TechSpot: Synology DS2413+ NAS Review

The DS2413+ is Synology's newest twelve-bay DiskStation NAS for small to medium sized businesses who need loads of storage. Along with supporting up to 48TB worth of drives out of the box, the DS2413+ can be paired with the company's DX1211 expansion enclosure that houses an extra 12 drives, doubling the maximum storage capacity of the base unit to a whopping 96TB.

The DS2413+'s processor has been upgraded to a gutsier Intel Atom model and there is twice as much memory. Synology has also been working hard to improve their DSM (Disk Station Manager) software, which is already widely regarded as the best in the industry and just so happened to receive an update recently. DSM 4.2 includes new features and performance improvements over version 4.1.

For those of you who haven't seen what DSM includes since our review of version 3.1 on the DS2411+, you'll be amazed with what's been added. We should also make a quick note before you get to the end and scoff at the price: the DS2413+ isn't for average home users. It's retailing for $1,700 without drives or the 12-bay expansion. With that in mind, let's see what the DS2413+'s upgrades offer.

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Just built a 4bay (Mediasonic Raid Box and 4xSeagate 3tb) (8.5TB single drive to windows and encrypted with truecrypt) Raid 5 for around $700. Bought the box and drives through Amazon. Footprint is super small and quality is decent (not great). Been running since the 1st of the year on a machine I keep on all the time anyway. Probably not business class by a long shot, but can't beat the price.

I just bought the DS213+ , a very impressive two bay NAS with dual core cpu. The stuff you can do with Synology boxes is very impressive.

emailed them with a support query on wednesday and they replied on sunday. that is not enterprise grade. you get what you pay for.

Nice stuff for small business (<20). Bigger business will probably have other requirements like not having a shutdown-button in the webinterface ;-)

A cheap PC with a Gigabit network card (built-in will do), two 4-port PCI-Express SATA controllers, a very large case and quite probably FreeNAS. And friendly Neowin forums, where Mr. Bud and others will be happy to help.

First you need a case that is small, but supports tons of drives:

http://www.newegg.com/Product/...t.aspx?Item=N82E16811352019
http://www.newegg.com/Product/...t.aspx?Item=N82E16811112339

Then a Mini-ITX motherboard with Atom CPU:

http://www.newegg.com/Product/...t.aspx?Item=N82E16813121442

Then RAM, SATA controller that supports at least 4 SATA ports (most small motherboards only supports 2), power supply (the array r2 comes with one, others may not), fast usb flash drive for installing FreeNAS onto (assuming you don't want to use one of your 6 drive bays), and something like this:

http://www.ebay.ca/itm/CABLES-...ers&hash=item3ccf0f76f6

Where you can unscrew one of the usb wires from the plate, plug one end into the motherboard, and velcro the other onto the inside of your case. Plug in your FreeNAS usb drive here.

Warning: While doing it this way is way cheaper than buying an actual NAS, it does require a bit of hardware skill (knowing which parts above will be compatible with each other, will work with FreeNAS, and actually putting them together), and some software skill in making FreeNAS run off of a USB drive. Some Linux/FreeBSD skill would help, but is not manditory. You'll also probably need a few days of free time to get this up and running.

I think my 12TB NAS cost something like $800, which includes the drives, and that was like 2 years ago (which explains why half the parts I linked to are discontinued).

Also, holy crap that Norco 20 bay thing looks nice... How is it so cheap? Crazy...

Edited by HellSpawn, Apr 8 2013, 2:16pm :

HellSpawn said,
Also, holy crap that Norco 20 bay thing looks nice... How is it so cheap? Crazy...

Swear by them so much cheaper than a NAS and decent quality too with rackmount support.

Hard to sell these expensive nas solutions when there is a far far cheaper and more expandable alternative.

HellSpawn said,
First you need a case that is small, but supports tons of drives:

http://www.newegg.com/Product/...t.aspx?Item=N82E16811352019
http://www.newegg.com/Product/...t.aspx?Item=N82E16811112339

Then a Mini-ITX motherboard with Atom CPU:

http://www.newegg.com/Product/...t.aspx?Item=N82E16813121442

Then RAM, SATA controller that supports at least 4 SATA ports (most small motherboards only supports 2), power supply (the array r2 comes with one, others may not), fast usb flash drive for installing FreeNAS onto (assuming you don't want to use one of your 6 drive bays), and something like this:

http://www.ebay.ca/itm/CABLES-...ers&hash=item3ccf0f76f6

Where you can unscrew one of the usb wires from the plate, plug one end into the motherboard, and velcro the other onto the inside of your case. Plug in your FreeNAS usb drive here.

Warning: While doing it this way is way cheaper than buying an actual NAS, it does require a bit of hardware skill (knowing which parts above will be compatible with each other, will work with FreeNAS, and actually putting them together), and some software skill in making FreeNAS run off of a USB drive. Some Linux/FreeBSD skill would help, but is not manditory. You'll also probably need a few days of free time to get this up and running.

I think my 12TB NAS cost something like $800, which includes the drives, and that was like 2 years ago (which explains why half the parts I linked to are discontinued).

Also, holy crap that Norco 20 bay thing looks nice... How is it so cheap? Crazy...

Is that $800 including drives? If not, wouldn't this be a cheaper route?

http://www.amazon.com/gp/produ...e=as2&tag=supeofstee-20

I'm just looking to free up my desk space, I have 2x3TB, 2TB external HDD's, along with 1TB portable. I just want all my HDD's be to synced as if it was a server. I just want to plug the NAS into my router and then keep it hidden and be able to view everything over my network from computer to iPhone.

Dinggus said,

Is that $800 including drives?

Hellspawn said,

cost something like $800, which includes the drives

My solution is cheaper, and has 6-7 bays - more than the drobo.

This product is excellent for small business. We may even consider it if it was not available for a rip off $2800 here.