Synology DiskStation DS411 NAS Server
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Whereas 2 years ago most people didn't even know what a NAS unit was during the past 6 months alone a good number of people i know have turned towards NAS solutions for both backup and surveillance purposes (some even for webpage hosting) instead of having their systems running 24/7. Needless to say NAS solutions can't really compete with a fully working system but they do use only a fraction of the electricity, they are very small, quiet and the home/office versions can take up to 4 hard disk drives while the larger business versions can hold up to 36. In the past we have reviewed quite a few NAS units and we do have one here working around the clock so today we thought of bringing yet another such review to the table.
Founded in 2000, Synology is a young and energetic company dedicated to developing high-performance, reliable, versatile, and environmentally-friendly Network Attached Storage (NAS) products. Our goal is to deliver user-friendly solutions and solid customer service to satisfy the needs of businesses, home offices, individual users and families.
The DiskStation DS411 we have here with us today is the latest addition in the 4 bay DiskStation line by Synology (411= 4bays/2011) and so we were quite excited to see what new Synology placed on the DS411 and just how good it is compared to the previously released DS411j (which we had the chance to check for less than a day). Overall as you will also see later on the DiskStation DS411 by Synology may not be the best NAS device money can buy but it hits the sweet spot between price/features and performance which is what most home and office users are looking for. Now unlike our previous NAS reviews in this review (and in the ones following) we will also be running basic performance, power consumption and temperature tests (although quite thorough) on all the units we have here with us (sadly not that many) along with the DS411 to see just how it does against its immediate competition.