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The Best Network Attached Storage Devices for 2021


Synology DiskStation DS220+

Starter two-bay unit for small business and home offices

If one is just getting started with an internal NAS and one doesn’t want to spend a large amount of money, this is probably the best price/performance you’re going to find. You can find two-bay Synology boxes for a hundred bucks less on Amazon, but they’re older models. And you can certainly find other two-bay NAS boxes for less than the $300 this unit costs, but they won’t have the exceptional DiskStation Manager software that makes all Synology units such stand-out machines.

WD My Cloud EX2 Ultra Network Attached Storage

The WD My Cloud EX2 Ultra Network Attached Storage enables users to organize their media collection in a single place and access it securely from any location. With My Cloud EX2 Ultra, users are able to automatically sync content across computers, easily share files and folders, and utilize multiple backup options in order to create a personalized system. According to Western Digital, the My Cloud EX2 Ultra “comes pre-configured with WD Red hard drives, specifically built for NAS systems to provide improved performance within 24×7 environments.” Additionally, the device is also available in a diskless version, allowing users to create a custom NAS with compatible hard drives.

QNAP TS-451D2-2G

The four-bay QNAP TS-451D2-2G provides high storage potential for home and small business users to store, share, and back up files. Business users can leverage the device’s dual-core Intel processor to enable seamless multi-user on-prem or remote access to work files. Conversely, home users can enjoy a high-quality multimedia experience with both streaming and direct 4K HDMI 2.0 output. QNAP’s Cloud Storage Gateways allow users to leverage their existing cloud storage to deploy a hybrid cloud solution, while a built-in App Center delivers a variety of applications to add enhanced functionality to the TS-451D2.

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The Best Network Attached Storage Devices for 2021