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Categories > Rackmount NAS > Drobo > B1200i 12 Bay SAN Array

Rating + 2Rating + 2Rating + 2Rating + 2Rating + 2 So far not good
Pros: Easy setup.
Cons: Drobo rebooted itself, so we opened a ticket with support. 17 days later they still don't know what happened. With that type of reliability this shouldn't be used for any virtual machines just network storage.
Reviewed By:N/A,3/24/2015 11:08:06 AM
This reviewer reports that his/her technical understanding of this type of product is High and has owned this product 1 month to 1 year.
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Categories > Rackmount NAS > Synology Inc. > Synology RackStation RS3614RPxs Diskless System Network Storage

Rating + 5Rating + 5Rating + 5Rating + 5Rating + 5 Synology RackStation RS3614RPxs
Pros: Simple setup, Great Performance, Ease of upgrade and expansion, SSD Caching, 5 Year Warranty.
Cons: Lacking some standard management features for managing corporate file shares and data access, A little weird ACL rights management. Creates a small partition on the HD for OS, should use onboard flash unit instead take portion of HD.
Other Thoughts: I have used Synology Products for several years in personal and some small home business environments and have been very pleased with all implementations. This was my first time implementing their products in a corporate environment and while it is lacking some of the standard file management features that exist in normal Windows and Enterprise Linux File servers. I did not remove an egg off for them since it did not hinder the unit’s functionality or operation. This NAS was purchased to replace an aging Windows File server that was only used as a dumb storage appliance with no application requirements. Replacing this server with an updated Windows based server would have been quite considerable and not warranted based on what is being used for. The Synology NAS performance and functionality is a perfect replacement for the required needs in the current environment and I would recommend their products in the future of low cost effected file storage.
Reviewed By:Matt H.,3/23/2015 10:57:45 AM
This reviewer reports that his/her technical understanding of this type of product is High and has owned this product 1 week to 1 month.
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Categories > Rackmount NAS > Drobo > B1200i 12 Bay SAN Array

Rating + 5Rating + 5Rating + 5Rating + 5Rating + 5 Mac OSX users need to have a SAN iCSI
Pros: The Drobo system is never a let down, This is a great system to have for small-medium business owners and users. The Drobo dashboard is a nice tool to use but you need to know about networking in order to use this system over a larger network.
Cons: So Drobo likes to sell their systems as plug and go's but they are not a walk in the park at all. We are a OSX company and you need to have a SAN iSCSI initiator program if you read into the setup of the B1200i system. This is the only way you can configure the drobo and ports on the back. Windows users don't have to worry about this. I suggest OSX users Get a program called GlobalSAN by Studio Network Solutions. They allow you to use 14 day free trial, and it cost like 80ish bucks. Drobo will tell you to buy ATTO SAN cause they have a partnership but at $200 extra bucks.
Reviewed By:Jiffer,3/20/2015 2:51:48 PM
This reviewer reports that his/her technical understanding of this type of product is Somewhat High and has owned this product 1 day to 1 week.
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Categories > Rackmount NAS > Synology Inc. > Synology RS814 Diskless System 4-bay Rackmount NAS

Rating + 5Rating + 5Rating + 5Rating + 5Rating + 5 From an RS812 owner
Pros: Reliable. Easy to use. Very decent performance. Flexible. RAID rebuild times seem decent (8 hours for a drive replacement on a 6 TB RAID 10 array). Seems quiet compared to the other systems in the rack.

Loads of features. Especially nice is the expansion unit. Also especially nice is the high-availability feature. Get two units and set up a high-availability cluster so if one unit fails the other unit steps in seamlessly.

You can also migrate to new units - simply pull the disks and insert them into an equal or better unit (can't downgrade) and turn the power on and you're in business.

The interface
Cons: Cost for the unit with a redundant power supply - an upcharge of several hundred dollars for an additional $100 power supply and circuitry - is ridiculous. It almost seems more sensible to get an entire 2nd unit to keep as a spare.

The interface is kinda sluggish on these Atom powered units.
Reviewed By:N/A,3/16/2015 8:21:37 AM
This reviewer reports that his/her technical understanding of this type of product is Somewhat High and has owned this product more than 1 year.
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Categories > Rackmount NAS > Thecus > Thecus N8810U-G Diskless System Rackmount Network Storage

