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Synology Diskstation DS214+
Robust and Full-Fledged NAS Server for SMB

Synology Diskstation DS214+

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Overview:

Synology DiskStation DS214+ is a high-performance 2-bay all-in-1 NAS server for small and medium business users. Elaborately designed for multitasking applications, DS214+ offers high-performance, energy efficiency, and complete business features in a network attached storage solution that helps small and medium businesses centralize backup, protect critical assets and share files quickly and efficiently.

  • Dual Core CPU Powered by Floating Point Unit
  • 208 MB/s Reading, 153 MB/s Writing1
  • 2 LAN with Failover and Link Aggregation Support
  • SuperSpeed USB 3.0 Support
  • Hardware Encryption Engine
  • Screwless Drive Bay Design and Hot-swappable Support
  • Running on Synology DiskStation Manager (DSM)

Dual Core and Dual LAN Performance

Dual Core and Dual LAN Performance

Performance is the key for smal and medium business users. Synology DS214+ comes with a dual core CPU with built-in floating-point unit, 1GB DDR3 RAM, dual LAN ports, SuperSpeed USB3.0 and the brand new tool-less drive trays, providing incomparable system performance among 2-bay NAS devices available nowadays. The built-in floating-point unit enhances the overall capability of the main CPU to enable higher working efficiency. With RAM twice the size of its predecessor, DS214+ also exhibits a surprising boost in multi-tasking performance. Under link aggregation, DS214+ delivers over 153 MB/s writing speed under RAID 1 configuration in a Windows® environment, and over 208 MB/s reading.1 The dual LAN also supports failover mechanism, ensuring continual network service in case of LAN failure.

Cross Platform File Sharing and Mobile Access

Cross Platform File Sharing and Mobile AccessComprehensive network protocol support assures seamless file sharing across Windows, Mac®, and Linux®platforms. Windows ADS and LDAP integration allows the Synology DS214+ to quickly and easily fit in an existing business network environment with no need to recreate user accounts. Windows ACL support provides much finer-grained access control and efficient privilege settings, allowing users to enjoy native Windows experience.

Internet file access is simplified by the encrypted FTP server and the web-based File Station. HTTPS, the built-in firewall, and IP auto-block support ensure file sharing over the Internet is protected at a high security level. For users who are always on the move, Synology provides a handy app, DS file, for popular mobile devices such as iPhone®, iPad®, Android™ devices and Windows Phone. Anything stored on Synology DS214+ can now be accessed remotely using DS file.

Rich Office Applications

Feature-Rich Business ApplicationsSynology DS214+ runs on the award-winning operating system, Synology DiskStation Manager (DSM), which offers comprehensive applications and features designed specifically for office and business workgroups.

Cloud Station allows users to sync files among multiple devices, including Windows PC, Mac, Linux, iOS and Android tablets or phones, effortlessly keeping everything up-to-date. The Mail Server package turns Synology DS214+ into a dedicated mail service provider, while Mail Station, provides a webmail interface for users to access emails stored on Synology DS214+.

VPN Server package offers an easy VPN solution that turns your Synology DS214+ into a VPN server, providing a secure way of connecting to a private LAN at a remote location. RADIUS Server strengthens network security by overseeing wireless access authentication via RADIUS (Remote Authentication Dial-In User Service) networking protocol.

As to environment security, Synology Surveillance Station offers a centralized interface to manage IP cameras deployed in your office or home, allowing users traveling miles away to safeguard the environment by watching live views, recording events, and taking snapshots with a computer or iOS/Android device.

Effective Backup Solutions

Easy Backup SolutionsSynology DS214+ offers a centralized backup target to consolidate fragmented and unstructured data across a network. PC users can back up their data to Synology DS214+ using Synology Data Replicator software, and Mac OS X users enjoy native Apple Time Machine integration.

A backup wizard is provided for backing up data from DS214+ to another Synology DiskStation or any rsync server via an encrypted connection, or to an external hard drive via USB 3.0 or eSATA connection. The wizard also makes it easy to back up DiskStation data to the cloud via Amazon S3™ or Glacier cloud service. In addition, users can back up and restore DiskStation shared folders in multiple versions using Synology Time Backup package.

Shared Folder Sync allows users to synchronize a specific folder from Synology DS214+ to another DiskStation– a server-to-client backup mechanism that takes place whenever something is changed on the server side. Users will be able to share documents within their local office seamlessly and safely with encrypted connection. When your DiskStation is down, you will be able to have an immediate backup running in no time.

Energy Efficient with Cool and Quiet Design

Energy efficientSynology DS214+ is designed with energy efficiency in mind. Not only does it provide a 92x92 mm fan and the smart airflow to keep the system running cool 24/7, its noise dampening design makes it really quiet compared to PC counterparts. The support of multiple scheduled power on/off and System Hibernation can further reduce power consumption and operation cost.

