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Synology DiskStation DS1515+ NAS: Introduction
Now more than ever is protected storage needed. With the digital age, all media, including family photos, movies of the kids, important documents, or maybe your business files, is fully digital with less and less residing on hard copies. So what happens when you have all of those precious files stored on that single drive in your computer and bam, disk fails or you are hit with a ransomware such as CryptoLocker? Sure, there are cloud backup solutions, but on average they are expensive and you are relying on someone else to protect your most precious files. Not many years ago it took rocket science knowledge to set up and run a home or small office network storage. The software was cryptic and you had to have a good working knowledge of the hardware to get it all set up. Well, over the years that has changed, with companies like Synology that have been bringing redundant mass storage to users with any technical background, allowing us to protect what is needed to keep close and secure.
There are many types of NAS or Network Attached Storage devices on the market. They range from single bay storage to enough drive space to run your own three letter acronym company right out of your house (No, I did not say NSA, but hey, since you brought it up!). Today we are going to be taking a look at a beast of a NAS from Synology, the DiskStation DS1515+. The Plus series offers more speed and efficiency and also offer High Availability options. They are also certified to work with Virtualization platforms such as VMware, Citrix, and Hyper-V for expanded storage.
The DS 1515+, in particular, is a five-bay powerhouse sporting a quad-core processor, 2GB of RAM, a hardware encryption engine, and four Gigabit ports that support failover and link aggregation. Want to speed it up more? Then you also have the option of using an SSD as an external cache, reducing the overall I/O latency. It increases the performance while not decreasing your wallet. Five bays not enough for you? Then you can also expand up to fifteen total with the DX513 expansion units (two additional units supported for a total of 15 bays). Top all that off with the impressive Synology DiskStation Manager and you will be drooling as much as I am at the moment.
So do I have your attention now? Well then how about we dive right in and start taking a look at the physical features of the DS1515+.
Synology DiskStation DS1515+ NAS: Closer Look
The Synology DS1515+ came in a very sturdy cardboard box that you have no doubt will protect the NAS. On the front of the box is the Synology and the DiskStation logo along with the DS1515+ quick feature sheet. There is an image on the label as well that gives you a peek at what the five-bay DS1515+ NAS looks like. On the sides there is not much going on, just more logos and a few features that the NAS offers such as backup, data security, and more. On the back side there is another label on the box that has a listing of the hardware specs.
Getting the box open, you can see again just how well packed and protected the NAS is. Included in the box with the NAS are a welcome guide and a box with the cables. The cables included are the power cable and two network cables. There are also screws for the 2.5-inch drives to be secured to the drive bays and the keys to lock the bays should you choose to.
I have to admit when I first took the DS1515+ out of the box I could not get over how sexy it looked. The pictures do not do it justice as it is a very nice looking NAS unit. The front of the NAS you get a good look at the five drive bays for up to five total disks in this stand alone NAS; more can be added with the expansion units. On top of the NAS is the power button in the middle, the status and alert LEDs to the left, and the LAN LEDs to the right. Each drive bay also has its own LED on the top of the sled to show you activity. The sides of the NAS have the Synology logo etched for an even more sexier look. The back is where all the magic is with the number of options you have with the DS1515+. Starting from the left there is the power port; two eSATA ports on the bottom; four USB 3.0 ports for external devices, such as printers and other drives; and the quad NIC ports. The NICs can be set up for failover, teaming, and load balancing, as you will see in the applications.
Now that we have seen the DS1515+ NAS in its bare glory, we can install the drives and fire it up.