A few weeks back, we had the launch of the DS1513+ 5-bay NAS from Synology. Today, we have the follow-up product in the 8-bay DS1813+. Similar to the DS1513+, we have four GbE ports in the new unit. The base platform remains the same (a 2.13 GHz Atom D2700 CPU and 2 GB of RAM, with the memory being upgradable to 3 GB 4 GB).

With all four links aggregated, Synology claims up to 350 MBps reads and 200 MBps writes. This is the same as what was claimed for the DS1513+. Other features available in the DS1513+ (such as Synology High Availability, screwless drive bays etc.) are also available in this new unit.

The total capacity can be extended from 8-bays to 18-bays using two DX513 expansion units. This unit is quite attractive to consumers looking for a 8-bay unit, with the only obvious issue being lackluster encryption performance (the Atom D2700 doesn't have the AES-NI feature to accelerate encrypted volume performance).

The unit is now shipping globally, though availability may vary by region. Going by what the DS1812+ was launched at, this unit can be expected to cost slightly north of $1000.

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  • CosmoJoe - Friday, May 31, 2013 - link

    I purchased a Synology 1511+ a few years ago and have been very happy with it. Prior to that, I had been building my own storage servers.

    Obviously I cannot speak for everyone, but my personal experience of the advantages of buying this device vs. building are as follows:

    1. Built in applications for Synology DSM software. Numerous apps, including some for Android, iPhone and Windows Phone. I make extensive use of their music streaming audio app; I don't even use a dedicated MP3 player anymore because of this. There are countless other apps both officially supported by Synology and other 3rd party apps. I even run Sickbeard right on my DS1511+.
    I find this central management of these apps very convenient vs. installing a hodge-podge of separate apps and managing them all.

    2. Support. I've only had to contact Synology support once. When I did, they set up a remote session for an engineer to log in and help me out. Even for people comfortable with maintaining an open source NAS device, support can become an issue at times.

    3. I like the small footprint and power usage of the device. Not saying you can't find something comparable in a case but you would be hard pressed I think.

    In conclusion, the main value for me was in the additional apps and support. I make heavy use of the device. It is back-end storage (both iSCSI and SMB) for both a Hyper-V cluster and an ESX server. I also make extensive use of many of the other apps including virus scanner. I am certainly not knocking the people who go the open source NAS route; for me it was about picking my battles and where I want to focus my energy. After owning my Syno device for about 3 years now it has cost me very very little in man hours to support, allowing me to focus on other things.
  • ap90033 - Saturday, June 1, 2013 - link

    Ok what I would like to see is some proof. What can you put together that can hold (nicely not crap) 8 drives, has GOOD Raid for said 8 drives, is power efficient and can do just as well or better than this for the SAME or CHEAPER. Quit with opinions show us actual facts (an actual build with pricing)...
  • ap90033 - Saturday, June 1, 2013 - link

    Oh and I am sure your "build" will include hot swap bays where you can easily replace any of the 8 drives if one fails. Make sure it is a complete build and lacks nothing compared to this unit. (I will believe it when I see it)
  • thesmithfamily - Saturday, June 1, 2013 - link

    I agree. I priced a 12 bay, quiet, build you own solution.

    It was hard to find a small case that would hold 12 drives. It did not have easy to access hot swap drives, it was big and you would have to invest time to build and manage it.

    I build all my PCs and I was really convinced that a build your own NAS was the way to go but for an extra couple of hundred dollars ended up with a Synology 2413+

    So glad I bought the Synology, small, quiet, convenient, so easy to tell which drive has failed and swap it. All the software and apps just work with no maintenance. Best thing ever.
  • ap90033 - Saturday, June 1, 2013 - link

    Im with you, except I dont think you can build it for any cheaper than a synology. If you build something decent, low power, and capable (decent raid, etc) it costs quite a bit...
  • ap90033 - Thursday, June 6, 2013 - link

    Thats what I thought. No one with a comparable build. So I guess I'm right in my assumption that you CANT build for cheaper.
  • nofear2k - Wednesday, September 17, 2014 - link

    The Synology can deliver real 120 MB/s transfer speed with one LAN Cable or even more with two LAN Cables attached, even when using RAID-5 or RAID-6 (cpu has to split up and calculate). I had pretty bad experience with a Netgear NAS, which made max 40 MB/s, on Raid-1 :-\

    The Frontend is nice to configure and also offers site to site sync. If you have importand data you might be happy of having a mirrored NAD somewhere esle (at home, other site, basement).


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