NAS units capable of only accepting 2.5" drives have been a rarity, but the launch of WD Red drives in that form factor has given a boost to vendors looking to cater to that space. Synology launched a 2.5"-drive only 4-bay NAS back in 2011 (DS411slim). This year, we have a refresh, the DS414slim.

The Synology OS (Disk Station Manager - DSM) has evolved into a very capable, user-friendly and feature-rich server OS in its own right. Its high-performance iSCSI features make it very attractive for virtual machines. The 414slim comes equipped with a very capable SoC (the Marvell ARMADA 370 running at 1.2 GHz, which we already saw in the LenovoEMC ix4-300d) and sports four hot-swappable drive bays, two USB 3.0 ports and two GbE links. Inside the system, we have 512 MB of DRAM. Since 2.5" drives don't consume a lot of power, the unit is able to do with a 30W external power adapter.

The small size of the system as well as the massive RAID-able storage capacity (4 x 1.5TB supported currently) and rich networking capabilities make it an ideal mini server for those experimenting with virtualization and have a space-constrained setup.

Source: Synology

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  • JeffFlanagan - Wednesday, May 28, 2014 - link

    >The small size of the system as well as the massive RAID-able storage capacity
    >(4 x 1.5TB supported currently

    When was 6TB massive? Certainly not at the time this article was written.

    It would be cooler if the article contained links to similar, but better products. Something like this that holds at least 4x4TB drives would be much more useful to anyone with modern storage needs. 6x4TB would be even better.
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  • Spoelie - Wednesday, May 28, 2014 - link

    in 2.5" format? Reply
  • JeffFlanagan - Wednesday, May 28, 2014 - link

    I'd prefer 3.5" Much less expensive per TB. The different in space taken up by a 2.5" unit and a 3.5" unit wouldn't cause any issues for me. If someone was in a really tiny space, or has very limited power, the 2.5" solution would be the better fit. Reply
  • bernstein - Wednesday, May 28, 2014 - link

    so don't go ranting in a news post about 2.5" NAS. there are people who prefer them.

    6TB **is** massive. in the **context** of a 2.5" consumer NAS.

    i for one don't think anything below 100TB massive. but then i have a 48x4TB server in a closet and it's basically just our household NAS.
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  • S.D.Leary - Wednesday, May 28, 2014 - link

    The question though should be why does it not support the 2GB Toshiba drives. 6GB is certainly better than 4.5GB (assuming RAID5 or the like).

    As an aside.... why has the 2.5 GB HDD market stagnated with regards to density? We have 6GB desktop drives... I would assume that 3GB 2.5" drives are possible.

    SDLeary
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  • SunLord - Thursday, May 29, 2014 - link

    I'd assume it only supports 9.5mm 2.5" drives and i believe the 2tb toshiba one is 15mm though the Samsung m9t 2tb should work Reply
  • rpg1966 - Wednesday, May 28, 2014 - link

    How do you back that up? Reply
  • ddriver - Thursday, May 29, 2014 - link

    "i have a 48x4TB server in a closet and it's basically just our household NAS."

    Are you hosting a full mirror of the pirate bay? :D
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  • fri2219 - Wednesday, May 28, 2014 - link

    Correction: the first model in the series was the 410, not the 411. I purchased a DS410 in 2008, and have been a very happy customer of Synology ever since. My business uses a one of their rackmount models, which you can adapt to 2.5 drives with a Supermicro drive tray adaptor. It's explicitly supported, however. Reply
  • fri2219 - Wednesday, May 28, 2014 - link

    argh, not officially supported... Reply

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