Small SAN/NAS (up to 8 bays) Reviews
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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by Chris Looney

Synology RackStation RS214 Review

The Synology RackStation RS214 is a 1U feature-intensive storage solution measuring just 12" deep, for small offices and workplaces, designed specifically with data sharing and office productivity in mind. Its 2-bay design allows for hot-swappable storage of up to 8TB, and is compatible with both conventional 3.5” HDDs and 2.5” HDDs and SSDs. The RS214 features a single core 1.2 GHz processor with floating-point unit and 512MB of RAM, providing solid performance for a modest price. Running the Synology Disk Manager operating system, the RS214 offers the user a rich array of software and add-ons, ranging from remote access, ability to host up to 30 websites and third-party applications, cloud transfer, built-in VPN and FTP, IP camera control, an integrated mail server, and more.

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by Adam Armstrong

Synology DiskStation DS713+ Review

The Synology DiskStation DS713+ is a two-bay NAS designed for use cases that need plenty of power but don't have high-capacity requirements. The DS713+ has a max internal capacity of 8TB (using 2 4TB HDD, one in each bay), a dual core 2.13GHz processor, 1GB of DDR3 memory, and Synology's Disk Station Manager 4.3 software. The DS713+ comes with all types of connectivity, coming with USB 2.0, USB 3.0, Ethernet, and eSATA ports. Though it looks very similar to its predecessor, the DS712+, the DS713+ has two USB 3.0 ports and comes with a 20 IP camera capacity (the DS712+ had no USB 3.0 ports and only supported 16 IP cameras).

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by Lyle Smith

Lenovo EMC px2-300d NVR with Milestone Arcus Review

The Lenovo EMC px2-300d NVR with Milestone Arcus is a small purpose-built 2-bay NAS designed for video surveillance needs of small businesses. It is the new, updated version of the Iomega PX2-300d, which is also now under the Lenovo EMC brand name. Many business owners and companies need video surveillance to monitor their assets and it is predicted that this market will generate over $25 billion worldwide by 2016. With those figures in mind and as analog surveillance is well on its way out, Lenovo EMC has designed some of its popular NAS appliances with video surveillance software from Milestone, the market leader, to help IT resellers get a footing in this market. The Lenovo EMC px2-300d NVR is the first network video recorder (NVR) to use Milestone Arcus, a video management software package that makes the whole process as efficient and simple as possible.

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by Josh Shaman

Synology DS1513+ NAS Review

The Synology DS1513+ is a 5-bay NAS that provides up to 20TB of raw storage with the ability to scale out to 60TB using expansion bays, and it features a dual core 2.13GHz processor, 2GB of RAM and Synology's DiskStation Manager 4.2 (DSM 4.2) software. The device is also shipped with loads of connectivity via USB 3.0 and 2.0, Ethernet and eSATA ports. The next-generation DS1513+ adds on to the DS1512+ (which will still sell concurrently) and is designed for the enterprise SMB market. Compared to the DS1512+, the DS1513+ provides increased throughput, more redundancy and easier business application usage. Another stanadard feature that Synology includes is High Availability which works to prevent drawn-out downtime and performs network load balancing to optimize storage across drives.

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by Josh Shaman

LaCie 5big NAS Pro Review

The 5big NAS Pro is LaCie’s latest NAS featuring the Neil Poulton design users are long familiar with as well as an updated 2.13GHz dual-core Intel 64-bit Atom processor and an impressive 4GB of RAM. LaCie utilizes their own LaCie NAS OS3 in this model, diverging from the Windows Storage Server 2008 R2 Essentials in the 5big Office + NAS. The updated OS offers a single user interface for local and cloud storage creating a hybrid cloud via Wuala (the cloud provider with which LaCie merged a few years back). Hardware features include five drive bays, a solid aluminum structure, and plenty of connectivity via USB 3.0 and gigabit Ethernet ports. Designed for small businesses, LaCie's target market is offices with up to 50 concurrent users.

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by Doug Crowthers

Synology DiskStation DS1812+ Review

The Synology DS1812+ is a 8-bay NAS designed for a small to medium size business use that features a dual core 2.13GHz processor, 1GB of RAM and Synology's DiskStation Manager (DSM) software. The entry-NAS market for even the SMB space typically starts at 4-bays, Synology has doubled the drive capacity on its DS1812+. Synology sells their NAS units without disks, so users purchasing the enclosure can add any combination of 2.5" or 3.5" drives they wish.

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