Synology Comes Up with a Single-Drive DS115 NAS

Synology, a renowned developer of storage & network solutions, appears in the market with a new single-drive NAS, entitled DiskStation DS115. The greenhorn features 166x71x224 mm dimensions and is differentiated by an ergonomic design, noiseless operation as well as the support for power-saving technologies. The company promises to present all potential customers with a 2-year’s warranty and a reliable technical support.



Synology DiskStation DS115 might be employed in processes on music/photo/video streaming to various DLNA-compatible devices (TV-sets and gaming consoles) without any preliminary adjustments. It allows installing one 2.5-/3.5-inch drive with SATA III interface of 6 GB capacity. As for speed characteristics, the model ensures 111 Mb/sec and 104 Mb/sec on sequential Read/Write operations respectively.


This NAS is based on Marvell Armada 375 88F6720 processor with 512 MB of DDR3 memory; it runs at 800 MHz frequency. The layout also includes Gigabit network …

SilverStone Readies 8-Bay CS380 NAS PC Case

SilverStone is about to release a standalone solution – a PC case with 8 bays for NAS or HDD/SSD subsystem. The CS380 boasts sleek design and is made of steel & plastic. Featuring 487.5x426.5x215.3 mm dimensions, internal layout is targeting ATX motherboards with up to 7 expansion slots. The recommended retail price makes up 121 EUR.



SilverStone CS380 comes fitted with three 120-mm fans: one is situated on the rear panel, while the two others – on the side panel. Their ultimate rotational speed approximates 1200 RPM. The chassis supports PS/2 ATX power supply units, 241-mm long graphics card and 146-mm high CPU cooler.


One of the key attractions of the NAS case is the frontal panel. It looks like a door with a lock which hides 8 disc bays, the external I/O panel with two USB 3.0 ports and two 3.5-mm audio jacks as well as a Power button. Furthermore, the drives support hot swapping function – thus, the user can retrieve the item any time during the operation.

The Forthcoming Switch to 5 mm HDD Models

Nowadays HDD segment is represented by various products from various companies. However, with the development and release of ultrabooks, manufacturers directed their production to the hybrid-type drives. This resulted in the predominance of hybrid solutions in the market.



Recently Itel has advanced a motion to digress somehow from the production of hybrid drives and switch to the decrease of traditional HDDs dimensions to 5 mm in casing depth. According to the company's assumptions, such change could moderate the price for drives and provide the necessary volume capacity for ultrabooks.


Some manufacturers have already directed a part of their technological powers to the design of HDDs with 5 mm casings. Nevertheless, there appeared a couple of obstacles on their way: the necessity to stabilize data reading and writing activities, and increase of costs spent on drives' production. This will result in the rise of end price.


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