A Nas For Many Occasions

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Network Attached Storage (NAS) devices now come in a lot of shapes and sizes. More often than not, they are also expensive to own and have very little flexibility attached. Synology is one of the few names in this space that provides users with affordable and customisable options.
Bells and Whistles
The Synology DS214 is one such device that came into PC.com for review. A dual-bay NAS device, it supports up to 8TBs of storage, has a wide variety of RAID formats, and offers hot-swap capabilities.The latter allows you to easily replace one drive with another by simply opening any of the bays and removing/installing without turning off the NAS. It also has USB ports that allow you to connect external USB storage drives to the network. There’s so much that the DS214 has to offer.
Performance Matters
Synology claims that its NAS is capable of up to 100MBps read speeds. Whilst I am certain that it is capable of such feats, the nature of NAS and its overall performance is usually determined by the network infrastructure it operates on. In my controlled environment, I clocked in read speeds of 30-40MBps and 15-20MBps for write speeds. This isn’t a bad thing as multiple users can use the DS214as a node to stream HD multimedia files from their machines.
Dimensions: 165 mm X 108 mm X 233.2 mm
CPU: 1.066 GHz Marvell Armada XP
Memory: 512MB RAM
Drive Type: 3.5 inch SATA III 6.0Gbps, 2.5 inch SATA III 6.0Gbps
Drive Format: EXT3, EXT4, FAT, NTFS, HFS+ (Read only, max 2TB)
Value: 8/10
Features: 9/10
Performance: 10/10
Design: 9/10
Usability: 8/10
Verdict: Great for home users and small offices.
Total Score: 8.8/10

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