Synology DS710+ 2-bay All-in-1 NAS Server
So you want a central place to store all of your files? A place where other members of your family or small office can easily gain access to them? Well, you've got two choices. Either go out and buy a full size file server, or invest in a NAS.
The latter option of the two has been increasingly growing in popularity over the past couple of years, with many people realising that they they can save on both office space and money by opting for a NAS device over a full blown server. NAS's are smaller, more efficient and designed for just one purpose - to serve files. But are all NAS' equal?
Today we've been given the chance to review one of Synology's latest NAS boxes released only a few days ago. Listed under Synology's SMB (Small Medium Business) section of their website the DS710+ boasts some very impressive specifications combined with stylish looks. But let's hear what Synology have to say:
Synology® DiskStation DS710+ offers a high-performance, scalable, and full-featured network attached storage solution that meets the needs of small and medium-sized businesses that require an efficient way to centralize data protection, simplify data management, and rapidly scale storage capacity with minimal time spent on setup and management. The Synology DS710+ is backed with Synology's 3-year limited warranty.
* 113+ MB/sec Reading, 102+ MB/sec Writing
* Scalable with Synology DX5102 to up to 7 Drives
* Power-saving with only 31W in Operation
* Wake on LAN/WAN
* Includes Feature-Rich Synology DiskStation Manager 2.2 (DSM 2.2)
With the promise of reading/writing results over 100MB/sec the DS710+ comes very close to making full use of its Gigabit ethernet connection. This means that in order to take full advantage of its performance, you really do need to have a good network in place. The benefits of this should certainly pay off though with far less waiting around for backups to complete, folders full of MP3's and video's transferring over within seconds rather than minutes and and essentially local hard-disk-like performance, only over a network.
Windows ADS Domain Integration
DLNA/UPnP Media Server Support
iTunes Server Support
Audio Station Support
Photo Station 3 Support
Supported Mobile Devices (Photo Station, File Station)
Now that's what I call a spec list! Synology have litterally listed every single feature of the DS710+ whether it be big or small. But enough paperwork, lets rip open the packaging and see what it is like in the flesh...