Top reliable NAS brands in the world

Updated: May 15

Let us show you, in our expert opinion, the most reliable NAS brands in the world.

Top reliable NAS brands in the world

Home or office, a NAS (network-attached storage) device is becoming a more common IT infrastructure tool. The ability to have relevant documents stored in a reliable device --- away from the old convention of local storage is not a new concept, and for those who would prefer data to be stored locally, this is the perfect solution for it. Storing information in the cloud is a great idea, but for businesses or individuals who wish to store large amounts of it, it can become quite a costly solution. A much more effective way to minimize cost and get even better performance is to purchase a NAS storage device. In this article, we highlight the top brands which specialize in NAS devices.

Top reliable NAS brands in the world

1. Synology NAS

Top reliable NAS brands in the world


There is no debate when it comes to the most famous NAS brand in the market; Synology. They produce three range of products, grouped into NAS, networking and surveillance. With most of their efforts concentrated on their NAS range. Much like most NAS devices, the performance is entirely dependant on the quality of the storage drives installed within. But it would be foolish to assume that is the only factor, processor and ram aside, the management software or operating system of these devices play a crucial role. DIskStation Manager or DSM is Synology's proprietory web-based operating system. A powerful software which allows you to convert this simple NAS storage device to a server capable of hosting websites to surveillance recordings. You can have two similar devices stored in separate locations sharing workloads and redundancy. This is a NAS device, but the perfect thing to say would be this is not just a NAS device. Love it or hate it; they are the brand to beat in the world of network-attached storage.

Top reliable NAS brands in the world

2. QNAP NAS

Top reliable NAS brands in the world


For Coke, it's main competition is Pepsi, for Synology, it's main competition is QNAP. However, the differences between them are eerily, similar to differences between Mac and Windows. Synology's operating system is more polished and comes with a lot of pre-installed packages for you to work with, whereas the power with QNAP is the option of versatility. Think of how you can make more customizations and changes in a Windows computer. But at the same time, how much more reliable and user-friendly a Mac computer is to work with. If you were to ask us differences, we would be hard-pressed to find much other than the operating system, since the hardware they have in them is OEM products. According to reviews, Synology offers better support, and QNAP is a more expensive option. But if your environment requires a lot of unique customization and integration setup, QNAP is the better option.

Top reliable NAS brands in the world

3. WD MyBook NAS

Top reliable NAS brands in the world


A household name no doubt, Western Digital's MyBook, more commonly used as an external storage device rather than a NAS, in our anecdotal experience that is. Nonetheless, the WD MyBook is one of the purest NAS devices we have ever seen. It does not have too many extra functionalities, a simple web-based user interface. Plus this NAS to your router and enjoy wireless storage. From a budget point of view, if you are looking to install a simple storage device to attach to your wireless router, there is hardly a better option out there. The only disadvantage with this NAS would be a hardware failure. Unlike the QNAP or Synology, which allows you to place hard drives in a raid format, the MyBook setup is quite fixed. So a harddisk failure almost means a complete failure, whereas with other brands you can swap out the failed hard drives reasonably easily.

Top reliable NAS brands in the world

4. Netgear ReadyNas

Top reliable NAS brands in the world


If you are a techie, the brand Netgear resonates with words such as 'Nighthawk' or 'Orbi', top-rated flagship products of theirs. Netgear is a specialist in the world of networking and set to dethrone the likes of Linksys or Hp in the enterprise realm within the years to come. We made the argument earlier, that NAS is becoming part of network infrastructure. Netgear has picked up on this and started to focus on its line of NAS devices more. One of their latest model, Netgear ReadyNas R524X, is touted in various review websites as the best of 2020. A fantastic achievement and might hint at the capability level of Netgear's brand. Netgear is not the dark horse of this race; it is a race contender. We do hope they work on their web-based UI interface design a little more though.

Top reliable NAS brands in the world

5. Apple Time Capsule NAS

Top reliable NAS brands in the world


Neither the last nor the least is Apple's very own NAS solution, the time capsule. Specially designed and made to work with Mac computers, it functions as both an additional layer for the time capsule backup option on your Mac and a NAS device. Perfect for small environments like homes or small businesses using only Macs. We would recommend against it when it comes to environments with WIndows, computers and large scale organizations. The Apple time capsule is a rigid and reliable solution, and surprisingly one of the cheapest NAS options in the market, which is unusual considering the name and history of the brand when it comes to pricing. Jokes aside, if you are looking for a NAS device for your home and everyone is using Apple computers, this could be effective if not best NAS solution for you.

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