NAS

Coming in on the heels of TerraMaster's recently introduced entry-level dual-bay NAS, Synology has announced its own basic NAS, the DiskStation DS220j. Synology's latest NAS can store up to 32 TB of data using modern hard drives, from which it can stream media, automatically backup data, and offers web-based access, covering all of the bases for an inexpensive NAS device. The Synology DiskStation DS220j is based on Realtek’s quad-core RTD1296 system-on-chip, which is paired with 512 MB of DDR4 RAM. The NAS has two 3.5-inch bays (which can also house 2.5-inch devices), one GbE port, and two USB 3.0 Type-A ports. The DS220j can operate its drives in Synology Hybrid RAID (SHR), Basic, JBOD, RAID 0, or RAID 1 modes. Internally, the device uses the...

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

Lenovo and EMC Stir SMB NAS Market with LenovoEMC Joint Venture

News of the Lenovo - EMC joint venture, LenovoEMC crossed the wires last week. We met with Iomega yesterday at CES and discussed what this means for the storage...

2 by Ganesh T S on 1/9/2013

Asustor 6 Series: A Fresh Approach in the NAS Market

We had the chance to meet up with Asustor at CES yesterday. Reviews of some of their offerings had popped up on various websites, and my initial impression was...

4 by Ganesh T S on 1/9/2013

LaCie 5big NAS Pro Review - Part I

We have looked at LaCie's 5big offering before in late 2010. In that product, the only LaCie signature was the industrial design and choice of hardware components of the...

31 by Ganesh T S on 1/7/2013

Updating the 2012 AnandTech SMB / SOHO NAS Testbed

In early September, we published a piece detailing our SMB / SOHO NAS testbed. Subsequently, we received extensive feedback from readers regarding the testbed as well as the proposed...

24 by Ganesh T S on 11/29/2012

Iomega EZ Media & Backup Center Network Attached Hard Disk Review

The rise of powerful home networking solutions have led to the shift in consumer focus from DAS (Direct Attached Storage) units to NAS (Network Attached Storage) units in the...

20 by Ganesh T S on 11/27/2012

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...

4 by Ganesh T S on 11/13/2012

Iomega StorCenter NAS Lineup Refresh: 2-bay px2-300d and 4-bay ix4-300d

Iomega's network storage family consists of three lineups: ARM-based EZ single-bay network attached hard disk for home users ARM-based ix series for value-focused consumers x86-based px series for performance-focused consumers (These come...

16 by Ganesh T S on 10/18/2012

Synology Launches 12-bay DS2413+ and Wi-Fi Enabled 2-bay DS213air

Synology has been on a tear lately, with product launches happening in quick succession. Approximately a month back, we had the launch of the 2013 2-bay lineup (DS213 and...

14 by Ganesh T S on 10/2/2012

Synology Launches DS413 and DS413j 4-Bay NAS Units

A couple of weeks back, we covered Synology's launch of the 2013 2-bay NAS lineup, the DS213 and the DS213+. The most interesting aspect of the launch was the...

7 by Ganesh T S on 9/18/2012

Netgear’s RAIDiator 5.3.6 Launches ReadyNAS Cloud Features

We have taken a look at the Netgear NV+ v2 multiple times in the past. With the launch of RAIDiator 5.3.6, Netgear is keeping up their promise to keep...

1 by Ganesh T S on 9/11/2012

Building the 2012 AnandTech SMB / SOHO NAS Testbed

The market for network attached storage (NAS) devices has registered huge gains over the last few years. In keeping up with the market trends, the coverage of NAS units...

74 by Ganesh T S on 9/5/2012

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

Western Digital Red Review: Are NAS-optimized HDDs Worth the Premium?

Western Digital (WD) introduced hard drives specifically targeted towards NAS systems under the Red branding last month. We had some initial coverage at launch time, where WD claimed a...

86 by Ganesh T S on 8/17/2012

Netgear NV+ v2 and LaCie 2big NAS: A Second Look

Last November, we reviewed the Netgear NV+ v2 and came away quite satisfied with the price to performance ratio. However, we had some reservations about the absence of NFS...

8 by Ganesh T S on 7/18/2012

WD Introduces Red: NAS Optimized HDD Line

WD did everyone a favor when they reorganized their products under color-coded branding a few years ago. With the Blue (mainstream), Green (quiet and cool) and Black (performance) lines...

39 by Jason Inofuentes on 7/10/2012

LaCie's 2big NAS Review

The SMB (Small to Medium Businesses) / SOHO (Small Office / Home Office) NAS market is a highly competitive one. We have been reviewing a number of ARM-based 2-bay...

15 by Ganesh T S on 5/28/2012

Thecus and McAfee Partner for Antivirus Technology in Intel-based NAS Systems

Thecus announced a partnership with McAfee at CeBIT 2012 to bring antivirus technology to their lineup. On April 16th, Thecus announced that that Thecus NAS systems would start shipping...

2 by Ganesh T S on 4/19/2012

Thecus TopTower Lineup: High-End Enterprise NAS Systems in a Tower Form Factor

NAS vendors in the high-end enterprise space often reserve the more powerful CPU configurations for their rackmount models. A case in point is QNAP's Xeon based 200TB+ storage rack...

24 by Ganesh T S on 4/12/2012

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