Summary: I have dropped my rating from 4 stars to 2 stars. The hardware itself works fine. My major issue is with the software and the lack of support. Recently an update was released which addressed a lot of issues and new features.
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.