If you browse our reviews of NAS units, from small to enterprise level, from QNAP, Synology or any other vendor, one thing stands out: they are all in my favourite “colour” black...
Not so the new QNAP TS-230.
It has a light blue-ish (like baby blue) tint over the whole box which I wasn’t sure I’d like. But I’ve taken a liking to it as will many new users dipping their toes into the daunting NAS world.
So, has QNAP managed to make the entry level unit not only more affordable but also easier to use for newbies?
Let’s find out.
Here’s the last in a trio of reviews of building a Surveillance Station based on some top components.
We started out with some super HDDs from Seagate that are optimised for surveillance jobs. See our review here.
Next came some top cameras from D-Link.
Finally, we have a look at the Synology DS1019+ platform with their Surveillance Station app.
Right: the drive that contains YOUR data!
And yet we give so little attention to which company we entrust our digital life to and to preserve it.
I’ve had countless hard drives and SSDs fail in working with computers for more than 40 years.
So, let’s have a look into an amazing piece of technology, courtesy of Seagate, as we are building and testing a Surveillance Station based on a Synology NAS.
Sometimes simplicity is THE secret sauce for a storage solution.
Regular readers of this site will have seen our previous Drobo reviews – both network and direct attached storage models which we rated very highly for their user friendliness and apparent simplicity. I say “apparent” as the magic to make the Drobos so user friendly is anything but simple.
So today we have a short review of a DAS unit with a gigantic storage capacity: the Drobo 8D.
Eight bays that you can fill up with the highest capacity hard drives you can afford.
Let’s have a look at some of the features.
Synology has focused a lot of effort on their OS, DiskStation Manager (DSM). Over the years, there has been a steady flow of improvements and increase of ecosystem to extend the base functionality.
Synology has been kind enough to provide a DS218+ for review. Instead of the usual hardware focus, DigitalReviews is looking at some specific data protection with Hyper Backup in DSM.
We’ve reviewed dozens of NAS units, from very small to enterprise rack mounted models.
The advantages of a Network Attached Storage unit are well-known but why would anyone still bother with just essentially a bunch of drives in a box connected to just one computer?
Come with us and we’ll show you why.
The TVS-673e is the middle brother in the brand-new QNAP TVS-x73e series. The line-up of these high-performance SMB NAS units consist of the TVS-873e (8-bay), TVS-673e (6-bay) and QNAP TVS-473e (4-bay) models (the first number indicating the number of bays).
Okay, so what’s the “e” stand for in the TVS-673e?
Could be for Enhanced (more features) or Economy (fewer features) than the 473 we had on the bench earlier?
While it is always exciting to take a look at Synology’s latest NAS hardware, Synology’s new additions to its DiskStation Manager and support packages makes the DS918+ a powerful personal cloud device.
Read on for our exploration of these features on Synology’s latest Network Attached Storage device.
What’s the most important asset for most businesses? People, products or premises will probably make your shortlist. How about Data?
It’s alright to pump all your data into “the Cloud” and hope that it will be secure and uncompromised but how about at least having access to your own data in your own company at the local level? In other words, having it on a Networked Attached Storage (NAS) system.
In today’s review we look at a low cost, high performance, rack mounted unit from one of the best NAS companies in the world.
Here’s our take on the QNAP TS-873U-RP.
(This article was written by Paul Maranzano, Technical Director for an IT company in Melbourne, Vic)
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