In the desktop form factor NAS space, it is quite difficult to find units with more than two network ports and / or PCIe expansion slots. These features are usually reserved for rackmount units targeting high end SMB users. Synology is bringing some of these high-end SMB / enterprise features to the desktop form factor with the launch of the DS1513+. The enclosure has been redesigned and the drive bays are now screwless.

To differentiate itself from the DS1512+ (with which it shares the same computing platform, a 2.13 GHz dual core Atom D2700), the unit has four GbE network ports. The unit also brings multi-path IO (MPIO) to the desktop form factor. SHA (Synology High Availability) is also part of the enabled features. This provides for seamless failover transition by maintaining identical contents in real time across two Synology NAS units.

Synology claims read and write throughputs of 350 MBps and 200 MBps respectively when all four ports are link aggregated. The unit is now shipping globally, but availability may vary across regions.

Source: Synology

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  • webmastir - Tuesday, May 14, 2013 - link

    Wonder how much this will be?
  • DanNeely - Tuesday, May 14, 2013 - link

    MSRP is 879.99 (via CNET)
  • mcnabney - Wednesday, May 15, 2013 - link

    And people thought that Drobo was a complete rip-off.
  • brazilianfro - Wednesday, May 15, 2013 - link

    This product is not competing with Drobo, they have other units that are cheaper that don't include extra network ports would be more applicable for comparison. I've been using a 2009 2 disk system for years and haven't had a single issue with it, its still taking the new firmware they regularly release. Speeds have increased so I've been thinking of getting a newer NAS from them.
  • Integr8d - Tuesday, May 14, 2013 - link

    Just got my 1812+ two weeks ago and love love love it. It replaced a readynas ultra 6+ (I'll never buy another netgear product again, after they dropped support like a bad habit). The synology is fast and has a ridiculous feature set. If you're a super Linux guy, there's probably very little that you can't get working on any box. But for a regular schmo like me, the DSM gui enables all of it and let's me feel like a champ. Having looked at all options (learned not to rush in after the netgear fiasco), QNAP and Thecus have some nice options. But synology's software is the gold standard. The ONLY thing I wish they would do is have more engineers working the forums, instead of requiring tickets for everything.
  • pensive69 - Wednesday, May 15, 2013 - link

    we have both Synology and QNAP boxes and
    find the Synology seem a bit more resiliant if that's
    the word for uptime.
    QNAP has great chops but not quite as good...
    just saying from what we've seen.
    i do have issues with all these products serving up
    operator error messages that only say something
    is offbase but not link to the correct utility or ap.
    that could use a lot of improvement.
    i also have to wonder if adding more NIC ports will only
    saturate the Synology faster :)
    we do that all the time.

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