Which Synology NAS Drives will we see in 2023?
Synology has quite an extensive portfolio of hardware and software solutions, build over two decades of research and development in the NAS industry. Now, as these solutions grow in popularity, some ranges in their portfolio are more popular than others (whilst others die off – farewell DS213air wireless NAS – we miss you) and every few years, the brand will refresh these systems with a new version (eg DSx20 > DSx21 > DSx23 , etc). Alongside these refreshes, Synology also introduces new hardware and reveals prototypes in their new/press events and today I want to discuss everything we know about the ‘Synology 2023’ release period (typically measured as September ’22 to August ’23). The following list will be periodically updated as new information appears and you can add your email address at the bottom of the page if you want to get immediate alerts when these updates arrive (no need to make any account etc, it’s just a notification tool). At the time of writing, so far we know about alot of rumoured desktop hardware for the plus series, some new AMD EPYC powered rackmounts, new larger HDDs in the brand’s lineup and rumours that continue to circulate about a new AX router and Cameras.
New Synology AMD EPYC SA6400 and SA6200 Rackstation NAS
Synology has really been hitting the business/enterprise button hard in 2022, with several very high-profile top-tier solutions introduced into their portfolio (with rackmount/rackstation solutions seemingly getting the lion’s share of attention). Today I want to discuss a couple of new entries into the arguably less familiar ‘SA’ series, the highly storage scalable range of solutions from the brand that have tended to arrive with excellent internal hardware that is combined with an unparalleled level of storage expandability – with the newly uncovered Synology SA6400 and SA6200 rackmount solutions seemingly pushing things further than ever! Both systems arrive in 12-bay rackmount form, supporting SAS and SATA drive media (with Synology’s own HAT5300 and HAS5300 drive media being the recommended drive of course) and full support of DSM 7.1.
|Model ID||Synology SA6400 Rackstation||Synology SA6200 Rackstation|
|Number of Bays||12x 3.5″/2.5″||12x 3.5″/2.5″|
|Storage Interface||SATA / SAS||SATA / SAS|
|Expandable||Yes, 8x RX1223RP 12-Bay||Yes, 8x RX1223RP 12-Bay|
|CPU Model ID||AMD EPYC 7272||v|
|CPU Frequency||2.9Ghz (3.2Ghz Burst)||3.1Ghz (3.2Ghz Burst)|
|Default Memory||32GB DDR4 ECC RDIMM||32GB DDR4 ECC RDIMM|
|Number of Memory Slots||x16||x16|
|Maximum Supported Memory||1024GB (64GB x 16)||1024GB (64GB x 16)|
|PCIe Slots||TBC (However, this CPU supports upto PCIe4)||TBC (However, this CPU supports upto PCIe4)|
|Expansion Ports||8x MiniSAS HD||8x MiniSAS HD|
The SA6400 and SA6200 have yet to be confirmed as to whether they are refreshes of the later 2019 released SA3400 and SA3600 (as they were the original releases in this product family and therefore there is little to no data on the upgrade cycle for this series), however with certain components worldwide being subject to continued shortages, there is every possibility that these new SAS rackmounts are in response to this. Let’s discuss the information we have on these new Synology solutions.
Find out more about the new Synology SA6400 and Synology SA6200 Rackstation NAS in the FULL ARTICLE HERE.
