February 25, 2010, 11:22 AM — A few weeks ago I discussed the Synology RackStation RS409+, a 1U rack-mount network-attached storage device that I absolutely loved because Synology managed to get so much into one really well-integrated package.
So it was with great interest that I uncrated the latest addition to the Synology stable: The Synology DiskStation DS1010+, a five-bay desktop NAS that provides up to 10TB of RAID 5 storage and can be expanded with the DX510 add-on for a total of 20TB. And it's small enough to fit on your desktop.
The DS1010+ uses a 1.67GHz, dual core, 64-bit Intel DDR800 processor, which Synology claims makes the device 250% faster than the company's previous models. It ships with 1GB of RAM standard, which can be expanded to 3GB. All of this comes in a package that is just 6 by 10 by 9 inches, weighs just over 9 pounds, and consumes a measly 68W when active and a miserly 30W when the hard disk system goes into hibernation mode.
This device is not only a work horse in terms of what it can do (its list of features is more or less identical to the RS409+ except for the number of bays and dimensions), but it is also remarkably small and amazingly fast!
Naked (that is, without drives installed), the DS1010+ is priced at around $1,000 and with five 1TB drives (called the DS101+ 5100) it is available for just over $1,700. The DS101+ earns every decipoint of the score of 5 out of 5 I hereby bestow upon it.
Just to give you a 'heads up' on a future review topic, I just installed on this DS10101+ a terrific third party, PHP-based content management system (CMS) published by Interactive Tools. I reviewed some of the software from Interactive Tools a long time ago and was enormously impressed with both the software quality and support. Since then the company has refocused its efforts on a single product, CMS Builder.