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Dirty Pipe Linux Vulnerability – What Do Synology, QNAP, Asustor & Terramaster NAS Owners Need to Know?

16 mars 2022 à 01:10

Dirty Pipe Linux Weakness and Why You and your Linux Based NAS Should Care?


For those that might not be aware, a vulnerability in Linux kernel 5.8 and above was disclosed by Max Kellerman last week and publically disclosed (with a proof of concept demonstrating the weakness) and this vulnerability was reported (tracked under CVE-2022-0847) and effectively allows a non-privileged user to inject and overwrite data in read-only files, including SUID processes that run as root. This Linux vulnerability is reported to be comparable to the Dirty CoW vulnerability found in Linux from 7 years ago (CVE-2016-5195) where an exploit was used for pushing malware onto software services. Full details on the public disclosure and demonstration of the vulnerability by Kellerman can be found here, but the larger impact of this is that there are many, MANY different software platforms around the world that utilize Linux as the base of their systems and alongside Android and smart home appliances, one big advocate of Linux kernel-based development is NAS storage providers in their systems and services. Now, on the plus side, Linux was incredibly quick to implement a patch on this and the vulnerability has been closed on Linux kernels 5.16.11, 5.15.25, and 5.10.102, however, most NAS servers use different versions of the Linux kernel, as well as roll out updates to their varied hardware systems in a most bespoke fashion. This leads to them potentially running outdated kernels and leaving a door open to this exploit, posing a significant issue to server administrators. We fully expect NAS brands to roll out updates where appropriate/applicable shortly to close this vulnerability, however, one consistent thread in the past when some NAS brands have been hit by ransomware/malware exploits is when vulnerabilities that are found in older software revisions are left unchecked by the end-user (ignoring brand updates or practising unsafe network security). So today, let’s discuss the dirty pipe vulnerability, how/if it affects Synology, QNAP, Asustor and Terramaster NAS platforms right now and what you should do right now to avoid any exploits being used on your system.


What is Dirty Pipe?


In brief, Dirty Pipe is a vulnerability in Linux Kernel 5.8 onwards that allows local users to inject their own data into sensitive read-only files, removing restrictions or modifying configurations to provide greater access than they usually would have. This was first registered and made publically known by Mark Kellerman and he gives an incredibly concise and detailed breakdown on the vulnerability, how he found it and it’s implications in this article by him.


“It all started a year ago with a support ticket about corrupt files. A customer complained that the access logs they downloaded could not be decompressed. And indeed, there was a corrupt log file on one of the log servers; it could be decompressed, but gzip reported a CRC error. I could not explain why it was corrupt, but I assumed the nightly split process had crashed and left a corrupt file behind. I fixed the file’s CRC manually, closed the ticket, and soon forgot about the problem. “Months later, this happened again and yet again. Every time, the file’s contents looked correct, only the CRC at the end of the file was wrong. Now, with several corrupt files, I was able to dig deeper and found a surprising kind of corruption. A pattern emerged.”” Kellermann said. 


A short while afterwards, a security advisor by the name of BLASTY updated this with an increasingly easier method of its execution and also publically disclosed it, highlighting just how much easier it made it to gain root privileges by patching the /usr/bin/su command to drop a root shell at /tmp/sh and then executing the script. This all means that it makes it possible for a user to gain admin authentication and system powers and can then execute malicious commands to the system.

Dirty Pipe PoC (https://t.co/ql5Y8pWDBj) works beautifully. 🤑pic.twitter.com/OrRYJE5skC


— blasty (@bl4sty) March 7, 2022



These can range from malware to (the increasingly more likely) a ransomware action that would encrypt the contents of the system and demand a fee for it’s decryption. Now, the nature of this exploit at this time (for systems that have not or cannot update to the latest patch Linux kernel 5.16.11, 5.15.25, and 5.10.102 right now) is still limited as it would only be usable in the event of a targetted attack and/or the need for a further utility or application in the system to execute the follow-up command. Now the extent to which this affected NAS Drives from the popular off the shelf private server providers is actually surprisingly diverse and a big part of that comes down to how each NAS brand is utilizing Linux. More precisely, different NAS brands are running their NAS system software on differing kernels of linux that they update over time, as well as individual systems in their respective portfolio (for reasons of hardware and utility) also run slightly different revisions of Linux for their software, eg Synology and DSM, QNAP and QTS, Asustor and ADM, etc. So, how does this affect each NAS brand, if at all?

What is the Impact of Dirty Pipe on Synology NAS?



By the looks of things, Synology NAS and DSM 7/7.1 are not susceptible to the Dirty Pipe vulnerability. This is largely down to the Diskstation Manager software and services running on Linux kernel 4.4 (this will vary in subversion depending on the Synology NAS solution). The vulnerability that is executed is found in version 5.8 onwards and even if Synology update their platform to this linux revision in the near future, they would also use the patched revisions and therefore avoid the weakness. Indeed, a bold move by the brand themselves on Reddit when an official Synology rep on the /synology sub reddit made it abundantly clear (zero ambiguity) that the Synology NAS platform and DSM7 was not going to be touched by this:



This i further highlighted by the brand’s security advisory not even acknowledging this in any way HERE. Generally, Synology are s#!t hot on updating their advisories, so this is a very good sign and I would believe them on this (as well as the kernel versions backing this up).

What is the Impact of Dirty Pipe on QNAP NAS?



