Synology introduced their x15+ series in the second half of 2014. The models were all based on the Intel Rangeley platform (x86). It is now time for a refresh of the Value Series using ARM-based SoCs - the x15 models. There are two units being introduced today, the 5-bay DS1515 in the tower form factor (MSRP: $650) and the 4-bay RS815 in a new short-depth rackmount form factor (MSRP: $600). DS1515 Based on the Annapurna Labs Alpine AL-314 quad-core Cortex-A15 SoC, the unit has four GbE LAN ports, two USB 3.0 and two eSATA ports. The eSATA ports can be used to connect up to two DX513 / DX213 expansion units. This can provide up to a maximum of 10 bays additional to the five on...

Western Digital My Cloud DL4100 Business NAS Review

Western Digital is a comparatively recent entrant to the fast-growing NAS market. Despite having had a Windows Storage Server-based product for business users for some time now, a custom...

26 by Ganesh T S on 3/4/2015

Synology DS2015xs Review: An ARM-based 10G NAS

Synology is one of the most popular COTS (commercial off-the-shelf) NAS vendors in the SMB / SOHO market segment. The NAS models introduced by them in 2014 were mostly...

49 by Ganesh T S on 2/27/2015

Western Digital My Cloud NAS Updates Target Prosumers and Small Businesses

Western Digital is no stranger to the NAS market. Their Sentinel series units (based on Windows Storage Server) have targeted business users for quite some time now. The My...

1 by Ganesh T S on 2/26/2015

QNAP Launches TVS-x71U Haswell-based Rackmount NAS Units

At CES, QNAP had the TVS-x71 series of NAS models in the tower form factor. Bay counts ranged from 4 to 8. Users had a choice of four different...

1 by Ganesh T S on 1/21/2015

Synology Introduces RS815+ and DS2415+ Rangeley NAS Units

Synology announced two new NAS models today as updates to the existing RS814+ and the DS2413+ units. Both models are based on the 4C/4T Intel Atom C2538 Rangeley SoC...

7 by Ganesh T S on 1/20/2015

Netgear Introduces ReadyNAS 3130 Rackmount NAS

Netgear is introducing a trio of products targeting SMBs and SMEs today. The primary product is a modular switch chassis, while the second one is a new WLAN controller...

0 by Ganesh T S on 1/19/2015

Netgear Launches ARM Cortex-A15-based ReadyNAS 200 Series

Netgear's major announcement at CES 2015 was the ReadyNAS 200 series of NAS units targeting the SOHO market and power users. This lineup has two members, a 2-bay RN202...

8 by Ganesh T S on 1/15/2015

QNAP Releases Haswell-based TVS-x71 and Cortex-A15-based TS-x31+ NAS Lineups

QNAP took the SMB / SOHO NAS market segment by storm with a host of CES announcements. The release of the AMD G-series SoC-based TVS-x63 was undoubtedly QNAP's major...

5 by Ganesh T S on 1/14/2015

ioSafe Updates Disaster-Resistant Storage Lineup at CES 2015

At CES 2015, we got the chance to sit down and talk with the folks over at ioSafe. Their disaster-resistant storage devices are unique in the market. We reviewed...

2 by Ganesh T S on 1/14/2015

Asustor's 5 Series Packs Intel Bay Trail Celerons

Since last CES, a couple of Asustor offerings have been put under our review scanner, and we were naturally excited to meet up with them at CES 2015. Towards...

3 by Ganesh T S on 1/12/2015

AMD Enters NAS Market with QNAP's 10G-Ready TVS-x63

QNAP's CES suite was quite busy when we visited them last week. Considering the number of product and feature announcements that were made, it wasn't a surprise at all...

20 by Ganesh T S on 1/11/2015

Synology's BeyondCloud Series - NAS Units made User-Friendly

Synology has put out some interesting updates (both expected as well as unexpected) in the lead up to the new year. At CES 2015, the focus is on a...

12 by Ganesh T S on 1/6/2015

QNAP TS-853 Pro 8-bay Intel Bay Trail SMB NAS Review

QNAP has focused on Intel's Bay Trail platform for this generation of NAS units (compared to Synology's efforts with Intel Rangeley). While the choice made sense for the prosumer-targeted...

57 by Ganesh T S on 12/29/2014

HGST Deskstar NAS 6 TB Review

The increasing affordability of SSDs has put a strain on the traditional market for hard drive vendors. However, hard drives continue to remain the storage medium of choice for...

36 by Ganesh T S on 12/23/2014

Holiday Guides 2014: COTS NAS Units

We have already published holiday guides for mobile devices, motherboards, GPUs and SSDs. Today, we will take a look at the various options available in the commercial off-the-shelf (COTS...

26 by Ganesh T S on 12/17/2014

Seagate Enterprise NAS HDD 6 TB Review

Hard drives continue to remain the storage medium of choice for applications where capacity and cost factors outweigh performance requirements. Vendors have also realized that enterprise hard drives are...

52 by Ganesh T S on 12/10/2014

Synology's DS2015xs brings ARM to High-Performance NAS Units

In the current NAS market, it is downright impossible to talk of ARM and high performance together. The most powerful ARM-based NAS units have been based on Marvell's ARMADA...

26 by Ganesh T S on 12/9/2014

Seagate Enterprise NAS HDD: WD Red Pro Gets a Competitor

We have seen this story play out before. Western Digital delineates the hard drive market with a product aimed at a particular niche and Seagate comes in a few...

22 by Ganesh T S on 12/2/2014

Asustor AS7008T 8-bay Intel Haswell SMB NAS Review

Asustor is one of the recent entrants in the NAS market. Over the last couple of years, they have tried to play in the same space as QNAP and...

29 by Ganesh T S on 11/30/2014

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