Synol­ogy Disksta­tion DS1817+

Cen­tral­ized Stor­age

HWM (Philippines) - - Gear - by Lionell Go Mac­ahilig

the Disksta­tion DS1817+ is part of Synol­ogy’s plus se­ries of net­work-at­tached stor­age ap­pli­ances. the se­ries sits be­tween the com­pany’s more af­ford­able Value and en­ter­prise-ori­ented FS & XS se­ries, hence, the plus line where the DS1817+ be­longs caters to small and medi­um­sized en­ter­prises (Smes).

that said, Synol­ogy has en­sured that DS1817+ is packed with a set of fea­tures that ad­dresses the needs of the said mar­ket. the DS1817+ comes with eight drive bays, but with the use of two DX15 ex­pan­sion units, sup­port can be in­creased to up to 18 drives with a max­i­mum sup­ported ca­pac­ity of 108tb. each bay has a SATA con­nec­tor that goes well with ei­ther 3.5-inch or 2.5-inch hard disk drive (HDD), or solid state drive (SSD). Faster yet en­ergy ef­fi­cient, the DS1817+ is pow­ered by an Intel Atom quad-core pro­ces­sor cou­pled with 2Gb/8gb DDR3. power con­sump­tion ranges from 31.6W (when in idle) to 61.5W (dur­ing ac­cess).

rec­og­niz­ing the fact that Smes typ­i­cally do not have a ded­i­cated staff who can han­dles It-re­lated con­cerns, Synol­ogy has sim­pli­fied the setup process of the DS1817+. Once hooked up to the net­work through the de­vice’s Gi­ga­bit LAN, users should sim­ply down­load and run the Synol­ogy As­sis­tant ap­pli­ca­tion on their com­puter to lo­cate and es­tab­lish a con­nec­tion with the DS1817+. Synol­ogy As­sis­tant will guide users on how to in­stall the lat­est ver­sion of DSM (6.1.3 at the time of writ­ing), the op­er­at­ing sys­tem of the DS1817+. Do note that if you are about to use an old HDD or SSD on the NAS ap­pli­ance, make sure that im­por­tant files are backed up as DSM in­stal­la­tion will re­for­mat the drive in­volved.

Synol­ogy’s browser­based DSM has a lot to of­fer to Sme users. It in­cludes a col­lab­o­ra­tion suite that in­te­grates mailplus (ba­si­cally Gmail), Chat (a mes­sag­ing app), Of­fice (for users who do not want to buy mi­crosoft Of­fice), and Cal­en­dar (use­ful for or­ga­niz­ing sched­ules). Another use­ful fea­ture, DSM al­lows users to ac­cess dif­fer­ent op­er­at­ing sys­tems, along with their com­pat­i­ble ap­pli­ca­tions, on their browser, sav­ing Smes from spend­ing on new hard­ware or soft­ware.

Of course, Synol­ogy’s DSM is not all about work and se­ri­ous stuff. It can also serve as a file man­ager that con­sol­i­dates your pho­tos, songs, and videos (and even stream­ing por­tals like Net­flix) into one plat­form with a user­friendly in­ter­face, sim­i­lar to hav­ing a tv box. Just make sure that pro­duc­tiv­ity’s not af­fected with this fea­ture.

tak­ing into ac­count its po­ten­tial ben­e­fits to the busi­ness, the DS1817+ is a wor­thy in­vest­ment for Smes.

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