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Synology, known for its Network Attached Storage (NAS) solutions, today announced the addition of two new devices to its existing DiskStation and RackStation product lineup: the DiskStation DS1515 and the RackStation RS815.

The DiskStation DS1515 is the first 5-bay solution in Synology's Value series lineup that offers a quad-core CPU. Along with a 1.4GHz AL-314 quad-core CPU from Annapurna Labs, it has 2GB of RAM and four Gigabit LAN ports with link aggregation support. The DS1515 is able to offer read/write speeds of up to 403.7MB/s and 421.8MB/s, respectively, using a RAID 5 configuration with Windows. With its hardware encryption engine, it offers encrypted data transmission speeds of 296.54MB/s (read) and 150.04 MB/s (write).

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Like all of Synology's products, the DS1515 runs Synology's DiskStation Manager software, and it's scalable up to 15 drives with two Synology DX513 expansion units for up to 90TB of total storage 30TB maximum without the expansion units). Synology's DS1515 is designed to be energy efficient, with hard drive hibernation and two 80 x 80 mm fans to keep it running cool, and it has a noise dampening design that lets it run quieter than PCs.
"The DS1515 and RS815 offer excellent value for growing companies that need easy scalability, with on-the-fly plug and play expansions," said Synology Product Marketing Manager Jason Bonoan. "Plus, work groups can use these NAS with Cloud Station and sync their files when they are on the go."
Synology's RackStation RS815 is a 4-bay rackmount NAS that's designed to be compact and able to fit easily in smaller server rooms. Aimed at businesses that need to store large amounts of data, the RackStation RS815 is 12-inches deep and smaller than its predecessor.

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Synology RackStation RS815 is a compact and scalable 4-bay rackmount NAS, which is designed to help businesses effectively store, protect and share data. In terms of size, RS815 is nearly half the depth compared to its predecessor. Running on Synology's award-winning DiskStation Manager, RS815 enjoys rich features and stability in situations with limited space and budget.
The RS815 includes a dual-core CPU and 1GB of RAM. It's able to deliver speeds of up to 111.5MB/s (read) and 108.7MB/s (write) in a RAID 5 configuration. It's got dual LAN failover support to keep it connected to the network at all times, plus two USB 3.0 ports and support for an optional storage expansion unit (up to 48TB of space). As with the DS1515, the RS815 runs the DiskStation Manager Software.

The Synology DS1515 and RS815 are available for purchase today for $649.99 and $599.99, respectively.

Article Link: Synology Launches New DiskStation DS1515 and RackStation RS815 Storage Solutions
 

arkmannj

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If this could offer built in Plex Media Server... I'd be all over this, still nice as is though.
 

adamjackson

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If this could offer built in Plex Media Server... I'd be all over this, still nice as is though.

Doesn't it?

I have a DS214 Play from Synology and it has Plex built in. I believe they all share the same operating system.
 

thederby

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If this could offer built in Plex Media Server... I'd be all over this, still nice as is though.

This unit apparently uses an ARM cpu instead of an Intel Atom.

Unless Plex performance on ARM has greatly improved over the last few years, I'd shy away from using it for Plex, especially if you need to transcode.
 

Crzyrio

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If this could offer built in Plex Media Server... I'd be all over this, still nice as is though.

Synology has 'Play' models that support HD Transcoding and built in Plex.

There is DS415Play with an Intel Atom processor that makes it possible as opposed to the ARM processors they usually have.
 

numlock

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This unit apparently uses an ARM cpu instead of an Intel Atom.

Unless Plex performance on ARM has greatly improved over the last few years, I'd shy away from using it for Plex, especially if you need to transcode.

can you tell me a bit about when plex deems it needs to transcode?
 

justperry

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I'm a rolling stone.
I would get the QNAP TS-453 Pro instead of The DiskStation DS1515, yes, it has 1 bay less but has a quad core intel proc. and runs multiple OS's in VM, heck, when you connect it to a monitor you won't even know you run for instance Windows 7 from a NAS.
Lots of Apps to choose from too.
But the one thing it doesn't have is the ability to add different size HD's to it which Sinology does have, SHR it's called, stands for Synology Hybrid RAID.
 

shareef777

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The only company I recommend more then Apple is Synology. Very rock solid hardware and software. I bought a DS1813 a little over a year ago and this thing has been running like a champ. Just recently I took things a little farther and converted my system (has quad gig NICs) to become my router/gateway (via one port) along with the wireless controller (utilizing the three other ports as uplinks for access points), dhcp server, dns server, as well as a litany of other services.

