Summary: I used unRAID for years, with growing levels of frustration. The final straw was when a disk failed, but unRAID failed to rebuild. I switched to this Synology machine and can't imagine a universe in which I would switch back. Easy to set up, easy to operate, fantastic feature set.
Summary: This replaces an older Synology 409 server that was getting on in years. The 409 is still very much so at work, but in a "backup" role. The RS814 ia a very well built machine. It was easy to install the drives and set up.
Pros: Reliable. Easy to use. Very decent performance. Flexible. RAID rebuild times seem decent (8 hours for a drive replacement on a 6 TB RAID 10 array). Seems quiet compared to the other systems in the rack. Loads of features. Especially nice is the expansion unit. Also especially nice is the high-ava...
Cons: Cost for the unit with a redundant power supply - an upcharge of several hundred dollars for an additional $100 power supply and circuitry - is ridiculous. It almost seems more sensible to get an entire 2nd unit to keep as a spare. The interface is kinda sluggish on these Atom powered units.
Summary: This is our only file server in an office of about 15 workstations, 20 virtual servers and 6 physical servers. I'm not sure what this is meant to support but it doesn't break a sweat for us.
Pros: Set and forget. Has LDAP and Domain handling. E-mails you and beeps if there are problems. Quietest thing in the rack. Compatible with Time Machine. Synology Hybrid RAID supports dissimilar drive sizes while maintaining redundancy.
Summary: This is a great mid-level NAS. The inclusion of 4 NICs is greatly helpful for iSCSI so you can bond a few NICs together for better throughput while using one NIC for management. Most NASs only have dual NICs which limit you to 1 NIC for data transfer.
Bought this for a local storage for all the Music ...
Michael C., Amazon
28 December 2014
Summary: Bought this for a local storage for all the Music, Photo's, Video in the house, as well as a focal point for there 16 Zone Sonos system as a music server. Everything works wondefully, though the processor is a little low end for the price it does what they need.
Summary: Like anything that is new to you, it will take some time and work to know how to use it. Would I buy another one? Yes, I would, or a different model. Would I recommend it to a friend? In general, yes, but we all know those friends that just can't handle anything, so no to them.
Pros: 1U, quiet, RAID 5, many capabilities, 2 LAN ports, and flexible. Not much more that you can ask of a NAS. One of my personal pros is it uses an ARM processor. Setup was easy. There seem to be regular OS updates, which are painless to apply. Adding more capabilities is also painless, assuming you ...
Cons: The mounting "ears" can only be attached to one spot. When using a two rail only rack, as I am. It would be nice if the mounting ears could be placed so the attachment point aligns with the center of the HDDs. I was able to "reverse" them so part of the HDDs stick out the front. This is NOT a dea...