Rating + 1Rating + 1Rating + 1Rating + 1Rating + 1 Do not buy until Thecus fixes their firmware bugs!
Pros: Great capacity, comes with sliding rack rails.
Cons: I have a brand-new Thecus N8810U-G NAS updated with the latest firmware (2.05.07 as of 3/5/2015), and it has a major issue. In the GUI under System Network -> Networking -> Domain name, it defaults to "thecus.com", and you are unable to change that to your actual domain or workgroup name (i.e., "companyname"). The device won't allow you to change that field, it gives an error message. It worked fine on my previous N8800. As a result you cannot join this to a standard workgroup or domain and access it's shares via it's hostname (i.e., "\\N8810U-G"). It's a big issue and Thecus hasn't fixed it yet, there are many other reports in their forums. Have had a ticket open for a week with no resolution, even tried installing SSH and changing it from the back-end, but I'm not enough of a Linux expert to figure it out. Device is a paperweight until this can be resolved! :(
Other Thoughts: Do not buy until Thecus fixes their firmware bugs.
Reviewed By:MIKE F.,3/5/2015 8:39:34 AM
This reviewer reports that his/her technical understanding of this type of product is High and has owned this product 1 week to 1 month.
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Categories > Rackmount NAS > Synology Inc. > Synology RS814 Diskless System 4-bay Rackmount NAS

Rating + 5Rating + 5Rating + 5Rating + 5Rating + 5 Good Set and Forget NAS
Pros: Set and forget. Has LDAP and Domain handling. E-mails you and beeps if there are problems. Quietest thing in the rack. Compatible with Time Machine. Synology Hybrid RAID supports dissimilar drive sizes while maintaining redundancy.
Cons: Haven't had any yet
Other Thoughts: This is our only file server in an office of about 15 workstations, 20 virtual servers and 6 physical servers. I'm not sure what this is meant to support but it doesn't break a sweat for us.
Reviewed By:N/A,2/19/2015 12:47:56 PM
This reviewer reports that his/her technical understanding of this type of product is High and has owned this product 1 month to 1 year.
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Categories > Rackmount NAS > Qnap > QNAP TS-421U Diskless System Rackmount Network Storage

Rating + 5Rating + 5Rating + 5Rating + 5Rating + 5 QNAP TS-421U
Pros: Easy to setup and works as advertised. Plenty of apps available and the support clients, including mobile is excellent. The core NAS itself is solid with all standard RAID options and then some. Used compatible drives and the setup took minutes. All for an extremely competitive price.
Cons: The only complaint I have to date is that the device only came with two dogears for the rackmount. when it really needs 4. The instructions and help on some features could be a little more detailed, but overall everything you need is there and it seems like the the missing pieces are new features.
Other Thoughts: I'm extremely happy with the product so far. It's great for a SOHO NAS.Couldn't be more pleased.
Reviewed By:STH,2/15/2015 1:33:49 PM
This reviewer reports that his/her technical understanding of this type of product is High and has owned this product 1 week to 1 month.
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Categories > Rackmount NAS > Synology Inc. > Synology RackStation RS3614xs+ Diskless System Network Storage

Rating + 3Rating + 3Rating + 3Rating + 3Rating + 3 Great software but hardware can fail and support lacks..
Pros: Tons of drive space, especially with expansion units. The DSM UI is the best on the market (I've also used QNAP). Works well with other Synology products such as Diskstation, which we have plenty of around the office.
Cons: The hardware can fail occasionally, as it did in our case. Support is there, but if you have a serious problem they will pass it on to 'higher levels' who in our case determine it is the cables (provided by Synology) for connecting expansion units that causes file system errors and volumes to crash. Happened twice in a month.
Other Thoughts: We have lots of Synology products. They are great for Diskstations but so far I'm learning the Rackstation products are not up to snuff and the support becomes inattentive and robotic trying to solve a very difficult problem. In the past they've been great.
Reviewed By:JESSE C.,2/10/2015 3:04:06 PM
This reviewer reports that his/her technical understanding of this type of product is Somewhat High and has owned this product 1 month to 1 year.
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Categories > Rackmount NAS > Synology Inc. > Synology RS814 Diskless System 4-bay Rackmount NAS

Rating + 1Rating + 1Rating + 1Rating + 1Rating + 1 unstable
Pros: lots of features
Cons: Unstable. Unit crashes regularly and is under warranty. Support gives you the runaround for months and won't return calls.

Definitely not an the level of product they claim.
Reviewed By:notAfan,1/6/2015 8:27:48 PM
This reviewer reports that his/her technical understanding of this type of product is High and has owned this product more than 1 year.
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Categories > Rackmount NAS > Synology Inc. > Synology RKS1314 Rail Kit

Rating + 1Rating + 1Rating + 1Rating + 1Rating + 1 Flimsy piece of junk, easily bends.
Pros: Snaps into the racks ok with a single screw to hold it which is nice.
Cons: This is the cheapest and most flimsy rackmount kit ever. We bent one side of it trying to put it in, and I've done hundreds of these and never had that happen.
Other Thoughts: Since really there isn't another choice since it's designed for the Synology, I wouldn't recommend it if there was an alternative.
Reviewed By:N/A,1/6/2015 9:34:04 AM
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