Synology releases the energy efficient DS413 NAS device

We can’t say enough good things about Synology products. The company creates high quality NAS devices for both home and small business users and gives users a lot of functionality for a reasonable price. Not only is the hardware great, but the DSM operating system is also extremely robust and there is a plethora of utilities available to meet almost any need.

Today the company announced the release of the DS413, a four bay hot-swappable NAS box aimed at small business users as well as power users. The DS413 has a dual core 1 GHz processor, a gigabyte of RAM, has 256-bit AES hardware encryption built in, and consumes less than four watts of power while hibernating. The box also has two USB 3.0 ports, one USB 2.0 port, and an eSATA port, along with a gigabit Ethernet port. The MSRP is expected to be $499.99 without drives.

While we haven’t had a chance to play with this device, we have no reason to believe that it won’t live up to reputation of the previous devices. The press release it attached below.

==== Press Release ====

Synology Releases the DiskStation DS413 Optimized for Business Use

Bellevue, Washington—Synology America Corp. today announced the launch of the DS413, the latest offering for business users.

The new 4-bay DiskStation uses the attractive new case design and offers hot swap capability to help users maximize their uptime.  Consuming less than 4 watts in hibernation, it is the greenest DiskStation yet.

The DS413 features also features a hardware assist for encrypted performance.  This allows users to get the most out of the 256-bit AES shared folder encryption with greatly improved read and write speeds.

“The DS413 makes for a valuable update to the DiskStation family,” said Joshua Wise, Product Manager at Synology America Corp.  “The updated case design is attractive and functional, and should be an affordable and welcome addition to any office.”

When paired with the DiskStation Manager (DSM) 4.1 operating system, it brings a number of features ideal for office users.

  • Cloud Station allows remote assets to keep files up to 5GB each in sync
  • QuickConnect allows for direct download links without needing port forwarding
  • VPN server (and client) allows for creating secure connections between networks
  • Shared folder sync between DiskStations to minimize downtime

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About Synology

Founded in April of 2000, Synology Inc. is a leader in next-generation Network Attached Storage (NAS) servers for the home and small to medium sized business markets.  Specializing in both hardware and software for network attached storage devices; Synology products are feature-rich, easy-to-use, energy-efficient, reliable and affordable.  All Synology product investments are enhanced with product warranties, free software upgrades and 24/7 online support. Visit for more information

Synology has a global presence with regional offices in the US (Bellevue, Washington), and the UK (London, England), Germany (Düsseldorf), and Taiwan (Taipei).

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No doubt that Synology make great NAS boxes that are liked by many. Great if youre a non geek and just want to plug something in and have spare cash to throw at it....

But just dont know why anyone would pay $500 for something without drives (so that becomes closer to $1000 before its usable to its full extent), when you can build a NAS box yourself for about the same cost as the bare box (for the drives etc) + an old PC + free OS (with open source community support).....

It's simple:

I'm a busy professional who wants to do a lot of things but doesn't have the time.

I would rather pay a premium to have something foolproof that gets the job done, without requiring me to have to learn lots of new things.

It's like asking someone why they would go to a restaurant, or buy ready-made food, when they could just go to the supermarket and buy the ingredients, learn how to cook, etc.

It's quite simple. Not everyone is interested in computers. Some people want to backup their files and they want to pay for something that does the job without fuss so that they can get back to the things they actually enjoy doing.

Of course, this place is biased because this is a tech enthusiast website. I can imagine Synology products being popular with, say, professional photographers that know how to use Photoshop and do some simple computer stuff but are not keen on spending time to learn how to actually build a NAS. Why bother? There are more interesting things to do with your time.

Plus, Synology's Hybrid RAID is pretty cool, and is much easier to get up and running than unRAID, ZFS, ReadyNAS, etc.

I see this response a lot, but I think you'd be hard pressed to build something comparable for only $500. Sure, there are some freeware alternatives, but it requires a lot of tinkering. I tried using FreeNAS several years ago and it would sometimes stream to the Xbox, but not always and frequently required reboots. DSM is very robust, very easy to use, and has a lot of plugins that you can install and they work great (for example, VPN).

The only thing I wish it did was bare metal restores -- if it did, I could retire my Windows Home Server.