Synology DiskStation DS716+
Over the years, Synology constantly tops itself with better and better NAS systems. Last year, the DiskStation family features high-speed encrypted data transfer, and this year, Synology adds 4K transcoding and BTRFS file system to its list of features. Here, we take a look at one of its most capable two-bay NAS, the DiskStation DS716+.
Design-wise, nothing drastic has changed. The medium to top-of-the-line DiskStation have looked similar for the past few iterations. This, however, is not a knock against the DS716+. We still love the toolless HDD trays and the overall modern design. As this is a ‘Plus’ model, the DS716+ also features a USB 3.0 port at the front of the device, alongside a one-touch copy/backup button. At the back of the DS716+ are two more USB 3.0 ports and an eSATA port for further expandability.
The DS716+ is designed for the business environment. To a business, this means the small box is a solution for virtualization environments, including VMware, Citrix, and Microsoft Hyper-V. With VMware vSphere 5 and VAAI integration, it could also used to manage several Synology NAS servers from a single point using Synology Central Management System.
To the average consumer, this means that the DS716+ offers better performance, with enough power to do more than what an average household needs. In our tests, migration and setting up the DS716+ is faster than previous models. We also noticed that we could still navigate menus and open media files without hiccups, while the DS716+ performs thorough scans in the background.
4K content may yet to proliferate the common household completely, but the DS716+ lets you play 4K videos on devices that normally couldn’t. Using the DSM or the DS Video app, you could stream 4K content from the NAS to a PC or portable device. However, the performance is limited to the resolution of the display on the device and the speed of the connection. In our speed test, the DS716+ dishes an average of 200MB/s and 110MB/s in a Gigabit network.
It’s worth noting that we tested the DS716+ running DSM 5.2, Synology’s own NAS operating system, which is also the stable version of the OS as of the writing of this review. This OS could be upgraded to the newer and much improved DSM 6.0, which is currently in beta and is expected to be released this year.