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Synology DS213 Diskless System DiskStation - Simple Set-Up, Easy Efficiency
  • Optimal Price/Performance Ratio
  • Features SuperSpeed USB 3.0
  • Effective Backup Solutions
  • Hassle-free System Installation
  • Rich Office Applications
  • Running on Synology DiskStation Manager (DSM)

5 out of 5 eggs I love these things! 11/25/2012

This review is from: Synology DS213 Diskless System DiskStation - Simple Set-Up, Easy Efficiency

Pros:

As a straight NAS, these things perform very well. This new "workgroup" model benefits from the 2 ghz CPU and DDR3 memory as compared to the older DS211 with a 1.2 ghz processor and DDR2 memory.

Make certain that you go to Synology's web site before you select a hard drive just to make sure it's compatible. The DiskStation is pretty generous with the number of drives that work with this thing.

Full S.M.A.R.T drive support and rock solid notifications if ANYTHING is going awry. One of the few "set it and forget it" backup solutions I've ever used in the last 29 years in the business.

Now if you want to go beyond just a NAS... that's where this thing really rocks. Using it at home or the office? There's tons of back up utilities and scheduling plans to choose from.

Got an iPhone? You'll love this thing with it full iTunes server support. Special set ups are included for sharing music, photos and videos. Get the Apple App(s) for this guy and you'll have ALL you info right in hand.

Need a down a dirty email server? How about auto backs to several different cloud services? Got a product to sell and want a good eCommerce website? Just choose it from one of the many packages included. The mySQL backend will be set up for you automatically, down load a Magento or Jumla or osCommerce template and you're on your way?

Perhaps you're more into blogging, or how about a web base trouble ticket system? All packages ready for download and easy installation. There's a dizzying array of packages available from the management interface.

This is my third unit I've set up for customers and I have NEVER had a problem with any of them. My personal one has been up for over a year with ZERO problems. Just a rock solid unit.

I've had excellent support, Synology has a great Wiki and very active user forum. Tons of "How to.." info, white papers and YES the security on these boxes has been vetted quite well. My company is a PURE security company and I wouldn't use ANYTHING that wasnt' fully scrutinized.

Cons:

Is it THE fastest rocket of a NAS? No. But I've got them in environments where they FULLY replaced our Windows domain server with a dozen people using it for ALL their shared space.

Another is set up as a member of a Windows domain with no problems. Fully integrated into the AD.

But the fastest NAS? No. But it performs well. Very well and any one of the add on features may make this box the perfect solution for you.

Any you're going to be "thinking" a bit if you want to set up an LDAP server or get exotic with the PHP engine. Those are "big boy" toys and they'll take some thought to set them up correctly.

Other Thoughts:

YMMV but I've had nothing but stellar success with this units. If you need even just one of the extra packages available it makes this one a no brainer to get.

Outstanding value for the money.

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  • Kevin E.
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