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Synology DiskStation DS1515+ NAS Review


Synology DiskStation DS1515+ NAS: Start Menu

The Start Menu is just like the Start Menu on your desktop computer. When you have applications that are either built-in or you download, they will be available on the Start Menu. By default, there are a lot of useful applications already installed in the DiskStation Manager that help you get the most out of your new NAS. Below is a brief look at some of the applications that are pre-installed.


Backup and EZ-Internet Wizard:

The Backup application allows you to set up backup options to protect the data on the NAS. This is a backup for the NAS itself and not for clients backing up to the NAS. This is useful if you are using the external disk expansion unit with separate volumes that the main DS1515+ can be backed up to in case of volume or total drive failure. The EZ-Internet Wizard allows you to set up options for access over the Internet, including helping you set up port forwarding, setting up the DiskStation Firewall, and setting up DDNS services to reach your DiskStation via your public IP.



Resource Monitor and Text Editor:

The Resource Monitor is basically like the task manager of the Synology NAS. Here you can view the resources used via graphs for the overall system or individual components, and give you a historical reference on the usage of the system. You can also view the running processes, connected users, current speeds, etc. The Text Editor is just a simple text program for you to take and share notes and so forth.



High Availability Manager and Storage Analyzer:

If you have more than one Synology DS1515+ and have a critical data protection need, then you can pair two of them up and set them up in High Availability. This puts them into an Active/Standby mode with the same data stored on each of the units. Should access to one of the units go down, then the other will take over in active mode, still serving data. When the primary comes back online, they will sync back up. To set up the High Availability, you need to set up the cluster or the settings will not be able to be changed. The storage analyzer shows you current storage levels based on the volumes created and allows you to set up reports on the storage used.



Security Advisor and Log Center:

The Security Advisor shows you any warnings that are found that may compromise the security of the Synology DS1515+ NAS. This includes if any malware is detected, checks for weak passwords, and ensures that the DiskStation Manager is up to date, closing off any security flaws in the software. The Log Center is where you can view logs for the NAS, including logs that are emailed or sent via Syslog.



Storage Manager:

The Storage Manager is the meat of the applications, as this is where all of the storage options for the disks are configured. The DS1515+ has five disk bays that can be configured in a number of ways, including RAID 0, 1, 5, 6, and 10. You can also configure them in the Synology Hybrid RAID, which is sort of the same as RAID 5 and 6 with one or two disk fault-tolerance. By default, the DS1515+ is set up in Synology Hybrid RAID with one disk fault-tolerance. In the Volume menu, you can remove this volume and create any of the RAID options you see fit using any of the five disks.

Under the HDD/SSD section, you can see the actual physical disks and their attributes. You can also see the smart data and status of each one. In addition, based on your needs, you can also set up iSCSI LUN should you desire. The SSD Cache is a feature of the DS1515+ that allows you to populate one or more of the drive bays with solid state drives to be used as a fast caching for the NAS. Since the SSD is faster, data is written to the SSD cache before being written to the slower disks.




Now that we have gone through hardware set up and the Web UI, we can take a look at the specs and get down to testing.

  1. Synology DiskStation DS1515+ NAS: Introduction
  2. Synology DiskStation DS1515+ NAS: Installation
  3. Synology DiskStation DS1515+ NAS: Initial Setup
  4. Synology DiskStation DS1515+ NAS: Web UI and Control Panel
  5. Synology DiskStation DS1515+ NAS: Control Panel Continued
  6. Synology DiskStation DS1515+ NAS: Start Menu
  7. Synology DiskStation DS1515+ NAS: Specifications & Features
  8. Synology DiskStation DS1515+ NAS: Testing Setup
  9. Synology DiskStation DS1515+ NAS: Testing CrystalDiskMark 5.1
  10. Synology DiskStation DS1515+ NAS: Testing Real Time Transfers
  11. Synology DiskStation DS1515+ NAS: Testing Intel NAS Performance Toolkit
  12. Synology DiskStation DS1515+ NAS: Testing Operation
  13. Synology DiskStation DS1515+ NAS: Testing Features
  14. Synology DiskStation DS1515+ NAS: Conclusion
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