Synology introduces DiskStation DS211+, review finds the plus stands for performance

If you're not down with this whole "careless computing" craze you still need somewhere to stuff your files, and Synology has introduced a new high-performance and (relatively) low-cost option. It's the DS211+, a dual-bay, hot-swappable NAS with an integrated card reader and software providing easy security administration, remote access, and even surveillance storage duties. It's priced at "around $400" and, according to an early review at KitGuru, it's well worth the cost, delivering "stunning levels of bandwidth" and leading to various other hyperbolic conclusions that make us think you might want to wait for a second, less euphemistic opinion before clicking the buy button.

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Synology Launches Budget-Friendly, Business-Grade NAS DiskStation DS211+

REDMOND, Wash., Dec. 14, 2010 /PRNewswire via COMTEX/ -- Synology America Corp. today launched the DiskStation DS211+, a high-performance and full-featured 2-bay NAS server for office and enthusiast users to share files, centralize backup, and protect data. The latest addition to the professional class of DiskStations comes with Synology's distinctive DiskStation Manager (DSM) 3.0 software to provide an intuitive interface for managing the server.

As part of the revamped design, the DS211+ offers hot-swap drive bays, which will help businesses to minimize downtime in the event of a drive failure. Priced around $400, this is the first DiskStation to offer this feature at this price point. For photographers, it also offers an integrated SD card reader, making for easier transfers to the NAS.

"When you factor in the benefits of the newer hardware on productivity, this is just a great answer to the needs of small businesses," said Jason Bonoan, Product Marketing Manager at Synology America. "With support for 3TB drives, that allows for volumes up to 6TB, plenty of space for many small businesses. This new model just represents a value unmatched by DAS so-called 'solutions.'" In addition to the expected NAS duties, such as file sharing and remote access and management, Surveillance Station 5 allows the DiskStation to become an NVR solution. As a surveillance solution, it supports up to 12 IP channels at once, chosen from a list of over 700 camera models.

With DSM 3.0, it offers business users such features as: ADS integration (with support for domains up to 100,000 users and groups) Enhanced iSCSI support (including persistent reservations) Hardware encryption engine with 256 bit AES share-level encryption Using the intuitive DSM 3.0 interface, it is simple to manage all aspects of the server. Synology Hybrid RAID (SHR) allows users to easily create a redundant volume, protecting their data against disk failure without requiring expertise with RAID technology. In addition, the DS211+ is backed by a competitive 2-year warranty and in-house technical support with no extra charge.

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About Synology Founded in April of 2000, Synology Inc. is a leader in next-generation Network Attached Storage (NAS) servers for the home and small to medium sized business markets. Specializing in both hardware and software for network attached storage devices; Synology products are feature-rich, easy-to-use, energy-efficient, reliable and affordable. All Synology product investments are enhanced with product warranties, free software upgrades and 24/7 online support. Visit for more information Synology has a global presence with regional offices in the US (Redmond, Washington) and the UK (London, England) and Taiwan (Taipei).

Press Contact Doug Self Synology America Corp.