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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
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 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
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 > 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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