A NAS unit is a computer connected to a network that provides only file-based data storage services to other devices on the network. Although it may technically be possible to run other software on a NAS unit, it is usually not designed to be a general-purpose server. For example, NAS units usually do not have a keyboard or display, and are controlled and configured over the network, often using a browser.
The Synology DiskStation is the network attached storage (NAS) appliance which is produced to run the Synology DSM OS. The DiskStation is a pedestal/tower embedded NAS appliance, which ranges from one bay to as many as twelve bays within a single enclosure. Some models feature storage scalability, where physical units may be tethered together for additional storage, without the need for volume recreation or loss of availability.
I have a few products that I’d like to review, the Synology DiskStation
Basically, I’ll be discussing would be few difference in functions of these DiskStation:
DS218: Synology DS218 comes with a new 64-bit quad-core processor, delivering excellent data transfer speed, large storage volume management, and 10-bit 4K H.265 video transcoding on the fly. File Station is a web-based, fast and secure management tool built to allow easy, drag-and-drop operations without requiring any complex setup on Mac or PC. Advanced search and filtering tools allow for easy organization and file sharing. For complete compatibility, DS218 supports the following protocols: AFP, FTP, iSCSI, NFS, SMB, and WebDAV. Cloud Station Suite provides real-time data synchronization across all your devices and other Synology NAS. “Intelliversioning” keeps the most important file versions to better utilize storage space. Back up any computer or mobile device with Synology’s comprehensive multi-versioning backup solution. You can protect your computer and NAS against malicious attacks including the rising encryption-based ransomware threats. Access files on your Synology NAS over the Internet without the hassle of setting up port forwarding rules, DDNS, or other complicated network settings. Quick Connect allows you to connect via a secure, customizable address, so that you can instantly access media and work files on any Internet-connected device with no additional charge. Access and stream your favourite 4K content anywhere, anytime. DS218 supports 10-bit 4K H.265 online transcoding. With Video Station and DS video, you can convert and play 4K videos from any computer, mobile device, or other media players that don’t support Ultra HD formats.
DS418: DS418play offers massive storage capacity for housing your entire multimedia library and more, making it easy to create your own private cloud and maintain complete control over your data.
4K Ultra HD video transcoding: Powered by a quad-core processor, DS418play supports real-time hardware transcoding for up to two channels of H.265/H.264 4K videos at the same time; providing hassle-free high quality video playback among various devices.
Next-generation file system for better data protection: DS418play integrates the Btrfs file system, delivering the most advanced storage technology to meet the management needs of small businesses.
Bulletproof Backup: Maintain control of your data and ensure your files are safe with Synology. We provide secure, reliable, and affordable solutions that make it easy to backup files for all your devices and protect yourself from accidental data loss.
Personal multimedia server: With support for Smart TV’s, Roku players, Apple TV, and Chromecast, easily stream digital content stored on your DS418play to your TV’s and tablets. Create the ultimate media server by streaming through DLNA-certified products, media players, and gaming consoles.
File sharing and syncing: With comprehensive support for network file sharing protocols — like CIFS, AFP, NFS, FTP and more — DiskStation allows the entire office to centralize files and collaborate on projects. Or synchronize files across multiple devices or even across several locations so remote teams can work together.
24/7 smart security solution: Surveillance Station delivers intelligent monitoring and video management tools such as managing multiple IP cameras with live streaming, integration of I/O modules and more to help safeguard all the important places in your life.
DS1517+: Synology DiskStation DS1517+ is a 5-bay NAS powered by a quad-core CPU with AES-NI hardware encryption engine. Coming with quad 1GbE LAN ports, it can be installed with a 10GbE network interface card (NIC) or a dual M.2 SSD adapter card, thereby enhancing network speeds or boosting performance with SSD cache. File Station is a web-based, fast and secure management tool built to allow easy, drag-and-drop operations without requiring any complex setup on Mac or PC. Advanced search and filtering tools allow for easy organization and file sharing. For complete compatibility, DS1517+ supports the following protocols: AFP, FTP, iSCSI, NFS, SMB, and WebDAV. Synology iSCSI storage fully supports most virtualization solutions to enhance work efficiency with easy management interface. VMware vSphere 6 and VAAI integration helps offload storage operations and optimizes computation efficiency. Windows Offloaded Data Transfer (ODX) speeds up data transfer and migration rate. OpenStack Cinder support turns your Synology NAS into a block-based storage component.
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