For a couple of years now, I’ve been asking Synology when it’d release a DiskStation server that comes with 10 Gbps network capability. Finally, today, it’s here. The NAS maker announced just now the DS1621xs+ that, among other things, has a 10 Gbps network port and M.2 SSD slots.
Synology DS1621xs+: A top-tier server that has everything
Per Synology’s naming convention, the new server is the upgrade to the previous DS1618+ model released two years ago. It’s a 16-drive server of the 2021 model year. (Like the DS620slim that came out in 2019, this new server also got a car-like model year treatment.)
The xs in the name signifies the fact this is a top-tier, business-oriented product. And it’s indeed so. The DS1621xs+ has everything one would love to have from an advanced NAS server:
- Top processing power: This is the first server that sports a real server-grade Intel Xeon CPU, instead of a Celeron or Atom. It can also address up to 32 GB of system memory.
- 10GbE connection: Apart from two Gigabit network ports, there’s also a T-Base RJ45 10 Gbps network port.
- Built-in M.2 SSD slots: Like most Synology DiskStations released this year, the DS1621xs+ comes with two M.2 NVMe slots to host two SSDs for caching.
- PCIe add-on slot: You can add more hardware capability to the router, such as a 10 Gbps SFP+ port.
- A ton of storage space: Out of the box, the new server can host up to 6 internal hard drives or SATA solid-state drives, to deliver up to 96 TB of raw storage space. If that’s enough you can add up to ten more via expansion units for another 160 TB.
Lots of capabilities
As a Synology server running the powerful DiskStation Manager (DSM) operating system, the DS1621xs+ comes with the full set of Synology’s core features.
So you can expect the usual stuff, including a ton of RAID options, and lots of useful applications for home and office environments. The server will also work as a host of all different types of virtual machines to provide endless potential.
On top of that, considering the beefy hardware specs, you can expect the DS1621xs+ to deliver a much higher level of performance and even more capabilities.
In terms of network throughputs alone, Synology says that the new server can offer “over 3.1 GB/s sequential read and 1.8 GB/s sequential write performance”, something unheard of in all existing DiskStation servers.
In all, the DS1621xs+ promises to be the beast of any savvy user’s dream. It’s the most potent DiskStation server to date
Hardware specifications: Synology DS1621xs+ vs. DS1618+
The DS1621xs+ is a significant upgrade to the DS1618+. Considering the latter is a formidable machine, the new server is going to kick it out of the park.
It’s worth noting that the DS1618+ can provide a 10 Gbps network connection, M.2 SSD caching, or both via an add-on adapter. What’s the big deal here is the fact the DS1621xs+ has all that right out of the box. As a result, you can use its PCIe add-on slot for other things.
No Synology Hybrid RAID (SHR)
But there’s a reason you might want to stick with the DS1618+ instead. The DS1621xs+
seems not to does not support Synology Hybrid RAID (SHR), but just standard RAIDs.
Update: On September 11, 2020, Synology confirmed with me this fact.
The company said in part: “[..] the build/integrity process for SHR is longer than other RAID types, plus we assume that business customers will plan out their purchase ahead of time and get the same drive capacities […]. ” As a result, it doesn’t offer SHR in business-oriented servers.
The all-new Synology DiskStation DS1621xs+ is available now with the suggested retail price of $1599.99 (diskless). It’s not exactly affordable, but chances are it’ll worth every penny, despite the omission of SHR.