The DS214play 2-bay NAS is turning out to be a popular product for Synology. Sensing a lot of market interest in a version with more number of bays, Synology is launching the DS415play today. It is a 4-bay NAS based on the Intel CE5335 Evansport SoC. With this product, Synology joins Asustor (AS-304T) and Thecus (N4560) as vendors supplying 4-bay NAS units based on the Intel CE5335. Synology's approach to Evansport is unique, and we have covered it in detail in our DS214play review. The transcoding capabilities are quite useful and work great for a lot of devices. There are still a few rough edges, but, given Synology's commitment to firmware features, we are sure things will continue to get better. In addition to the...

Synology DS414j: An Ideal Backup NAS

The consumer Network Attached Storage (NAS) market has seen tremendous growth over the past few years. As the amount of digital media generated by the average household increases, the...

39 by Ganesh T S on 7/10/2014

Synology Refreshes RackStation Lineup with Entry-Level RS3614xs

Synology introduced two new variants in their RackStation lineup today, the RS3614xs and RS3614RPxs. These are the new 'entry-level' units for markets where ECC RAM is required. Both of...

9 by Ganesh T S on 6/17/2014

Synology Introduces DS414slim with Marvell ARMADA 370

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...

33 by Ganesh T S on 5/28/2014

Synology DS214play: Intel Evansport Almost Done Right

Intel's Evansport NAS platform was meant to take on ARM's dominance in the low to mid-range consumer / SOHO NAS market. We covered it in detail while reviewing the...

44 by Ganesh T S on 5/20/2014

Synology Launches Entry Level Four-Bay DS414j

Synology's j-series NAS units have traditionally provided consumers with a very budget-friendly entry-level window into the DSM (Disk Station Manager) ecosystem. As the amount of user-generated data in the...

15 by Ganesh T S on 4/29/2014

Synology DSM 5.0 Teaser, Disaster-Resistant ioSafe 1513+ and Egnyte Hybrid Cloud at CES

Prior to CES, Synology sent out a press release touting the upcoming launch of the DiskStation Manager 5.0 public beta. It talked about the new features at a very...

13 by Ganesh T S on 1/12/2014

Synology RS10613xs+: 10GbE 10-bay Rackmount NAS Review

Most of our enterprise NAS reviews have focused on Atom-based desktop form factor systems. We ventured into evaluating rackmount units with the QNAP TS-EC1279U-RP, and today we have results...

51 by Ganesh T S on 12/26/2013

Synology Updates Surveillance Station NVR Package

We have covered Synology's Surveillance Station in a qualitative manner before, and one of our main complaints was the fact that the interface was reliant on Java. On lower-end...

2 by Ganesh T S on 11/28/2013

Synology Introduces Media-Centric DS214play

Synology has been pretty busy introducing its 2014 models over the last couple of weeks. While the DS214 was, in my opinion, a run-of-the-mill product (not taking away any...

19 by Ganesh T S on 10/22/2013

Synology Refreshes RackStation Lineup with RS2414+ and RS2414RP+

Synology launched two new 2U RackStations (the RS2414+ amd RS2414RP+) today. These are the first units with a full 12 bays available in the main unit itself (Their current...

5 by Ganesh T S on 10/8/2013

Synology DS1812+ 8-bay SMB / SOHO NAS Review

Synology recently refreshed their 8-bay SMB / SOHO NAS lineup with the DS1813+. Based on the same platform as the DS1812+ (Atom D2700), it added two extra network ports...

93 by Ganesh T S on 6/13/2013

Synology Launches DS1813+ Quad-GbE 8-bay NAS

A few weeks back, we had the launch of the DS1513+ 5-bay NAS from Synology. Today, we have the follow-up product in the 8-bay DS1813+. Similar to the DS1513+...

16 by Ganesh T S on 5/28/2013

Synology's DS213j Targets Budget-Conscious Home NAS Market

Synology is one of the few NAS vendors to successfully pull through multiple units in our labs without any showstopper failures. The quality and breadth of the feature set...

12 by Ganesh T S on 5/7/2013

ioSafe N2: A Disaster-Resistant Synology DS213

The emergence of the digital economy has brought to fore the importance of safeguarding electronic data. We have discussed the 3-2-1 data backup strategy before in the piece where...

26 by Ganesh T S on 3/4/2013

Synology at CES 2013: DSM 4.2 and the ioSafe N2

We met up with Synology at CES today, and the main focus was on the recently released Disk Station Manager 4.2 firmware. Different NAS vendors take different approaches to...

6 by Ganesh T S on 1/10/2013

Synology Launches SAS-Enabled Flagship 10-bay 2U RS10613xs+ NAS and RX1213sas Expander

Synology is a well respected brand in the low to mid-range NAS market. However, they missed a high-end flagship in their lineup to compete against products such as the...

3 by Ganesh T S on 11/13/2012

ioSafe N2: A Disaster Proof NAS with Synology DSM

ioSafe used to manufacture disaster proof NAS solutions / backup appliances such as the ioSafe R4. The R4s used to cost upwards of $10K, weighed more than 120 lbs...

14 by Ganesh T S on 9/18/2012

Synology Launches DS213 and DS213+ 2-Bay NAS Units

Synology's 2-bay NAS units have consistently performed well in our tests. Today, the latest additions to the 2-bay lineup have been launched in the form of the DS213 and...

9 by Ganesh T S on 8/28/2012

Synology's DSM 4.0 with CloudStation : A Private Dropbox Solution

The NAS market has grown by leaps and bounds in the last few years, but the hard drive shortage resulted in a weak Q4 for the NAS industry as...

3 by Ganesh T S on 1/12/2012

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