Review: Synology RackStation RS814

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This article appeared in the March 2014 issue of CRN magazine.

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Review: Synology RackStation RS814

The Synology RS814 rack NAS appliance offers SMBs the same great-value package as its predecessor, the RS812, and now touts a significant hardware boost.

Its removable motherboard has been updated with a dual-core 1.33GHz Marvell Armada XP CPU and memory has doubled to a non-upgradeable 1GB.

The CPU has a passive heatsink, and the PSU fan is barely audible.  Dual Gigabit and USB 3 ports are provided, and the eSATA port can be used to attach a four-bay RX410 1U expansion shelf. Synology’s discovery web portal finds the appliance and applies the latest firmware for you.

It offers to create a hybrid array, which lets users mix drives of different sizes and makes. We allowed it to do this with our trio of 3TB WD Red drives.

The RS814 shows how a well-coded OS can make a big difference to performance. It has exactly the same CPU and memory as Buffalo’s TS3400D, but returned vastly superior speeds in our real-world tests. Write performance was also double that of its predecessor.

Drag-and-drop copies of a 2.52GB video clip returned read and write speeds of 99MB/sec and 96MB/sec. Copying a 22.4GB mix of 10,500 small files to the RS814 averaged write speeds of 77MB/sec – the TS3400D and Synology’s RS812 mustered only 38MB/sec and 34MB/sec, respectively.

Synology’s OS delivers a superb range of storage features. Free antivirus scanning is available courtesy of ClamAV, and bandwidth-hungry users can be controlled by defining upload and download speed limits for specific applications.

Cloud services are excellent, too, and Synology has augmented its Amazon S3 support with a Glacier package, which worked fine with our Amazon Web Services account.

Channel Angle

Distributors Bluechip Infotech, Multimedia Technology, Silicon Memory Technologies

Launched November 2013

RRP $859 (inc GST)

The reviewers say ”An excellent choice for small, but very busy businesses.”

How to pitch it The RS814 is designed to meet ever-increasing business requirements for their future data growth. Its optimal price/performance ratio and expandability make the R814 a perfect fit for public sectors and workgroups with 30-50 employees, who have plans to expand its storage and seek to achieve a high return on investment

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