Can I run virtual machines on my QNAP NAS?

Yes, you can run virtual machines on your QNAP NAS.

Why choose QNAP NAS for virtualization?

QNAP NAS devices offer powerful hardware and software capabilities, making them a suitable platform for running virtual machines. They support virtualization technologies such as QNAP Virtualization Station and Container Station, allowing users to run multiple virtual machines on a single NAS.

Virtualization Station

QNAP's Virtualization Station transforms your NAS into a virtualization platform. It enables you to create and manage multiple virtual machines, supporting various operating systems such as Windows, Linux, UNIX, and Android.

Virtualization Station provides the following features:

  • Snapshot: You can take snapshots of virtual machines at any time, allowing you to revert to a previous state if needed.
  • Import/Export: You can import or export virtual machines in the industry-standard OVF package format, making it easy to move virtual machines between different environments.
  • Remote Desktop: You can access the virtual machines via remote desktop protocols such as VNC, Web Browser, or Spice.
  • Resource Allocation: You can allocate CPU, memory, and storage resources to each virtual machine, ensuring optimal performance.

Container Station

Container Station is another virtualization solution provided by QNAP. It allows you to run lightweight Linux-based virtual machines called containers.

Container Station features:

  • Docker Integration: Container Station integrates with Docker, allowing you to access a vast library of pre-configured application containers.
  • Easy Management: The intuitive user interface makes it easy to create, manage, and deploy containers.
  • Resource Efficiency: Containers share the host OS kernel, resulting in improved resource efficiency compared to traditional virtual machines.
  • Portability: Containers can be easily moved between different QNAP NAS devices.

Hardware Requirements

To run virtual machines on your QNAP NAS, you need to consider the hardware requirements:

Model CPU Memory Storage
TS-453A Intel Celeron N3150 quad-core processor or higher 4GB RAM (expandable up to 8GB) At least 4 drive bays for storage
TS-873U-RP AMD R-Series RX-421ND quad-core processor or higher 8GB RAM (expandable up to 64GB) At least 8 drive bays for storage

It's important to choose a QNAP NAS model that meets your virtualization needs, considering factors such as CPU performance, available memory, and storage capacity.


Running virtual machines on your QNAP NAS provides flexibility and convenience, allowing you to consolidate your IT infrastructure, save energy, and simplify management. Whether you choose to use Virtualization Station or Container Station, your QNAP NAS will serve as a reliable and powerful platform for running virtual machines.

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