Synology is a well respected brand in the low to mid-range NAS market. However, they missed a high-end flagship in their lineup to compete against products such as the ReadyDATA units from Netgear and the TS-EC1279U-RP from QNAP. These high-end flagship units support both SATA and SAS drives and serve as a solution for SMEs (Small & Medium Enterprises) who don't need all the bells and whistles of a SAN, but still require virtualization support and scalability. Today, Synology is launching their first product to target this market, the RS10613xs+. The unit has 10 bays in a 2U form factor. It can accept both SATA and SAS drives, an essential requirement in this market. (The Synology RS3413xs+ also targets large scale businesses, but doesn't support SAS drives).

The RS10613xs+ can be connected to up to 8 RX1213sas expansion modules, each of which has 12 bays. A system based on the RS10613xs+ can, thus, scale up to 106 SAS drives in total.

The highlights of the RS10613xs+ include:

  • Optimization for virtual network storage, with support for both iSCSI and NFS.
  • VMWare Vsphere 5, Microsoft Windows Server 2012 with Hyper-V and Citrix XenServer certifications.
  • VAAI integration, including Hardware Assisted Locking (ATS), Block Zero, Full Copying, and Thin Provisioning.
  • Synology High Availability Manager for minimum downtime.
  • SSD caching for improved speeds

Unlike the ReadyDATA series (and similar to the QNAP SAS-enabled TS-EC1279U-RP), the RS10613xs+ doesn't offer ZFS. Instead, the unit offers RAID for data redundancy and runs Synology's own OS, the Disk Station Manager (DSM). The detailed hardware specifications are provided below:

Though Synology doesn't explicity specify the CPU, we believe it is the Xeon E3-1240. By default, the unit comes with 4 GbE ports, but a PCIe 2.0 x8 slot is available to accommodate a dual 10GbE card. With link aggregation configured over these 6 links and SSDs in all the 10 bays in RAID5 configuration, Synology claims that the unit provides 2 GBps+ throughput and 200K+ IOPS.

The RS10613+ is priced at $7000 and comes with a 3-year limited warranty, with an option to upgrade to a 5-year plan. Do readers feel that ZFS is essential in this market? Feel free to sound off in the comments.

In other NAS news from Synology, the DS713+ was launched last week. Recently, we have seen a number of Atom-based 2-bay NAS units such as the Iomega StorCenter px2-300d (based on the Intel Atom D525). Synology's latest offering in this space is the DS713+. It has dual GbE links and can be expanded with the DX513 expansion module to become a 7-bay NAS.

The DS713+ has the latest Intel Atom D2701 Cedarview CPU and can deliver up to 202.3 MBps read and 135.84 MBps write throughput as per Synology's claims.

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  • FoV001 - Wednesday, November 14, 2012 - link

    I am on the market for a good NAS solution for home use. I was thinking about getting the Synology DiskStation DS412+.... What do you think? Any recommendations? I have no problem waiting a bit longer if a better one will be available by the holidays.
  • Lovolt - Wednesday, November 14, 2012 - link

    I've started looking at the Synology DiskStations as well. From reading an Anand article from a while back, the Synology has a fairly straight forward naming scheme. The DS412+ is a four bay system that was designed for sell during 2012. The + means it has a higher read/write throughput than the DS412. As such, there should be a DS413 and DS413+ coming out relatively soon (I forget which, but one of them is listed on the Synology website).

    As far as I can tell, USB 3.0 support seems to be one of the new selling points. I'm unsure if the CPU has been upgraded (as the article above states, it's hard to figure our which CPU it uses based on the spec sheet and I'm not up to date on all of the Atom flavors).
  • Zebble - Tuesday, May 7, 2013 - link

    Would highly recommend the DS412+, having owned the DS209, DS410, DS411+ and now the DS1812+, I highly recommend any of the "+" models as they are x86-based and can run more software/packages than the non-"+" versions. Doesn't look like there will be a DS413+ this year, likely because the difference in Atom CPU's hasn't been as significant since the release of the DS412+. The 5-bay DS1513+ seems to be the lowest-priced Atom-based Synology currently available.

    This chart is helpful on finding overall spec's, and most importantly the CPU being used:

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