QNAP NAS, QTS and QuTS run a higher revision of the Linux kernel than Synology, which unfortunately means that this vulnerability (although targetted in design and closed in it’s scope). QNAP runs kernal 5.10.60 on it’s Prosumer, business and enterprise systems and kernal 4.2.8 on it’s more affordable/ARM systems. Once again, it is worth remembering that this si a vulnerability that was found in Linux, not QTS/QuTS, so not only is this something that is not QNAP’s fault but also that issuing a patch/firmware update for their software and services will not be immediate (as they run a modified linux platform and any update needs internal implementation and testing before rolling out). QNAP issued details on this remarkably quickly via their Security Advisory pages with an updated line on this and highlighted which systems in their portfolio were unaffected (running Linux Kernel 4.X onward) as well as ones that feature the affected linux revision that an update will be available for shortly. Here is a breakdown of what they said:


  • Release date: March 14, 2022


  • Security ID: QSA-22-05


  • Severity: High


  • CVE identifier: CVE-2022-0847


  • Affected products: All QNAP x86-based NAS and some QNAP ARM-based NAS running QTS 5.0.x and QuTS hero h5.0.x


  • Not affected products: QNAP NAS running QTS 4.x


  • Status: Investigating


A local privilege escalation vulnerability, also known as “dirty pipe”, has been reported to affect the Linux kernel on QNAP NAS running QTS 5.0.x and QuTS hero h5.0.x. If exploited, this vulnerability allows an unprivileged user to gain administrator privileges and inject malicious code. The following versions of QTS and QuTS hero are affected:

  • QTS 5.0.x on all QNAP x86-based NAS and certain QNAP ARM-based NAS
  • QuTS hero h5.0.x on all QNAP x86-based NAS and certain QNAP ARM-based NAS

For a full list of the affected models, please check “Kernel Version 5.10.60” in the following link: https://www.qnap.com/go/release-notes/kernel. QNAP is thoroughly investigating the vulnerability. We will release security updates and provide further information as soon as possible. Recommendation – Currently there is no mitigation available for this vulnerability. We recommend users to check back and install security updates as soon as they become available.


So, if you are curious if your system is running the affected linux kernel, you can find a list of QNAP NAS systems that feature 5.10.60 below:



QNAP are working on this right now and although an firmware update should be available quickly, I would recommend heading to the bottom of this article for recommendations on securing your storage and network setup either in the long term OR till an official patch is issued.

What is the Impact of Dirty Pipe on Asustor NAS?



In more positive news, not only is Asustor and ADM 4 not affected by the dirty pipe vulnerability but also the brand has been fantastically loud about this in their security advisory pages. This is one of those rare occasions where a brand has added an entry to their advisory pages for a vulnerability that is NOT impacting their systems. I kind of wish we saw more of this, as even if a brand is NOT affected by a weakness that is being reported on servers, users would rather be abundantly clear. You can find out more from Asustor’s security advisory pages HERE, but the details are available below:

Severity Status
Not affected Resolved

Details – A flaw was found in the way the “flags” member of the new pipe buffer structure was lacking proper initialization in copy_page_to_iter_pipe and push_pipe functions in the Linux kernel and could thus contain stale values. An unprivileged local user could use this flaw to write to pages in the page cache backed by read-only files and as such escalate their privileges on the system.


Statement – None of ASUSTOR’s products are affected by CVE-2022-0847, this vulnerability issue only affects with Linux Kernel 5.8 and above. The Linux Kernel version built in ADM 4.0 is 5.4, and 4.14 in ADM 3.5.


So, they are making things remarkably clear that regardless of the current update/firmware status of your system, you are unaffected.

What is the Impact of Dirty Pipe on Terramaster NAS?



Details on the linux kernel that is utilized by Terramaster in their NAS systems in the current TOS 4 software that is available (As well as the TOS 5 beta) are still being investigated and I will update the article shortly with my findings. Early checks seem to indicate that TOS 4 is running on an earlier version of linux and therefore unaffected. However, I will confirm this and the TOS 5 beta status as soon as possible here in the article.

What Security Measures Should NAS Owners Take to Avoid Dirty Pipe?


Although the circumstances that need to execute this Linux dirty pipe vulnerability towards your NAS are quite restricted (classing this largely as a targetted attack, as a little bit more prior knowledge is needed about the targeted system in order to exploit it and execute code), this should still not leave users to remain complacent. Regardless of whether you are a QNAP, Synology, Asustor or Terramaster user, you should be actioning safe and secure working practices with your data – as well as ensuring that you have sufficient backups in place of your mission-critical and/or irreplaceable data! Here are some recommendations for your NAS setup to reduce the potential for you to be affected by any exploited vulnerability that could well be currently unidentified in your setup:


If you are concerned about being vulnerable to Dirty Pipe and want to ‘shut the doors’ a bit till a firmware update:

  • Disable Port Forwarding
  • Disable uPnP Auto Configuration Tools
  • Disable SSH & Telnet Services
  • Change Your Port Numbers

If you want to take a moment to do some security and access house-keeping:

  • Disable Admin Accounts
  • Enable Auto Updates
  • Add 2-Step Verification
  • Use Strong Passwords
  • Limit App File/Folder Access to applications they do not need them

And finally, most important of all – GET YOUR BACKUPS IN ORDER!


I will repeat this as many times as it takes, but you should NOT be measuring the cost of your backups by the cost of the hardware. You should measure them by the COST to YOU if that data is permanently LOST! Additionally, if all your mission-critical/irreplaceable data is in ONE location (eg on the NAS, sent from your phones and PCs, then deleted from those to make space), then THAT IS NOT A BACKUP! That is the single repository of that data! Get a USB Backup in place, get a Backblaze Subscription HERE affordably or some cloud space in general, get another NAS – whatever it takes! If you need help arranging your NAS backups on your QNAP or Synology NAS, use the video guides below:


Finally, if you want to stay on top of the vulnerabilities that are publically disclosed on Synology, QNAP, Asustor or Terramaster, I STRONGLY recommend following and/or adding your email to the article below. We automatically crawl the security advisory pages from the top NAS brands and have created a single page that automatically lists and updates the status of known NAS vulnerabilities as soon as they are revealed.