All Synology products are produced with RoHS compliant parts and packed with recyclable packing materials. Synology acknowledges the responsibility as a global citizen to continually work to reduce the environmental impact of every product produced.

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Specifications:

Synology DS214+ Front and Back View Diagram
Technical Specifications
Hardware Specifications
CPU Frequency Marvell Armada XP Dual Core 1.33GHz
Floating Point Yes
Hardware Encryption Engine Yes
RAM Size DDR3 1 GB
Internal HDD/SSD 3.5" or 2.5" SATA(II) X 2 (hard drives not included)
Max Internal Capacity 8TB (2 X 4TB hard drives) (The actual capacity will differ according to volume types.)
Hot Swappable HDD Yes
External HDD Interface 2 x USB 3.0 ports, 1 x USB 2.0 ports, 1 x eSATA
Size (HxWxD) 157 x 103.5 x 232 m
Weight 1.69 kg
LAN 2 x Gigabit
Wake on LAN/WAN Yes
Wireless Support Yes (wireless dongles not included)
AC Input Power Voltage 100V to 240V
Power Frequency 50Hz to 60Hz, Single Phase
Operating Temperature 5°C to 35°C (40°F to 95°F)
Storage Temperature -10°C to 70°C (15°F to 155°F)
Relative Humidity 5% to 95%RH
Applications
File Station Virtual Drive, Remote Folder
Backup Solutions Network Backup, Local Backup, Desktop Backup (Window: Synology Data Replicator; Mac: Apple Time Machine backup application), Shared Folder Sync - Max Task Number : 4, Configuration Backup, USBCopy
Mail Server Supported Mail Server Protocols: POP3, SMTP, IMAP
FTP Server Bandwidth Control, Custom FTP Passive Port Range, Anonymous FTP, Transfer Log
Web Station Virtual Host (up to 30 websites), PHP/MySQL, 3rd-Party Applications Support
Printer Server Max Printer #: 2, Printing Protocols: LPR, CIFS, IPP, Apple iOS Printing, Google Cloud Print™, Multi Functional Print Server (MFP functions are for Windows PC only)
iOS/Android™ Applications DS audio, DS cam, DS cloud, DS download, DS file, DS finder, DS photo+, DS video
Windows Phone Applications DS audio, DS finder, DS photo+, DS video, DS file
Add-on Packages
Surveillance Station Default IP cam #: 1, MAX IP cam # (licenses required): 16 (1 free license to install 1 IP camera. Additional licenses can be purchased to expand the license quota.)
Directory Server LDAP Directory Server, Backup and Restore LDAP Database
VPN Server Maximum Connections: 15, VPN Method: PPTP, OpenVPN, L2TP
DHCP Server Independent DHCP Server on Different Network Interfaces, Multiple Subnets Support, Address Reservation
Syslog Server SSL Connection, Log Rotation: 6 months, 1 year, 2 years, 3 years, Email Notificaiton
Mail Station Webmail Interface for Mail Server, Receiving Mails from Multiple POP3 Mailboxes, Customizable SMTP Server
Antivirus Essential Full System Scan, Scheduled Scan, White List Customization, Virus Definition Auto Update
Time Backup Maximum Task Number: 4, Multiple File Versions Retained, Instant File Restoration
Cloud Station Maximum Concurrent File Transfers: 256, Retain Historical and Deleted File Versions
DLNA/UPnP Media Server DLNA certified, PS3/Xbox 360 Support
Download Station Supported Download Protocols: BT/HTTP/FTP/NZB/eMule
Maximum Concurrent Download Tasks: 50
Other Packages Photo Station, Audio Station, Video Station, iTunes Server, 3rd-Party Packages
General Specifications
Networking Protocols CIFS, AFP, NFS, FTP, WebDAV, CalDAV, iSCSI, Telnet, SSH, SNMP, VPN (PPTP, OpenVPN™, L2TP)
File System Internal: EXT4
External: EXT4, EXT3, FAT, NTFS, HFS+ (Read Only)
Storage Management Max File System Size: 16TB, Max Internal Volume #: 256, Max iSCSI Target #: 10, Max iSCSI LUN#: 10, Supported RAID Type : Synology Hybrid RAID, Basic, JBOD, RAID 0, RAID 1
File Sharing Capability Max User Account: 2048, Max Group: 256, Max Shared Folder: 256
Max Concurrent CIFS/AFP/FTP Connections: 256
Privilege Windows Access Control List (ACL)
Directory Service Windows AD Integration: Domain Users login via Samba (CIFS)/AFP/FTP/File Station, LDAP Integration
Security FTP over SSL/TLS, IP Auto-Block, Firewall, Encrypted Network Backup over Rsync, HTTPS Connection
Utilities Synology Web Assistant, Synology Assistant, Synology Data Replicator 3, Cloud Station
Supported Clients Windows XP onward, Mac OS X 10.5 onward, Ubuntu 9.04 onward
Support Browsers Chrome™ , Firefox , Internet Explorer: 8 or later, Safari 5 or later, Safari (iOS 5 or later on iPad), Chrome (Android 4.0 on tablets)
Environment and Packaging
Environment RoHS Compliant
Package Content
  • Main Unit
  • Welcome Note
  • Accessory Pack
  • AC Power Adapter
  • AC Power Cord
  • 2 x RJ-45 LAN Cable
Optional Accessories
  • Remote
  • Camera License Pack
  • VS80
  • VS240HD
Warranty 3 years

