4-bay & 7-bay NAS for Small Business – Synology DS 412+ & DS 713+

***Synology DS 412+ 4-bay NAS Appliance for Small Business (Diskless):

The Synology DS 412+ is a 4-bay NAS appliance for small businesses and homes with relatively large storage requirements. The total storage capacity of this NAS server is 16 TB and hence users with requirements in that range could choose Synology DS 412+. The Synology DS 412+ offers most of what the previous model from Synology, DS 213+ (2-bay NAS) has to offer. In addition to those features, it offers a handful of features specifically for businesses. Let us have a look at the highlights/main features offered by this NAS appliance –

  • 4-bay NAS appliance (four empty slots for inserting hard-drives)
  • Max hard-disk capacity: 4 x (2.5″/3.5″ SATA II) 4 TB HDD = 16 TB (this capacity decreases when RAID is used)
  • Dual Core CPU 2.13 Ghz, with floating point support
  • 205.68 MB/sec READ, 182.66 MB/sec WRITE
  • 2 x LAN ports with fail-over/link aggregation for link redundancy/higher (combined) throughput {respectively}
  • Hot Swappable Hard Disk drives
  • Operating System: Synology Disk Station Manager (DSM)
  • External ports: USB 3.0 x 2, USB 2.0 x 1, eSATA x 1, Gigabit LAN x 2
  • Supports RAID 5 for disk-level redundancy
  • 2 Year Warranty
  • Passive cooling technology avoids separate processor fans and increases system reliability
  • Supports various built-in & add-on applications
  • Built-in applications include file server, print server, web-server, back-up wizard, FTP server, Mobile Apps, etc.
  • Supports enterprise features like Active Directory/LDAP integration, Virtual Machine (VMware, Citrix, Microsoft Hyper V) support, VPN server and iSCSI (SAN) support
  • Wake ON LAN/WAN, scheduled power on/off, hibernation mode and other features save a lot of power

Specifications/Further Info: Synology DS 412+ manufacturer’s web-page.

Price (USD)/Buy from (US): Amazon web-page for,

Accessories: Western Digital 1, 2, 3 TB Hard-disk drives.


***Synology DS 713+ & DX 513 Expansion unit for Small Business (Diskless):

The Synology DS 713+ is similar to the above model, but in place of 4-bays, the DS 713+ has 2-bays. But, along with the expansion unit DX 513 (which has 5-bays) that can be connected to the DS 713+ using special high-speed cables, the total expandable capacity of DS 713+ is 7-bays. Hence, with the base unit and the expansion unit, one can insert 7 hard drives of 4 TB capacity (each) to achieve a storage capacity of 28 TB (max).

Even though Synology DS 713+ is a 2-bay model, it has 202.3 MB/sec READ and 135.84 MB/sec WRITE capacity. You can buy the 2-bay NAS appliance initially and then buy the expansion unit later on, when required. Or you can buy both of them if you want the higher storage capacity offered by the combination. This model comes with 3-year warranty.

As you can guess, 28 TB is a lot of space (without RAID) and hence small business/small companies might find it cost-effective, easy to use and convenient, when compared to higher priced enterprise storage/SAN solutions. You can always back-up data to external hard-drives through the USB ports, etc. in order to be safeguarded from device failures (if any).

Specifications/Further info: Manufacturer’s web-page for DS 713+, DX 513.

Price (USD)/ Buy from (US): Amazon Web-page for,

Accessories: WD RED 1 GB, 2 GB, 3 GB Hard-disk drives



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