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Synology DiskStation DS713+ 12 TB (2 x 6 TB) 2 Bay Desktop Network Attached Storage
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- 107.47 MB/sec Reading, 107.08 MB/sec Writing Speed
- Dual Core CPU & Super-Speed USB 3.0 Ports
- Dual-LAN Failover and Link Aggregation Support
- Extensive Surveillance With 20 HD IP Camera Capacity
- Easy-to-Use Synology DiskStation Manager (DSM)
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Robust & scalable NAS server for business
DS713+ provides high-performance and a straightforward approach to data-management and protection, letting you get a head start for your business. Whenever you're ready, upgrade capacity easily by adding an expansion unit.
Contains WD Red HDD's NAS optimised for up to 8 bays Desktop solutions, Designed for Low duty cycle environment with 3 years warranty
Dual core CPU brings high performance
With dual core CPU and Link Aggregation, Synology DS713+ keeps up with the speed of your business with 228.01 MB/sec reading and 145.08 MB/sec writing speed under RAID1 configuration in a Windows environment.
SuperSpeed USB 3.0 accelerates transfer rates
DS713+ optimizes your working experience by enabling faster and more efficient data transfers. When backing up to external hard drives, DS713+ comes with Super-Speed USB 3.0 ports providing ten times the transfer speed of its predecessor, reducing the time to transfer data to external hard drives.
Dual LAN with failover and Link Aggregation support
Coming with dual LAN ports with failover and Link Aggregation support, DS713+ ensures continual network service in case of LAN connection failure, avoiding possible disruption occurrences. Link Aggregation with trunking enhances connection speeds beyond the limits of any one single cable or port.
Hassle-free scalability up to 42TB
DS713+ offers hassle-free scalability up to seven drives with Synology DX513 expansion unit2 when the storage capacity of DS713+ nears its limit. Connected via eSATA with specially designed locking devices, DX513 expands storage capacity up to a maximum of 42TB3 with minimal time-investment in setup and configuration.
Award winning OS - DiskStation Manager
Synology DiskStation Manager (DSM) is a sleek, browser-based operating system running on every DiskStation and RackStation, which makes managing your Synology NAS a breeze. Featuring an intuitive user interface, DSM makes accessing and sharing your data smarter and simpler. Synology's Package Center lets you download and install useful add-on packages designed specifically for individual or business needs, meaning you can enjoy more entertainment in your life or better productivity at work.
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However as a home user I had a requirement to get a NAS to replace the utterly rubbish Buffalo Linkstation that'd failed and been back to the Netherlands 4 times !!
Not having the large corporate budget to buy a huge SAN (that and that I'd have nowhere to put it) I looked around for a NAS.
I settled on the Synology mainly because of good reviews and the software/ software support that they have.
The Synology software is based on a cut-back Linux operating system so I was happy it would be stable.
I also had a requirement for it to be able to play media (not DLNA) but to actually transcode movies on-the-fly for my media client Plex.
Although the support list claims that this processor won't do the transcoding for Full HD I can say it does - for multiple devices at the same time too !!
I deliberated over the Synology, QNAP and to a limited degree the Netgear. Eventually going with Synology primarily down to software support.
For the techies out there - I also wanted to get an x86 cpu so I would be able to run the majority of compiled apps for NAS.
I opted to get the 713+ as it had a slightly better cpu than the 712+ - glad I made the move.
I stuck a pair of 3TB disks in and mirrored them (I'm touchy about single disks now given my near loss of all my data from the extraordinarily buggy Linkstation where I had to use some low level recovery tools to claw it back! It took weeks to get all my family photos back !!
So - it's been up and running without issue now for months. The only time it's been down was when I opted to increase the memory. Other than that it's been a rock solid and high performance piece of kit - so much so I've just had two of it's much bigger brothers (the RS3412RPXS) installed in a major corporate client for backup storage !!
If you're thinking of a NAS and are looking for a reason to justify the cost of this - hopefully this review should give you confidence in this product.
I thought the DS712+ was quick but the DS713+ is something else with 202.3MB/sec reading and 135.84MB/sec writing. I have to say I was actually really pleased when I opened up the box to find a really sexy, sleek black matt NAS which aesthetically is almost identical to the DS712+. Like me you might be thinking how does this NAS manage to read and write so fast? Well I can let you into a little secret; it's called `Link Aggregation'. This basically means that the two Gigabit LAN ports on the back of the unit allow the DS713+ to get all the bandwidth that it needs. Link Aggregation does boost your speed. In a standard home environment will you notice? Probably not as the infrastructure isn't there. However soho or business environments where it will really shine. It'll keep multiple concurrent users very happy and provide much needed redundancy should one link fail.
The DS713+ is packed with the latest and best hardware that you could expect from a dual bay NAS. With a Dual Core 2.13 GHz CPU and 1GB DDR3, the DS713+ introduces a powerful evolution on the DS712+ that it replaces. With a maximum internal capacity of 8TB (not including the available expansion modules) made up of 2x 4TB drives, the options are endless.