Thanks for reading and let’s keep your data safe together!


 



 

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Synology DSM 7.1 Beta Now Available to Download

23 février 2022 à 01:50

The Synology NAS DSM 7.1 Beta Software is Now Available to Download


Good news for anyone that wants to see how Synology DSM will improve in the coming months, with Synology today announcing the Beta release of DiskStation Manager 7.1, giving system admins a chance to test out the expanded functionality. DSM 7.1 builds further on the massive platform upgrade introduced with DSM 7.0 and introduces many innovative enhancements designed to address IT challenges.  “DSM 7.1 is an important evolution for one of the most widely used data management platforms in the industry,” System Product Management team manager Shamrock Ko said. “Building on the solid foundation we set with 7.0, we can now focus on addressing the more specific challenges that our customers identify during their day-to-day use of the platform.”


Highlights of Synology DSM 7.1 Available in the Beta

NAS Protection – Efficiently back up and restore all your configurations, applications, and data in DSM

Enhanced Storage – Improvements to our SSD cache implementation and new options to simplify SMB file server access

Flexible deployment – Solutions for heavy VM use, multi-site data protection, and domain management in non-trusted environments

Monitoring & Management – Gain better oversight of processes and statuses throughout your deployment with more information aggregated to your preferred DSM account

Package Refreshes – Be the first to benefit from the latest improvements in IT management, user experience, and security with new versions of our most-used applications

Improvements in Synology DSM 7.1


DSM 7.1 brings key improvements to the storage management experience. Starting with the introduction of file aggregation portals, it adds SMB DFS capability to enable administrators to link together multiple Synology systems, providing more convenient file access for end users by removing the need to remember separate addresses. The new user interface introduced in 7.0 has been further optimized by consolidating background tasks into an administrator-friendly overview that provides greater transparency into what is happening on the system, even across different user accounts. For Synology High Availability clusters, users can now view and manage drives on both systems from a single instance of Storage Manager for easier maintenance and management. On the performance side, DSM has long supported flash caching to boost random I/O performance cost-effectively. This new version will further economize SSD caching with the ability to speed up multiple storage volumes at the same time.


Full Synology NAS Backup in DSM 7.1

Back up not just the data on your Synology NAS, but all of your DSM settings, applications, and user details to another NAS with a powerful new feature in your favorite backup suite.

Improved Deployment Options in Synology DSM 7.1

New options help power users conquer complex scenarios, such as heavy VM use, multi-site data protection, and domain management in non-trusted environments.


Synology DSM 7.1 NAS System Protection


DSM 7.1 introduces complete, bare-metal level backups of the entire system. Powered by Synology Active Backup for Business, the ability to clone and replicate the entire Synology system greatly accelerates recovery time objectives (RTO) in the event of a total site failure. Full system restoration capability also introduces a quick and convenient way to deploy identically configured systems. 


Improvements in DSM 7.1 towards the Synology NAS Ecosystem


In tandem with DSM 7.1, Synology is launching several major enhancements to applications and services.

  • Active Backup for Business: bandwidth control, expanded monitoring and reporting capabilities, and support for DSM backups
  • Active Insight: centralized login activity monitoring and Hyper Backup task statuses
  • Synology C2 Hybrid Share: server-side snapshots for better file protection
  • Directory Server: support for read-only domain controllers to improve deployment security and flexibility
  • Synology Drive: revamped mobile user experience and improved monitoring/auditing capabilities
  • MailPlus: Virtual DSM support, expanded management options, importing and migration improvements
  • Virtual Machine Manager: storage I/O performance improvements and QoS capabilities

“Our constantly evolving DSM platform keeps adding capabilities to both new and existing deployments,” said Weili Lu, product manager for DSM. “The pre-release program provides a chance for us to work closely with our customers, providing early access to new features and obtaining valuable feedback in return.”


How to Access the Synology DSM 7.1 Beta Software?


DSM 7.1 Beta and companion applications and services will be available starting today as part of Synology’s pre-release program. Interested users are invited to install the pre-release software on non-production or virtualized systems. You can download the Synology DSM 7.1 Beta by clicking the button below to take you to the Synology download centre:



 

Limitations and Considerations of Testing the Synology DSM 7.1 Beta on your NAS


It is worth remembering that the Synology NAS DSM 7.1 Beta is exactly that, a beta. You should not consider installing this pre-release version of the software on your NAS it contains mission critical or personal irreplaceable data that is not backed up to at least two other locations. Below is a much more precise breakdown of what the DSM 7.1 beta includes, considerations you should factor in before utilizing it and which features have been added/changed in this new release:

  1. This beta software is for evaluation purposes only and should not be installed in production environments. Synology cannot be held responsible for any damage, such as accidental data loss, caused by this beta software.
  2. After installing this update, you will not be able to downgrade to a previous DSM version.
  3. This update will restart your Synology NAS.
  4. For the following models, DSM 7.1 will be the last upgradable version.
    • XS Series: RS3413xs+, RS10613xs+, RS3614xs+, RS3614xs, RS3614RPxs, RC18015xs+, DS3615xs, DS2015xs
    • Plus Series: DS2413+, DS1813+, DS1513+, DS713+, RS2414RP+, RS2414+, RS814RP+, RS814+, DS214+, RS815RP+, RS815+, DS2415+, DS1815+, DS1515+, DS415+, DS215+
    • Value Series: RS814, RS214, DS414, DS214, DS214play, DS114, RS815, DS1515, DS715, DS415play, DS115
    • J Series: DS213j, DS414slim, DS414j, DS214se, DS215j, DS115j, DS216se
  5. Adjusted the LED indicator for drives’ health status. When a drive’s health status is critical or failing, the indicator will show static orange.
  6. Windows 2000 domains are no longer supported.
  7. Removed the “Synchronize with an NTP server every time a domain user signs in” option for Domain/LDAP advanced settings. Users can configure the “Synchronize with NTP server” option at Regional Options > Time instead.
  8. Added support for the UPS power-off function at Control Panel > Hardware & Power > UPS.
  9. Synology Storage Replication Adapter can only be used with DSM 7.0.1 or earlier versions. If you are using or plan to use Synology Storage Replication Adapter, please continue to use the current DSM version.

