I have to admit that the Synology DS411+II took me by surprise. With the NAS sitting in my growing collection of servers, it looks like the runt of the litter. Its appearance is an understatement and even to say that is an understatement as well. This just goes to show that you can't judge a book by its cover or a NAS by the amount of light it emits from a front display.
While researching and testing, we found three areas in which the DS411+II stood out in. Those are performance, functionality and cost. Our performance charts today show the DiskStation outperforming a much more expensive unit. The TS-459 offers really good performance, but the DS411+II offers more in nearly all of our tests. This could actually be the highest performing 4-Bay NAS on the market today.
Synology offers several functions right out of the box, but in order to get the most out of the system you need to check out the expanded packages on Synology's website. I highly doubt anyone would have a need for everything on one system and in order to keep performance high you should only install what you are going to use anyway. The important thing is that the options are available for what you do need. We'll expand on the software side of things more in a follow up article that goes over all of the ins and outs, but the layout is very good. It gives us the illusion of being cut down even though it isn't. The way Synology displays everything gives you confidence in what you are trying to do and doesn't overwhelm you with several options at the same time. This is truly a user friendly system that we like.
The last thing is the price. We won't try and downplay the 640 Dollar price we found online for a drive less unit. It is a large investment for most small businesses in this economic climate and even more so for those looking to use the system as a home network storage / content distribution device. With that said, it is actually pretty cheap compared to the competition and a worthwhile upgrade once you measure the risk involved when your current single drive on a desktop fails. At some point you really need to ask yourself how much your data is worth to you and what the ramifications would be if it all just blows away. I can tell you from experience that my wife wasn't very happy when it happened to us eight years ago. I still hear about it from time to time and it isn't pretty when she brings it up. You just can't put a value on some things.
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- Page 1 [Introduction]
- Page 2 [Specifications, Availability and Pricing]
- Page 3 [Software Features]
- Page 4 [The Packaging]
- Page 5 [The Synology DS411+II]
- Page 6 [Test System Setup]
- Page 7 [Benchmarks - HD Playback]
- Page 8 [Benchmarks - HD Record]
- Page 9 [Benchmarks - Content]
- Page 10 [Benchmarks - Copy]
- Page 11 [Final Thoughts]
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