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  • Synology Network Attached Storage DS1511 and DS211


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    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.

     

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    Here is a quick snippet from Synology about it:

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    DiskStation DS1511+ offers a high-performance, scalable, and full-featured network attached storage solution that meets the needs of small and medium-sized businesses that require an efficient way to centralize data protection, simplify data management, and rapidly scale storage capacity with minimal time spent on setup and management. The Synology DS1511+ is backed with Synology’s 3-year limited warranty.

    • 165.91 MB/sec Writing, 197.8 MB/sec Reading
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    • Windows
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      ADS and ACL support
    • iSCSI Support as Virtualization Solution
    • Scale up to 15 Drives with Synology DX510
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    • 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.

    DSM 3.0 comes with complete choice of desktop backup. Backing up files on your computer has never been easier. What’s more, Synology Time Backup takes care the files on your DiskStation by creating multiple backup versions and allowing you to roll back to previous ones anytime you want to.

    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.

     

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    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.

    Synology
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    DiskStation DS211+ offers a high-performance, secure, and full-featured network attached storage solution that helps small and medium-sized businesses centralize backup, protect critical assets and share files quickly and efficiently. Synology protects your investment in the DS211+ with a 2-year limited warranty.

    • 108MB/sec Reading, 55MB/sec Writing
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    • Windows
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      ACL Support
    • Complete Backup Solutions
    • 256-bit AES Hardware Encryption Engine
    • Hot Swappable Hard Drives
    • Cool and Quiet Design
    • Power-saving with only 24W in Operation

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    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.

    Synology at CES 2011

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    hi, i have the 1511+ and have all my media on it. I watch movies on my tv through the LAN 2 port but find it most frustrating not to be able to have the rewind and fast forward controls to enable me to move through the files. are these 'standard' medi operations not possible when streaming from the DS 1511+? shane :)
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