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Synology DiskStation DS414 4-bay NAS

Jun 05,2014 0 Comments

Synology DiskStation DS414 4-bay NAS

In March, Synology released a new operating system for the company’s NAS products, DSM 5.0. The operating system included several new features. Many of the features trickled down from enterprise class products, making even Synology’s lowest priced products capable of enterprise features.

DSM 5.0 ushers in a new GUI interface that makes the system easier to manage. Synology calls it simple and straightforward, and we found the claim to be true. The system is easier to setup than Windows, and management, even for complex tasks, takes less time than previous versions.

The new Synology DS414 NAS sits in the middle of the home user and entry-level small business user markets. Over the last year, we’ve seen several 4-bay models with enhanced features like HDMI output for A/V functions, but many businesses and even home users still want a cost effective unit without the added features and increased cost.

The DS414 is that product: a NAS for data storage and data connectivity without the added expense of hardware functions that wouldn’t be utilized. I wouldn’t call the DS414 a stripped down model though. It has so many software bells and whistles–more than what anyone could use at the same time–that we have to call it a loaded system.

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