These systems are way more then just NAS devices.
 

braintumor

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I'm not sure if the specs on macrumors are wrong, but when checking the site of Synology it states that is has:
CPU Model: INTEL Atom C2538
CPU Frequency: Quad Core 2.4 GHz

I would be very surprised if Synology goes back to an Arm CPU after using Atoms for years on these machines...

I personally have a 1812+ and its running perfectly and the interface is extremely user friendly!
 

jesuscandle

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Recommendation?

I've been looking at the NAS devices for my company. Can anyone recommend a Synology model to manage Time Machine backups for 25-30 users? Rack-mounted preferred.
 

awulf

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I'm not sure if the specs on macrumors are wrong, but when checking the site of Synology it states that is has:
CPU Model: INTEL Atom C2538
CPU Frequency: Quad Core 2.4 GHz

I would be very surprised if Synology goes back to an Arm CPU after using Atoms for years on these machines...

Thats the DS1515+ https://www.synology.com/en-global/products/DS1515+#spec
vs
The DS1515 https://www.synology.com/en-us/products/DS1515#spec

Also the article is wrong in stating that the DS1515 is the first 5 bay NAS from synology with quad core as the DS1515+ has been out for a little while now.
I would spend the extra and go for the + model

I have a DS1511+ (Atom cpu) a little bit old now but still work great with plex and has no problems with transcoding.
 

mmomega

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I have 2 DS1515+ and they are both the best NAS/Storage devices I've owned.

I probably would have bought this rackmount NAS had it come out few months ago.
 

Colinwoods84

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would anyone who knows a lot about networking be willing to contact me for some assistance on setting up a server for print and email in a small office? I have a ton of questions but don't really know how to ask them. Any help would be appreciated.

colinwoods84@mac.com

Colin
 

yg17

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How does everyone with a NAS, Synology or otherwise, back it up? Not talking about protection against a disk failure, that's what RAID is for. But no amount of disks in your RAID array will help protect you from theft, fire, etc.

I use BackBlaze to back up all my stuff - my Mac's build-in SSD and an external hard drive - to the cloud. The only thing preventing me from moving to a NAS is the fact that BackBlaze doesn't back up NASes. Are there any online backup solutions that support NAS disks?
 

rhett7660

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How does everyone with a NAS, Synology or otherwise, back it up? Not talking about protection against a disk failure, that's what RAID is for. But no amount of disks in your RAID array will help protect you from theft, fire, etc.

I use BackBlaze to back up all my stuff - my Mac's build-in SSD and an external hard drive - to the cloud. The only thing preventing me from moving to a NAS is the fact that BackBlaze doesn't back up NASes. Are there any online backup solutions that support NAS disks?

My current setup is being backed up to another external harddrive that is attached to my NAS box (QNAP) via USB. I can map directly to the USB drive if needed, but I don't since I am strictly using it as a back up to my NAS.

I would assume, you could backup to the USB drive and then map the USB drive to the backblaze account and back up from the attached USB drive.

Now granted, you might need a rather large external drive depending on your NAS box and the drives you have in it.

Just a thought.
 

unplugme71

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Bummer, I could've gotten two of these for the price I paid for my RS815+. I didn't really need the extra performance for a home storage array since it only connects to my Mac over iSCSI and doesn't run any of the services. Should've waited 6 weeks. Oh well.

I might pick this up with the RX415 and use it as my backup medium or the DS1815+.
 

glowdragon

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I've been looking at the NAS devices for my company. Can anyone recommend a Synology model to manage Time Machine backups for 25-30 users? Rack-mounted preferred.

At my workplace we have a pair of RS2414RP+ with 4tb WD Red Pro drives in them in RAID 10. They are absolutely wonderful at what they do and I'm confident that, given the right network infrastructure, they could handle 25-30 Time Machine backups. Make sure they all go over a wired connection though; I've had a ton of problems with Time Machine backups over wireless.
 

glowdragon

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Aug 3, 2007
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I'm on my third home network setup using Synology, in over 12 years I haven't had a single issue. That's a very good track record.

I'm on my 2nd NAS (a DS411+ii) at home. When I first got it one of the drive slots was bad so they overnighted me a replacement at their expense. When that replacement had a bad fan they again overnighted a replacement unit at their expense (when I had suggested them just sending me a replacement fan) and it's been running without a single issue for four years since. So I can vouch for both their reliability and their customer service.
 
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