Synology DS212 2-bay NAS Server for Workgroups and Offices Review

Storage/NAS by stefan @ 2012-01-02

The DS212 NAS Server from Synology is a feature rich product with good performances, which integrates their own DSM (DiskStation Manager), really easy to use, with applications like Audio Station, Photo Station, Download Station and can be used as a mail server, to host websites and more. The enclosure is actively cooled and the HDDs can be easily removed from inside the product by pulling out the trays (however, the HDD installation is not screwless, the disks needing screws to be mounted onto the trays).

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Product Features, Specifications

Product Features:


Optimal Price/Performance Ratio


Synology DS212 delivers an average 110 MB/sec reading speed under RAID 1 configuration in a Windows environment, and 54.3 MB/sec writing. DiskStation DS212 provides a reliable solution for data sharing with an easy to use interface, and comprehensive office applications, including a complete backup solution making it one of the best values in 2-bay NAS devices available today.


Coming with USB 3.0 support which offers transmission speeds of up to 5 Gbps, namely 10 times faster than USB 2.0, DS212 takes less time for data transfer for external hard drives and consumes less power. In addition, hot-swappable drives make it easier for maintenance and hard drive replacement.


Simple Sharing


Synology DS212 offers comprehensive network protocol support, assuring seamless file sharing across Windows, Mac, and Linux platforms. Windows ADS and LDAP integration allows the Synology DS212 to quickly and easily fit into an existing business network environment with no need to recreate user accounts on the Synology DS212. Internet file access is simplified by the encrypted FTP server and the web-based File Browser. HTTPS, the built-in firewall, and IP auto-block support ensure file sharing over the Internet is protected at a high security level.


If you are always on the move, Synology provides a handy app, DS file for iPhone, iPad and Android users. Anything stored on Synology DS212 can now be accessed remotely using DS file via the Internet.


Business Applications


Synology DS212 runs on the award-winning operating system, Synology DiskStation Manager (DSM), offering comprehensive applications and features designed specifically for home and business workgroups.


The built-in mail server turns Synology DS212 into a dedicated mail service provider, and the USB printer sharing capability minimizes businesses’ cost by sharing printing resources throughout the office. VPN Server package offers an easy VPN solution that turns your DS212 into a VPN server, providing a secure way of connecting to a private LAN at a remote location.


Synology Web Station with support for PHP/MySQL web content allows hosting of up to 30 websites, and 3rd party web applications such as Content Management, Customer Relationship Management & e-Commerce system.


Effective Backup Solutions


Synology DS212 offers a centralized backup target to consolidate fragmented and unstructured data across a network. PC users can back up their data to Synology DS212 using Synology Data Replicator software, and Mac OS X users enjoy native Apple® Time Machine integration.


A backup wizard is provided for backing up data from Synology DS212 to another Synology DiskStation, to other rsync server, or to an external drive. Backing up to Amazon® S3 cloud service is also supported. The add-on package, Time Backup, keeps DiskStation data in multiple versions, so IT administrators could easily keep track of them and restore to a previous version whenever required.


USBCopy and SDCopy provide a plug-n-save solution to store data. By pushing the «Copy» button on the front panel, you can quickly back up all data from your USB storage device or SD card to your DiskStation.


Peace of Mind with Data Encryption


The Synology DS212 is equipped with an encryption engine which offloads the encryption calculation task away from the main CPU, helping to improve file transfer speeds of the DiskStation.


Data protection is an important matter for businesses of all sizes. High-end features previously available only on enterprise level hardware are now accessible via Synology DS212 to small and medium-sized businesses. DS212 provides share-level AES 256-bit encryption to aid in the prevention of unauthorized access attempts to the hard drives.


Energy Efficient with Cool and Quiet Design


Synology DS212 is designed with energy efficiency in mind. Not only does it provide a 92x92 mm fan and the smart airflow to keep the system running cool 24/7, its noise dampening design makes it really quiet compared to PC counterparts. The support of Wake on LAN/WAN, multiple scheduled power on/off, and hard drive hibernation can further reduce power consumption and operation cost.


All Synology products are produced with RoHS compliant parts and packed with recyclable packaging materials. Synology acknowledges the responsibility as a global citizen to continually work to reduce the environmental impact of every product produced.


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