In March, Synology released a new operating system for the company's NAS products, DSM 5.0. The operating system included several new features. Many of the features trickled down from enterprise class products, making even Synology's lowest priced products capable of enterprise features.
DSM 5.0 ushers in a new GUI interface that makes the system easier to manage. Synology calls it simple and straightforward, and we found the claim to be true. The system is easier to setup than Windows, and management, even for complex tasks, takes less time than previous versions.
The new Synology DS414 NAS sits in the middle of the home user and entry-level small business user markets. Over the last year, we've seen several 4-bay models with enhanced features like HDMI output for A/V functions, but many businesses and even home users still want a cost effective unit without the added features and increased cost.
The DS414 is that product: a NAS for data storage and data connectivity without the added expense of hardware functions that wouldn't be utilized. I wouldn't call the DS414 a stripped down model though. It has so many software bells and whistles--more than what anyone could use at the same time--that we have to call it a loaded system.
Hardware Specifications and Pricing
Modern NAS servers have moved beyond data storage through a wire network. In order to get the most out of a NAS, you need to look at the extra I/O hardware and the mountain of potential software features.
The Synology DS414 uses a Marvell Armada XP dual-core processor running at 1.33GHz. Feeding the processor is a 1 GB of DDR3 DRAM. Four 3.5-inch drive bays with toolless drive sleds support up to 20 TB (5TB HDD x 4) formatted with an EXT4 file system.
Connecting the system back to the network are two gigabit Ethernet LAN ports that support link aggregation for more than 200 MB/s file transfer performance or failover. Additional connectivity comes from two USB 3.0 ports on the back of the system and a single USB 2.0 port on the front of the NAS. That's the limit of hardware connectivity on this model, but on the next page, we'll walk through the software options that include cloud based options.
The DS414 ships with an external power brick, software disk, screws for mounting drives, a paper manual, and two Ethernet cables. Synology backs the system with a two-year warranty. We found the Synology DS414 for $475.99 through Google Shopping at the time of writing.
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