Re: "Far cry from the prosumer NASes upon which Synology built its name"
We've bought two pairs of Synology devices over the years. Pairs because our data centre is split over two sites for load balancing and DR. We've had very mixed results with two recent high-end rackstations.
We tested, and built, the devices served the users as expected, and all was good.
For the testing and data load they shared a rack and replicated like good little bunnies, and I was happy.
Then we split them up, put them 200 miles apart on a 100mbs WAN - 8 (visible) hops - and it all went to rats.
Synology help has not managed to resolve, and three months on we're still manually copying files because the replication won't do a delta.
Don't get me wrong, the users are still happy, but I'm not.
There's a reason my BigNameRebadged filers cost 6 times as much...