DiskStation

DiskStation

by Synology

Who Uses DiskStation?

Trusted by some of the best and brightest minds in the IT industry, with more than six million installations, Synology is committed to transforming the way business and home users manage data

What Is DiskStation?

DiskStation Manager (DSM) is an intuitive next-generation operating system that is installed directly on Synology NAS devices. DSM is license-free, and is included with every Synology NAS. Browse from a range of free applications in the Synology Package Center. Chat and phone support are provided to all customers at no extra charge.

DiskStation Details

Synology

http://www.synology.com

DiskStation Pricing Overview

DiskStation does not have a free version and does not offer a free trial.

Free Version

No

Free Trial

No

Deployment

Installed - Mac

Cloud, SaaS, Web

Installed - Windows

Mobile - iOS Native

Mobile - Android Native

Training

In Person

Live Online

Webinars

Documentation

Support

24/7 (Live Rep)

Business Hours

Online

DiskStation Features

Business Continuity Software
Backup Log
Backup Scheduling
Compression
Continuous Backup
Encryption
Incremental Backup
Local Server Options
Multiple System Support
Remote Server Options
Secure Data Storage
Web Access / Restoration
Access Controls/Permissions
Audit Trail
Collaboration
Document Management
Drag & Drop
Electronic Signature
Encryption
Messaging
Real Time Synchronisation
Search/Filter
Workflow Management

DiskStation Reviews

Showing 5 of 60 reviews

Overall
4.8/5
Ease of Use
4.6/5
Customer Service
4.1/5
Features
4.7/5
Value for Money
4.6/5
Jeremy K.
Owner
Design
Used the Software for: 2+ years
  • Overall Rating
    5/5
  • Ease of Use
    4/5
  • Features & Functionality
    5/5
  • Customer Support
    5/5
  • Value for Money
    5/5
  • Likelihood to Recommend
    9/10
  • Reviewer Source 
  • Reviewed on 09/03/2018

"Synology Diskstation has been an incredibly valuable resource for business and home solutions."

Pros: The amount of first-party apps which are aimed at solving a lot of tasks users may have is what makes this software suite great. Other NAS providers may aim at a handful of media and downloading softwares, but Synology makes it clear out of the gate that their focus is on productivity. They produce apps which handle everything from CRM and CMS installations to security camera integration, to virtualization. The sheer value proposition of Diskstation makes it difficult to view this as a valuable product. Their customer service is also spot-on - we had to run an RMA through their center and both Email and Phone support were prompt and helpful.

Cons: The only issue I have found is either the learning curve of the software is a bit too high for some use cases, or the software doesn't dive deep enough into it outright replacing everything we are using. While I see incredible value for others with the mail server, for instance, it cannot perform everything we need and so it isn't being used. This is only a minor issue though, as I am confident there is something for everybody on in this product.

  • Reviewer Source 
  • Reviewed on 09/03/2018
Dustin D.
Service Manager
Information Technology & Services, 2-10 Employees
Used the Software for: 1+ year
  • Overall Rating
    5/5
  • Ease of Use
    5/5
  • Features & Functionality
    5/5
  • Customer Support
    Unrated
  • Value for Money
    5/5
  • Likelihood to Recommend
    10/10
  • Reviewer Source 
  • Reviewed on 29/07/2019

"An Appliance for Anything"

Comments: We are able to provide mass storage for a fraction of the cost of putting in Windows File Servers for businesses whose needs are either too small or too spread out to justify the licensing costs associated with Microsoft Environments.

Pros: It's so easy to set up and maintain. Once it's set up, you never really have to touch it either. Software is very stable and I sometimes go check on it wondering if my notification settings failed but there it is ready to do anything I need it to. The sheer number of roles I can install on a Diskstation are staggering and it is all comparable to software costing hundreds of dollars more than what you can get a full Diskstation and Drives for.

Cons: I logged into my most recently installed DiskStation to see if I could find something that I didn't like and it's hard. Like I had to start getting really critical.
The best I can come up with on cons is that some of the online documentation of features is a little vague.
For example, I was trying to find out which was the smallest Diskstation I could install the new Virtual Machine Manager on and I had to just go on faith when it said I could install it.(System resources will be your bottleneck, not the actual DiskStation OS not letting you on smaller models so keep that in mind)

  • Reviewer Source 
  • Reviewed on 29/07/2019
Brian K.
Tech Manager
13-50 Employees
Used the Software for: 2+ years
  • Overall Rating
    3/5
  • Ease of Use
    3/5
  • Features & Functionality
    3/5
  • Customer Support
    Unrated
  • Value for Money
    Unrated
  • Likelihood to Recommend
    Unrated
  • Reviewer Source 
  • Reviewed on 25/01/2017

"Solid & functional"

Comments: My business has been using DiskStation for the last four years. Aside from the occasional hiccup, it has worked admirably. We use it for basic music playback in our music school. We have one at each of our locations, synced so that changes made to one location are reflected at the other. The response is slow at times, particularly when using a remote connection.

  • Reviewer Source 
  • Reviewed on 25/01/2017
Verified Reviewer
Programmer
Information Technology & Services, 2-10 Employees
Used the Software for: 1+ year
  • Overall Rating
    5/5
  • Ease of Use
    5/5
  • Features & Functionality
    5/5
  • Customer Support
    5/5
  • Value for Money
    5/5
  • Likelihood to Recommend
    10/10
  • Reviewer Source 
  • Reviewed on 12/03/2020

"I absolutely love this NAS"

Comments: Wonderful. I love this device. I highly recommend it and have already suggested one to multiple friends and family members.

Pros: This NAS might be the best purchase I have ever made. I love this Synology's software and hardware. I cannot live without this NAS.

Cons: It would be nice if Synology offered some higher end hardware. The NAS does everything I need, but it would be nice if you could purchase higher end versions with modern Intel i5/i7 or or AMD Ryzen chips and more ram.

  • Reviewer Source 
  • Reviewed on 12/03/2020
Stacey B.
Systems Administrator
Higher Education, 1,001-5,000 Employees
Used the Software for: 2+ years
  • Overall Rating
    5/5
  • Ease of Use
    5/5
  • Features & Functionality
    5/5
  • Customer Support
    5/5
  • Value for Money
    5/5
  • Likelihood to Recommend
    10/10
  • Reviewer Source 
  • Reviewed on 10/04/2019

"Easy to use, full featureset."

Comments: I have installed multiple Synology NAS systems for different labs on campus. Built-in multiple 10Gb networking provides fast access. AD integration provides simple authentication path for changing class rosters allowing simple turnover from semester to semester.

Pros: Provides a intuitive interface to what could be complex configurations. Linux based with a web management interface that allows granular control of configuration. Great support for Active Directory authentication. Security updates are prompt and backwards compatible. The current system software run on the most recent Synology hardware as well as the older hardware. The only thing missing from older hardware are Intel CPU dependent features suck as virtualization. All add-on software modules that you need are freely available for installation via the Package manager.

Cons: Older or lower end hardware uses a slower ARM CPU. This limits performance compared with Intel CPU based hardware.

  • Reviewer Source 
  • Reviewed on 10/04/2019