Synology RackStation RS411 review

Synology’s new RackStation RS411 is one of the lowest cost rack mounted NAS appliances on the market. It’s fast and feature packed, but there are some limitations so read this review to find out more.

IP SAN options are particularly good and we covered these in depth in our review of the RS810RP+. Thin provisioning is supported and we were able to present a 2TB iSCSI target to our test server even though the appliance only had a 1.7TB volume.

The appliance even has a firewall so you can apply rules to traffic on either network port and to selected IP addresses and ranges. Rule creation is simple enough as you define services with their port numbers, deny or allow the traffic and apply the rule to a port.

Some features are more suited to consumers. These include an iTunes server, a Photo Station for sharing photos and videos on the Internet, a Download Station that supports BitTorrent and eMule and an Audio Station that lets you plug in USB speakers to the appliance.

Synology's backup features are superior to those offered by vendors such as QNap and Thecus. Local volumes can be automatically backed up on a schedule to USB or eSATA storage devices. You can use Rsync to synchronise appliances and there's even support for Amazon's S3 remote backup service.

Workstation backup is handled by the Replicator 3 utility which is easy to use. During backup job creation it'll find the appliance, show the shares that can be used as targets and, once a full backup has completed, encrypt everything too.

Now in its sixth month of beta testing, the Time Backup feature automates snapshots of selected folders and allows you to retain multiple versions over time. However, it can only snapshot from one volume to another. So, for example, if you've created a single four drive RAID array then it can only use USB or eSATA disks as destinations.

Featured Resources

The ultimate law enforcement agency guide to going mobile

Best practices for implementing a mobile device program

Free download

The business value of Red Hat OpenShift

Platform cost savings, ROI, and the challenges and opportunities of Red Hat OpenShift

Free download

Managing security and risk across the IT supply chain: A practical approach

Best practices for IT supply chain security

Free download

Digital remote monitoring and dispatch services’ impact on edge computing and data centres

Seven trends redefining remote monitoring and field service dispatch service requirements

Free download

Recommended

HDD vs SSD: Which storage solution is best for you?
Hardware

HDD vs SSD: Which storage solution is best for you?

29 Jun 2021
Best data recovery tools 2021: Restore your lost files
data recovery

Best data recovery tools 2021: Restore your lost files

18 Mar 2021
Best data recovery tools 2020: Restore your lost files
data recovery

Best data recovery tools 2020: Restore your lost files

7 Dec 2020

Most Popular

Best Linux distros 2021
operating systems

Best Linux distros 2021

11 Oct 2021
Apple MacBook Pro 15in vs Dell XPS 15: Clash of the titans
Laptops

Apple MacBook Pro 15in vs Dell XPS 15: Clash of the titans

11 Oct 2021
Windows 11 has problems with Oracle VirtualBox
Microsoft Windows

Windows 11 has problems with Oracle VirtualBox

5 Oct 2021