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The Synology RackStation RS812 is specifically designed for small business environments. This cost-effective NAS comes with four drive bays, and can be easily scaled to eight when connected with the Synology RX410 via an eSATA cable. The RS812 is fully compliant with VMware, Citrix, and Hyper-V; and running on the DiskStation Manager (DSM) operating system, it delivers ease of use and variety of features.
Optimal Price/Performance Ratio The Synology RS812 delivers an average 54.27 MB/sec writing speed under RAID 5 configuration in a Windows environment, and 107.74 MB/sec reading. The 2 LAN with failover support and hot-swappable drives will ensure continual service uptime, should the drives need replacement or in the case of an unexpected LAN failure. The Synology RS812 provides a reliable solution for data sharing with an easy-to-use interface and comprehensive office applications, including a complete backup solution, making it one of the best values in four-bay rackmount NAS devices available today.
Robust and Affordable Scalability up to 32TB When the storage capacity of the RS812 is nearing its limit, additional storage can be easily added with the Synology RX410 expansion enclosure. Equipped with specially-designed locking connectors, the Synology RX410 can be securely connected to the RS812 via an eSATA cable. Synology RX410 provides room for an additional 16TB volume, allowing for a total storage capacity of 32TB consisting of two 16TB volumes.
Cross-Platform File Sharing Synology RS812 offers comprehensive network protocol support, assuring seamless file sharing across Windows, Mac, and Linux platforms. Windows AD and LDAP integration allows the Synology RS812 to quickly and easily fit into an existing business network environment, with no need to recreate user accounts on the Synology RS812. Internet file access is simplified by the encrypted FTP server and the web-based file explorer, Synology File Station. HTTPS, firewall, and IP auto-block support ensure file sharing over the Internet is protected at a high security level. For users who are always on the move, Synology provides a handy app, DS File, for the users of iPhone, iPad, and Android phones. Anything stored on Synology RS812 can now be accessed remotely using DS File via the Internet.
iSCSI and Virtualization Ready With the iSCSI support in DSM, the Synology RS812 provides a seamless storage solution for virtualization servers, such as VMware, Citrix, and Hyper-V. It is the ideal alternative to SAN solution for businesses. Affordable and cost-effective iSCSI allows large scale business to consolidate storage into data center storage arrays, while providing hosts with the illusion of locally attached disks.
Complete Backup Solutions Synology RS812 offers a centralized backup target to consolidate fragmented and unstructured data across a network. PC users can back up their data to Synology RS812 using Synology Data Replicator software, and Mac OS X users enjoy native Apple Time Machine integration. A web-based backup wizard is provided for backing up data in Synology RS812 to another Synology DiskStation or any rsync server via an encrypted protocol, or to an external hard drive via a USB connection. In addition, backing up to the cloud using Amazon S3 service is supported. The add-on package, Time Backup, keeps DiskStation data in multiple versions, so IT administrators can easily keep track of them and restore them to previous versions when required.
Rich Office Applications Synology RS812 runs on the award-winning operating system Synology DiskStation Manager (DSM), which offers comprehensive applications and features designed specifically for office and business workgroups. Web Station with PHP/MySQL support allows a single Synology RS812 to host up to 30 websites and numerous third-party web applications, such as content management, customer relationship management, and e-commerce systems. The built-in mail server turns Synology RS812 into a dedicated mail service provider, while the add-on package, Mail Station 2, provides a webmail interface for users to access emails stored on Synology RS812. Synology Surveillance Station offers a centralized interface to manage IP cameras deployed in your office or home, allowing users traveling miles away to safeguard the environment by watching live views, recording events, and taking snapshots with a computer or mobile device.
This review is from: Synology RS812 Diskless System RackStation Feature-rich 4-bay NAS Server for Workgroups and Offices
Pros: Removed from box, installed drives, installed the OS and had iSCSI target working within 30 minutes. Very easy to use. I removed a disk while the unit was on after the raid was built and during a test data transfer to the iSCSI target. The NAS continued operating and sent me emails warning me of the failure. My transfer was not interrupted. When I reinserted the drive, it started a rebuild after I used the web interface to confirm the new drive. Very nice interface and feature set for the price range.
Cons: Takes a long time to rebuild an array if a disk is downed, nearly 48 hours with 3TB drives.
Other Thoughts: Installing the OS was a little unusual, had to load an image from the CD that matched the model I had bought. It took about 15 to 20 minutes to transfer but that may have been due to the array being built for the first time. I was really happy to see a Mac client that ran on my 10.8 based system without any issue as well as a Windows package.
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