12 best NAS devices for home and business

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12 best NAS devices for home and business
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Once a business grows above a certain size, its IT needs demand more specialised equipment and the same is true of storage. Carrying more drive bays than a typical consumer NAS appliance, these units offer more sophisticated capabilities along with greater raw power.

Synology DiskStation DS916+

It’s not the most easily upgradeable NAS drive in the world, but if your business has strong data protection needs then the Synology DiskStation DS916+ is well worth considering. Cloud support is also a highlight, with support for no less than 18 different public cloud providers.

Read our full Synology DiskStation DS916+ review for more information.

  • Price: From $655 (2GB RAM model, without disks), $778 (8GB RAM model without disks), $1,165 (8GB RAM model with 4 x Seagate 1TB IronWolf NAS drives)
  • Specs: 4 x hot-swappable drive bays (3.5/2.5in SATA III/II HDD/SSD); 1.6GHz quad-core Intel Pentium N3710 processor; 2GB or 8GB RAM; SHR, 0, 1, 10, 5, 6 and hot-spare RAID options; 2 x Gigabit Ethernet; 3 x USB 3.0 and 1 x eSATA ports.

Qnap TS-563

The Qnap TS-563 is an affordable yet seriously kitted-out machine, with a quad-core 2GHz AMD processor and support for 10Gb Ethernet. Its five internal bays can also be supplemented with up to 21 drives.

Read our full Qnap TS-563 review for more information.

  • Price: From $805 for the 2GB RAM model without disks, $996 for 8GB version, $1,480 for 8GB version with five Seagate 1TB IronWolf NAS drives.
  • Specs: 5 x hot-swappable drive bays (3.5/2.5in SATA III/II HDD/SSD); 2.0GHz quad-core AMD G-Series GX-420MC processor; RAID 0, 1, 5, 6, 10, hot spare and JBOD options; 2GB or 8GB RAM; 2 x Gigabit Ethernet and 5 x USB 3.0 ports, PCI-E Gen2 x4 expansion slot.

Qnap TS-853A

The Qnap TS-853A is an affordable and fast eight-bay NAS appliance with business-class data protection, virtualisation tools and some unusual features – such as the ability to use it as a Linux or Karaoke machine.

Read our full Qnap TS-853A-8G review for more information.

  • Price: From $1,415 for 4GB RAM model (without disks), $1,610 for the 8GB RAM model, and $2,380 for the 8GB version with eight Seagate 1TB IronWolf NAS drives.
  • Specs: 8 x hot-swappable drive bays (3.5/2.5in SATA III/II HDD/SSD); 1.6GHz quad-core Intel Celeron N3150 processor; 4GB or 8GB RAM; RAID 0, 1, 5, 6, 10, hot spare and JBOD options; 4 x Gigabit Ethernet, 4 x USB 3.0 and 2 x HDMI ports, 2 x 6.3mm microphone jacks.

Synology DiskStation DS3617xs

Synology’s huge 12-bay DS3617xs offers plenty of everything – internal storage capacity, features, performance and expansion potential. The fact that it’s amazingly versatile in terms of DSM apps is an added bonus. It’s also quite reasonable value, making it ideal for fast-growing businesses.

Read our full Synology DiskStation DS3617xs review for more information.

  • Price: from $3,555 without disks or $6,330 with 12 Seagate 2TB IronWolf NAS drives.
  • Specs: 12 x hot-swappable drive bays (3.5/2.5in SATA III/II/I HDD/SSD); 2.2GHz quad-core Intel Xeon D-1527 processors; 16GB RAM (expandable up to 48GB); RAID 0, 1, 10, 5, 6, hot-spare and JBOD options; 4 x Gigabit Ethernet (with link aggregation), 2 x USB 3.0 and 2 x expansion ports; 1 x PCI-e 3 slot.

Qnap TVS-1282

The Qnap TVS-1282 offers excellent data protection and virtualisation tools, along with loads of storage capabilities, making it a superb all-round NAS appliance for businesses that need one device for many jobs. It’s available in eight configurations for various budgets, with options for Core i3, i5 and i7 processors, 8GB to 64GB of RAM, and two different power supplies.

Read our full Qnap TVS-1282 review for more information.

  • Price: from $2,585 to $4,804 for eight diskless models, or $5,572 for the high-end model with 8 x Seagate 1TB IronWolf NAS drives.
  • Specs: 8x hot-swappable LFF bays (3.5/2.5in SATA III/II HDD/SSD), 4 x hot-swappable SFF bays (2.5in SATA III/II HDD/SSD), 2 x M.2 SATA III SSD slots; 3.7GHz dual-core Intel Core i3-6100, 3.2GHz quad-core Core i5-6500 or 3.4GHz quad-core Intel Core i7-6700 processor; 8GB, 16GB, 32GB or 64GB RAM; RAID 0, 1, 10, 5, 6, hot-spare and JBOD options; 4 x Gigabit Ethernet, 5 x USB 3.0 and 3 x HDMI ports; 1 x PCIe Gen3 x8, 2 x PCIe Gen3 x4.

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