$1,699.99
  • Scale up to 96TB with Synology DX1211.
  • 2 LAN with Failover and Link Aggregation Support.
  • VMware/Citrix/Hyper-V compliance.
  • Rich Business Applications.
  • Running on Synology DiskStation Manager (DSM).
  • Synology DS2413+ is designed and developed with energy efficiency in mind.
  • Windows ADS and ACL Support.

BUILD QUALITY:
The DS2413+ is solidly put together. It is not what I'd consider "a tank" but it's by no means flimsy - I think they did a good job of compromise between ruggedness, cost and weight based on the intended environments where it will live. I don't think it's suitable for rugged environments, so don't plan on putting it into a road case and taking it on tour with the band :-) It weighs 10 kg (about 22 lbs) with no drives in it, and with 12 drives it will be 50+ lbs, so make sure your shelf or stand is up to the task.

The drive carriers are very simple metal trays with plastic locking handles. Again, not overly rugged but fine. The unit comes with two bags of screws, one for drives with 6-32 threads (which nearly all 3.5" drives use) and another with M5 threads (for 2.5" drives). The unit comes with the carriers installed and locked in place - SO before you try to take the carriers out, find the key and unlock it first, otherwise you might break a handle trying fruitlessly to remove the carriers.

COOLING:
The internal motherboard and the drives are cooled by two large fans in the back. The fans are speed controlled by temperature. The drives have a gap between them, above and below, to provide cooling airflow. There is no filtering, so if you are running in a dusty environment, you should probably plan on running a vacuum cleaner over the unit front and back from time to time.

POWER:
The DS2413+ has a single power supply connection on the back; it's a standard C14 connector like you'd find on pretty much every other computer product in the world. The power supply is auto-sensing; you can connect it to any AC power source of 100V to 240V AC, 50 or 60 Hz. As with any disk storage array, you really should connect this to an adequately-sized UPS.

NETWORK:
The DS2413+ has two 10/100/1000 network connections on the back. If your switch supports LACP you can trunk the two connections together so they act as one. This gives you more network throughput (you now have 2 Gbps throughput instead of one) and redundancy (if one connection fails for some reason, the other one will still continue to carry traffic).

DISKSTATION MANAGER (DSM):
DSM is the name Synology gives to the software package that runs on the DiskStation. This is a Linux-based platform. It has a very good Web-based management tool, so the normal way to manage the unit is to connect to it with a browser. It also supports a shell interface, so if you are a Linux geek you can connect to it with ssh and do things there, but for most normal management tasks using the browser is a lot easier. DSM comes with pretty much everything you need to manage the array; there are optional "packages" you can install to give you additional functionality, and they are free. For instance, I run the Logitech Media Server package, which allows me to use the DS2413+ as the music and Internet radio server for all of my Logitech/Slim Devices streaming players. There are folks out there who have created their own Synology packages; do a Web search and you'll see quite a few of them.