Which Synology NAS model works best for me?

Updated: May 20

Choosing the right Synology NAS model can be tricky, here are some tips which will better assist you in your decision-making.

Which Synology NAS model works best for me?

Synology is our brand of choice when it comes to network-attached storage or NAS solution for both home and businesses. They are specialists in the world of storage with a powerful Linux operating system they names DIskStation Manager or DSM for short. There are many models out there, and from our experience with our customers, we thought it would be great to provide a guided breakdown of their models and specify which of them are more suited for particular applications.

Which Synology NAS model works best for me?

Synology NAS models for home

Which Synology NAS model works best for me?


Having a NAS at home is a great way to store essential family data that is easily accessible by everyone. You won't have to panic if a laptop crashes as long as all critical information is backed up or stored in the shared folder. Take the DS118 model, for example, a single-bay NAS capable of streaming 4K videos. You can stream movies directly from it to your smart TV with ease, making family video moments that much more special without the hassle of setting up the DVD, Blu-ray or plugging your laptop to the TV. Such a simple setup not cost you too much and provides the option of cloud backup, in case the hard drive in your NAS fails. Remember, all hard drives fail eventually. But this is still a better option to store important family pictures and documents than your personal computer.

Which Synology NAS model works best for me?

Synology NAS models for the geeks

Which Synology NAS model works best for me?


Maybe you are not the everyday home user, maybe you are a geek mom or dad and want something sturdy. Your computer is a gaming computer, so why would you settle for the bare minimum when it comes to NAS right? We think the Synology DS918+ would be a perfect addition to your home. You can raid up to four hard drives in whichever setting you prefer, and the extra bays mean the possibility of extra storage. What is the point of storing loads of blu-ray discs when you can upload your blu-ray images to your NAS and stream the movies anywhere? Also, the perfect solution for amateur photographers and videographers for storing their raw video and picture formats.

Which Synology NAS model works best for me?

Synology NAS models for small to medium sized businesses

Which Synology NAS model works best for me?


In our expert opinion, every business, no matter how small they are, need a NAS device. Finance, HR and legal documents at least need a secure place to stay. It is not good practice to house relevant finance documents on the computer of your finance executive and essential HR documents in the computer of your HR executive. Data fragmented in such a way is not only insecure but dangerous. You can quickly lose those files together with the terminals they are stored in.


Take this FS1018 flash storage model; these use 2.5 inch SATA SSD as opposed to optical drives and provide extraordinary performance in speed. Which easily allows an entire office to work off a single NAS device without any noticeable drop in speed. These drives are so fast they might even respond much faster than your local optical drive, as long as your internet infrastructure is up to speed.


Synology provides excellent support for their products, and your technical team may thank you for acquiring something that is a breeze to integrate into any IT infrastructure environment.

Which Synology NAS model works best for me?

Synology NAS models for Enterprise

Which Synology NAS model works best for me?


In the world of HP, Dell, Nutanix and Oracle, rarely is Synology used when it comes to Storage Area Networks or SAN, and why not? Most servers in the office function as domain controllers with Active Directory managing them. Synology solutions not only function as domain controllers, but you can choose to integrate either Active Directory or Synology's directory server. Best of all, you are not even required to purchase a Windows server license; it comes free with any Enterprise-grade Synology like the FSg400 model shown above.


These amazing Synology SAN products function just as good or even better. You can launch virtual machines from them, administrate software installations on terminals in the office using Active Directory and serve as a shared storage solution all at once. On top of that, they can be used to run SQL databases for your various ERP or CRM applications and host websites within your local environment to be made available on both the intranet and internet.


After typing all of this, it does make us think why many companies who use windows based servers for simple things as domain controllers would never consider Synology as an option in the first place? Maybe it is just culture, or maybe the in-house tech teams are only trained and familiar with what they know. Synology's operating system may have some limitations for the limited applications you can launch in it, and we understand the likes of AWS and GCloud launch Linux based servers. Still, if you are a medium to a large organization that use servers within the office environment, it would be in your best interest to consider Synology as an appropriate solution.



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