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Categories > Rackmount NAS > Qnap > QNAP TS-853U-US Diskless System Powerful, reliable and scalable NAS for SMBs

Rating + 5Rating + 5Rating + 5Rating + 5Rating + 5 Excellent product. I'm really happy with the way it turned out.
Pros: - It's pretty fast (Between 30MBps and 70MBps file transfer with 8x4TB Western Digital Red drives in RAID 6).
- Has a whole bunch of features... Hosts multimedia and Plex, holds my Sonos library, you can set up backups, personal cloud, sync your documents and records similar to dropbox, and way more that I haven't even bothered exploring yet.
- Compatible with iOS, Windows and Android. I don't have a Mac to test with.
- All the excitement and flexibility of the cloud without all the snooping.
Cons: - A little pricey for the average consumer.
- This product did not come with mounting rails needed to attach it to a 19" server rack. I had to buy them seperately [Qnap Rackmount Rail Kit (RAIL-B01) if you're wondering.]
- It's a little noisy when it first starts up (5 - 15 mins) but then gets pretty quiet. I have it in a closet so it doesn't bug me.
Other Thoughts: I used to be one of those people who bought hard drive after hard drive and built my own computer and made sure it had 8 or so SATA ports because my hard drives needed to fit. With the NAS, I can move everything over to it and build much cheaper, smaller and less power-hungry workstations.

Everything bad that I can think of about it is just nit picking. The thing rocks and other than my networking equipment, this has become the central hub for all the technology in my home.
Reviewed By:William B.,1/22/2016 1:18:50 PM
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Categories > Rackmount NAS > Synology Inc. > Synology RS815 Diskless System RackStation 4-Bay (Diskless) Network Attached Storage (NAS)

Rating + 5Rating + 5Rating + 5Rating + 5Rating + 5 Great little NAS for home/lab use
Pros: + Rackmountable
+ Lots of features
+ Easy Setup

The physical setup was simple. I mounted the unit with the included ears. Installing the HDDs in their bays was easy and I was happy to see Synology included extra screws. After carving up the disks (and selecting the additional parity check), I let it churn over night. The extra parity check took about 3 days (with moderate use), but this doesn't stop you from using the volume.

I installed this with 4 WD Red 3TB drives (WD30EFRX) and carved them all up as one RAID 5 (3+1) volume. From this volume I am able to serve out several shares with different settings. I have a CIFS share to use as a mapped drive, an NFS share to use as a VMware datastore, and another NFS share to store large ISOs. All of them were fairly easy to setup and the documentation is pretty decent.

Since a majority of my files were stored on a different CIFS share, I was able to copy the files by mounting the CIFS share in Synology's OS. Copying the files in this way ensured all of the files attributes were copied as well, plus the performance was pretty decent considering my destination CIFS share was encrypted.

I am using this as my primary VMware datastore which runs about 7 VMs 24/7 without issue. I am simultaneously able to watch 1080p video on a wired media station without stressing the CPU.

On the software side, DiskStation Manager (DSM) is the OS on this unit. During the setup, the latest version was installed without issue. I was able to bond the Ethernet interfaces together easily (via 802.3ad with an MTU of 9000). I am really enjoying QuickConnect, which allows me to connect and manage the NAS from outside of my network without special firewall rules (there is a white paper out there on how it works for the security-conscious folks). There are a lot of options available from the extra packages as well, which adds a lot of value to the appliance.
Cons: - HDD bays require screws
- RAID is done via mdadm under the covers
- No AES-NI instruction set on CPU
- No high availability

The cons I have listed are minor, and definitely not deal breakers. The included brackets can handle 3.2" and 2.5" HDDs, which probably necessitates the use of screws.

The RAID is accomplished by mdadm (software RAID), so any reads/writes will greatly impact the CPU vs having a hardware RAID controller. Additionally, there is no AES-NI instruction set on the CPU, so encryption operations are not handled as efficiently. In my testing, when writing to an encrypted CIFS share, I was pushing about 25 MB/s and the CPU was running at ~85%. Compared to writing to an unencrypted NFS share where I was pushing 80MB/s on average with ~85%.

