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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 Lyle Smith

Synology Announces the Public Beta of DiskStation Manager 5.0

Synology America has announced the public beta of its latest DiskStation Manager operating system, DSM 5.0, introducing users to the first major point-release of the platform-ubiquitous OS in nearly two years. DSM 5.0 comes with a variety of new features and performance enhancements that all consumers will find invaluable.

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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

ioSafe NAS 1513+ Announced

ioSafe has announced the ioSafe NAS 1513+, expanding its product line to secure and protect up to 90TB of data per system with a disaster proof NAS appliance powered by Synology DiskStation Manager (DSM). The ioSafe 1513+ is catered towards business and pro-­sumer markets, with the ability to store and protect massive data volumes and serve the data privately while bypassing expensive, vulnerable and slow public cloud options. With write speeds of 202.3 MB/s and read speeds of 350.9 MB/s, it will satisfy the demanding nature of hundreds of office users, virtualization, SANs, backup, disaster recovery, video surveillance systems, heavy use graphics or audio installations.

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by Lyle Smith

LenovoEMC px4-400d and px4-400r NAS Released

LenovoEMC has announced the worldwide availability of two new products, the LenovoEMC px4-400d Network Storage at CES 2014, which is a high performance four-bay desktop NAS that delivers advanced data protection in addition to local and remote content sharing using the LenovoEMC LifeLine operating system; and LenovoEMC px4-400r Network Storage, a 1U, four-bay rackmount Server Class NAS designed for expanding small- to medium-sized businesses and distributed enterprises. 

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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 Lyle Smith

Synology’s Surveillance Station Version 6.1 Now Available

Synology has announced the latest version of its Surveillance Station with version 6.1. Surveillance Station is Synology’s fully-integrated network video recording solution, introducing numerous additions and upgrades with version 6.1, making Surveillance Station even more feature-rich. Edge recording and center management are powerful tools that help to solve bandwidth issues and maximize the storage of remote cameras. Additionally, with edge recording, primary data storage is kept where cameras are located while center management keeps camera control at a single location, helping to minimize unnecessary footage transmission.

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by Lyle Smith

Synology RS814 RackStation NAS Now Available

Synology has announced the release of its latest RackStation NAS with the RS814, a high-performance 4-bay 1U server designed to scale up to 8 drives when using an RX410 expansion module. The RS814 is opptimized for SMB environments and provides scalability for growing companies as well as productive uptime. Improving on its predecessor, the new RackStation provides the DiskStation Manager OS with performance that small businesses need: over 200MB/s for read tasks and 130MB/s for write. With the dual NIC configuration, it also enables MPIO failover support for additional network redundancy. 

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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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