Date: July 16th, 2007
Article by: Joe Anderson (Hardware Reviewer)
Edited by: Nathan Glentworth (Owner / Head Editor)
Product was submitted by: Synology
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SYNOLOGY DISKSTATION DS107E INTRODUCTION
So, what exactly is NAS, and why should you want one? Regarding the first part of the question, let me paraphrase some information from Wikipedia:
NAS (Network Attached Storage) differs from the traditional file serving and Direct Attached Storage as they are server appliances. The operating system and other software on the NAS unit provide only the functionality of data storage, data access and the management of these functionalities, usually with web interface. Also, the NAS unit does not limit clients to only one file transfer protocol. NAS removes the responsibility of file serving from any other servers on the network and can be deployed via commercial embedded units or via standard computers running NAS software.
The potential emerging market for NAS is the consumer realm where a large amount of multi-media data can be shared among computers in a Local Area Network. Such consumer market appliances are now commonly available. Unlike their rackmounted counterparts, NAS devices are generally packaged in smaller form factors. The price of NAS appliances has plummeted in recent years, offering flexible network based storage to the home consumer market for little more than the cost of a regular USB or FireWire external hard disk. More recently, home NAS devices have incorporated support for the Universal Plug and Play protocol, enabling them to serve the growing number of networked home media players.
As to why you need one of these handy units, let's see if this review doesn't answer that question for you.
SYNOLOGY CORPORATE PROFILE
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.