Small SAN/NAS (up to 8 bays) Reviews
by Tucker Mindrum

Synology EDS14 Mini Rugged NAS Review

Synology has designed a new diskless and fan-less NAS specifically for law enforcement and military implementations. The EDS14 is an extremely durable and versatile (it is hailed as Synology's most versatile NAS yet) palm-sized NAS with a 1.2GHz CPU and 512MB of RAM. Additionally, it can be used with a wide range of DC input voltages (7 to 24V), which allows it to function in a variety of powering situations (including the cigarette lighter of a car), making this rugged NAS an ideal option for all kinds of automotive use cases, particularly with law enforcement and military vehicles. The EDS14 also can also be powered over PoE using splitters and its compact design of 125 x 125 x 31mm makes it roughly 70% smaller than a typical 2-bay NAS server and perfect for areas where space is an issue.

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by Adam Armstrong

Netgear ReadyNAS 716 Review

The Netgear ReadyNAS 716x is a 6-bay NAS designed to meet the needs of small businesses or small/remote offices that need fast speeds and scalability. Billed at the time of launch as “the world’s fastest desktop NAS,” the Netgear ReadyNAS 716x (RN716x) comes with some pretty impressive features. The RN716x is a 6-bay desktop NAS with a max internal capacity of 24TB (4TB) but is scalable up to 84TB. It has a quad core 2.5GHz (3.5GHz Turbo) processor, 16GB of ECC memory, and runs ReadyNAS OS 6.0. The RN716x has all types of connectivity with USB 2.0, USB 3.0, LAN, eSATA, HDMI, and the RN716x was the first off the shelf NAS to come with built in 10GBase-T ports.

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by Tucker Mindrum

Thecus N8810U-G NAS Review

The Thecus N8810U0-G is an 8-bay NAS that uses an Intel Pentium 2.9GHz dual core processor and 4GB RAM to provide up to 48TB of raw storage capacity. The N8810U0-G includes an array of features making it an interesting contender in the small office/home NAS market thanks to a mix of business and home user features. These range from the inclusion of 10GbE, VMware Ready certification and iSCSI thin-provisioning to iOS/Android apps and HDMI out. 

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by Adam Armstrong

Synology DiskStation DS214+ Review

The Synology DiskStation DS214+ is a 2-bay NAS server designed for small to medium businesses that need to share files across multiple platforms. The DS214+ has a max internal capacity of 10TB (using 2x 5TB HDD in each bay), a dual core 1.33GHz processor, 1GB of DDR3 memory, and Synology's Disk Station Manager 5.0 software. Like others in the business-oriented Synology DiskStation NAS line, the DS214+ comes with all types of connectivity, coming with USB 2.0, USB 3.0, Ethernet, and eSATA ports.

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by Adam Armstrong

Seagate Business Storage Windows Server 4-Bay NAS Review

The Seagate Business Storage Windows Server 4-Bay NAS is configurable in capacities up to 16TB and as the name implies features the Windows Storage Server 2012 operating system. The Windows software gives Seagate an alternative offering to their other NAS products that leverage Seagate's own operating layer on top of Linux, making this particular NAS an easy plug and play option for small offices and branch offices that rely on a Windows IT environment that rely on key features like Active Directory.

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by Josh Linden

Synology DS1813+ NAS Review

The Synology DS1813+ is an eight-bay NAS system in Synology’s DiskStation lineup of desktop storage appliances, offered as a successor to the Synology DS1812+ which we reviewed in early 2013. The DS1813+ offers four gigabit NICs which can be aggregated, and in addition to its maximum internal capacity of 32TB, the DS1813+ can manage up to 72TB of storage when used with two 5-bay DS513 expansion units. The DS1813+ offers straightforward configured for access via SMB/CIFS shares or iSCSI, which in conjunction with the DiskStation Manager operating system make the DS1813+ a highly adaptable storage platform for small and medium enterprises.

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by Chris Looney

QNAP TurboNAS TS-470 Review

The QNAP TS-470 is a 4-bay NAS designed for SMB use (its sibling the TS-470 Pro is aimed at SOHO environments). Under the hood, the TS-470 offers high performance, powered by a dual-core Intel 2.6GHz processor and 2GB of DDR3 RAM (which can be expanded up to 16GB). Four Gigabit LAN ports (two single onboard and one dual-port gigabit Ethernet PCI-Express card) allow for maximum bandwidth efficiency; additionally, the dual-port NIC can be swapped out with a 10GbE adapter, greatly increasing IOPS throughput. With a mind toward scalability, the TS-470 offers a centralized storage solution for applications and environments with ever-growing storage needs, while also providing a full range of management applications and features through the QTS 4.0 operating system. Emphasis on data security, backup and retrieval, and antivirus also make the TS-470 an ideal choice for those who seek worry-free storage and safeguarding of increasing amounts of data.

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by Chris Looney

Synology Expansion Units Review

With the ever-increasing nature of enterprise-level storage demands, administrators not only have to focus on fulfilling current needs, but also keep an eye on scalability and future-proofing. Replacing or upgrading infrastructure can often be costly and time-consuming, to say nothing of inconvenience or lost opportunity. With this in mind, Synology offers a wide array of easy-to-use expansion units to be partnered with its flagship RackStation and DiskStation lines. While each of the seven offered expansion bay models are tailored to specific Synology RackStation/DiskStation products, they all share several common features that bring Synology's ease-of-use philosophy full circle: plug-and-use design to minimize downtime, RAID management through Synology's DSM software, and a commitment to energy efficiency.

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by Lyle Smith

Netgear ReadyDATA 516 Review

The Netgear ReadyDATA 516 is a 6-bay desktop form factor NAS that leverages ZFS to deliver a surprising number of features to the small NAS category. Some of these include features like replication, cloud support, thin provisioning and integration with virtualization platforms but the ReadyDATA 516 also does something unique in the space by offering both a read and write cache option via optional SSDs. In total the ReadyDATA 516 provides SMBs, branch offices and remote offices with an easy to deploy NAS solution that brings many enterprise-grade features to the masses.

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by Adam Armstrong

Seagate Business Storage 8-Bay Rackmount NAS Review

The Seagate Business Storage 8-Bay Rackmount NAS is designed for small business with up to 250 employees that need high performance and capacity. This is the only 1U rackmount with 8 hot-swappable drives. The R8 features a dual-core 2.3GHz Intel 64-bit processor and 4GB ECC DDR III of RAM for file transfer performance up to 200MB/s. Running Seagate NAS OS, the R8 has multiple features including Wuala cloud service, centralized back-up for PCs and Time Machine support for Macs, and built in iSCSI.

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