Synology NAS

About Synology

A Taiwanese company founded in 2000, Synology offers a wide variety of NAS products in a number of different lines, each designed with a specific setting in mind.  The j line of products is largely intended for home use, or possibly for a home office, being the least powerful but the most economic.  Products marked with a + are intended for corporate solutions, designed to allow full offices access to data simultaneously.  Their core products, without either the + or j, fit the middle market, usually intended for use by a corporate workgroup.

A few examples of products:
Synology DiskStation 2 Bay NAS DS212+ with 2 2 TB WD Caviar Black Drives
Synology DiskStation 2 Bay 6TB Network Attached Storage DS213+
Synology DS413J DiskStation NAS
Synology DS212 DiskStation NAS Black
Synology DS412+ 8TB 4 x 2TB WD RED HDDs 4 Bay High Performance NAS Server
Synology DS1512+ Standalone NAS 3GB RAM Upgrade + 5 x 3 TB WD RED

Synology products almost universally score well in user reviews, often citing the large features list, the included software pre-installed, and the simplicity of installation for the hard drives themselves.  Transfer speeds also tend to be quite strong, maintaining rates competitive with same year models from other major NAS manufacturers, and the RAID options for the larger arrays can compete with anything else on the market today.

Modern Synology products come with their Disk Station Manager 2.1 package, which already includes a wide variety of applications, but Synology also provides support for a wide variety of other third party applications like WordPress, Joomla, and other standard data management systems.