What’s New in the Synology DSM 7.1 Beta:

  1. SSD Cache Groups can be allocated to multiple volumes, allowing for more flexible management of SSD cache capacity.
  2. Storage Manager now supports the management of the drives and storage of both active server and passive server in a Synology High Availability cluster.
  3. If there is a file system error, DSM will unmount the volume to run file system checks without interrupting the services on other volumes.
  4. Reduced the minimum threshold for low capacity notification from 5% to 3%.
  5. Added support for custom OIDC (OpenID Connect) settings to integrate DSM with external SSO servers.
  6. Added support for the RTF editor to allow users to preview notification message content and style in real-time when editing.
  7. Added support for bypass traverse checking at Control Panel > File Services > Advanced to allow users to traverse folders and access permitted files or subfolders.
  8. Supports specifying domains from the list of trusted domains to synchronize domain data.
  9. Added the Greenwich Mean Time (GMT+00:00) time zone option at Control Panel > Regional Options > Time.
  10. Added the synchronization status between DSM and NTP servers at Control Panel > Regional Options > Time.
  11. Added icons on the taskbar to indicate ongoing background tasks that might affect system performance.
  12. Users can now open tabs directly from search results in Control Panel.
  13. Supports automatically updating the domain database and syncing domain data regularly. For Synology NAS that are used to create domains, the “Update User Groups/Lists” option in Control Panel > Domains/LDAP will be disabled by default after updating to DSM 7.1 Beta.

 


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Synology NAS and Hard Drive Compatibility in 2022 – Should I Be Worried?

18 février 2022 à 00:00

Synology NAS and Hard Drive Compatibility in 2022


If you have been a long-running advocate of Synology NAS over the years, or have been elbow deep in the Synology eco-system for a long time, then there is every chance that you have heard that the biggest brand in the world of network-attached storage has been changing a few of the guidelines on their higher profile devices these like 18-24 months.

Synology Media – How This all Started?


Synology has been in the business of network-attached storage solutions (in software, services and hardware) for well over 20 years now and in that time have established a largely unblemished record of providing high-end hardware+software combination solutions that allow home and business users to have their own private servers. This hardware that arrived in a wide spectrum of configurations of scale, pricing and utility were provided with the understanding that the media needed (HDDs and SSDs) to store your data inside was to be sourced by popular third party brands such as Western Digital, Seagate and Toshiba. All this started to change back in 2019/2020 when Synology started offering its own range of branded hard drives and solid-state drives (the HAT5300, SNV3400/3500 and SAT5200). These drives, though engineered and built by Hard Drive and SSD manufacturing veterans, also feature Synology optimized firmware and allowed system-specific advantages that otherwise might have been unavailable using “3rd party” hard drives. Now, when this range of media was initially launched, most were perfectly positive about this move!



Those who already had a number of their figurative eggs in Synology baskets could see the logic – the brand produces the hardware, released their branded memory, branded PCIe upgrade cards, branded routers and therefore the move to produce their own branded media to further bolster this in-house eco-system made sense (side note – Where is the Synology Switch? Not the SG1000, but an actual Synology managed switch?). Moreover, these HDDs and SSDs were quite enterprise in design (high workloads and endurance, architecture that very much lived in the postcode of the data center user in most cases). It was only a few lone voices that raised concerns that the brand might start changing how they approached compatibility and support on their growing range of solutions.

How Support on the Synology Drive Media Changed in 2021/2022?


Therefore it came as something sharp gear change for many when Synology announced that a number of their enterprise solutions that were released in 2021 (and featured in the 2022 series) would arrive with much stricter compatibility in terms of storage media. Solutions that were very much outside the budget of home users in the XS and above ranges would now only be designed for use with the Synology branded range of media HDDs and SSDs. Utilizing the bulk of non-Synology media (such as Seagate Ironwolf, WD Red, Ultrastar DC and more) would not be formally supported by the Synology software, with the brand highlighting that this would be using the system in a means that they did not design and limiting the support they could provide to the end-user. Now, this limited media compatibility on their hardware had been somewhat foreshadowed, with the release of their 2020 generation PCIe upgrade cards, the M2D20 SSD caching card and E10M20-T1 SSD+10G combination upgrade card, both of which were rather strictly limited to Synology media. The utility of non-Synology branded HDD/SSD media at the start of 2022 is still available by the brand, but in a handful of circumstances that range from migration of media from an existing Synology NAS system to a new enterprise series device or there have been a few reports online of exceptions to this rule when media types (such as SAS SSD) were not available in the Synology media portfolio, yet supported on the system. Even then, this is not a watertight ruling and is something that comes from mixed reports online. Right now, there are give or take around 10 solutions in the Synology NAS portfolio that have this Synology-only media compatibility policy in place and although there is an argument that enterprise solutions such as these are targetted at buyers who will likely be keen on an ‘all in-house’ solution (such as those on offer from the likes of NetApp and EMC), there are those that are less keen on the brand shunning the use of WD/Seagate drive media that they may have been using for the better part of two decades at least.



