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A Synology® NAS DiskStation features high-capacity disk drives that provide a robust repository for data. They're suitable for a variety of applications in homes and businesses. Choosing the right NAS DiskStation will depend on your needs. Be sure to pick a model with enough processing power, drive bays and storage for your task.
Every Synology NAS DiskStation comes with a processor that provides most of the computational, speed and functionality abilities. Consider choosing a single-core or dual-core CPU unit if using the NAS as a simple file backup system. NAS devices with higher CPU levels are suitable for running file decryption services and multimedia services. Choose a Synology NAS DiskStation with more RAM to create the right environment for HD graphics and 4K videos.
Expand your storage with more drives. The bay count of a Synology NAS DiskStation refers to the number of disk drives it can accommodate. Some desktop NAS models have as many as 24 bays that enable storage of up to 24 hard drives for data-intensive work environments. A Synology diskless system network storage device provides even more flexibility. It allows you to use different brands and sizes of drives to personalize the features you want. Models that offer a hot-swap feature allow for the ejection and insertion of a disc without powering off the rackmount NAS device. Most Synology NAS DiskStation units support the Redundant Array of Independent Disks (RAID) options to protect data on the NAS and speed up the system.
Create seamless connections with ease. Synology NAS DiskStation devices have built-in Gigabit Ethernet (GbE) RJ-45 ports capable of transfer speeds of 1Gbps for a high-speed connection to the network. Some models provide 10Gbps links, which help to future-proof your connectivity, while other Synology NAS models include PCIe expansion card slots that accept such upgrades. NAS units with two or more wired ports feature link aggregation that allows balancing data between Ethernet ports to improve network performance when used with a compatible Link Aggregation Control Protocol (LACP) switch. Once connected, devices on the network can upload their data directly to the Synology NAS DiskStation, freeing up valuable space on cellphones, tablets, laptops and computers.
DiskStation Manager (DSM) is a Linux™-based operating system that comes with most Synology RackStation and DiskStation units. It simplifies the management of digital assets with a variety of intuitive tools. Most DiskStation models also provide free mobile apps that allow easy access to the NAS wherever there is an internet connection, similar to a personal cloud setup. The integrated Synology Office suite of programs provides for intra-office collaboration on familiar spreadsheet and word processing program formats, while keeping everything within the Synology NAS DiskStation system for better control.