A lot of the comments left on our recent NAS box showdown revolved around the fact that 1) it isn’t too difficult to build a NAS server of your own and 2) all of the options were kind of expensive for home use. A newly released NAS server looks to provide an answer to the second issue. The $220 Synology DS212j (brethren to the well performing DS411+II covered in the showdown) was designed with home use in mind, as evidenced by its low price point and user-friendly features that help turn the server into a cloud storage device.
Fresh from the CES show floor Senior Associate Editor Nathan Edwards takes a quick look at Synology's DiskStation Manager 3.0, which is compatible with all OS's (and free to upgrade!) and comes loaded with a ton of features, including a built in music player, back up utility, and a back up and file sharing utility, all of which function from within a browser. Impressive!
Synology on Wednesday announced the launch of its new five-bay DiskStation DS1010+ scalable NAS box with much improved write times. How much? According to Synology, the new unit cruises past its predecessor, the DS509+, with 250 percent faster writes.
"We recognize that many businesses have the difficult task of anticipating and managing their increasing storage needs while dealing with very limited budgets," says Douglas Self, Product Specialist at Synology America corp. "The new DiskStation DS1010+ addresses these needs while packing in a huge set of business critical features and the flexibility of purchasing five bays now, knowing that scaling to 10 bays is easy and affordable in the future with the DX510."
Synology says businesses can expect an average of 116MB/s or higher read speeds under a RAID 5 configuration in a Windows environment, along with 103MB/s or higher write speeds.
Other features include cross-platform data sharing, Windows ADS support, network and remote backup including Apple Time Machine support, file sharing and encrypted FTP, DLNA media server and photo sharing, and more.
Synology has a history of making excellent NAS boxes, and the new four bay DS410j is no exception. Front and center on the spec sheet is support for Apple’s Time Machine backup system, a rarity on third-party NAS units.
The unit is designed for home and entry-level business use. The four drive bays can take up to 2TB 3.5 inch drives. The DS410j also supports multiple RAID configurations when loaded with multiple compatible drives. Automated backup and DNLA support come standard as well. The DS410j can be purchased with or without hard drives preinstalled, but either way it’s going to be pricey. If you look around, the driveless version can be had for a bit under $400.