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Synology DiskStation DS1515+ NAS Review

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All I can say after doing this review is that the Synology is all that anyone could ever want in a NAS. As a security engineer, I appreciate all of the features that the NAS offers to keep your data safe with the encryption, shared logins, and more. From a networking standpoint, the quad NIC ports that offer load balancing and redundancy are huge. Tie that in with the DS1515+'s support for VMware and Hyper-V for storage and I am sold.

The one downside is that the NAS is quite pricey, reaching close to $900, but as the old saying goes, you get what you pay for. The biggest feature of this NAS are the five drive bays. I am not a fan of RAID 5 due to the higher likelihood that an unrecoverable failure can occur. The fact I can choose RAID 6 is a big plus for me. The speeds of the Synology Hybrid RAID was surprising and pleasant to see that Synology is improving for its customers to get the most out of their NAS setup.

From the software perspective, I really enjoyed using the DiskStation Manager. It was very easy to navigate and to find what I needed. I have used FreeNAS for a long time and while I love the features, the UI is so complicated that it takes you hours to get running. The DS1515+ I had up and running in less than 30 minutes and that included creating my first RAID volume.

If you are looking for a NAS for home for that precious data or you need solid storage for a business, then this is one contender that I don't see falling short of your expectations.



  • Five storage bays with up to 8TB drives in each
  • Quad NIC ports supporting load balancing, teaming and fail-over
  • Ability for SSD caching to increase I/O
  • Can be expanded to up to 15 drives with extension bays
  • USB 3.0 and eSATA expand-ability
  • Synology DiskStation Manager controlled
  • Hardware Encryption


  • A bit pricier than other NAS models
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