Utilizing non-Synology media in these enterprise solutions at the start of 2022 will not entirely restrict the end-user(s) from forming a storage pool, volumes and more with this drive media installed, but the results can not really be thought of as tremendously compelling. Aside from numerous notifications from the system informing the user that they are using media that does not feature on the official compatibility list of their device and stability and support may well be undermined, there is also a persistent message on the notifications panel and in the storage manager that this area of storage is classed in ‘Critical’ status – i.e Danger! Many were concerned/unsure whether this would mean that ignoring this warning by the system would result in the Synology support being invalid and to clarify this, I raised this with a senior Synology manager and will touch on that shortly in the (‘what happens next’ section).



Further to this, there is the extent to which this policy and recent change in position by Synology extends. As mentioned, there is a certain degree of understanding of this being a move by the brand on the enterprise level of solutions. These are high-end business-class servers that are designed to be used practically indefinitely until their retirement for the next server after and stability, accessibility and reliability are the order of the day! Therefore the brand offering these solutions to end-users with this expectation and recommending specific media to achieve this is understood, if not fully appreciated by everyone. However, when the DS2422+ 12-Bay diskstation NAS featured this same position on compatibility, despite it being a part of the ‘PLUS’ series of devices and arriving with a 3-year warranty, gave many certain pauses for thought. Yes, a 12-Bay desktop solution is quite far removed from a home system for many, as well as featuring a number of hardware similarities for the beefier DS3622xs+, but it did seem like the tiniest bit of a stretch in the eyes of many and added a little bit of grey to the black and white support position of non-Synolgoy media in the 2021/2022 range of solutions from Synology.

The Logic of Synology and Their Place in the Market


Now, stepping back slightly from these changes and looking at the moves from Synology over the last 5 years, it has become increasingly clear that Synology is making considerable moves towards challenging SaaS and PaaS (Software and Platform ‘as a service) hybrid users at the very top end. Before this, Synology was almost exclusively a software+bare metal provider and it was only when they released, promoted and rapidly evolved their C2 cloud platform that this ambition and long term plan became evident. Having a single in house ecosystem that manages your business data that covered your company data, client data and increased native connectivity with Google/Microsoft SaaS components is great for smaller operations, but what about multi-site ops? International setups and in situations where backups, synchronization and access need to be complex enough to ensure security, yet fluid enough to ensure that the user base can use it in their day to day operations. It was/is a bold strategy that requires them to spread themselves perhaps a little thinner than they might like (as they have a tremendously large Home/SMB user base that has little-to-no interest in these lofty services, they need to continue to support) but definitely a road they are proceeding down and it is this mixed clientele of users that has led to the friction by many of the recent moves by the brand.



Now, if Synology is attempting to fully migrate/transform their enterprise business model into this highest of hybrid service solutions, as it stands they are still missing a few key components that the current providers offer (albeit behind further subscription services in some cases) such as 24×7 support lines, Next day replacements media, gaps in their media portfolio in interfaces and capacities to name a few). There are options to migrate existing setups in remarkably intuative and seamless ways, as well as premium-level services in some regions that close the gaps somewhat (though unfortunately are not globally available) and their C2 platform is a great deal more than just a cloud space. But if indeed Synology is making these moves to enter this market as a significant player (as all the evidence would suggest), then I do not think we are at the end of the road yet.

Synology NAS, & Drive Media in 2022 – What Happens Next?



There has been noticeable discontent amoung Synology user community on this policy by the brand, which can be broken down into two key areas of focus. The first is that the brand might be shifting its gears too heavily towards the upper tears of Enterprise Hybrid storage and devices and potentially neglecting/limiting the other user groups who have chosen Synology NAS solutions because of the brand’s reputation to support. The other area of discontent is the way in which the media recommended compatibility changes in these most recent generation releases has been related to the end-user. Referring to perfectly operating hard disks and SSDs as ‘critical’ or ‘unstable’ in red warning text appears somewhat of an overreaction. I reached out to a senior member of the Synology product team and they provided this reply:


We have always recommended only using the drives tested and verified by our engineers to ensure long-term system reliability many many years ago. While non-verified drives can still be used on all devices, the updated policy is being introduced on new products primarily purchased by our business and enterprise clients in an effort to highlight the potential issues with using them. The policy still allows for the use of non-verified drives but with certain restrictions, such as status indicators and alerts indicating the system is not in an officially supported configuration and certain drive metrics not being supported. At the same time we understand that there is room for improvements to the user experience while still ensuring our customers are aware of the issue. In an upcoming DSM update, we are adjusting the alert level shown and also adding drive S.M.A.R.T. monitoring for unverified drives.


So, it would look like the comments on multiple social message boards (Facebook, Reddit, Syno Forums, etc are at the very least being read), However, for many this message does not fully cover the question of detailing the level of support that the brand will indeed provide in the event of perfectly reasonable failure. I raised this matter with Synology with the following examples for guidance (as I felt they covered a cluster of existing scenarios posed by users online):


Example #1, a Synology DS3622xs+ or DS2422+ owner purchases their unit and 12 Seagate EXOs HDDs, then 36 months down the line they suffer an unexpected (but perfectly reasonable) PSU failure. Will the brand support this user and provide a replacement PSU?


Alternatively, Example #2, if the hardware failure (still within perfectly reasonable parameters of hardware that is mass-produced of course) is controller board based? Where will the utility of non-Synology media stand?


A senior Synology manager provided the following response and clarification:


When a customer makes a technical support request, our engineers will work with them in troubleshooting the cause of the issue and to find a solution to resolve it. If it is determined that a failure is directly attributable to a 3rd-party component that has not been validated by Synology, our engineers may make the decision to reject continuing the diagnostics process. This is carried out because in many cases, there is little that our engineers can do without having those exact components on hand to replicate the problem and then determine a way to workaround or mitigate them.


