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The two-bay Synology DiskStation DS211+ is as feature-packed as two-bay NAS enclosures come. Not only is the box fast, but its easy-to-use DiskStation Manager 3.1 software provides tons of Secure FTP and HTTP, a variety of media-serving features, rsync backup to other NAS boxes, iSCSI, video surveillance, and a whole lot more. Although the unit itself is attractive, the DS211+'s drive bays have a slightly cheap feel. The pop-off faceplate that facilitates access to the drives is clever as well as handy, but the plastic trays and locking mechanisms seem a bit penny-pinching for a box this pricey. So does the lack of a second ethernet port for failover and increasing available bandwidth. The company's DiskStation Manager 3.1 software offers an interface that is like running Linux within a Window. You can open, close, drag, and stack windows--all within your Web browser. The multiple views and windows make it much easier to get a handle on file operations and the contents of the drive. And it's just plain cool. I tested the DS211+ with both a 3TB and 2TB drive installed. The unit averaged approximately 44 MBps writing data to its drives, and about 62 MBps reading on my gigabit network.
The dual-bay Synology DS-211+ is marketed as a business-class NAS suitable for medium and small businesses looking to centralize storage and backups. It provides several functions, from network multimedia via UPnP and DAAP, to Windows Active Directory serving and joining, to multi-OS network file system support, to enterprise level storage with iSCSI. Add a web server, mail server, and and print server, and the Synology DS-211+ could be a small office's one-stop-shop for a network hub. We last looked at a Synology device, the DS-409+ NAS, in the summer of 2009. We were blown away by Synology's far better control panel, an improvement over that of the DS-207 and competitor QNAP's universal control panel. In the meantime, both manufacturers have updated their software considerably. Synology's still takes the cake. The Synology DS-211+ comes in a black box with a handle on top. It's not a very heavy unit — I took it with me to a LAN party and didn't really feel the additional burden. The front shows the prime features of the device (iSCSI, Windows AD, File Server, Backup, Encryption) while the back lists in short the hardware, potential applications, languages, and package contents.