QNAP® Systems Inc. today announced a partnership with Microsoft® to provide QNAP users with Windows® Azure cloud backup support. The Azure Storage app is available from the QTS App Center on Turbo NAS units with QTS 4.0 or newer versions. Users can easily install the app and start backing up their NAS data to the Windows Azure cloud storage for disaster recovery and archiving.


“Turbo NAS offers users a range of cloud backup solutions to safeguard their data, and we are pleased to provide an additional alternative by partnering with Microsoft that offers Windows Azure for secure cloud storage,” said Jérôme Jaussaud, product manager of QNAP. “It is also beneficial for existing Microsoft users to utilize QNAP Turbo NAS as a centralized storage solution and to back up their NAS data to Windows Azure cloud storage for easy data restoration.”

By using the Azure Storage app, Turbo NAS users can quickly set up multiple accounts, create scheduled jobs to automate the backup, and restore any folders from the backup data. The Azure Storage app advances data protection by supporting client side encryption, effectively preventing data breach even if the user’s cloud storage account is compromised. Other supported functions include incremental backup, restoring deleted data, multi-threaded upload, extensive file type filtering options, configurable error recovery options, and more.

“Windows Azure provides scalable, durable cloud storage, backup, and recovery solutions for all sorts of data,” said Maria Wastlschmid, Windows Azure Product Manager of Microsoft Germany. “We are pleased to offer the great solution to QNAP users.”


The Azure Storage app is now available as beta version for business and home Turbo NAS models upgraded to QTS 4.0 NAS OS or newer version.