This clears the muddy waters a little and seems to indicate that failures that are not related to the use of 3rd party media will be handled ‘as usual’. Still, the fact that some features of the storage manager might be unavailable with the use of non-Synology drive’s in these recently released enterprise systems will still be a tough pill to swallow for many.

Where do I stand on Synology Hard Drive Media and Compatibility in 2022?


I have been following and publishing videos and articles on the development of Synology Hard Drive & SSD media now for a little over two years and despite the newer releases in this part of the brand’s portfolio, I have largely remained the same in my thoughts and feelings on it. The HAT5300 are good quality drives which (if the price point in relation to the rest of the market, i.e. comparable to Seagate EXOS and WD Ultrastar, but arriving more at the WD Red Pro and Seagate Ironwolf Price per TB etc) and certainly should be in the lineup. When it comes to stricter system compatibility, as long as it is reserved for the enterprise tier, I can see the reasoning – though I am not convinced it should be the ONLY option and if Synology could loosen their tighter hold on this (or at least detail where unsupported HDD/SSD use could potentially impact how/where their support the end-user – Software? Hardware? Just at the Storage Pool and above?), that would be the best option for all. When the compatibility list for the DS2422+ was made available, I highlighted my reservations on this in my original initial coverage of the device (and referenced it in a few later videos around the subject) that although the Diskstation 12-Bay was still largely a business user focus device (12 bays of expandable storage is rarely something for the day-to-day user), it is still a PLUS series device. I have not got any qualms with Synology aimed their sites at the highest tiers of hybrid storage, it makes a lot of sense and although the brand is still not quite as established of have the wider resources available to the end-users to rival the top tier contenders, they DO provide the best alternative to these right now and year on year, the brand improves upon their C2 Cloud to Metal on-site synchronization with improved results.



Like many, I am awaiting confirmed details on the newer DSx22+ series of devices (if a refresh is to make it this year) and I very much doubt that Synology would limit these system’s media compatibility, taking a similar position to their current one of SHR and RAID. That is to say, that they feel SHR is suitable for the Home, Prosumer and SMB tier, but the higher-end business and Enterprise user tier demand the performance of the more mature standard RAID configurations. Additionally, the HAT5300 media would be tremendous overkill in a much more modest 2-Bay or 4-Bay (DS922+, DS722+, DS222j, blah, blah, blah) both in the drive’s workload/durability and just power consumption and ambient noise. However, if Synology announces a value series HDD alternative that is also based on the Toshiba NAS N300 NAS tier and compatibility on the value tier begins to emulate what we have seen so far, that is something I will have more trouble supporting. As this would place their products into a near ‘pre-populated’ style of solution for home users that many who have invested in the Synology ecosystem would find tremendously restrictive.


For more information on how me and Eddie the web guy feel about the Synology Hard Drive position, the brand’s moves over the last few years towards the enterprise tier, brand support and more, we published a big piece on this below and although its a long video (chapters underneath), it covers EVERYTHING.



Video Chapters


00:00 – GET YOUR BACKUPS IN ORDER!


01:00 – Synology Hard Drives, An Introduction to the Media


02:25 – Why People are angry about Synology NAS and Hard Drive Compatibility?


05:30 – How Synology Hard Drive and SSD Begun


08:50 – Pros and Cons of the Synology HAT5300 and HAS5300 Hard Drives


13:10 – Business and Enterprise NAS User’s Point of View


14:40 – Why Has Synology Changed their Hard Drive Compatibility on Enterprise Servers in 2022?


15:00 – WHY does Eddie thinks Synology Are Changing Elements of its Enterprise Business Model?


18:25 – WHY Robbie thinks Synology Are Changing Elements of their Enterprise Business Model?


22:10 – The XS series and SHR, An Example of Synology Choice and Priority


23:55 – Synology NAS in 2022 and the Future of the brand?


29:45 – What does Eddie think Synology will do regarding Hard Drive Compatibility on the 2022 J, Value, Play and Prosumer Plus in the future?


32:15 – What does Robbie think Synology will do regarding Hard Drive Compatibility on the 2022 J, Value, Play and Prosumer Plus in the future?


37:00 – Expectations from the end-user when someone buys a Synology NAS?


37:50 – Synology Support/Warranty on a NAS with 3rd Party HDDs if the PSU, CPU or Controller Board Fails?


40:35 – How Could Synology have pleased Everyone and STILL have it their way?


 


This is not something that has been concluded or resolved at the time of writing, but I will follow up on this as things change. Thanks for reading my ‘standing on a soap box’ article and I look forward to hearing your thoughts too in the comments below.


 

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Synology 2022 NAS Hardware – Confirmed Releases & Our Predictions

9 février 2022 à 01:09

Which Synology NAS Drives will we see in 2022?

“When is the DS922+ NAS Coming?”. We are barely scratching the surface of 2022 and anyone that knows how the Synology naming convention works is keen to when the DSx22+ (or even DSx23+) series is going to drop! Whether you are an existing Synology NAS drive owner, hoping to migrate from a particularly old system or just keeping an eye on the changing tides of tech at the big brand in network-attached storage, the periodic refresh of the Synology hardware portfolio is generally something that is much anticipated. Synology is a brand in the world of NAS that is heavily focused on software, with their DSM, SRM and C2 platforms more often getting the lion share of regular updates throughout the year. However, their portfolio is actually rather extensive and every 2, 3 or 5 years (depending on the product series) the brand will revisit an existing sing;e/batch of hardware solutions and update them with more ports, capable CPUs or more. The motivation for this can be pretty diverse and occasionally outside of the brand’s own control (such as the CPUs from Intel having a regular refresh cycle at the point of production forcing the hand’s of manufacturers to update their hardware specifications regardless), so many Synology NAS buyers who are looking at a solution to buy (eg the DS920+ or DS218play) will look at the fact that they have been in the market 12-18months and think “is there something better coming along?”. It is understandable and given the frequency of Synology going this being so diverse based on the range PLUS the effects of the pandemic AND semiconductor shortages worldwide, predicting the new Synology hardware being released can be a tricksy business! Luckily a few bits and bobs of the Synology 2022 hardware coming this year have been revealed or accidentally uncovered, as well as clear motions on the movement of stock, pricing and hardware online give even further indication of things we can comfortably predict sometimes. So, today I want to go through all the things we know about, all the things we can comfortably predict and put together every single piece of Synology NAS hardware confirmed/potentially coming in 2022. Additionally, if you would rather hear more details on this and how these points were reached, there is a full Video about Synology NAS Hardware I know about or predicting can be found HERE

