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Written by Olin Coles   
Tuesday, 07 October 2008
Table of Contents: Page Index
Synology DS408 4-Drive SATA RAID Gigabit NAS
Closer Look: Disk Station
DS408 Detailed Features
Disk Station Features
DS408 Specifications
NAS Testing Methodology
NAS Testing Results
RAID-5 Test Results
Disk Station Final Thoughts
Synology DS408 Conclusion

Synology DS408 NAS

As a network administrator for several small and medium businesses, I am used to seeing pedestal servers with expensive Windows Server edition Operating Systems running for the sole purpose of serving files out to the workgroup or domain. Such environments has made it necessary to look for money-saving opportunities in the office environment. A few years back Network Attached Storage server hit the scene with a price tag comparable to the alternative, but the NAS products offered in today's market are far superior and cost far less than before. Synology has pioneered the NAS server into mainstream, and now offers devices to fit every range and environment from home to enterprise. Benchmark Reviews has the good fortune to performance test the 4-drive SATA Disk Station DS408 RAID NAS.

Every IT professional knows that time is money in the SMB and Corporate Enterprise sector, and any product that can cost less and deliver more while saving precious time is sure to be a popular commodity. The Synology Disk Station DS408 4-Bay SATA NAS is a Gigabit network appliance which offers more features and functionality than most Windows domain controllers... for less than the price of the Server 2003 R2 or Windows 2008 Server Operating System alone!


The Synology Disk Station DS408 NAS is designed with Windows ADS authentication, USB printer sharing, dynamic website hosting, and data backup in mind. With multi-terabyte competency and high-performance file sharing, the DS408 gives business users the freedom to store massive data quickly and efficiently. While Basic Disk, JBOD, and RAID-0 are supported, the additional RAID- 1/5/6 protection further prevents data loss from inevitable disaster.

Storing and Sharing Files via InternetSynology Cube Station CS407 4-Bay SATA Gigabit NAS
Both Windows and Mac users can easily share files within an Intranet or through the Internet. Unicode language support makes sharing different language files from the Synology Disk Station NAS server function very smoothly.

PC Data and Server Data Backup
The Synology Server provides various backup solutions to back up Disk Station data or back up PC data to the DS408 or other rsync compatible servers.

Transferring Data via FTP
Synology Disk Station DS408 provides an FTP service with bandwidth restriction and anonymous login. To transfer data safely, "FTP over SSL" or "FTP over TLS" is also available.

Managing Files through Web Browsers
File Station makes it possible for users to manage their files on the Synology Disk Station easily through a web interface. Simply point the web browser to Synology File Station, and you have one more access point to your files.

Sharing Photos and Videos with Photo Station 2 + video
"Photo Station 2 + video" provides intuitive user interface to share your photos and videos online in a snap.

Enjoying Entertainment Data Stored on Server
"Download Station" allows you to download files from Internet through BitTorrent, FTP, and HTTP to Synology Server. Moreover, if you have UPnP DMA connected in the LAN, you can enable "Multimedia Service" and share the multimedia files on Synology server. If you just want to share and play mp3 files stored on Synology Server, you can enable "iTunes Service", and enjoy the music through any iTunes clients on LAN.

Enjoying Music instantly with USB Speakers
"Audio Station" allows users to collate music stored in Synology Server into a play list, play music stored on the Synology Server or from the connected iPod, or even stream Internet Radio Stations. With USB speakers connected to the Synology Server, you're able to bathe in music at anytime you want.

Programming your Own Web Site
Personal or corporate website can be easily setup using "Web Station" function. By integrating with PHP and MySQL, user can also set up a blog or even an online shop.

USB Printer Server
You can share USB 2.0 Printer through Local Area Network.

About the company: Synology, Inc.

Synology Inc., founded in April of 2000, creates next generation Network Attached Storage servers for the international market. Providing a secure way of storing and sharing digital content, Synology products are stylish in appearance, compact in size and energy efficient. Customer's investment is enhanced with free software upgrades and 24/7 online support. This makes the Synology product an ideal choice for the Home, Small Business and Corporate setting.


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