Review of Synology DiskStation DS1513+ NAS


Specifications and Features




Scalable NAS for SMB growing demands

With its superior performance, scalability, resilience, and comprehensive features, Synology DS1513+ is the ideal storage solution for your growing SMB. The DS1513+ can help to simplify data management, providing a centralized destination for storage, backup, and sharing – with minimal setup and the freedom to expand capacity at any time. The DS1513+ is backed by Synology’s 3-year limited warranty.

Superior Performance

The Synology DS1513+ is built for speed. With dual core CPU and expandable RAM capacity, the DS1513+ is ideal for the mission critical tasks of SMBs as well as the most intensive applications from data-encryption to video-transcoding. With link aggregation, Synology DS1513+ can deliver up to an verage 350.94 MB/sec reading and 202.34 MB/sec writing speed under RAID 5 configuration in a Windows environment.

Resilient and Reliable

In addition to superior performance, the DS1513+ is built for reliability. Four LAN ports provide redundancy in the event of unexpected hardware failure while hot swappable drives also help to minimize system downtime during drive replacement. Furthermore, passive cooling technology eliminates the dependency upon a dedicated processor-cooling fan. Should a fan fail, built-in redundancy mechanisms will spin up functional fan(s) to improve ventilation.
Uninterrupted availability is a critical goal for all businesses; however, many businesses worldwide still remain unprepared for disaster. Synology High Availability (SHA) can ensure seamless transition between clustered servers in the event of server failure with minimal impact to applications to decrease the risk of unexpected interruptions and costly downtime.

Unparalleled Flexibility

As your data storage needs grow, Synology’s DS1513+ can grow with you. The DS1513+ can be connected to dedicated expansion units for additional storage on the fly, growing capacity with minimal effort. When paired with two DX513 expansion units through specially designed eSATA connectors, raw capacity can be as high as 60 TB.

Feature-Rich Business Applications

Put your data to work with Synology’s DS1513+. With Windows ACL and LDAP support DS1513+ fits easily into any existing workgroup environment, providing detailed access control and efficient privilege settings. A wealth of SMB applications including printer sharing, VPN server, ERP software, mail server, web server, anti-virus, and network video surveillance, allows a single Synology DS1513+ to replace several pieces of traditional hardware and helps to maximize your productivity while keeping cost and effort to a minimum.

Easy Backup Solutions

To protect your critical business data, DS1513+ can become a centralized backup target for consolidating fragmented and unstructured information across your network through a range of options. PC users can backup to DS1513+ with Synology’s Data Replicator, while DS1513+ also fully supports Mac OS X’s native Apple Time Machine. Synology’s own backup wizard can back up information to another Synology NAS or any rsync server, with the option of using an encrypted connection, or to an external hard drive via USB 3.0 or eSATA. The wizard can also back up your information to the cloud, including Amazon S3, Glacier, and STRATO HiDrive.

iSCSI and Virtualization Ready

With the iSCSI support in DSM, the Synology DS1513+ provides a seamless storage solution for virtualization servers, such as VMware, Hyper-V, and Citrix.It is the ideal alternative to SAN solution for businesses. Affordable and costeffective,iSCSI allows SMB users to consolidate storage into data center storage arrays while providing hosts with the illusion of locally-attached disks.

Energy Efficient Design

Synology DiskStation are designed and developed with energy efficiency in mind. Compared with the average PC counterparts, Synology DS1513+ consumes only 51 watts in operation. Wake on LAN/WAN and scheduled power on/off features can further reduce power consumption and operation costs. HDD hibernation can be configured to take effect automatically when the system has been inactive for a specified period of time to save energy and extend hard disk life. All Synology products are produced with RoHS compliant parts and packed with recyclable packing materials. Synology acknowledges the responsibility of a global citizen and works continually to reduce the environmental impact of every product.


CPU Frequency : Dual Core 2.13GHz

Floating Point

Memory : DDR3 2GB (Expandable, up to 4GB)

Internal HDD/SSD : 3.5″ or 2.5″ SATA(II) X 5 (Hard drive not included)

Max Internal Capacity : 20TB (5 X 4TB HDD) (Capacity may vary by RAID types)

Hot Swappable HDD

External HDD Interface : USB 3.0 Port X 2, USB 2.0 Port X 4, eSATA Port X 2

Size (HxWxD) : 157 X 248 X 233 mm

Weight : 4.25Kg

LAN : Gigabit X 4

Link Aggregation

Wake on LAN/WAN

System Fan : 80x80mm X2

Easy Replacement System Fan

Wireless Support (dongle)

Noise Level : 22.1 dB(A)

Power Recovery

Power Supply : 200W

AC Input Power Voltage : 100V to 240V AC

Power Frequency : 50/60 Hz, Single Phase

Power Consumption : 51W (Access); 25.75W (HDD Hibernation);

Warranty : 3 Years


Storage Management:

Max File System Size : 108TB

Max Internal Volume # : 512

Max iSCSI Target # : 32

Max iSCSI LUN # : 256

iSCSI LUN Clone/Snapshot

Supported RAID Type : Synology Hybrid RAID, Basic, JBOD, RAID 0, RAID 1, RAID 5, RAID 6, RAID 10

RAID Migration : Basic to RAID 1, Basic to RAID 5, RAID 1 to RAID 5, RAID 5 to RAID 6

Volume Expansion with Larger HDDs : Synology Hybrid RAID, RAID 1, RAID 5, RAID 6

Volume Expansion by Adding a HDD : Synology Hybrid RAID, RAID 5, RAID 6

Global Hot Spare Supported RAID Type : RAID 1, RAID 5, RAID 6, RAID 10

Synology Expansion Unit Support : DX513, DX213


File Sharing Capability

Max User Accounts : 2048

Max Groups : 256

Max Shared Folder : 512

Shared Folder Sync – Max task number : 8

Max Concurrent CIFS/AFP/FTP Connections : 512

Windows Access Control List (ACL) Integration



VMware vSphere 5 with VAAI

Windows Server 2012

Citrix Ready


Package Content:

Main Unit X 1

Welcome Note X 1

Assembling Kit X 1

AC Power Cord X 1

RJ-45 LAN Cable X 2


Optional Accessories:


Camera License Pack

RAM Module : 2GB DDR3 RAM Module

Expansion Unit : DX513 x 2, DX213 x 2



Price: $849.99 (From Amazon at time of review)



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