Let’s talk hardware!

Budget and Value J and Play Series Synology NAS Drives in 2022

Arguable the range from Synology that is by FAR the longest due for an upgrade is the Synology Value series of desktop NAS drives. The bulk of the affordable solutions that carry the ARM-based CPUs and are aimed at smaller task/user-base users, many users who are migrating away from modest WD MyBooks or WD MyClouds (some of which are no longer receiving firmware updates) and therefore looking for a device that is modest, yet still jam-packed with cool DSM features – just on a smaller scale of volume. However, even a quick look at the value end of the spectrum of solutions from Synology in this bracket reveals a sad fact – that of the 7 solutions on offer, 6 of them have the same CPU and they only deviate in the number of bays, amount of memory (2GB max) and all but one has 1x 1GbE network interfaces.

The slight ‘staying on the fence’ feeling is further bolstered when you see that some of these solutions were released at the tail end of 2017 (over 4 years ago) and when compared with the value J series 2/4-Bay released in 2020 are really, REALLY similar. There is certainly a feeling of bottleneck in the range and it leads you to the feeling that either the brand is going to have to phase out everything EXCEPT the J series (for fear of continued overlap) OR that the brand will be releasing more affordable solutions very soon in order to close this bottlenecked area of the portfolio.

Regardless of whether Synology pushes ahead with a DS122, DS222, DS422 and DS222play follow-ups to their 2017/18 series predecessors OR they phase them out in favour of a DS222J and DS420j focused value tier, Synology will NOT abandon this tier of their portfolio/audience. Notwithstanding that it stands as an affordable entry point into the Synology ecosystem, these systems are used as partner/side systems for many for backups and more. The BIG question though will be 1) the CPU and 2) 2.5GbE? On the subject of the CPU, I think we are almost certainly going to be looking at an ARM Cortex A55 processor. Available in several revisions (with varying clock speeds and brand architecture), the CPU below is one that I have seen tremendous uptake on in the last quarter of 2021 in both component sets and arriving on other value server options. Although is understandably modest, is still a good jump on the ARM Cortex A53 of the previous generation.

However, I would be surprised (and very impressed I should add) if Synology embraces 2.5GbE on this value tier. It is not impossible, but Synology has always been very slow in the uptake of 2.5GbE and although I DO think the brand will start finally integrating it (covering in a bit), I think that it would be very uncharacteristic of the brand to include it in the value/J series right now. Find out more about my thoughts on this from my video with Eddie the Webguy in the video linked below (will skip you to the right bit!):

03:30 – Synology Budget NAS Drives in 2022? (DS122, DS222, DS422, DS222j, DS422j, DS222play)

 

Synology NAS and 2.5GbE Diskstation Solutions

Back in Spring 2020 when Synology released a remarkably large number of solutions (for them, 4-5 solutions a year is fairly normal, whereas we saw 12 different hardware releases in the first half of that year), on rather big elephant in the room was the absence of 2.5GBASE-T, aka 2.5G network ports. Now, there was also the usual explanations of the lack of 10GbE of course on 2/4Bay solutions, but this can largely be ignored due to the cost of hardware, the portfolio and the lanes afforded internally to the CPUs that these systems are built around to remain in that price point. However, back then, every other brand had multiple 2.5GbE equipped solutions in the market and these were priced at their 1GbE alternatives, so this seemed like quite a large omission b the brand. Then there was the added fact that Synology was one of the FIRST brands to talk about 2.5GbE on their desktop solutions in the market way back in 2018/2019 when they revealed their prototype DS1620xs+ NAS solution at their Taipei based annual event:

However, this would later be released as the DS1621xs+ and dropped the 4x 2.5GbE in favour of 2x 1GbE and 1x 10GbE (so, not a bad change really). So, now in 2022, many buyers want to know whether Synology is FINALLY going to integrate 2.5GbE into their potential DS922+, DS722+, DS222+, DS1522+, etc? Synology is gradually starting to talk about 2.5GbE of course. Back at their Synology 2022 event (at the end of 2021) they revealed their new Synolgo yRT6600ax WiFi 6 router and right there, loud and proud, was a 2.5GbE ethernet port. It does not exactly make their new router ‘the only show in town’ with that feature (the Synology Router series is more about the versatility of the software that the hardware) but it was still good to see the brand making waves in this area FINALLY.

Add to this that Synology has been significantly pushing their C2 Cloud platform and services (C2 Backup, C2 Transfer, C2 Password, C2 Surveillance and more) and the idea that a number of their SMB and Prosumer solutions in the Diskstation portfolio will be used in bare-metal-to-cloud-sync setups and 1GbE/109MB/s is quite a bottleneck in this age of +1Gb internet connectivity being available in a large % of the world. So, yes, I DO think Synology will embrace 2.5GbE, but it is a question of how they implement this feature, as the brand also has a little history in creating £30-50 gaps in  between their systems ‘mid series’ that push the budget in different directions.

