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QNAP and Netgate Showcase NAS with pfSense Joint Solution for Network Security at CES 2018

Taipei, Taiwan, January 10, 2018 – QNAP® Systems, Inc. initiated partnership with Netgate®, the world’s leading provider of open source firewalls and security gateways, and showcased a joint solution by implementing pfSense® software on QNAP NAS to create new security and networking deployment at CES 2018 (QNAP Booth No. 40955).

Security is of paramount importance for all companies and is also the highest priority for QNAP as a network-attached storage solution provider. In addition to participating in the CVE Numbering Authority (CNA) and supporting McAfee® Antivirus services, QNAP is now collaborating with Netgate to take network security to the next level with the pfSense firewall solution on QNAP NAS.

“We are very excited to be working with QNAP,” said Jim Thompson, Netgate’s co-founder and CTO. “Given their market strength in the NAS market, as well as their innovative Virtualization Station, it is logical for customers to want to secure their NAS-based business applications and data from damage or theft. Netgate’s pfSense provides an unbeatable secure networking value play.”

“We are pleased to join hands with Netgate to enhance network security. Netgate pfSense provides numerous security options for users to help safeguard their QNAP NAS in a protected network environment,” said Meiji Chang, General Manager of QNAP.

Organizations can implement Netgate's pfSense in a virtual machine operated on the QNAP NAS using Virtualization Station, a full virtualization solution for x86-based QNAP NAS with virtualization extensions (Intel® VT or AMD-V). The joint solution – comprised of a full-featured intrusion prevention system through pfSense, and the virtual switch available via QNAP’s QTS NAS system – enables fast and easy internal firewall deployment that safeguards applications running on the NAS.

QNAP and Netgate also plan to collaborate on advanced firewall solutions that address the expanded throughput, encryption, and management flexibility needs of enterprise-class organizations. The availability of advanced Netgate secure networking solutions for QNAP NAS will be announced separately.