Synology DiskStation DS1511+
Posted on: 06/17/2011 06:34 AM
Today we are checking out the Synology DiskStation DS1511+, which is powered by an Intel Atom D525 dual-core processor and features a 1GB memory buffer. These hardware specifications should make the DS1511+ quite snappy and the ability to support Link Aggregation should help maximize performance...
Back at the start of 2010 network attached storage maker Synology released their latest flagship NAS device, the DiskStation DS1010+. Incredibly this 5-bay NAS was claimed to offer performance that was 250% greater than the award-winning DS509+. Although the DS1010+ natively supported five hard drives, it was able to merge with the DX510 expansion enclosure to support a total of ten drives.
Furthermore, using RAID-1, 5, or 6 volume-types, disks can be migrated to larger-sized disks, without loss of data. Whether adding additional disks, or migrating to larger size disks, the DS1010+ with its companion DX510 provide a total storage capacity of 20 TB. This made the DS1010+ and DX510 combo the ultimate NAS solution for large capacity needs.
However for those requiring even more capacity and performance, Synology updated the DS1010+ with its successor the DS1511+ late last year. The DS1511+ is very similar to the original as both share the same physical design and dimensions. Much of the internal hardware remains the same as well, though the Atom processor has been upgraded to a slightly faster model.
The key advantage to the new Synology DiskStation DS1511+ is its ability to connect with not one but rather two DX510 expansion enclosures, for a total of 15 hard drives. This means when using 3TB hard drives this configuration will yield up to 45TB, and well that’s a heck of a lot of storage.
Given that this is a high-end business class product, the DiskStation DS1511+ costs a cool $870 US in diskless form. The DX510 expansion enclosures for those that require even greater storage flexibility can be had for about $500 US each without drives.
Then if you were to fill them with 3TB hard drives that bill would come to about $2250 US. Add in the cost of the Synology products and you have a total bill of $4120 US, which is surprisingly good for such a vast amount of high-speed storage.
For businesses the DS1511+ can help reduce IT costs as it replaces other network hardware generally found in the office, such as old PC servers, given that it provides data storage, printer server and file sharing features.
Another great advantage of the DS1511+ and devices like it is the low power consumption, the DS1511+ consumes just 68 watts of power under normal operating conditions and supports Wake-on-Lan and hibernate disks when not in use to further reduce energy consumption.
Printed from Legion Hardware (http://www.legionhardware.com/articles_pages/synology_diskstation_ds1511,1.html)