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Synol­ogy DiskS­ta­tion DS716+

HWM (Malaysia) - - SMB - Az­izul Rah­man Is­mail

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.

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