Synology DS2413+ NAS Review: For when you're serious about storage

By on April 8, 2013, 2:44 AM

The DS2413+ is Synology's newest twelve-bay DiskStation NAS for small to medium sized businesses who need loads of storage. Along with supporting up to 48TB worth of drives out of the box, the DS2413+ can be paired with the company's DX1211 expansion enclosure that houses an extra 12 drives, doubling the maximum storage capacity of the base unit to a whopping 96TB.

The DS2413+'s processor has been upgraded to a gutsier Intel Atom model and there is twice as much memory. Synology has also been working hard to improve their DSM (Disk Station Manager) software, which is already widely regarded as the best in the industry and just so happened to receive an update recently. DSM 4.2 includes new features and performance improvements over version 4.1.

For those of you who haven't seen what DSM includes since our review of version 3.1 on the DS2411+, you'll be amazed with what's been added. We should also make a quick note before you get to the end and scoff at the price: the DS2413+ isn't for average home users. It's retailing for $1,700 without drives or the 12-bay expansion. With that in mind, let's see what the DS2413+'s upgrades offer.

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kuroiei kuroiei said:

Looks tasty. I'd love something that would hold all of the things that I'd ever see in my life on my PC.

LNCPapa LNCPapa said:

You'd be surprised how quickly you could use up this amount of storage if you had it to play with.

Guest said:

Nice stuff for small business (<20). Bigger business will probably have other requirements like not having a shutdown-button in the web interface ;-)

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Steve Steve said:

Nice stuff for small business (<20). Bigger business will probably have other requirements like not having a shutdown-button in the web interface ;-)

Why is that an issue? You can set user privileges.

Guest said:

I just bought the DS213+, a very impressive two bay NAS with a dual core CPU. The stuff you can do with Synology boxes is very impressive.

Guest said:

Just built a 4-bay NAS (Mediasonic Raid Box and 4x Seagate 3TB). 8.5TB single drive to Windows encrypted with Truecrypt on Raid 5 for around $700. Bought the box and drives through Amazon. Footprint is super small and quality is decent (not great). Been running since the 1st of the year on a machine I keep on all the time anyway. Probably not business class by a long shot, but can't beat the price.

kuroiei kuroiei said:

You'd be surprised how quickly you could use up this amount of storage if you had it to play with.

I know, only a single movie / 3d project that I do now can take up anywhere from 1GB to 80GB. So... you're right.

AlanCasseb said:

Sorry if I missed that information but, have u guys tested the throughput using 2 LAN cables and the Link Aggregation feature?

pmshah said:

Some 15 years ago I came across an Asus motherboard that supported 8 IDE drives. It sold for perhaps 10% premium over the normal board that supported 4 drives. I have a "server" cabinet that can support 10 drives with front access. "Hot Swap" capability is essentially a feature of the OS which is easily configured in Linux as also the NAS feature. One need only buy the right kind of caddy for mechanical support. So why spend $1800 on a rig that can be done for under $ 500 to 600 ?

1 person liked this | LNCPapa LNCPapa said:

You're talking about the difference between hardware and software RAID... in a totally different league. Plus, with that cabinet that houses all those drives you'll need a computer behind it with sufficient CPU to manage the overhead from the array. Heck, a decent 8 drive hardware RAID card will cost you at least $400 alone with 12 drive support starting around $700.

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