Since this is not the RS815+, this unit is not a highly available system. An outage to the system is required each time you upgrade DiskStation Manager (DSM).
Other Thoughts: None of the cons I mentioned are deal breakers for me, especially since the RS815+ (which addresses several of the cons) is a significant increase in cost. I am really happy with this unit and hope it lasts for many years with regular updates from Synology.

Some reviews of the RS815+ state that the included ears are not supported for rack mounting the unit. The documentation for this unit lists the included ears as "Rack mount kit" so these are what I used to rack mount the unit. It sits just above another server in my rack, so it wouldn't fall if the ears broke. However, it seemed rather stable with just the ears, even after the HDDs were added.
Reviewed By:Jon S.,1/19/2016 1:11:44 PM
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Categories > Rackmount NAS > Synology Inc. > Synology RS3614xs Diskless System Network Storage

Rating + 1Rating + 1Rating + 1Rating + 1Rating + 1 Avoid Synology products. Data loss when running backup and horrible customer support.
Pros: - It worked for about three months without issue.
- The OS feels modern and smooth. Until you get a bit deeper into its features.
Cons: - I lost a lot of data when running their built-in backup solution to a second Synology of the same model.
- Customer support is horrendous. They ignored my ticket after telling me that it wasn't their fault and they couldn't do anything, when all I wanted to know (after accepting my data was lost) is if their backup software was safe to run.
- Almost all logging is disabled by default. This means that, in my case, my data is lost for good with no way to track where it went.
- Phone support doesn't exist. They'll tell you to submit a ticket online.
- Online support is the worst I've ever had.
- Packages are very sparse. This doesn't have a C compiler. There is a package for GCC 4.2 which is over 8 years old at this point and doesn't cut it for what you'll probably want a C compiler for. In my case, I was attempting to set up a DAM and needed to compile some packages to get it working.
Other Thoughts: I'm the head of IT at my company and regret pointing them in this direction. We purchased three of these (1 main, 1 onsite backup, 1 offsite backup) and I am now in constant fear of data loss. It worked well for about three months when it suddenly crashed during an update. After this crash, all symlinks/mounts we had set up were gone, all settings were wiped (including backup settings). After getting everything set up again and running a backup, we lost all empty folders (may not seem like a big deal, but we have a lot of template type folders that hold structures we copy/paste and reuse daily) as well as a few files. They tried to claim that a user must have deleted all the folders and files, which I know didn't happen. All folders containing removed folders/files had a last modified date and time of exactly when we ran the backup. They existed before it was run and didn't after. They, however, refused to acknowledge this or escalate my case. I then said I would bite the bullet and call the data lost, however I would like to know if I can safely run another backup using backup and replication (their built-in solution) to which they ignored in their response then began ignoring all my replies.

- I would not recommend this product to anyone.
- Given the chance, I would not buy again.
- If I could change something about this, I would change the customer support and built-in backup software. If I could change something about our setup, I would swap out all three Synology boxes with a different company's.
Reviewed By:Matthew S.,1/7/2016 6:46:49 AM
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Categories > Rackmount NAS > Synology Inc. > Synology RS814+ Diskless System Network Storage

Rating + 5Rating + 5Rating + 5Rating + 5Rating + 5 Excellent product.
Pros: Great for expanding storage. Currently utilizing it to record security cameras at a business to this unit with four, two Terabyte Western Digital Red Drives. So far have not had any issues. Synology software is excellent. Very simple to use and understand.
Cons: none
Reviewed By:N/A,11/4/2015 5:49:47 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 > Synology Inc. > Synology RS815+ RackStation 4-Bay (Diskless) Network Attached Storage (NAS)

Rating + 4Rating + 4Rating + 4Rating + 4Rating + 4 More need for mounting...
Pros: I have only had this unit for a couple of days.
Other than I found it easy to set up and it appears to provide access to NAS space on two Western Digital Red hard drives to Windows clients, I don't have much to say about it's function.
Cons: This note is more along the line of education about how Synology views their rack mounted units.

