Synology RackStation RS814 review
The Synology RS814 rack NAS appliance offers SMBs the same great-value package as its predecessor, the RS812, and now touts a significant hardware boost.
Its removable motherboard has been updated with a dual-core 1.33GHz Marvell Armada XP CPU, and memory has doubled to a non-upgradeable 1GB.
The CPU has a passive heatsink, and the PSU fan is barely audible. Dual Gigabit and USB 3 ports are provided, and the eSATA port can be used to attach a four-bay RX410 1U expansion shelf.
Synology’s discovery web portal finds the appliance and applies the latest firmware for you. It offers to create a Hybrid array, which lets you mix drives of different sizes and makes. We allowed it to do this with our trio of 3TB WD Red drives.
The RS814 shows how a well-coded OS can make a big difference to performance. It has exactly the same CPU and memory as Buffalo’s TS3400D, but returned vastly superior speeds in our real-world tests.
Write performance was also double that of its predecessor. Drag-and-drop copies of a 2.52GB video clip returned read and write speeds of 99MB/sec and 96MB/sec. Copying a 22.4GB mix of 10,500 small files to the RS814 averaged write speeds of 77MB/sec – the TS3400D and Synology’s RS812 mustered only 38MB/sec and 34MB/sec respectively.
Synology’s OS delivers a superb range of storage features. Free antivirus scanning is available courtesy of ClamAV, and bandwidth-hungry users can be controlled by defining upload and download speed limits for specific applications.
Cloud services are excellent, too, and Synology has augmented its Amazon S3 support with a Glacier package, which worked fine with our Amazon Web Services account.
All of this, coupled with the faster hardware in the Synology RS814, makes it an excellent choice for small, but very busy, businesses.