ioSafe SoloPRO and Synology DiskStation 212+ - Disaster-proof Networked Storage
Network Connectivity: The Synology DiskStation
The ioSafe is engineered more towards data protection than interface options, so if we want to get the most out of it in any form of networked capacity, we need something to bridge the gap. One of the best bridges I can think of is the DiskStation from Synology:
The DiskStation comes equipped with multiple external connectivity options in addition to its own internal storage array. The DiskStation 212+ is an improvement on earlier models - shifting to a 2 GHz Marvell 88F6282 processor, eSATA, USB 3.0, and Gigabit Ethernet connectivity. It's basically a swiss army knife for NAS duties. There's even an SD card reader on the front.
The DiskStation comes with power adapter + cord, and a 6 ft black ethernet cable. USB and eSATA cables are not included.
Popping the front off of the DiskStation reveals the drives, which are easily slid out. The trays are not screwless, but the screws are easily accessible and drive swaps should be quick and painless. Our sample came equipped with two Seagate 1TB drives:
Mating the 212+ with the SoloPRO, well, they look like they were meant to be parked next to one another:
Here are the back angles of both units, showing off rear connectivity:
On the left: ioSafe SoloPro with USB and eSATA ports. On the right: Synology DiskStation 212+ with two USB 3.0 ports, one eSATA connector, and one Gigabit LAN port.
Now for some speed testing of the whole setup linked together...