

You can connect to maximum 4 IP cameras via Ciphertex NAS servers and set up a video surveillance system with comprehensive monitoring, recording, and playback features.

Web File Manager

Ciphertex NAS servers provide a web-based File Manager for you to access and manage the server data anytime, anywhere by a web browser. Web File Manager supports intelligent data search, batch files upload and download, file extraction, and so on. With the support for encrypted data transfer and access control management on the Ciphertex NAS server, you can access and share the data by Web File Manager securely.

Syslog Server

Allows the IT administrator to effectively collect and store logs of other network devices in the Ciphertex NAS server. With the Syslog server feature, the IT administrator can easily monitor the status of these devices and troubleshoot problems when necessary.


The RADIUS server centralizes and consolidates user authentication by maintaining a list of user accounts that are authorized for remote network access through dial-up equipment, Wi-Fi access point, or VPN connections.

VPN Server

The VPN (Virtual Private Network) service allows remote users to access the NAS server and other resources on the same local network from the Internet. Users can access all services provided by the NAS server.

LDAP Server

For business with needs for a directory service the NAS server can be turned into a LDAP server and centralize user privilege management.


The built-in antivirus scanning engine protects the NAS server from becomming a carrier for virus and other malware. Scanning is available by scheduling or on-demand. Automatic or on-demand signature updating through the Internet is also supported. Signatures can also be updated from a file for Networks without Internet access.

ISO CD/DVD Archiving and Sharing

Ciphertex NAS servers support mounting ISO images of CD and DVD discs as network shares for data archiving, storage, and sharing. This feature saves the space for storing the physical discs, reduces the risk of data loss caused by disc wearing and tearing, and enhances the performance of data sharing on a business network.


Virtual Environment Support


Developed for virtualized and clustered environments

Comparing with the high cost of Fibre Channel SAN devices, the Ciphertex NAS server is an affordable system that can be deployed as a storage center for virtualized and clustered server environments, such as VMware, Citrix and Microsoft Windows Failover Cluster.

The Most Economical and Accommodating Virtualization Solution

Ciphertex NAS servers are certified for VMware® vSphere4 (ESX 4.0 and above) and Citrix® XenServer virtualization platforms. It is also compliant with Windows 2008 Cluster Failover . Compared with traditional SAN (Storage Area Network), Ciphertex NAS servers are the most cost-efficient solution with much lower setup and maintenance costs. Incredibly powerful and efficient hardware at a fraction of the cost. With Ciphertex NAS server devices you can:
  • Leverage all the benefits of virtualization technologies.
  • Increase the flexibility of the virtualization environment.
  • Improve data management continuity.
  • Integrate with VMware vSphere, Microsoft Hyper-V or Citrix XenServer.
  • Lower your overall IT costs, increase efficiency, while making your business more environmentally friendly.


Is the industry’s first cloud operating system that offers a way to reduce IT costs and increase responsiveness. Ciphertex NAS servers VMware Ready products have been certified as compatible with VMware vSphere4 (ESX 4.0) and higher virtualization platforms.

Windows Server® 2008 R2 Hyper-V

The nextgeneration hypervisor-based server virtualization technology, is available as an integral feature of Windows Server 2008 R2 and enables IT to easily implement server virtualization. Ciphertex NAS servers Hyper-V compatible products are built-in with iSCSI service and compliant with SPC-3 persistent reservation for Windows 2008 Failover Cluster and Cluster Shared Volume. They provide interoperability between Hyper-V environments and Cipertex NAS server devices.

Citrix® XenServer

is the only enterprise-class, cloudproven server virtualization platform that delivers critical features of live migration and centralized multi-server management at no cost. Ciphertex NAS server products have passed Citrix verification.

New iSCSI features for Virtualization Environments

Ciphertex NAS servers provide flexible and secure storage server deployment with the following enhanced iSCSI features:
  • NAS + iSCSI Hybrid storage solution Ciphertex NAS servers can serve as a NAS (network-attached storage) server for file sharing and as an iSCSI storage device concurrently.
  • Flexible multiple LUNs management The Ciphertex NAS server supports multiple LUNs (Logical Unit Numbers) and iSCSI targets. The LUNs can be flexibly mapped to, unmapped from, and switched among different iSCSI targets.
  • Secure IP SAN environment Designed with CHAP authentication and LUN masking, the advanced ACL (Access Control List) offers the capability to block the access from unauthorized initiators.
  • SPC-3 Persistent Reservation Supported The built-in iSCSI service supports enterprise-level features such as SPC-3 persistent reservation for clustering in VMware and Windows Server 2008. The administrator can set up Microsoft Failover Cluster environment, use Cluster Shared Volume for Hyper-V, and execute virtual machine live migration between Hyper-V hosts.
  • Advanced MPIO and MC/S Supported With the support of MPIO (Multipath Input Output) and MC/S (Multiple Connections per Session) on the Ciphertex NAS server, users can connect to the iSCSI targets on the NAS using two or more network interfaces from their server with fail over and load balancing. Furthermore, with MC/S settings better data transmission performance is achieved.