Synology increase its HDD Range with the 18TB HAT5300-18T and HAS5300-18T Hard Drives
Synology has been providing its own branded range of hard drives and SSDs for a little over 2 and a half years now and it is surprising how ‘normal’ it seems now. Originally when the SAT5200, SNV3400/SNV3500 and HAT5300 ranges were launched, many (myself included) wondered what the uptake would be when Seagate and WD hold such dominance in this area. Fast forward to MID 2022 and enterprise/high-scale-business NAS user base has started to take them on board (a little because of changes in device compatibility, but also that the HDDs themselves, firmware upgraded Toshiba MG Enterprise drives), with the only major criticisms being that the pricing seems a tad high and the available capacities somewhat limited. Now, that first criticism is tough to counter, given the current hardware shortages globally AND the fact that these enterprise (not Pro) series drives are not in-hosue built, so the Toshiba middle ground is something of a hurdle in the profit margin no doubt). However, Synology HAVE been working on the range of capacities and alongside the original HAT5300-8T, HAT5300-12T and HAT5300-16T capacities, they introduced a modest 4TB in the spring of 2022 and now, an 18TB HAT5300-18T (using the Toshiba MG09 Drive). Now, it is also worth highlighting that Toshiba has been working on making a 20TB (MG10) drive commercially available, so expect this to get Synology HAT5300-20T adaption in the near future too, but below is how the 18TB compares with the rest of the range
|General||Capacity||4 TB||8 TB||12 TB||16 TB||18 TB|
|Interface||SATA 6 Gb/s||SATA 6 Gb/s||SATA 6 Gb/s||SATA 6 Gb/s||SATA 6 Gb/s|
|Performance||Rotational Speed||7,200 rpm||7,200 rpm||7,200 rpm||7,200 rpm||7,200 rpm|
|Interface Speed||6.0 Gb/s, 3.0 Gb/s, 1.5 Gb/s||6.0 Gb/s, 3.0 Gb/s, 1.5 Gb/s||6.0 Gb/s, 3.0 Gb/s, 1.5 Gb/s||6.0 Gb/s, 3.0 Gb/s, 1.5 Gb/s||6.0 Gb/s, 3.0 Gb/s, 1.5 Gb/s|
|Buffer Size||256 MiB||256 MiB||256 MiB||512 MiB||512 MiB|
|Maximum Sustained Data Transfer Speed (Typ.)||243 MiB/s||248 MiB/s||242 MiB/s||262 MiB/s||268 MiB/s|
|Reliability||Mean Time to Failure (MTTF)||2 million hours||2 million hours||2.5 million hours||2.5 million hours||2.5 million hours|
|Workload Rating||550 TB Transferred per Year||550 TB Transferred per Year||550 TB Transferred per Year||550 TB Transferred per Year||550 TB Transferred per Year|
|Warranty||5 Years||5 Years||5 Years||5 Years||5 Years|
|Power Consumption||Supply Voltage||12 V (± 10%) / 5 V (+10/-7%)||12 V (± 10%) / 5 V (+10/-7%)||12 V (± 10%) / 5 V (+10/-7%)||12 V (± 10%) / 5 V (+10/-7%)||12 V (± 10%) / 5 V (+10/-7%)|
|Active Idle (Typ.)||4.07 W||5.61 W||4.25 W||4.00 W||4.16 W|
|Random Read / Write (4KB Q1) (Typ.)||7.76 W||9.29 W||7.83 W||7.63 W||8.35 W|
New Synology DS920+, DS223+ and DS723+ Prosumer/Premium NAS Drives
Now, we need to discuss the big guns! In summer 2022 I was sent through some rather intriguing information regarding plans for the Synology plus series refresh/follow-up to the 2020 range of Diskstations. Up until this point, Synology had made a point of (mostly) refreshing the Plus series of 2/4-bay systems every 2 years (DSx16+ > DSx18+ > DSx20+) and many (myself included) assumed a DS222+, DS922+, etc was largely inevitable. However, I was sent through some information on specifically planned entries into the plus series with an x23 model ID. These Plus series entries were a DS923+ expandable 4-Bay, DS723+ expandable 2-Bay and a mid-range prosumer DS223+ 2-Bay. Now, at the time of writing, theonly information that could be confirmed via the source was that these systems were indeed in the pipeline. Now, with such a small mount of information provided, I strongly recommend treating this one with a grain of salt, as alongside the unusual move for Synology to break it’s typical release cycle on the 2/4-Bay plus series (though not unheard of, look at the DS713+ or DS415+), Synology have a history of occasionally holding back a release to a better window of the year (DS620SLIM, DS1620xs and RS1221+ are all NAS drives that first appeared under a different model ID, before being delayed and re named inline with the later release schedule). As more information emerges on the new Synology Diskstation, the page will be updated AND the links below to each NAS’ respective rumormill page will also be updated. Click below to learn more, alongside our predictions (originally published 18th July ’22):
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New Synology DS223 and DS223j Value Series NAS Drives