1. Fully loaded with Seagate ST31000520AS hard drive(s) in operation; Two G.R.A.S. Type 40AE microphones, each set up at 1 meter away from the DiskStation front and rear; Background noise: 17.1 dB(A); Temperature: 24.2˚C; Humidity: 63; More details about dB(A) value, check http://www.memtechacoustical.com/facts.asp
2. Measured with 12 Western Digital 3TB WD30EZRS hard drives. The figures could vary on different environments.

Performance:

2 bay NAS Server


Windows Upload/Download (10GB File)
Model RS214 DS713+ DS214+ DS214play DS214 DS213air DS213j DS214se
Windows Upload 69.97 107.13 106.15 100.58 105.59 58.66 70.15 57.87
Windows Download 110.97 107.74 111.92 110.97 111.34 108.07 109.82 101.79
Model RS214
(Link Aggregation)
DS713+
(Link Aggregation)
DS214+
(Link Aggregation)
Windows Upload 78.44 135.84 153.42
Windows Download 167.34 202.30 208.65
Windows Upload/Download (10GB File)
Windows Upload/Download (1MB x 5000 Files)
Model RS214 DS713+ DS214+ DS214play DS214 DS213air DS213j DS214se
Windows Upload 36.11 51.62 46.63 45.44 45.21 36.87 37.85 37.32
Windows Download 56.56 69.06 66.92 65.14 65.14 62.21 61.34 57.05
Windows Upload/Download (1MB x 5000 Files)
AES 256-bit Encrypted File Upload/Download1 (5GB File)
Model RS214 DS713+ DS214+ DS214play DS214 DS213air
Windows Upload 15.48 20.62 21.38 10.54 17.95 12.42
Windows Download 28.72 30.56 37.81 14.04 31.53 22.63
AES 256-bit Encrypted File Upload/Download (5GB File)
iSCSI Write/Read2 (5GB File)
Model RS214 DS713+ DS214+ DS214play DS214 DS213air
iSCSI Write 86.37 106.07 106.51 96.40 107.95 94.02
iSCSI Read 75.01 88.06 94.72 86.20 95.31 77.84
iSCSI Write/Read (5GB File)
Web Server Responsiveness3 (1,000x requests)
Model RS214 DS713+ DS214+ DS214play DS214 DS213air
Seconds 125.91 28.49 64.41 48.82 80.31 139.16
Web Server Responsiveness (1,000x requests)


Test Environment:

Server:

Operating System: DSM 4.2 and DSM 4.3
HDD: WD2003FYYS 2TB HDDs (DS411slim uses WD5000BEKT 500GB HDDs, DS112+ uses HE103UJ 1TB HDD)
Volume Type: Basic (1-bay models), RAID 1 (2-bay models), RAID 5 (all other models)
Network Environment: 1Gbps LAN; MTU 1500; directly connected to the client PC and D-Link DGS-1210-28 for Link Aggregation testing

Client PC:

  1. For All Testings: Intel Core i7-3770 3.90GHz; 4GB DDRIII; Intel 520 120GB SSD x 2, RAID 0 ; Intel Gigabit CT; MTU 1500; Windows 7; Transfering single 10GB file (For Link Aggregation); Ubuntu 9.10; Apache v.2.2.12 (Web Server Responsiveness Testing)

Note:
(1) AES 256-bit Encrypted File Upload/Download test is conducted only on models with more powerful CPU/RAM.
(2) iSCSI targets formatted in NTFS; DS114 & DS112+ uses file-based iSCSI target, other models use block-based iSCSI target
(3) Benchmark Tool: (server) phpBB-3.0.7, (client) Apache benchmark tool command: ab -n 1000 -c 10 http://Server-IP/phpBB3.0.7/index

Documentation:

Download the Synology Diskstation DS214+ Data Sheet (PDF).