Award-winning Photographer C.S. Ling
I am pleasantly surprised by Synology DS713+ and DX513 expansion unit as they have served their intended purpose of centralizing my data storage in a reliable and high-performance fashion. C.S. Ling
"Since I've gotten a new home office and studio a couple of months ago, I started looking again, seeking to find added assurance to all my life's works," said C.S. Ling.
Ease of setup
One thing that keeps a lot of photographers away from adopting NAS as their storage solution is the hassle of setup. "As a creative who uses most of my brain cells on creation, it's very easy for tech products to fail my techno-phobic test," said C.S. Ling. With the help of Synology Assistant, the installation process is highly streamlined. "It's relatively easy to do the set-up, and it took me only 15 minutes for the initial setup. Can't get any easier than that," C.S. Ling added.
High-performance and efficient storage
The high performance of DS713+ not only saves time in data transmission, but also expedites the workflow of managing a huge photo collection. "The folders and files show up almost instantaneously on the DS713+, which is way faster than the previous NAS," said C.S Ling. She is also very impressed by the efficiency and backup capability of DS713+. With the flexible Synology Hybrid RAID (SHR), an automated RAID management system that fulfills both the needs of maximized storage space and data redundancy, and seamless support of Time Machine®, Apple's proprietary backup program, setting up volumes and backing up data are simply a few clicks in one go. "Thought? Everything runs and works on auto-pilot and the best part is I don't really have to bother with it for a long time. Macbook Pro, Synology DS713+, DX 513+, and Time Machine live happily ever after," commented C.S. Ling.
For a professional wildlife photographer like C.S., being away for a long period of time is not an uncommon occurrence. "Synology DiskStation Manager (DSM) allows me to create power schedule to help extend hard disk life, save money on my wallet, and reduce the impact on the environment by reducing power consumption. This is something which I couldn't do before, so I am eternally grateful for this thoughtful feature on Synology DSM," said C.S Ling. Apart from the Power Schedule, DS713+ also features Power Recovery to automatically reboot after a power failure, HDD Hibernation to preserve energy usage after a period of inactivity, and Deep Sleep to save even more energy by powering down the expansion unit. "Synology DiskStation is really designed and developed with energy efficiency in mind," C.S. Ling commented.
- Easy setup
- Synology Hybrid RAID
- Time Machine support
- Energy efficient