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Synology DiskStation DS716+ NAS Review

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Synology DiskStation DS716+ NAS Conclusion:

Just as with the bigger brother, the Synology DiskStation DS716+ is an amazing NAS unit, especially for the price. With the exception of the additional bays, it offers the same performance and versatility we come to expect from Synology NAS units. I was quite pleased with the overall performance of both RAID 1 and Synology Hybrid RAID for backup, and if you are just needing raw space and do not care about continuity, then in a RAID 0 setup with two 8TB disks you could have a big 16TB powerhouse for keeping files. I was surprised to see the RAM slot as a SODIMM design and even though it is unsupported, the ability to upgrade the RAM is a huge plus.

As far as pricing goes, the unit sells for around $449.99, which for the performance and features is a steal. Pair that with a couple of 4TB drives and for under $650 you can have a really good backup solution for all of your needs. Just as with the DS1515+, you also get virtualization support for Hyper-V, Citrix, and VMware, meaning you can use this as a storage area network for your virtual machines and ensure speed and continuity.

As I said before, if you are looking for a reliable backup and storage NAS and you really do not have the cash to drop for one of the five-bay models, but want the same features and performance, then you could not go wrong with the Synology DiskStation DS716+. I highly recommend it.

 

Pros:

  • Quad-core Intel Celeron CPU
  • 2GB RAM that looks to be expandable, although unsupported
  • Two storage bays with up to 8TB drives in each
  • Dual NIC ports supporting load balancing, teaming, and fail-over
  • Ability for SSD caching to increase I/O
  • Can be expanded to up to seven drives with extension bays
  • USB 3.0 and eSATA expand-ability
  • Synology DiskStation Manager controlled
  • Hardware Encryption

Cons:

  • None
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