A nice improvement from other Synology NAS' we have reviewed, is the ability to fit a 3.5" or 2.5" hard drive without the need of a 2.5" adaptor. Like many Synology NAS enclosures, the DS713+ had two hot swappable bays. This is perfect if one of your hard drives fails and you need to replace it without any down time. The DS713+ is also expandable using the 5 bay expansion module the DX513 or the newly released the DX213. This means that the budget can be used to purchase this small powerhouse of a server and when more storage is needed it can be flexibly expanded using one of the modules that can be integrated into the volume or it can be added as a whole separate volume.
To that end it offers JBOD, Raid 0/1/5/5spare/6/10 depending on disks and expansion modules used. It also offers Synology's Hybrid Raid allowing drive pooling and hot swapping of disks.
The DiskStation DS713+includes two Ethernet cables, software CD, several HDD mounting screws, welcome paper, warranty information paper and the AC power adapter and it is packaged in an aesthetically pleasing box which is no bigger than it needs to be. Speaking of packaging I notice Synology have started paying a lot more attention to their packaging across their products, an ethos perhaps pioneered by Apple but seemingly being adopted by most companies.
Synology have squeezed a whole host of connectivity options including dual USB 3.0 (rear), a single USB 2.0 port front and an eSATA port for expansion. Network connectivity is via the dual gigabit Ethernet or a wireless dongle sold separately.
With its slim size and small footprint the DS713+ holds two hard drives and you can purchase the system with or without hard drives. In practice however, if you are confident enough to do so buying hard drives separately is probably the most cost effective solution.
The DS713+ is billed for the small and medium business markets. I recently installed a new DS713+ into a small but growing business that required not just centralised backups and redundancy but also multiple users collaborating on files and projects from a central location. The DS713+ handled all this with ease.
The Jewel in the crown - DSM
The Synology DiskStation DS713+ is operating system agnostic so it can be used on home/work networks running Windows, Mac or Linux systems. The built in Media Server is DLNA (Digital Living Network Alliance) capable allowing the NAS to stream seamlessly to DNLA ready devices such as the Playstation 3 and Xbox 360 or other media streamers around the house. I use mine to stream movies to my TV by mapping the shares to my htpc and then using xbmc. In addition to this it functions as a central backup and handles multiple simultaneous connections with ease.
Synology recently upgraded their DSM (DiskStation Manager) software to version 4.1, which is designed to feel more like an OS than typical NAS software and this is where the Synology drive really excels above and beyond the competition in my opinion. Make sure you update to the latest firmware from the control panel.
As mentioned Synology also provide mobile apps that interface with the DS713+ for both the iPhone/iPod Touch and Android devices. The DS Audio iPhone app, allows music to be streamed from the NAS to your iPhone both within and outside of your home network.
DS Photo offers browsing and uploading photos and videos stored on DiskStation from your mobile devices.
Best way to think of this is your own personal dropbox without limits, though the NAS drive needs to be online for you to do it.
As well as being able to operate with Linux, OS X and Windows it functions as an entertainment server through its DNLA enabled media backend and built in iTunes server. The Download station allows Bit Torrents to run on the DiskStation DS713+ without any other computer being on within the network.
There are a range of available applications to launch websites and host mail servers. A great feature is the ability to hook up a USB printer making it available across the network for everyone. Ideal in the work place as it bring a fully functional printer server allowing multiple users to make use of the assets with very little effort! You get a complete print server that supports multifunction printers, Apple Air Print, and Google Cloud Print for sharing your printer around the home or office.
The Surveillance Station 6 is yet another very useful feature as you can setup the DS713+ for use with up to 12 IP cameras.
The recently upgraded DSM 4.1 interface makes managing settings and applications on the machine much smoother and simpler and less intimidating for those with limited knowledge of networks and all the various settings. If you can navigate around Windows then the DSM 4 interface should seem quite familiar.
One of the major features of the new DSM 4.1 is their cloud service, keeping all your digital devices in sync with your DS713+. All the benefits of cloud storage with the peace of mind that local security/storage brings.
Backup and Encryption
The DS713+ offers a centralised storage to backup and consolidate fragmented files across a network and Synology's own Data Replicator handles the job with ease. It is also compatible with Apple's Time Machine users who can use their own solutions to keep their files backed up. I use Microsoft Sync Toy for regular backups. It also offers 256 Bit AES Encryption via its own encryption engine which offloads the task away from the main cpu keeping it working harder on the network.
You also have the ability in DSM 4 to make your DiskStation an iSCSI target. In doing so, you can create as many LUNs (Logical Unit Number) as you want. Users can map those iSCSI LUNs to workstations on their network and in doing so, create a truly centralized storage location. Another use of the iSCSI feature of the DiskStation is using the DS713+ as a datastore for VMware. Downloading the trial version of ESXi 5.0 (free to use), I mapped a LUN in vSphere Client. With this, you can create your virtual machine using the networked storage on your DiskStation.
My Final Thoughts
If you are looking for a powerful and very capable NAS then the Synology DS713+ is a terrific choice for both the savvy computer user, SMBE and even the technologically challenged. It brings a strong performance boost to the table and strikes a perfect balance between performance and affordability. Make sure you check Synology's compatibility list first if buying new drives to make sure they are compatible. The two drives in raid provide a level of data redundancy so should one drive fail you can fall back on the other drive mirroring it.
This is the ultimate dual bay NAS device due to its impressive design, excellent feature set, and the highly refined DSM 4.1 software
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