Conclusion: With the DiskStation DS1513+ Synology has released another well-polished, mature system with plenty of room for growth. While designed for the small business in mind, the Synology DiskStation DS1513+ is a great way for the home user to keep their data backed up and use as a multimedia hub. The Synology DiskStation DS1513+ offers the speeds of the Synology DS713+ with more built in storage capacity and two additional LAN inputs for four total.
Pros: Great for privacy minded, 20TB Internal storage capacity out of the box, Scalable up to 60TB with expansion units, Works with latest version of DSM (4.3), Includes two USB 3.0 ports, Intuitive user interface (DSM), Works with Linux, OS X or Windows, Easy setup, Energy Efficient
Synology's DiskStation DS1513+ is easily one of the best NAS servers to date
14 August 2013
Summary: The Synology DiskStation DS1513+ is easily one of the best multiple-bay NAS servers to date, performing superbly both as an advanced storage server and as the central host for a long list of home entertainment and business uses.
Pros: The Synology DiskStation DS1513+ offers massive dynamically scalable storage space, stellar performance, a robust Web interface, and it supports a vast quantity of useful features for both home and small and medium business applications.
Cons: Novice users might have a tough time setting up the server's advanced features.
Synology DS1513+ review: NAS with four network ports
20 July 2013
Excerpt: With room for five disks, the DS1512+ is one of the more deluxe NAS models in Synology's line-up. Its successor, the DS1513+ looks exactly like it, aside from the additional two network ports in the back.
Summary: The Synology DS1513+ is a 5-bay NAS that provides up to 20TB of raw storage that can be scaled to 60TB using DX513 expansion bays. For performance, the DS1513+ now offers 2GB of RAM (which can be expanded to 4GB) and features a daul core 2.13GHz processor. Another update for this generation is the implementation of 4 Ethernet ports that tack on the USB 3.0, USB 2.0 and eSATA ports.
Pros: Increased connectivity over previous generation (4 Ethernet ports), Utilizes drives well regardless of spindle speed, Very easy to setup and get operational
Summary: The Synology DS1513+ does an excellent job of filling the gap between the expensive DS2413+ and the much smaller 2-bay DS713+. Hardware wise the DS1513+ is virtually identical to both models, though like the DS2413+ it comes loaded with 2GB of RAM whereas the cheaper DS713+ has just 1GB of RAM.
Summary: Synology’s DiskStation DS1513+ is a compact NAS appliance that’s jam-packed with connectivity. It’s the first desktop model we’ve seen to offer four Gigabit ports, and it also crams in two USB 3, four USB 2 and two eSATA ports. You can use the eSATA ports to add two of Synology’s DX513 five-bay expansion units. These push the total capacity to 60TB, and volume expansion makes it possible to expand existing RAID arrays onto any new disks.
Excerpt: While many small businesses can work effectively with a two-bay NAS enclosure, such as the Budget Buy winning Synology DS213j, others require significantly more power or space. For those who need more storage capacity than a two-bay NAS enclosure provides, there are plenty of powerful five- and six-bay NAS enclosures on the market, and the Synology DiskStation DS1513+ is one such device.
Summary: The Synology DS1513+ is a very flexible network storage device that can be expanded to serve a wide variety of network functions, if required. However, this very flexibility may make the device too complex for some SMEs.
Pros: Flexible storage, expandable with extra apps, easy to add/remove disks, four Ethernet ports
Cons: Drives not included in price, complex to configure