The DS1817+ is a very efficient NAS, fast and capable of storing lots of data. This and the fact that's easy to use and can be used to run many applications that are helpful in a work environment make it a perfect option for shared use in an office.
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Pro Efficient cooling
Despite potentially handling 8 disks at the same time and offering high processing and transfer speeds, this Synology NAS never suffers from overheating issues, thanks to its efficient (and mostly silent) cooling fans.
Pro Supports application installation
Being a Synology NAS, this unit supports having applications installed directly on it, which is not something commonly offered by other manufacturers. For example, if you use this NAS in an office environment where several people have access to it, you can have an internal chat system or shared calendar accessible via the unit itself.
Pro Very user-friendly
Despite being a product intended for professional use, the DS1817+ is quite user friendly, both in terms of configuration and use. The visually appealing browser-based UI is easy to learn and there are wizards than can help you set up and configure whatever you want.
Pro Easy to set up the hardware
This NAS is quite easy to set up. To install the disks, you just need to press the front of each bay to make the disk case pop out, position the disk inside and fix it using the included tabs (no tools needed), and then pop everything back again into the unit. After this step, getting the NAS running is as easy as plugging in the power and ethernet cords and pressing the power button.
Pro Well capable of storing and protecting big amounts of data
For users that handle big volumes of data, this 8 bay NAS is a very good choice. It’s capable of storing a maximum amount of 96 TB ( if using eight 12 TB drives ). This is already a high number, but it can be further expanded up to 216 TB, if one or two Synology expansion units are connected to the unit’s eSATA ports. It supports up to RAID 10, for stored data protection.
Pro Great for fast processing and transfer of heavy data
The DS1817+ is equipped to handle heavy data well and quickly, making it a great solution for professional settings that deal with media and/or big data. It uses a Quad-core 2.4GHz Intel Atom C2538 CPU, supports RAM up to 16GB, and ensures high transfer rates via its four 1 Gbit/s ethernet ports or four USB 3.0 ports.
Con Fans are loud when running at full speed
When the unit’s fans are running at full speed, they are very audible. However, this doesn’t happen very often, and when running at normal speed, they are quite silent.