Western Digital Red drives Stories January 26, 2014

Update (1/27): Price bumped to $129

Amazon is offering the 3TB Western Digital Red hard drive for $124.99 with free shipping. That’s $75 below retail, within $10 of the best price ever, and one of the only noteworthy deals we’ve seen on this drive since the fall.

The Western Digital Red line of hard drives feature IntelliPower technology, which 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. 840 Amazon reviewers rate it 4.5 out of 5 stars.

The WD drives are prime to pop in a Synology NAS. These systems offer iOS integration AirPlay support, VPN server, ERP software, mail server, web server, anti-virus, and network video surveillance built-in. If you’re already a Synology user be sure to check out the recently announced DSM 5.0 beta. expand full story

Western Digital Red drives Stories November 5, 2013

Synology 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

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