I had a chance to stop by and talk with Synology while I was at CES 2011. Synology has been in the NAS business since 2000 and they have several products that could be very attractive to potential home storage customers. I had my eye on two products in general. The DiskStation DS211+ and the DiskStation DS1511+.
Here is the DS 1511. I could use stock photos but would rather show you what I saw on the show floor.
Here is a quick snippet from Synology about it:
165.91 MB/sec Writing, 197.8 MB/sec Reading1
Windows®ADS and ACL support
- iSCSI Support as Virtualization Solution
Scale up to 15 Drives with Synology DX5102
- Expandable RAM Size (up to 3GB)
- 2 LAN with Failover and Link Aggregation Support
- Hot-swappable Hard Drive Design
Another note on it’s backup capabilities may sound familiar to you.
No mention of a bare metal restore option. When looking at it I saw a well built and sturdy device that would provide a great NAS solution for any business or home. The management interface was outstanding and deserves a deeper look to explain all there is to offer with it.
You can get an idea of the features from this shot alone. The downside would be the price. It clocks in at $899 on newegg.com. That might be a bit steep for a home user so let’s scale down to the DS211.
108MB/sec Reading, 55MB/sec Writing1
- Complete Backup Solutions
- 256-bit AES Hardware Encryption Engine
- Hot Swappable Hard Drives
- Cool and Quiet Design
- Power-saving with only 24W in Operation
The DS211 is two drive design as seen in these photos from the CES show floor. It includes the same software OS and features as the DS1511 at a smaller price point. The actual price varies depending on drives included but can be found at around $399. I will clarify this pricing in a future post.
Here is a Qik video I did at the Synology booth. You will get a quick explanation of the products and a chat with Douglas Self, the Product Marketing Manager for Synology.