Synology launched RackStation RS214, a 1U 2-bay rackmount NAS featuring easy data sharing and management. RS214 is specifically designed to serve growing businesses of any size, along with a myriad of office applications that enhance working experience and productivity.
"With enhanced hardware architecture, advanced fail-proof mechanism, and comprehensive business solutions, RS214 provides users with an affordable and reliable solution at an optimal price/performance ratio," said Wayne An, product manager of Synology Inc.
Built to deliver optimal performance, the RS214 is powered by a 1.2 GHz processor and Link Aggregation, delivering an average over 70 MB/sec writing speed under RAID1 configuration in a Windows® environment, and over 160 MB/sec reading. The built-in floating-point unit enhances the overall capability of the main CPU, enabling RS214 to work in higher efficiency when it comes to multimedia processing.
The NAS has 512MB DDR3 RAM, twice the size of its predecessor, exhibiting a boost in multi-tasking performance. With two USB 3.0 interfaces, RS214 greatly improves file transfer rate from and to external hard drives.
RS214 supports 2x 3.5" or 2.5" SATA2 hard drives (not included) for a total maximum capacity of 8TB (4 TB HDD X 2).
Dual LAN failover support ensures continual network service, while hot-swappable design facilitates easy and risk-free hard drive replacement. The brand new hard drive tray lock further secures your hard drives from unauthorized or accidental withdrawal.
Synology RS214 offers comprehensive network protocol support, assuring seamless file sharing across Windows, Mac®, and Linux® platforms. Windows AD and LDAP integration allows the Synology RS214 to fit quickly and easily into an existing business IT infrastructure, with no need to recreate user accounts for the Synology RS214.
Internet file access is simplified by the encrypted FTP server and the web-based file explorer, Synology File Station. HTTPS, firewall, and IP auto-block support ensure file sharing over the Internet is protected at a high security level.
For users who are always on the move, Synology provides a handy app, DS file, for popular mobile devices such as iPhone, iPad, Android device and Windows Phone. Anything stored on Synology RS214 can now be accessed remotely using DS file.
Featuring a compacting design in 12-inch depth, the RS214 fits into 2-post rack and wall mount rack without additional rail kit. The smart design keeps Synology RS214's fan spinning at a very low speed, quiet your rack to create a calmer office working environment.
Synology RS214 offers a centralized backup target to consolidate fragmented and unstructured data across a network. PC users can back up their data to Synology RS214 using Synology Data Replicator software, and Mac OS X® users enjoy native Apple® Time Machine® integration. A backup wizard is provided for backing up data from RS214 to another Synology NAS, to other rsync server, or to an external drive. Backing up to Amazon® S3 and Glacier cloud service is also supported. The add-on package, Time Backup, keeps DiskStation data in multiple versions, so IT administrators could easily keep track of them and restore to a previous version whenever required.
The RS214 runs on DiskStation Manager (DSM) 4.3, a web-based operating system that provides a host of applications to bring better productivity at work. Web Station with PHP/MySQL® support allows a single Synology RS214 to host up to 30 websites and numerous 3rd party web applications, such as Content Management, Customer Relationship Management & e-Commerce system.
The Mail Server package turns Synology RS214 into a dedicated mail service provider, while Mail Station, provides a webmail interface for users to access emails stored on Synology RS214.
VPN Server package offers an easy VPN solution that turns your Synology RS214 into a VPN server, providing a secure way of connecting to a private LAN at a remote location.
As to environment security, Synology Surveillance Station offers a centralized interface to manage IP cameras deployed in your office or home, allowing users traveling miles away to safeguard the environment by watching live views, recording events, and taking snapshots with a computer or iOS/Android device.