Synology has been relatively quiet over the last couple of months (barring the responses to various security issues), but, today, they are coming out with a couple of expected announcements. Seagate has the bragging rights for being the first vendor with an off-the-shelf NAS based on an Intel Rangeley SoC (the storage platform integrating Silvermont CPU cores). Today, Synology is introducing their first NAS model utilizing one of the Silvermont-based SoCs, the DS415+. Compared to the 1.73 GHz dual-core Intel Atom C2338 in the Seagate NAS Pro units, the DS415+ utilizes a 2.4 GHz quad-core Intel Atom C2558. The availability of hardware-accelerated encryption (AES-NI) is touted as a major feature. Other than that, thee DS415+ is the typical SMB-targeted 4-bay NAS, sporting dual GbE...

Computex 2014: ASUSTOR Announces 7 Series NAS & Shows ADM 2.2 Operating System

While NASs are more of Ganesh' expertise, I dropped by the biggest NAS manufacturers at this year's Computex as Ganesh was unable to attend the show. First up is...

7 by Kristian Vättö on 6/13/2014

Synology Introduces DS414slim with Marvell ARMADA 370

NAS units capable of only accepting 2.5" drives have been a rarity, but the launch of WD Red drives in that form factor has given a boost to vendors...

33 by Ganesh T S on 5/28/2014

Synology DS214play: Intel Evansport Almost Done Right

Intel's Evansport NAS platform was meant to take on ARM's dominance in the low to mid-range consumer / SOHO NAS market. We covered it in detail while reviewing the...

45 by Ganesh T S on 5/20/2014

Synology Launches Entry Level Four-Bay DS414j

Synology's j-series NAS units have traditionally provided consumers with a very budget-friendly entry-level window into the DSM (Disk Station Manager) ecosystem. As the amount of user-generated data in the...

15 by Ganesh T S on 4/29/2014

Asustor AS-304T: 4-Bay Intel Evansport NAS Review

Intel's Evansport NAS platform was meant to take on ARM's dominance in the low to mid-range consumer / SOHO NAS market. We covered it in detail while reviewing the...

34 by Ganesh T S on 3/26/2014

Seagate Business Storage 8-Bay 32TB Rackmount NAS Review

Seagate's acquisition of LaCie in 2012 made quite a bit of sense as most of their product lines were complementary in nature. However, they had a bit of an...

31 by Ganesh T S on 3/14/2014

Western Digital My Cloud EX2 2-bay NAS Review

The market for 2-bay and 4-bay NAS units has been growing at a much faster rate compared to other configurations. This trend is only expected to accelerate over the...

20 by Ganesh T S on 3/4/2014

Western Digital My Cloud EX4 and LenovoEMC ix4-300d Home NAS Units Review

The consumer Network Attached Storage (NAS) market has seen tremendous growth over the past few years. As the amount of digital media generated by the average household increases, the...

38 by Ganesh T S on 2/26/2014

Western Digital Targets Surveillance Storage Market with Purple Hard Drives

Western Digital's campaign to delineate hard drive market segments and the accompanied colour-based branding has proved to be very popular. The Red drive lineup for the SMB / SOHO...

29 by Ganesh T S on 2/25/2014

CES 2014 Networking Wrap-Up: D-Link, Netgear, Thecus and ZyXEL

It has been a week since we got back from CES 2014. In this piece, we have some quick notes on all the miscellaneous products / announcements that we...

9 by Ganesh T S on 1/18/2014

Synology DSM 5.0 Teaser, Disaster-Resistant ioSafe 1513+ and Egnyte Hybrid Cloud at CES

Prior to CES, Synology sent out a press release touting the upcoming launch of the DiskStation Manager 5.0 public beta. It talked about the new features at a very...

13 by Ganesh T S on 1/12/2014

QNAP at CES: Fanless NAS, mSATA SSD Caching, Home Automation and More...

I have been making it a point to visit all the dedicated NAS manufacturers at CES over the last four shows. Invariably, their presence was on the show floor...

7 by Ganesh T S on 1/12/2014

Lenovo Digital Home, AIOs, etc.

Wrapping up the tour of Lenovo (and by no means capturing everything they had to display, I’m going to keep this short. Lenovo had their latest rendition of their...

2 by Jarred Walton on 1/10/2014

GIGABYTE at CES 2014: BRIX MAX SFF NAS, running Android

GIGABYTE is attacking the NUC sized form factor with seemingly every idea on the market. This is a good thing in a market that loves innovation. We...

25 by Ian Cutress on 1/10/2014

Lenovo's BEACON Brings Evansport to the Living Room

Intel's Evansport storage platform and their Berryville STB platform are, for all practical purposes, the same. Given this, it is only logical to expect an Evansport NAS to double...

6 by Ganesh T S on 1/8/2014

Asustor Updates ADM OS, Prepares Haswell-based Rackmounts

We visited Asustor at CES last year and saw a host of Atom-based NAS units. In the span of one year, a lot of changes have taken place. There...

2 by Ganesh T S on 1/8/2014

LenovoEMC Launches 4-bay px4-400d / px4-400r Business NAS Models

LenovoEMC's network storage family consists of three lineups: ARM-based EZ single-bay network attached hard disk for home users ARM-based ix series for value-focused consumers x86-based px series for performance-focused consumers (These come...

1 by Ganesh T S on 1/5/2014

Netgear ReadyNAS 716 Review: 10GBase-T in a Desktop NAS

Netgear launched the 6-bay ReadyNAS 716 10-GbE desktop NAS in November. To our knowledge, this is the first off-the-shelf NAS in a desktop tower form factor to come with...

25 by Ganesh T S on 1/1/2014

Synology RS10613xs+: 10GbE 10-bay Rackmount NAS Review

Most of our enterprise NAS reviews have focused on Atom-based desktop form factor systems. We ventured into evaluating rackmount units with the QNAP TS-EC1279U-RP, and today we have results...

51 by Ganesh T S on 12/26/2013

Synology Updates Surveillance Station NVR Package

We have covered Synology's Surveillance Station in a qualitative manner before, and one of our main complaints was the fact that the interface was reliant on Java. On lower-end...

2 by Ganesh T S on 11/28/2013

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