This is a weird one. Beginning of this year Qnap made a choice to EOL my NAS-box. I posted about that at the time. Well, that happens. Its just that my current box works for me and all, I don't necessarily need a new one.
Without announcing anything, I got a firmware upgrade for it! Actually, I got two. Initially I assumed to be hallucinating or something. On a 2nd time I had to confirm my original blog post, that EOL really did happen.
Today on their EOL-page (or Product Support Status) https://www.qnap.com/en/product/eol.php they state:
Model: TS-419U II
Hardware Repair or Replacement: Full
OS and Firmware Updates and Maintenance: 2017-12 (QTS 4.3.3)
Technical Support and Security Updates: 2020-12
What the ... happened? Now they're announcing (or NOT announcing, informing) to provide full support until end of year 2020. Well, maybe I should go purchase a new one anyway.
Given my capacity requirement, I'm going to go for a 4-bay NAS and pack it full of 6 TiB or 8 TiB drives. As you can imagine, that's not going to be cheap, so, I'll be thinking for that a while. A long while.