Small SAN/NAS (up to 8 bays) Reviews
by Lyle Smith

Synology DiskStation DS1817+ NAS Review

The DiskStation DS1817+ is another comprehensive 8-bay NAS system from Synology designed to centralize storage for small growing businesses. At the center of the DS1817+ is a Quad-core 2.4GHz CPU with an AES-NI hardware encryption engine and up to 16GB in dual-channel DDR RAM, components that should allow the NAS solution to work well in most demanding environments (upwards of 1,179MB/s in sequential reads). The DS1817+ can store a maximum of 80TB in storage on a single system using eight 10TB drives, which can be upped to a massive total of 180TB via expansion units. This scalable solution also features four 1GbE LAN ports.

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by Lyle Smith

NETGEAR ReadyNAS 628X NAS Review

The NETGEAR ReadyNAS 628X is an 8-bay NAS designed for growing small and medium size businesses and is part of the NETGEAR's 620X line of high-performing NAS solutions. We previously reviewed the RN626X (the 6-bay model), which features the same premium build, and similar hardware and features: an Intel dual core server processor and is equipped with built-in dual 10Gb Ethernet ports, unlimited snapshots, disaster recovery and comprehensive--yet easy-to-use--file sharing capabilities.

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by Lyle Smith

Synology DiskStation DS1517+ NAS Review

The Synology DiskStation DS1517+ is a 5-bay NAS designed for encryption and intensive tasks. Powered by a Quad-core 2.4GHz CPU with AES-NI hardware encryption engine, the DS1517+ comes equipped with quad 1GbE LAN ports and up to 16GB DDR3 RAM (dual channel). Synology also quotes speeds of 1,165MB/s and 527.99MB/s in sequential reading and writing, respectively, and can be expanded from 50TB to a maximum of 150TB using 15 drives via two DX517 expansion units.

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by Lyle Smith

QNAP TS-831X NAS Review

The QNAP TS-831X is an 8-bay, quad-core storage solution that features two 10GbE SFP+ ports, SSD cache support, and AES 256-bit full NAS volume encryption to improve overall system performance when protecting file transfers. Designed as a cost-effective NAS and purpose-built for growing businesses that require backup, restoration, private cloud and storage for virtualization, the TS-831X can be scaled up to 24 drives using two QNAP expansion enclosures (UX-800P) to create a generous 400TB when leveraging 8TB drives. When configured in Virtual JBOD, the storage pool can be expanded even further increased to more than 900TB when using another QNAP NAS.

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by Tucker Mindrum

Synology RackStation RS816 NAS Review

As part of Synology's Value Series of NAS devices, the RS816 RackStation delivers scalable storage in a compact enclosure at a low cost. The RS816 is almost completely identical to Synology's RS815 RackStation, with the exception of its improved processing power (1.33GHz in the RS815 vs. 1.8GHz in the RS816). This obviously translates to an improved performance in the newer model, which boasts reported transfer speeds of 218MB/s read and 147.43MB/s write. As with the older model, Synology equipped the RS816 with an eSATA port, which can be used to attach one of Synology's RX415 expansion units for a total of 8 bays and 80TB of total raw storage.

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by Lyle Smith

Synology RackStation RS815RP+ NAS Review

The Synology RackStation RS815RP+ (the RP referring to its use of redundant power supplies) is a high-performing NAS built specifically to handle intensive, resource-heavy tasks and encryption. As is the case with most Synology RackStations, the RS815RP+ is built to easily scale for growing businesses by leveraging the company's RX415 expansion units via eSATA. This allows for the use of 8 total drives for a maximum raw capacity of 80TB, making it ideal for small businesses looking for a rack-based storage solution that can grow with the organization. The RS815+ also features an AES-NI hardware encryption, an engine which distributes the encryption calculation tasks away from the main CPU to help improve overall performance. 

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by Lyle Smith

Synology DiskStation DS916+ Review

Acting as an upgrade to the DS415+ in both size and components, the DiskStation DS916+ is the latest addition to Synology's Plus Series of NAS solutions designed for media professionals and new and existing businesses that are planning for growth in the future. The DS916+ offers a ton of scalability when leveraging Synology's DX513 expansion units, creating a 9-bay NAS that can house a total raw capacity of 72TB using nine 8TB HDDs. This will certainly allow businesses to lower their startup costs with the capability to at least double their storage capacity when needed.

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by Lyle Smith

QNAP TVS-463 NAS Review

The TVS-463 is a NAS solution designed for home to business applications with the ability to expand the total raw storage capacity up to 160TB using the UX-800P QNAP expansion enclosure. In addition, the TVS-463 is 10GbE-ready when using the optional PCI-E network expansion, which allows for high performance and persistent throughput.  The TVS-463 comes equipped with a AMD 2.4GHz quad-core x86 processor with 4GB DDR3L-1600 RAM (upgradable to 16GB) as well as five USB 3.0 ports, two HDMI ports, and two Gigabit LAN Ports. This functionality allows the TVS-463 to be used as a PC via its QvPC Technology; users simply plug in a monitor, keyboard and mouse and they are now able to operate the NAS using HybridDesk Station on the screen. Users can also run multiple Windows, Linux, Android-based virtual machines with the Virtualization Station.

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by Tucker Mindrum

QNAP TVS-871 NAS Review

QNAP's 4th generation NAS family including the TVS-871, provides a comprehensive storage solution to growing businesses. With eight bays and 4GB of RAM, the TVS-871 sets up SMBs with a reliable server that can push solid performance (reported 2,335MB/s read and 2,150MB/s write) while offering modern features like 4K video transcoding, real-time remote replication (RTRR), SSD cache acceleration, and a wide range of third-party app compatibility. Users can also treat the TVS-871 as a PC through QvPC Technology, a QNAP-exclusive program that combines VM integration, cloud integration, transcoding, and the inherent NAS functionality. Thanks to QNAP's Virtualization Station, it is compatible with Windows, Linux/UNIX, and Android-based VMs, and can run Google Chrome for web browsing.

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by Lyle Smith

Synology RackStation RS815 NAS Review

The Synology RackStation RS815 is a 1U 4-bay rackmount NAS designed for small businesses and consumers with a limited budget who are looking for an efficient way to store, protect, and share their data. One of the most notable features of the RS815 is its ability to scale when needed, which makes this ideal for small growing companies, as this device is certainly a “future proof” NAS. Additionally, the Synology RS815 is built using a small 12-inch chassis design--roughly a third shorter than its predecessor RS814--allowing it to be deployed in even more space-constraining areas, such as a 2-post rack or a wall-mount server rack.

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