A few months back we did a brief overview of NAS devices, but today we will look at a particular model that we use extensively both in house and for our customers, the Synology DiskStation DS1813 NAS.
Synology is a Taiwanese organization that specialises in all types of NAS devices for home, business and enterprise use.
Their products are divided by two categories; DiskStation for home and business applications and RackStation for rack mounted enterprises devices.
Today we will be looking at the matte black Synology Diskstation DS1813+ NAS.
It was only just recently pipped from being the flagship model for home and business solutions from Synology by the DS2413+.
The DS1813+ is an 8-bay NAS which can grow and expand on the fly. The total compatible capacity can be as large as 72TB when paired with another DS1813+ via eSATA connections.
The max capacity of a single device is 32TB (8x 4TB HDD).
The HDD’s are also hot swappable.
The DS1813+comes with Synology’s DSM 4.0 management console software which has really grown and developed into a easy to use GUI system.
Backups, HDD management, Data replication, network surveillance, printer sharing and data storage can all be easily performed and managed by the DSM software.
The biggest and best feature is the raw speed of the device when configured in RAID 5 under a windows or VM environment. The Synology DS1813+ NAS can deliver up to an average 352.39 MB/sec reading and 211.88 MB/sec writing speed* According to Synology, and we can attest that yes, it is blindly fast when backing up!
Overall the Synology Diskstation DS1813+ NAS is a very quiet, low power, backup solution that we at A&STech not only recommend and implement to our customers, but also are so pleased with its performance that we use it ourselves.