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 C2538. 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...

Recovering Data from a Failed Synology NAS

It was bound to happen. After 4+ years of running multiple NAS units 24x7, I finally ended up with a bricked NAS. Did I lose data? Were my recovery...

52 by Ganesh T S on 8/22/2014

ioSafe 1513+ Review: A Disaster-Resistant Synology DS1513+

The 3-2-1 data backup strategy involves keeping three copies of all essential data, spread over at least two different devices with at least one of them being off-site or...

42 by Ganesh T S on 8/13/2014

Synology Advises Users of SynoLocker Ransomware

NAS and storage server manufacturer Synology sends word this afternoon that they are informing their customers of a currently ongoing and dangerous ransomware attack that is targeting Synology devices. Dubbed...

19 by Ryan Smith on 8/4/2014

Synology Expands Evansport Arsenal with 4-bay DS415play

The DS214play 2-bay NAS is turning out to be a popular product for Synology. Sensing a lot of market interest in a version with more number of bays, Synology...

11 by Ganesh T S & Mahendra Lodha on 7/15/2014

Synology DS414j: An Ideal Backup NAS

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...

40 by Ganesh T S on 7/10/2014

Synology Refreshes RackStation Lineup with Entry-Level RS3614xs

Synology introduced two new variants in their RackStation lineup today, the RS3614xs and RS3614RPxs. These are the new 'entry-level' units for markets where ECC RAM is required. Both of...

9 by Ganesh T S on 6/17/2014

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

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

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

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

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

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

Synology Launches DS1813+ Quad-GbE 8-bay NAS

A few weeks back, we had the launch of the DS1513+ 5-bay NAS from Synology. Today, we have the follow-up product in the 8-bay DS1813+. Similar to the DS1513+...

17 by Ganesh T S on 5/28/2013

Synology's DS213j Targets Budget-Conscious Home NAS Market

Synology is one of the few NAS vendors to successfully pull through multiple units in our labs without any showstopper failures. The quality and breadth of the feature set...

12 by Ganesh T S on 5/7/2013

ioSafe N2: A Disaster-Resistant Synology DS213

The emergence of the digital economy has brought to fore the importance of safeguarding electronic data. We have discussed the 3-2-1 data backup strategy before in the piece where...

26 by Ganesh T S on 3/4/2013

Synology at CES 2013: DSM 4.2 and the ioSafe N2

We met up with Synology at CES today, and the main focus was on the recently released Disk Station Manager 4.2 firmware. Different NAS vendors take different approaches to...

6 by Ganesh T S on 1/10/2013

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