Synology DiskStation DS112+ High-Performance 1-bay All-in-1 NAS Server Review

Storage/NAS by stefan @ 2012-08-07

The DS112+ from Synology is a full feature-packed NAS like the more expensive versions but does offer only a single bay, meaning that is more suitable for businesses that do not need a huge amount of storage space. However, thanks to the connectivity options (1x eSATA and 2x USB 3.0), we can attach more external storage to it, if needed. The read-write performances of the NAS are good, but these are always influenced by the installed HDD.

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Product Features, Specifications

Product Features:

High Performance

The Synology DS112+ is designed for business users who demands high-performance for file sharing and running of office applications. The Synology DS112+ delivers an average 107.92 MB/sec reading and 76.66 MB/sec writing speeds in a Windows® environment1. Coming with USB 3.0 support which offers transmission speeds of up to 5 Gbps, namely 10 times faster than USB 2.0, DS112+ takes less time for data transfer for external hard drives and consumes less power.

Peace of Mind with Data Encryption

The Synology DS112+ 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. Highend features previously available only on enterprise level hardware are now accessible via Synology DS112+ to small and medium-sized businesses. DS112+ provides share-level AES 256-bit encryption to aid in the prevention of unauthorized access attempts to the hard drives.

Rich Office Applications

Synology DS112+ runs on the renowned operating system, Synology DiskStation Manager, (DSM) offering applications and features designed specifically for SMBs. Directory Server package turns Synology DS112+ into an LDAP-based directory server which is capable of centralizing the management and authentication of user accounts for different applications, therefore enhancing network security and reducing management costs. Internet file access is simplified by FTP server and the web-based File Station. Synology DiskStation eliminates the requirement of advanced FTP knowledge for Internet file sharing. With just a few clicks, FTP service can be established. File Station provides easy file navigation on your DSM desktop, allowing you to move or copy files without installing any software on your client computer.

The built-in mail server offers a professional mail service 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 DS112+ into a VPN server, providing a secure way of connecting to a private LAN at a remote location.

Complete Backup Solutions

A backup wizard is provided for backing up data from DS112+ to another Synology DiskStation or any rsync server via an encrypted connection, or to an external hard drive via USB 3.0 or eSATA connection. The wizard also makes it easy to back up DiskStation data to the cloud via Amazon® S3. In addition, users can back up and restore DiskStation shared folders in multiple versions using Synology Time Backup package.

Shared Folder Sync allows users to synchronize a specific folder from Synology DS112+ to another DiskStation– a server-to-client backup mechanism that takes place whenever something is changed on the server side. Users will be able to share documents within their local office seamlessly and safely with encrypted connection. When your DiskStation is down, you will be able to have an immediate backup running in no time.

Energy Efficient with Cool and Quiet Design

Synology DS112+ is designed with energy efficiency in mind. Not only does it provide a larger fan and the smart airflow to keep the system running cool 24/7, its noise dampening design makes it really quiet (18.4 dB) 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 packing 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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