Synology DiskStation DS1513+

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Synology DiskStation DS1513+

You can use the eSATA ports to add two of Synology’s DX513 five-bay expansion units. These push the total capacity to 60TB, and volume expansion makes it possible to expand existing RAID arrays onto any new disks. 

Disk loading is totally tool-free: the hot-swap trays have plastic clips down each side that snap into the hard disk screw holes. 

First-time installation is easier than ever: just point a browser at a URL and it will discover the new appliance and download and apply the latest firmware. It will also create a Hybrid RAID array from all the available drives, which, unlike standard RAID, allows you to mix drives of different sizes and makes in the same RAID array. 

Enabling the advanced features during iSCSI LUN creation brings snapshots into play for point-in-time, read-only copies. The snapshot manager provides a list of all available snapshots, and you can either restore the snapshots back to the original LUN or use them to clone a new one.

A task scheduler can be used to regularly run your own scripts, periodically empty the recycle and manage the new disk storage reports, which provides a wealth of information. Remote access security is even tougher, too, with the two-step authentication system now requiring users to enter a unique six-digit, one-time code as well as their password. 

Channel Angle 

Distributors Bluechip Infotech, Silicon Memory Technologies, Multimedia Technology 

RRP $939  

Verticals SMBs. Synology says "It has attracted attention in education, consulting, photographers, and healthcare."

The reviewers say "At this price, you won’t find a better-specified storage appliance."

How to pitch this product "Running DSM, it provides feature-rich and easy-to-use business applications to simplify data management, providing a centralised destination for storage, backup and sharing with minimal setup." 

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