Modern business and enterprise environments whose day-to-day operations depend not only on working with and storing large amounts of data, but moving that data quickly and safeguarding it, should take note of three new multi-bay NAS offerings from Synology. Be warned, however: Arrays with 12 and 16 bays aren’t for the faint of heart—this is some serious storage we’re talking about. And to help ensure your data can be accessed reliably, Synology has developed two new Enterprise-class hard drives. Read on to find out the specifics.
For those who need high throughput and robust data protection, the RS3621RPxs 12-Bay NAS Enclosure is a 12-bay, 2 RU storage solution with built-in redundant power that can handle the demanding workloads of modern business environments. Its 12 drive bays support 3.5" hard drives and 2.5" hard drives and SSDs. Two optional RX1217/RX1217RP expansion units may be used to connect up to 24 additional drive bays, for a combined total of 36 drive bays. The RS3621RPxs can deliver sequential reads of up to 4718 MB/s. Other notable tech specs include a 2.2 GHz Intel® Xeon™ D-1531 Six-Core processor, 8GB of DDR4 ECC RAM (64GB max), two USB 3.2 Gen 1 Type-A ports, and four Gigabit Ethernet ports. If you're looking to expand this NAS, there are two PCIe Gen 3.0 x8/x8 slots that support network interface cards and M.2 NVMe adapter cards for an SSD cache.
Do you need a bit more oomph? The RackStation RS3621xs+ 12-Bay NAS Enclosure is very similar to the RS3621RPxs, but delivers faster sequential reads of 5819 MB/s, is powered by a 2.1 GHz Intel® Xeon™ D-1541 Eight-Core processor, and adds two 10 Gigabit Ethernet ports alongside the existing four Gigabit Ethernet ports.
Maybe 12 drive bays aren’t enough for you. If not, that’s fine, and that’s why Synology has also introduced the RackStation RS4021xs+ 16-Bay NAS Enclosure, which has been designed for high throughput and data integrity in enterprise environments that include virtualization, mail, office collaboration, and surveillance. Sixteen drive bays means that two RX1217/RX1217RP expansion units bring the combined drive bay totals to 40. It uses a 2.1 GHz Intel® Xeon™ D-1541 Eight-Core processor, but its RAM has been upgraded to 64GB and sequential read speeds are increased to 6258 MB/s. It also retains the two 10GbE and four 1GbE ports, two USB 3.2 Gen 1 Type-A ports, and two PCIe 3.0 x8/x8 slots.
To help ensure the integrity of your data, Synology designed the HAT5300 SATA III 3.5" Internal Enterprise HDD in capacities of 8TB and 12TB. These drives are backed by transfer rates of 242 MB/s, a 256MB cache, 7200 rpm, a 2.5-million-hour MTBF, and a 550TB yearly workload rating, which means they are tailor-made to operate 24/7 in a multi-bay NAS array.
If I were building a storage network from the ground up, I wouldn’t hesitate to invest in any of these items. How about you? Are you a faithful Synology user? Feel free to leave your comments below.