Synology recently launched the DiskStation DS210+, a high-performance and secure NAS (network-attached storage) server for small and mid-sized businesses to share and archive their data. Various built-in features serve to increase productivity with its support for business-oriented functions.
The NAS appliance comes with a gigabit Ethernet port and three USB 2.0 (one in front, two rear) and one eSATA (front) port for expansion through external storage devices. Two internal drive bays accommodate standard 3.5-inch SATA drives in configurations of RAID and JBOD. Besides supporting all the common network protocols for file sharing, the DS210+ also can be configured as an iSCSI target. In addition, it also can encrypt on-board data for security.
Synology is known for providing a wide array of functions with its NAS servers and the DS210+ is no different. The NAS is managed through a Web interface called DiskStation Manager. The "Web Station" component in version 2.3 of the firmware allows the device to host up to 30 websites, while its "Mail Station" enables it to operate as a basic mail server. Other software such as "Surveillance Station 4" supports up to 12 IP cameras while "File Station 3" is an FTP server with the ability to perform encrypted file transfers. As a bonus, live video feeds from connected IP cameras can even be accessed from anywhere with an iPhone using Synology's free DS cam app.
Even more interesting, the DS210+ NAS can perform a backup to Amazon S3, a popular cloud storage service. The company sent me a unit of the DS210+ to review (more on that in another blog), and I found its Amazon S3 capability easy to configure and schedule the same way as a DiskStation-to-DiskStation replication, or a DiskStation backup to an external storage device.
The hardware is equipped with a 1.06GHz embedded processor with 512MB of memory, which the company says allows the DiskStation DS210+ to deliver performance of more than 108 MB/sec reading and 58 MB/sec writing in a Windows environment.
According to product manager Rosiel Lee, the Synology DS210+ is equipped with a 256-bit AES hardware encryption engine that can offload the security encryption from the main CPU, which helps to improve file-transfer speeds of the DiskStation when encryption is enabled. In a nutshell, Lee says:
The Synology DS210+ provides users with secure network-attached storage solution that protects data while allowing performance to remain high.
The diskless version of the DiskStation DS210+ will cost around $450 while a pre-configured version with two 1TB hard drives installed should go for around $650. Synology says its DiskStation DS210+ is available globally.