Are you a dedicated collector in need of a safe place to store your data? Or perhaps you have a company that needs to safely store large amounts of information in an easily accessible manner? Synology could have the perfect solution for you with its DS2411+, a NAS for 12 hard drives, at an average price of around £1,145.
£1,145 is not pocket change of course but if you think about it in more depth, this amounts to less than £100 per bay, which puts the price firmly between the DS212j and the DS212. If you need the storage space now or in the near future, then the DS2411+ is not a bad solution based on the cost, provided of course that you have £1,145 to spend.
The case is a lot more professional than we're generally used to from Synology. It's a sturdy metal chassis with nicely finished trays and a lock at the top. The one thing that's missing is a display where you can see the status of the system, which is a useful feature implemented by other brands. The back of the case gives away the fact that Synology is in fact selling a cleverly disguised computer.
The DS2411+ has a standard ATX power supply and on the reverse you will find a capped VGA port in addition to the serial connection. There is also a special connection intended for expanding storage capacity with the DX1211 12-bay expansion case. This upgrade won't come cheap, with a hefty £800 pricetag. Lastly, you will find four USB 2.0 ports and two gigabit ports. There is no eSATA or USB 3.0.
The limited expansion option is a bit of a downside in our eyes. Yes, you can buy the expensive external case. You can read rest of the Synology DiskStation DS2411+ preview on Hardware.info.