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Key benefits of purchasing Synology DiskStation NAS

Published on 09 February 13
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Network attached storage devices are in demand nowadays due to their versatility and are suitable to meet different storage requirements. Synology is one such storage solution which provides very good features at under $1000 and can meet the needs of small and medium sized companies. This network attached storage is IPv6 ready and has superb management interface for users. You can use it for backup or recovery and also as a server for emails as well as FTP.


In next few sections we will look at some of the key features of Synology DiskStation NAS which make it the preferred storage solution for businesses.

Key Features of Synology DS1511

  1. Virtualization support (ISCSI)
  2. Load balancing
  3. Assignment of network attached server to two different subnets
  4. Link aggregation
  5. Gigabit ports (dual Ethernet)
  6. Hybrid RAID for making RAID array
  7. Creating RAID array using different hard drives
  8. System which can be used for IP camera surveillance

The main benefits

DiskStation DS1511 offers some very good benefits such as the disk station manager interface which is quite easy to navigate and it performs very quietly even when 2 fans are running. Another good thing about this NAS is that it is capable of holding as many as 5 SATA drives. It has 4 USB and 2 eSATA ports plus 15TB capacity. Other advantage is that the drives can be hot swapped and you can scale memory to 3GB. Setting up the system is relatively simple and you just have to connect this device on to the network and follow the steps mentioned in setup software. On the setup CD you will find Synology assistant, data replicator and download redirector to help you with various storage management tasks.

There is a wizard available for you to configure different volumes, make folders, setup users and make other changes. Synology comes with Synology Hybrid RAID (SHR) which is a lot better than RAID 5 because in SHR it is possible to have disks of various capacities in any array and in comparison to RAID you will find better usage of available disk space. As for example, in case there are 5 disks of different sizes then in a RAID 5, the usable capacity is only up to the highest disk size but in SHR the capacity available is much higher.


Security and Backup Options

Synology allows users to make use of network backup and data can be stored on Amazon cloud servers also. Apart from this it is also possible do PC backups using the data replicator available with Synology NAS. In terms of security you can avail SSL for FTP connectivity, firewall, connection with HTTPS and lastly you can set different permissions for different folders.

Performance of Synology

Among the presently available network attached servers Synology is the fastest if we look at its various input output operations and you can achieve 60Mbps of writing speed and 55Mbps of reading speed. DiskStation performs well when you have to add more drives to the array or if you are doing hot swapping.

This article was brought to you by Dom's Tech Blog.






Network attached storage devices are in demand nowadays due to their versatility and are suitable to meet different storage requirements. Synology is one such storage solution which provides very good features at under $1000 and can meet the needs of small and medium sized companies. This network attached storage is IPv6 ready and has superb management interface for users. You can use it for backup or recovery and also as a server for emails as well as FTP.

In next few sections we will look at some of the key features of Synology DiskStation NAS which make it the preferred storage solution for businesses.

Key Features of Synology DS1511

  1. Virtualization support (ISCSI)
  2. Load balancing
  3. Assignment of network attached server to two different subnets
  4. Link aggregation
  5. Gigabit ports (dual Ethernet)
  6. Hybrid RAID for making RAID array
  7. Creating RAID array using different hard drives
  8. System which can be used for IP camera surveillance


The main benefits

DiskStation DS1511 offers some very good benefits such as the disk station manager interface which is quite easy to navigate and it performs very quietly even when 2 fans are running. Another good thing about this NAS is that it is capable of holding as many as 5 SATA drives. It has 4 USB and 2 eSATA ports plus 15TB capacity. Other advantage is that the drives can be hot swapped and you can scale memory to 3GB. Setting up the system is relatively simple and you just have to connect this device on to the network and follow the steps mentioned in setup software. On the setup CD you will find Synology assistant, data replicator and download redirector to help you with various storage management tasks.

There is a wizard available for you to configure different volumes, make folders, setup users and make other changes. Synology comes with Synology Hybrid RAID (SHR) which is a lot better than RAID 5 because in SHR it is possible to have disks of various capacities in any array and in comparison to RAID you will find better usage of available disk space. As for example, in case there are 5 disks of different sizes then in a RAID 5, the usable capacity is only up to the highest disk size but in SHR the capacity available is much higher.

Security and Backup Options

Synology allows users to make use of network backup and data can be stored on Amazon cloud servers also. Apart from this it is also possible do PC backups using the data replicator available with Synology NAS. In terms of security you can avail SSL for FTP connectivity, firewall, connection with HTTPS and lastly you can set different permissions for different folders.

Performance of Synology

Among the presently available network attached servers Synology is the fastest if we look at its various input output operations and you can achieve 60Mbps of writing speed and 55Mbps of reading speed. DiskStation performs well when you have to add more drives to the array or if you are doing hot swapping.

This article was brought to you by Dom's Tech Blog.

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