Network Attached Storage (NAS)
A lot of small- and medium-sized businesses require a storage solution that centralizes the data and makes it accessible to all the workgroup computers. Also, a lot of home users who use heavy amounts of multimedia such as videos, music, and photos also require a centralized storage system. The solution for both of these scenarios is a network attached storage (NAS) device. A NAS functions much a like data server on a smaller scale. It can also be used to back up data from multiple computers, or as an external hard drive for more storage space. The Synology DiskStation 411j is a very good NAS for a home or small office. It can serve as a centralized data and a multimedia server. Its sleek design and powerful capabilities places the DS411j amongst the top NAS devices in its class.
The DS411j works as a really good multimedia server. It is DLNA and UPnP compliant and can stream videos, music, and photos to your media player, such as a Playstation 3, Xbox, or a WDTV Live media player. Because the DS411j comes with a gigabit Ethernet connection, it allows for high level network transfer speeds that are well-suited to stream high definition videos.
Using the DS411j as a backup solution works extremely well for all types of computer systems. It is compatible with Windows Backup, Apple Time Machine, and Linux systems as well. Because the DS411j comes with RAID architecture, disk redundancy allows for fail-over safety. Basically your data is recoverable even if a hard disk has failed. It has a max capacity of 12 TB.
The DS411j functions as a fully operable server with its own web-based operating system that has many utilities. One utility that I really like is the Download Station. It functions as a torrent downloader as well as having FTP, HTTP, eMule, and NZB download capabilities. All of these capabilities make it safer to download it to the DS411j system rather than to a PC because viruses don’t affect it. You can even use eMule to search the web and download files. Music and pictures are available over the Internet and can be streamed to many devices over the World Wide Web.
I am thoroughly impressed by the DS411j NAS. Its capabilities, ease of use, and performance place it amongst the top of all NAS solutions in its home and small business class. If it had a double gigabit Ethernet connection, that would have been perfect for fail-over redundancy.