Alongside the Plus series Diskstations mentioned above, there was also reference to two cost-effective/value series 2-Bay NAS drives – the Synology DS223j and DS223. These would be follow-ups to the DS220j released in 2020 and the much older DS218 that was released way back in 2017/2018. Although at the time of writing, there is no concrete information on the internal hardware, we can certainly make an educated guess that it will be built on an ARM 64bit architecture, and non-upgradable memory, as these have been a staple of these respective series since…well..ever. Once again, as more information emerges on the new Synology value/budget Diskstations, the page will be updated AND the links below to each NAS’ respective rumor mill page will also be updated. Click below to learn more, alongside our predictions (originally published 19th July ’22):
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New Synology RX1223RP 12 Bay Rackmount Expansion Chassis
When the new SA6400 and SA6200 SAS/SATA expandable rackmounts first appeared on my radar, it also became apparent that these systems would also be taking advantage of a new 12-bay expansion chassis, the RX1223RP. Typically expansion enclosures are refreshed in the Synology lineup less frequently than other hardware, as they are much more rudimentary in their architecture (typically every 4-5 years) in order to reflect changes in the available components as years pass (interface hardware or PSU, eg the DX1215II). Judging by available information online, it looks like this new expansion will be largely the same in design as its predecessor, the RX1217/RX1217RP and although isn’t the most exciting release for the Synology 2023 line up, it makes sense to release this alongside the SA6400/SA6200, which have the capability to support EIGHT of these 12-Bay expansions each.
Possible New Synology RT3000ax in the Works
Synology in late spring 2022 released a popular WiFi 6 into their portfolio (the RT6600ax) and it was made clear by the brand that it did not serve to replace the current RT2600ac or MR2200ac that has been around for several years now. However, rumours and trackable IDs are still being thrown around in the background of another router in development over at Synology, with the model identification RT3000ax or MR3000ax. It is still way too early to make any estimation of the hardware on this router, what its intended audience is (affordable alternative to the RT6600ax, WiFi 6e solution or 802.11ax upgrade of the existing mesh router from the brand), but it has been becoming clear that the development cycle for the RT6600ax was remarkably long (much longer than when it was first revealed at the end of 2021 and likely down to negotiations of 5.9Ghz access, as well as choosing the right release time). I am including this regularly appearing rumour here as it still persists and was even being spoken about before the release of the new prosumer model.
New Synology Standard/Regular NAS Hard Drives
Another subject that has never seemingly gone away or categorically denied by Synology is the development of non-enterprise-grade HDDs. As mentioned much earlier in this article, Synology has released several different hard drives in the last 2-3 years that are enterprise-geared (550TBW, 7200RPM/512MB Cache, etc) in the HAT5300 and HAS5300 range, but these drives are priced and scaled much more towards the highest tier of their portfolio. With Synology continuing on a path towards providing complete single-party solutions with memory modules, SSDs, PCIe cards and routers (in efforts to create single ecosystems for their users), it makes alot of sense that a mid-range/Pro hard drive would be entered into their line up. Much like the references to a new router or cameras, a standard class NAS HDD from Synology (HAT3300 / HAT3310 ?) is not a concrete piece of information, but half prediction and half based on the moves by the brand when asked on this matter. Additionally, the way that HDD compatibility on their official pages has been approached in recent months on newer releases (DS1522+, RS422+, DS2422+, etc) have drawn attention to drive media classes being selected quite specifically for each system tier. Threads and information on a Synology mid-range and/or home user server tier has never really stopped as a subject and aside from being a logical move by the brand and its portfolio, seems to have enough indications to be something the brand would review and/or develop.
