|Synology Disk Station DS209 Dual-Bay SATA NAS|
|Reviews - Featured Reviews: Network|
|Written by Olin Coles|
|Sunday, 24 May 2009|
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Synology Disk Station DS209
Thrifty shoppers are faced with many options when choosing where to store their valuable data: from traditional optical media and drive based storage, to flash drives and even more exotic third party online storage - each with its own advantages and disadvantages. In this article Benchmark Reviews tests the Synology Disk Station DS209 Gigabit SATA Network Attached Storage (NAS) server. The NAS has lately gained popularity as more and more consumers realize the need for a reliable, cost effective, and easy to access centralized way to store their data. However, with so many competing products it's not always possible for buyers to easily compare what's on the market. Read on as Benchmark Reviews puts this "all-in-one" NAS through its paces. Intended for small/medium business (SMB) and small office/home office (SOHO) users, The Synology DS209 offers a relatively inexpensive and easy to use data storage and backup that's sure to appeal to budget-minded users.
When money is tight, people find new ways to reduce operating costs wherever they can. As a network administrator for several small and medium businesses, I'm used to seeing pedestal servers with expensive Windows Server edition Operating Systems running for the sole purpose of serving files out to the workgroup computers. These environments have made it necessary to look for money-saving opportunities elsewhere in the working 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 much less than before.
Business needs to continue as usual, even in times of financial distress. But the solutions to common problems are forced to move with the changing economic climate and the cost of providing a product or service is adjusted with the times. For many unknowing companies, a Network Attached Storage (NAS) server is the cost-effective answer to dodging the expense of pricy server configurations. All of the same functions are present, whether it's file storage and transfer, web serving, or media streaming.
Storing and Sharing Files via Internet
PC Data and Server Data Backup
Transferring Data via FTP
Managing Files through Web Browsers
Sharing Photos and Videos with Photo Station 2 + video
Enjoying Entertainment Data Stored on Server
Enjoying Music instantly with USB Speakers
Programming your Own Web Site
USB Print Server
About 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.