I’ve already mentioned that I love Synology. It’s just a very sturdy NAS.
As you can see it has 2 big fans, 2 USB 3 ports, 1 eSATA, and 2 gigabit NICs. Although the DS412+ has these large fans it is extremely quiet. The biggest pain is that the LED lights on the front are so bright that it can bug you (or your guests) if this is setup in the guest bedroom/lab room 🙂
One of the big reasons I chose this NAS was for the iSCSI support (as well as it’s ability to become a VPN, DHCP, DNS, Media, etc server. Below are the Networking Protocols:
- VPN (PPTP, OpenVPN)
The NAS can support many types of RAID as well as JBOD andwhat is called Synology Hybrid RAID (SHR)
- Supported RAID Type : Synology Hybrid RAID, Basic, JBOD, RAID 0, RAID 1, RAID 5, RAID 5+Spare, RAID 6, RAID 10
- RAID Migration : Basic to RAID 1, Basic to RAID 5, Basic to RAID 5+Spare, RAID 1 to RAID 5, RAID 1 to RAID 5+Spare, RAID 5 to RAID 5+Spare, RAID 5 to RAID 6
- Volume Expansion with Larger HDDs : Synology Hybrid RAID, RAID 1, RAID 5, RAID 5+Spare, RAID 6
- Volume Expansion by Adding a HDD : RAID 5, RAID 5+Spare, RAID 6
Synology runs an Operating System known as DSM (currently the latest version is 4.1 with 4.2 in beta)
The OS is very intuitive and easy to use. You can customize the colors and the layout (however it’s not a big deal since you really aren’t in the OS much once it’s setup)
The resource monitor on the right is very handy to use as you can watch the load (CPU, RAM, throughput) in real-time. DSM also has its own little app store where you can download and run other types of applications (including a mail server, surveillance system, etc) within minutes of installing.
I’ll be posting a tutorial on how simple it is to allocate volumes and LUNs, as well as creating Targets and mapping the LUNs to each target to prepare for your Virtual Environment.