Buyer-beware: If you purchase just the unit, you have NO way to mount it in a 19" rack. There is NO mounting hardware included in the box. Although it comes with rack mount ears, they are only there to stop the unit from sliding out of the rack once mounted. The only Synology approved means of mounting their rack mount units in a rack is with their RKS1314 Sliding Rail Kit; a not cheap solution.
Now you might ask why the only approved means of mounting the unit is on sliding rails, since there is nothing accessible on the top of the unit; but you would have to ask Synology since I don't have a single idea. The only clue, if you can call it that, to the requirement for RKS1314 is that it is listed as an accessory! Synology thinks that means you will know that there is no mounting hardware included; I think an assumptive stretch. Warning: the unit is too deep and heavy to be mounted solely with the included rack mount ears.
Reviewed By:N/A,6/25/2015 2:33:12 PM
This reviewer reports that his/her technical understanding of this type of product is High and has owned this product 1 day to 1 week.
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Categories > Rackmount NAS > Netgear Inc. > NETGEAR RN4220S-100NES Diskless System ReadyNAS 4220 SFP+ (12-Bay)

Rating + 5Rating + 5Rating + 5Rating + 5Rating + 5 Simple and fast
Pros: - Clean management
- Familiar interface if you've previously had any ReadyNAS
- Fast
Cons: - Terminology is slightly different from Windows servers
- Fine grained sharing control takes some effort.
Other Thoughts: Dead simple and fast NAS. Very quality internal layout, easy to service. Bays easily handle several drive types. Working brilliantly for our backup system.
Reviewed By:N/A,5/28/2015 12:59:44 PM
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Categories > Rackmount NAS > Synology Inc. > Synology RS815RP+ RackStation 4-Bay (Diskless) Network Attached Storage (NAS)

Rating + 4Rating + 4Rating + 4Rating + 4Rating + 4 So far so good
Pros: Great performance (i'm using 2TB WD Red Pros), solid OS, CLI, 4x Gigabit Ethernet, feature packed with all the different software packages available. The user experience is very well polished.
Cons: Cloud Station software is buggy and support doesn't seem to be willing to assist unless you allow them remote access to the system.

Which I cannot.

Therefore I am stuck living with this problem until I am able to figure it out myself.
Other Thoughts: Everything about the unit for the most part has been great. The performance, construction, robustness, etc.

I purchased it with the intention of using Cloud Station to handle file syncing on each workstation in my domain. The synced files are then uploaded to AWS S3 every evening.

Cloud Station is quite buggy (in my case, it keeps replicating temporary files and will not delete them. Cloud Station is consuming approx 1.2TB for only ~120GB of data in my shared folders).

Synology should have a better support channel for customers purchasing top-tier solutions.

I would have given this unit a solid 5 star review if I didn't have to deal with these growing pains.
Reviewed By:N/A,4/13/2015 8:19:02 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 > Qnap > QNAP TS-869U-RP-US Diskless System High-performance 8-bay NAS Server for SMBs

Rating + 2Rating + 2Rating + 2Rating + 2Rating + 2 Not worth the money
Pros: It stores your data...yup
Cons: -Slower than molasses
-Not upgradable, no additional NIC, no additional RAM
-Make sure you buy the additional warranty. Std is two years
Other Thoughts: -Spend the extra money and buy the x79 series with maximum ram and additional NICs (if VMware iSCSI is the planned use)
-Qnap support is only available 8:00AM - 5:00PM PST, no 24x7
-This unit failed after 2.5 years with no indication of failure imminent
-I do have the 859 still in use after 5 years (869 replaced the 859) in a very small office.
-I have the 879 & 1279 in use as well, but both required maximum RAM in a 20 user office.
Reviewed By:Caffeinated,3/29/2015 12:09:02 PM
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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
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Categories > Rackmount NAS > Synology Inc. > Synology 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
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