Synology Branded Surveillance Cameras for NAS Use
The last rumour that persists in circulating about Synology is regarding surveillance cameras. Synology NAS has included an impressive, enterprise-class CCTV/NVR software known as Surveillance Station (ver.9 currently) for many, many years and alongside using the server storage to achieve footage, you can attach a wide variety of supported network cameras (IP Cameras) and devices that can be monitoring and controlled from the single live feed of SS9. In all that time, Synology has always been somewhat restrained in recommending a camera brand directly for use in conjunction with their surveillance platform. Although the software supports thousands of cameras from a wide variety of brands (as well as ONVIF cameras to a lesser degree), they tend to resist actually highlighting a specific brand as the go-to camera for home and/or business use. The closest to such a camera recommendation would be AXIS (with the brand having plug-on support in the platforms add-on tools area. However, it has been discussed/addressed at tradeshows and at via industry exchanges about a Synology Surveillance camera range. For a long time, it has been discussed (as well as the possibility of a Synology network switch), as unlike conflicts of interest between Synology HDD/SSD media and giants such as Seagate/WD, IP camera brands are not quite as dominant a presence in the world of servers and a NAS brand having a 1st party/NAS-System designed focus would be hugely advantageous. Add to that the fact that a Synology firmware-focused IP Camera would likely be more efficient in Surveillance Station 9, perhaps allowing more system-efficient hardware use for AI-powered processes (Deep Video Analysis and Smart Recognition in general) and also could be linked with the Camera License architecture – the idea certainly has merit for the brand. Very little is known about this, however, it still continues to crop up. Perhaps Synology has/have looked into this and (much like the SG1000 Network Gateway devices with SNM software) it has been shelved/delayed – there is nothing to go on at this time.
Synology FS3410 24-Bay Flashstation Xeon Rackmount Server
Synology has really been on a roll recently with revealing their 2022/2023 solutions, with 7-8 different solutions being unveiled and (for the most part) released in the last 3 months or so. The Synology RS3410 NAS that today’s article covers is the latest addition to the brand’s quiet but steadily growing Flashstation server series. Started more than four years ago, Synology has gradually added several desktop and rackmount solutions to this area of their portfolio and the FS3410 is the SECOND entry into this product family this year (the other being the FS2500 affordable 1U rackmount released much earlier in 2022). Although very similar to the rest of the enterprise solutions from Synology in terms of software (all arriving with DSM 7.1 and supporting the full range of features and services), the flashstation series is specifically aimed at SSD populate, flash storage practical applications and has a few NAND durability considerations thrown in for this more high performing but endurance aware media. This new flashstation server is designed to sit in the middle of the existing pack of FS systems (so, FS2500 > FS3410 > FS3600 > FS6400 Flashstation, scaling upwards) and arrives with support of SATA SSD media in the Synology SAT5200 and SAT5210 media range. Let’s discuss the hardware, compatibility, availability and pricing we will expect from the new Synology FS3410 Flash Rackmount server. Here is how the rest of the specifications of the Synology FS3410 pan out. It’s quite a solid build, 2U in height, Redundant PSU equipped and full depth.
|Processor model||Intel Xeon D-1541|
|Number of CPUs||1|
|processor clock||8-core 2.1 (base frequency) / 2.7 (max overclock) GHz|
|Hardware Encryption Engine (AES-NI)||YES|
|system memory||16 GB DDR4 ECC RDIMMs|
|Pre-installed memory modules||16 GB (16 GB x 1)|
|Total number of memory slots||4|
|Maximum memory capacity||128GB (32GB x 4)|
|number of disk slots||twenty four|
|Compatible Disk Types* (See All Supported Disks)||2.5″ SATA SSD|
|Disk hot-plug support||YES|
|RJ-45 1GbE port*||4 (Support Link Aggregation / Failover)|
|RJ-45 10GbE port||2 (Support Link Aggregation / Failover)|
|Maximum number of LAN ports||15|
|USB 3.2 Gen 1 port*||2|
|PCIe expansion||2 x Gen3 x8 slots (x8 link)|
You can learn more about the Synology FS3410 Rackstation Server in our video over on YouTube HERE.
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