Nevertheless, a VPN at the storage level is perfect for working with the network resources of the storage itself, since eliminates errors in router configuration. By the way, the number of routers that can autotune from the NAS menu has also increased. Native antivirus is another security enhancement proposed by the developers of DSM 4. Although Synology is not the first company to install an antivirus on a NAS, the company could not get around this opportunity.
The anti-virus operates in a passive mode, that is, it can scan specified partitions on a schedule or in manual mode, but it cannot provide protection against viruses in real time. We remind you that the NAS itself is an extremely secure device that is not afraid of viruses or rootkits.
Therefore, the antivirus suite is here to prevent malware from spreading over network shares. Oddly enough, this tool will be especially useful for Mac users who are not afraid of viruses and who may simply not know that they have files dangerous for Windows on their network storage. To back up data, Synology introduced support for analog snapshots, but designed it in its own way, in the form of a separate Time Backup application.
By saving snapshots of folders at a given point in time, this feature will give you the ability to switch between different versions of files in a folder. You can create different versions of the reservation. And the automatic cleanup function will contain the growth of the volume of backups, removing unused versions. Synchronize your mailboxes on one device and get a common web interface for accounts on different servers.
In addition, when using the iOS and Android apps, you will get mobile access to your mail while in a traffic jam or when traveling on public transport. No ads and other delights of free email services. We have already written about support for HASP keys, and now it's time to take care of those who do not use and do not want to use the paid and complex enterprise management environment "1C Enterprise". Today, all major NAS manufacturers are investing in software packages for their servers.
Of course, most often we are talking about setting up configuration files for a hassle-free 1-click installation and configuration via a web browser. Free CRM programs occupy a special place in this list. I have not met a single person in my work who would not have dreamed of changing the "1C Enterprise" for something else.
Synology has chosen OpenERP open source system. In general, Synology's proprietary software packages have one huge plus - they are fully localized, so you don't have to frantically search for language additions and configure something from the command line. Although, on the Synology forums you can find step-by-step instructions for installing VTiger CRM and some other free business management systems. So take the time to learn and get on your way to free software. Although, again, any more or less competent specialist will configure Asterisk for SSH access in a couple of hours.
Also missing is a package for the simultaneous work with documents a la Google Docs. In general, we can say that the trend is the following: Synology is reducing the cost of hardware design and transferring more and more services to its software part. Removing some functions from the base firmware into plug-ins has both pros and cons. For example, a company can create its own Marketplace with free and paid modules, which will make Synology solutions more flexible than any other device in its class.
Firstly, thanks to the optimization of the firmware for RAID, these HDDs do not fall out of the arrays in case of media errors, that is, bad blocks. Secondly, over the years of existence, this series has proven its reliability. Thirdly, they are on the compatibility list of all storage systems for 3. Last but not least, they are damn fast and are priced on a par with regular desktop hard drives.
We have already made sure that hybrid arrays are not inferior in speed to traditional ones and we see no obstacles to their use. So the tests will be carried out on a hybrid analogue of RAID 5. This will allow us to go beyond the limitations of the gigabit interface.
We will also duplicate all tests for a folder encrypted with a bit key using the Samba protocol, because some companies purchase file servers specifically for secure data storage. Basically, according to tests, the picture is absolutely the same as in previous generations of NAS-s: writing is limited by the speed of 1 network port, reading in iSCSI MCS mode - by the speed of two ports.
Data encryption literally kills speed and should be used on small volumes, both for reading and writing. During testing, we measured the power consumption of a device with 4 disks. The indicators are as follows: minimum - The average value was These are very low numbers, especially for a device with enterprise-class hard drives.
Today the manufacturer realized that if you add a large number of built-in hard drives to the scalability by expansion modules, then you can claim a device with a record capacity. USB 3. The previous generation of DiskStation had a processor that could handle all the tasks assigned to a NAS.
But now the processor has become even faster, and functions such as built-in antivirus or TimeBackup, where the machine's own resources are actively used, make it possible to understand what such a CPU is for. And the more features you transfer to your DiskStation, the more you'll be amazed at how you used to do without such a useful device. The next test is CrystalDisk Benchmark. And finally, application tests. Can a gaming chair replace all the others for a child?
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Read also:. It has a built-in PoE switch for 16 ports, as well as 2. We are talking about this and other topics with the CE There are activity lights across the top front of the unit, along with the power button. Mounting screw holes for both 2. The back also provides a Kensington lock slot and power connection. When it comes to testing enterprise hardware, the environment is just as important as the testing processes used to evaluate it.
At StorageReview we offer the same hardware and infrastructure found in many datacenters where the devices we test would ultimately be destined for. In our first random workload, we measured 4K transfer speeds with an outstanding load of 4 threads and 4 queue.
Comparing latency consistency, the RAID5 configurations offered a small lead in read latency, while the 2 RAID5 configurations offered a decent lead in write latency. Switching to a smaller sequential transfer size, we also measured 8K sequential performance. The next workload is our File Server profile, which covers a wide range of transfer sizes spanning from b to K. With a read-heavy Web Server workload, neither RAID5 arrays broke 1,ms until the effective queue depth increased to or above.
Comparing latency consistency between both drive RAID5 arrays, there was less of an advantage with the faster drives at lower queue depths, although the benefit became more pronounced at thread stages where queue depth was The DSM software continues to be the most comprehensive around in the NAS space and Synology continues to enhance both the features and usability of the system.
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All of the nodes were setup in this fashion, much as one would do with OpenStack, OnApp, Eucalyptus or other cloud offerings. These are really meant mainly for file storage so we tested IOMeter across the nodes. Single speeds were on the public side. Dual gigabit speeds were on the private side. One can see, fairly good performance from the Synology unit. With slow 3TB drives this is a good result.
This is due to the Atom architecture which does sip power. When it comes to noise, there is a huge caveat here. The above was taken in a 34dba ambient environment at 18 inches from the front of the unit. There is certainly an audible fan noise that one needs to contend with. As one can see, this is not very loud, but it is present. In an office, if the unit is in a corner, background noise will likely cover it up easily. Still, it is something to be mindful of. We detailed the installation process in a previous piece.
Administration is generally done using a nice WebGUI that makes administration easy. For example, basic setup is a few easy clicks. If one is a more advanced user, wanting iSCSI for example, there is a bit more involved. Many even inexperienced administrators will find it easy to recover from a hard drive failure. Since with storage one needs to plan for when drives fail not if drives will fail, this is a big feature that many users do not put enough weight on when purchasing a NAS.
The Synology Package Center also alerts a user about new updates to installed packages. Overall, we have had quite a few users provide feedback on their Synology experience and they have been positive thus far. Many users may at first think that they can build their own unit cheaper. To some extent this is true. Finding a similar case is not that easy. On the other hand, the DSM interface is very solid. There is certainly something to be said for ease of use and just having something work without having to make design decisions.
Some of your fellow countrymen have successfully done so:. Yu Technologies are no longer making the 8 bay cases in the link above. I have spoken to them a number of times on it and it seems unlikley to change. They do still do the 4 bay versions though and I have two sitting at home.
The quality is ok but not quite as polished as I would have liked personally. An interesting comparison would be putting the synology against a custom build for the same cost of less. Different view when your time is worth several hundred dollars per hour.
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Synology Calendar is a web-based application for organizing and planning out daily events. You can create events in your own personal calendar or share a. Synology DS+ runs on the novel operating system, Synology DiskStation. Manager (DSM), which integrates file-level and block-level storage in one unified. The Synology DS+ is a 8-bay NAS designed for a small to medium size business use that features a dual core GHz processor.