Networkable Drive Enclosures (NAS) Stories November 5, 2013

DS214se-synology-9to5toysSynology has announced two new entries in its line of Network Attached Storage systems for small businesses and home office environments. The all-new DS214se is Synology’s most affordable solution coming in at a MSRP of just $159.99, which is even less than some of the company’s 1-bay options. The ‘se’ in the product name stands for single-role edition meaning it’s engineered to efficiently run through one major task at a time.

The DS214se makes the most of what a NAS is built for: remote access, file sharing, backup, and media streaming.

synology-dsm-9to5toysIt’s completely compatible with Synology’s much-loved DiskStation Manager 4.3 NAS operating system, which supports a breadth of features presented in an easy-to-use interface:

  • File Station with folder link sharing – easily share data without having to set up custom permissions
  • Cloud Station with selective sync – Keep files, file-types, and folders in sync across all of your devices
  • Scheduled Backup – Keep local data safe from accidents
  • iOS, Android, and Windows Phone support – for convenient remote access

“The DS214se is an ideal solution for users who want backup, remote access, and the benefit of Synology’s DSM with its rich ecosystem” said Thadd Weil, public relations manager at Synology America Corp. “It’s an advanced storage utility, that brings the private cloud down to our most affordable level ever.”

The DS214se is now shipping globally and will be available in the United State within the next few weeks. Amazon is now taking pre-orders. expand full story

Networkable Drive Enclosures (NAS) Stories September 3, 2013

WD HARD DRIVES Western Digital is expanding its popular RED line of Network Attached Storage hard drives to include two 2.5 inch versions. The current lineup of RED drives is limited to four 3.5 inch drives ranging from 1TB to 4TB. The move to a 2.5 inch form factor will give owners of smaller NAS systems a better performing option over traditional 2.5 inch drives. There are not many of these small form factor NAS systems on the market, but Synology (our favorite) offers the DS411slim, which supports up to four 2.5″ drives. These are perfect for tucking away in a small server room or network closet.

Like their bigger brother, the 2.5 inch WD RED drives will feature NASware 2.0 technology, which ensures maximum compatibility and performance with all major NAS devices. These drives run cool and are optimized to run in a 24×7 environment without fail. For even more peace of mind, each WD RED drive includes a 3-year manufacturer’s warranty and access to a 24 hour support line.

The new 2.5 inch WD RED drives are available in two capacities: 1TB ($99), 750GB ($79). These drives were just announced this morning so they are still making their way to retailers but Amazon has the listings available for preorder or you can go directly through the online WD Store.

Full press release follows: expand full story

Networkable Drive Enclosures (NAS) Stories August 7, 2013

Synology DiskStation DS213 2-bay NAS Server w/ iOS and iTunes integration $270 (Reg. $330), Western Digital 2TB Red Drive $80 (Reg. $140)


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Update: Amazon has price-matched Newegg and is now charging just $270 for the Synology DiskStation DS213, which is a better deal for some due to Amazon Prime benefits and potential tax savings.

As one of their daily Shell Shocker deals, Newegg (And Amazon!) are offering the Synology DiskStation DS213 2-bay NAS Server for $270 with free shipping. That is a total savings of $60 off the retail price, $30 below the street price, and the lowest we have ever seen. Perfect for home and small office use, the Synology DS213 features iOS integration, AirPlay support, VPN server, ERP software, mail server, web server, anti-virus, and network video surveillance built-in. iTunes support allows users to stream stored content to their favorite iDevice wherever they have internet access via iOS apps.

9to5mac reviewed the Synology systems and found:

And, while it is a reliable backup and file server, Synology has very impressive apps for iOS and Android (as well as a nice web app) that allow you to take all of your music, movies, pictures, and media with you wherever you go so long as there is an internet connection. In fact, it goes well beyond normal NAS functionality…

This Synology unit does not come with hard drives. Here’s a list of compatible drives. We recommend Western Digital NAS optimized Intellipower Red drives. IntelliPower is key to a happy NAS system: “a fine-tuned balance of spin speed, transfer rate and caching algorithms designed to deliver both significant power savings and solid performance.” Other features of the Red drives include NASware for seamless integration and error recovery controls and 3D Active Balance Plus which minimizes vibration and noise. If you’re OK with rebates, Tiger Direct has the 2TB Red drive at its lowest price ever of $80.

Networkable Drive Enclosures (NAS) Stories March 16, 2013

Iomega 1TB EZ Media & Backup Center Gigabit NAS for $80 + free shipping

Rakuten offers the Iomega 1TB EZ Media & Backup Center NAS External Hard Drive, model no. 35538, for $79.99 plus free shipping ($0.08/GB). That’s tied with our mention from last month and the lowest total price we could find now by $10. It features a 1.2GHz dual-core processor, Gigabit Ethernet, USB 2.0, and compatibility with Windows, Mac, and Linux systems.

Networkable Drive Enclosures (NAS) Stories February 28, 2013

Iomega StorCenter Gigabit NAS Enclosure for $300 + free shipping via Rakuten Shopping offers the Iomega StorCenter px4-300d External Network Attached Storage Enclosure, model no. 35098, for $299.99 with free shipping. That’s $20 under our December mention and the lowest total price we’ve seen. (It’s also a current low by $90.) It features an Intel Atom 1.8GHz dual-core processor, support for up to four SATA hard drives with a total capacity of up to 12TB (no hard drives are included), RAID 0, 1, 10, 5, and 5+1, Gigabit Ethernet, two USB 2.0 ports, one USB 3.0 port, and more.

Networkable Drive Enclosures (NAS) Stories February 22, 2013

Iomega StorCenter ix2 NAS Server for $78 + free shipping

As a reader discovered, B&H Photo-Video offers the Iomega StorCenter ix2 Network Attached Storage Server (no hard drive), model no. 35887, for $78.49 with free shipping. That’s $2 under our mention from a week ago and the lowest total price we could find by $35. It features a Marvell 3282 1.6GHz processor, 256MB RAM, RAID 1 and JBOD capabilities, two 3.5″ hot-swappable SATA 6Gb/s hard drive bays, USB connectivity, Gigabit Ethernet, remote access via web, iOS, and Android, and more.

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