Synology releases 'budget-friendly' network storage solution

Synology has announced the addition of a new model to its DiskStation network-attached storage (NAS) solution line designed to cater to the budget-conscious business user.

The DS211+ model includes two hot-swappable drive bays, which, in the event of a failure, allow hard drives to be replaced without an interruption in service. With support for 3TB hard drives, this makes the DS211+ capable of providing up to 6TB of storage over a network; the drives can also be arranged in a RAID configuration that, while reducing the actual storage space, provides added redundancy to help protect against data loss, in the event of a disk failure.

The device comes with Synology’s DiskStation Manager software, which provides a “command center” of sorts for all of the services that are installed on the NAS. These include the ability to back data up through Time Machine, audio and video streaming to UPnP devices, and a host of third-party plug-ins, including on-device BitTorrent clients and FTP servers.

Photography enthusiasts will enjoy the presence of a built-in SD card reader, which makes it possible to transfer pictures directly into the NAS. If that weren’t enough, the DS211+ can even be used as a Windows Domain Server, or as a storage medium for electronic surveillance systems.

According to a company press release, the DS211+ model is priced “around $400” and comes with a two-year warranty that includes in-house technical support.

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