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...

Thecus N2560: Intel's EvanSport NAS Platform Review

NAS units targeting home consumers have traditionally been underpowered in terms of hardware as well as firmware features. Low power, reduced cost and media-centric features are primary requirements in...

75 by Ganesh T S on 11/25/2013

Netgear Launches ReadyNAS 716 6-bay 10-GbE Desktop NAS

We reviewed the ReadyNAS 312 (one of the entry-level members) in Netgear's x86 NAS lineup last week. Netgear's ReadyNAS introductions this year were covered earlier in March. Today, Netgear...

10 by Ganesh T S on 11/18/2013

Western Digital Updates My Cloud Lineup with 4-bay EX4

We had covered the launch of the Western Digital My Cloud platform last month. The unit available at launch was a single-bay version similar to the popular My Book...

6 by Ganesh T S on 11/12/2013

Netgear ReadyNAS 312 2-bay SMB / SOHO NAS Review

x86-based NAS units targeting SMB consumers are usually of the 4-bay or more variety. However, there is a growing market for 2-bay high-performance units. Almost all major NAS vendors...

18 by Ganesh T S on 11/11/2013

Synology Introduces Media-Centric DS214play

Synology has been pretty busy introducing its 2014 models over the last couple of weeks. While the DS214 was, in my opinion, a run-of-the-mill product (not taking away any...

19 by Ganesh T S on 10/22/2013

QNAP Launches 10 GbE-Capable TS-x70 Tower Series Turbo NAS

10 GbE capability in off-the-shelf NAS units have most remained in the realm of rackmount models. Today, QNAP is introducing the TS-x70 series desktop pedestal models with this capability...

19 by Ganesh T S on 10/11/2013

Western Digital Sentinel Lineup Updated with Xeon-Based Ultra-Compact Servers

Western Digital's SMB / enterprise network storage lineup (the Sentinel series) has been based on the Microsoft Windows Storage Server platform. The most recent update to the Sentinel lineup...

10 by Ganesh T S on 10/10/2013

Synology Refreshes RackStation Lineup with RS2414+ and RS2414RP+

Synology launched two new 2U RackStations (the RS2414+ amd RS2414RP+) today. These are the first units with a full 12 bays available in the main unit itself (Their current...

5 by Ganesh T S on 10/8/2013

QNAP Launches SAS-Enabled Turbo NAS Units, Updates QTS 4.0 OS

QNAP is on a roll lately, with the launch of five new business-class Turbo NAS models supporting both SAS and SATA drives. These models are all rackmounts. While the...

0 by Ganesh T S on 10/3/2013

Western Digital Launches My Cloud Consumer NAS Platform

The network attached storage market is growing by leaps and bounds. While the SMB (small and medium business) / enterprise market is driven by speed, IOPS and concurrent access...

27 by Ganesh T S on 10/2/2013

LenovoEMC Teams with Acronis for NAS Backup

LenovoEMC is on a roll lately with third-party partnerships. These have been done to enable extra capabilities and provide customers with features that other NAS vendors provide with in-house...

7 by Ganesh T S on 9/19/2013

Battle of the 4 TB NAS Drives: WD Red and Seagate NAS HDD Face-Off

The SMB / SOHO / consumer NAS market is expected to experience good growth over the next few years. With declining PC sales and increase in affordability of SSDs...

54 by Ganesh T S on 9/4/2013

Western Digital Updates Red NAS Drive Lineup with 4 TB and 2.5" Versions

In July 2012, we saw Western Digital tackle the burgeoning NAS market with the 3.5" Red hard drive lineup. They specifically catered to units having 1-5 bays. The firmware...

29 by Ganesh T S on 9/3/2013

QNAP Partners with ZyXEL for Affordable 10G NAS Solutions

Small and medium sized businesses (SMBs) and datacenter operators are minimizing the footprints of their computing equipment using virtualization. Heavily virtualized environments require a good network backend (efficient IP-SANs...

15 by Ganesh T S on 8/15/2013

LenovoEMC PX2-300D Network Video Recorder with Milestone Arcus VMS

Over the last few years, we have been working on improving our coverage of network attached storage (NAS) devices. The focus has been on performance, usability and reliability in...

16 by Ganesh T S on 7/26/2013

Addonics Secure NAS R5 - A NAS / DAS Combo for the Security-Conscious

The number of readers requesting for encryption benchmarks after reading our NAS reviews has shown an uptick in the recent past. For consumers paranoid about security, Addonics is launching...

4 by Ganesh T S on 6/29/2013

Synology DS1812+ 8-bay SMB / SOHO NAS Review

Synology recently refreshed their 8-bay SMB / SOHO NAS lineup with the DS1813+. Based on the same platform as the DS1812+ (Atom D2700), it added two extra network ports...

93 by Ganesh T S on 6/13/2013

Seagate Introduces NAS HDD: WD Red Gets a Competitor

Consumers looking to fill their SOHO / consumer NAS units with hard drives haven't had too many choices. Western Digital recognized early on that the dwindling HDD sales in...

46 by Ganesh T S on 6/11/2013

QNAP Launches TS-x70 Pro Series with Core i3-3220

QNAP had a number of interesting announcements at Computex, and one that grabbed my attention right away was the new TS-x70 Pro series. Available in 4-bay, 6-bay and 8-bay...

9 by Ganesh T S on 6/7/2013

Broadcom Updates 802.11ac SoC Lineup with NAS-Friendly BCM5862x

The initial batch of 802.11ac routers shipped with the dated and inefficient BCM4706 (based on a 600 MHz MIPS32 CPU). Broadcom made some amends last year with the BCM4708x...

8 by Ganesh T S on 6/3/2013

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