QNAP vs. Synology vs. Netgear NAS

We have recently begun looking into using QNAPS for our storage solution. We were 90% certain that they were the way we were going to go, until I started reading recent (in the past year) forum posts describing nightmare experiences. So, I am hoping for just some people who have used these devices to give some advice. Thank you!
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Alan HardistyCo-OwnerCommented:
What sort of nightmare experiences are you referring to?

We have customers using Qnap and Synology NAS devices (wouldn't touch Netgear personally) quite happily and there have been no nightmare situations that I'm aware of.

Are you planning on using iSCSI with them?
Thomas RushCommented:
Do ensure to purchase NAS-certified disks, and better yet, only those listed on the NAS-devices compatibility list, for highest satisfaction and fewest problems.
Gerwin Jansen, EE MVETopic Advisor Commented:
Which QNAP devices is this about? Both QNAP and Synology have devices for SOHO, SMB and Enterprise use.
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JesusFreak42Author Commented:
We plan on using these devices for Enterprise use.

This following post on Spiceworks was found by the boss:


Basically, I have found a lot of hate for QNAP at spiceworks, but not a ton of specifics.

No, no iscsi. We were just planning on getting two QNAPS and having one be the main file share for the company (very Windows AD dependent) and the other would be a sync partner with the first in case of failure. They would be using raid 10.

 Basically, the decision maker would be more comfortable with the SAFEST bet, even if it is more expensive. I said the same thing about Netgear, but he really liked the 5 year warrantee that included the bundled hard drives (with QNAP does not offer).

In the end, I guess what I am leaning towards is Synology as the "safest" decision, but I want to make sure that this is true before I say it. It could just be that I was shocked by some unsubstantiated hate talk on the Spiceworks forums.
JesusFreak42Author Commented:
BTW, I do plan on spreading the points around, to everyone who provides helpful information. Thanks again!
Alan HardistyCo-OwnerCommented:
I personally bought a Synology NAS for my self at home after seeing how brilliant they are and how flexible too.

We have customers with QNAP devices used in a Windows environment for iSCSI storage and others with them for just storage and all work happily.

The following link suggests that the QNAP is slightly better on a hardware front but that Synology is better on the software front:


Personally I wouldn't expect that there is very much to choose from between them.  As mentioned - make sure you buy the correct drives for the NAS or you will most likely encounter problems.

IMHO - the Synology NAS gives you a ton of options / features that make it very attractive.  Don't have 1st-hand experience of the QNAP I'm afraid.

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madunix (Fadi SODAH)Chief Information Security Officer Commented:
I personally do a Synology NAS, I did file replication between 2 DataCenter using DS412+ based on rsync
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