So, for example, they might include 2.5GbE on all DSx22+ systems BUT 1 port of the dual-core DS422+/DS422play and DS222+ but two ports on the quad-core DS922+, DS722+ and DS1522+ (again, all predicted hardware at this time!). Alternatively, they might use place 1GbE on the dual-core systems and 2.5GbE on the quad-core systems. A big factor in all this is going to be the CPU that the brand chooses to use in the next generation DSx22+ NAS drives. I have three CPUs in mind that I am confident the brand will opt for that I will discuss below, but the reason I bring it up in conjunction with 2.5GbE is because of their respective PCIe lanes/chipset. This is ultimately the physical hardware support that the CPU can afford (HDD Bays, LAN, USB, M.2s, etc) and as these newer CPUs will afford the larger number of lanes, it will be a question of how the brand flexes that advantage. More bandwidth on the M.2s? greater network bandwidth and quantities? Maybe even 10GbE (which would be a fantastic stretch indeed).

Find out more about my thoughts on this from my video with Eddie the Webguy in the video linked below (will skip you to the right bit!):

07:50 – The NEED for 2.5GbE, it is NOW or NEVER

 

WHEN and IF we Will See a Synology DS922+, DS222+ or DS722+ NAS Soon?

And there it is. Probably the most important question for many potential buyers in the whole damned article. Many users who were still using the 2017/2018 generation hardware, decided to skip the 2020 generation of Synology NAS hardware as it was not a huge jump on the existing range for the most part (the lack of 2.GbE as mentioned, USB 3.2 Gen 1, same support cache support on m.2) and with the exception of a few unique examples (the DS720+ having those M.2 Ports, the DS620slim and DS1520+ filling important portfolio gaps for example). a number of those users are now outside of warranty, their HDD/SSDs are low/out of warranty and are now looking to migrate onto a new series Synology in 2022. The reason that now feels like the right time for the brand to make the jump towards a DS922+, DS722+, DS222+ etc is largely down to the brand having a refresh cycle on its tier of around 2-2.5 years (as often indicated by the even number on the 12/14/16/18/20+ year marker in the model ID. 2020’s series of releases were a rare example by the brand of releasing their series almost 3 years later (JUST scraping in on June/July of 2020 and still maintaining the same release year naming convention which more often Aug/sept = the following year naming) and although this rule is not iron-clad (eg the DS415+ or DS1019+ NAS) it is a rule that is 9/10 well observed:

However, though the bulk of the hardware in the change from 2020 to 2022 will remain the same (1/2 network ports, M.2 NVMe SSD ports, USB 3.2 Gen 1, SATA storage bays, expandability in the quad core systems but not the dual core solutions) the biggest question, aside from 2.5GbE discussed earlier, will be the CPU. Now the BULK of the releases in the Prosumer PLUS series devices in the last 10 years have been Intel Celeron processors, as this is a great sever usage CPU that arrives with a great power performance on 24×7 deployment, embedded graphics and still allows a nicely balanced pricepoint to the end user. The brand HAVE used alternative CPU families for this series in the past (with an Intel Pentium used in the DS916+, a rare treat in the circumstances) but in the case of a new DSx22+ NAS series, the chances are that the CPU is going to be one of three popular choices in the market right now. The FIRST choice (and arguably most likely right now) is going to be the Intel Celeron N5000 series. This processor is a great follow up to the Intel J4125 in the current 2020 generation, though not without a bit fo a bump on the way. That bump is that thanks to hardware shortages and the pandemic (as well as some other supply chain and R&D hurdles) Intel have released three revisions of this processor, the Intel Celeron N5105, N5095 and N5095A. Because of this, most manufacturers that are already implementing this family of processors on their hardware are having to list all THREE processors in their data sheets, despite the three processors being VERY similar:

Now, IF this IS the CPU that Synology opt for in their DS922+, DS222+, DS722+ etc, then it will be understandable for some buyers to want to know if there is any meaningful difference between each CPU. Well, yes there is, but it is very small and it is centred around the embedded graphics and how many processes it can run (which in turn can result in a smaller increase in active conversion processes/encodes). Again, this difference is very small and pretty unlikely to be felt. It would not be the first time taht Synology have released a NAS series with differing CPUs in the market, but this si normally provided with the prefix ‘II’ (eg the DS916+II and DS216+II), which I do not think is possible in this case without making things harder for buyers (especially when expecting a retailer to check in advance before buying!). Here is how the N5105 and N5095 Intel CPUs compare:

HOWEVER, Synology is a brand that is VERY aware of its USP with its existing user base. This combined with the desire for the brand to want to ensure that their hardware is presented with as little friction as possible opens the door to another CPU choice and one that is not only way, WAY easier to present to their end-user base, but also is a noticeably degree more future proof. The Intel J6412 is a noticeably more modern Celeron processor that not only allows a great degree of chipset/hardware resources to be used, but also means that in a single stoke the end-user friction that the N5000 might bring is gone AND they immediately release the best CPU for this tier in 2022 compared with their competitors (which for a software-focused brand, would be a remarkably slick move indeed). This CPU, though the better choice IMO, would still be a little uncharacteristic for the brand to choose (unless the DSx22+ series comes much, much later in the year). Here is a brief overview of the Intel Celeron J6412 CPU:

Now, how the J6412 and N5105/N5095 compare with the current DSx20+ series processor (the J4125) is actually quite an impressive jump in caching, memory frequency/quantity and efficiency across the board. Either one would be a great choice of CPU in a DS922+, DS722+ or DS1522+, but I still think that the brand might play it a little safer and opt for the N5105/N5095 (Though I want to be wrong!).

With all that in mind, I would say that the dual-core DSx22+ systems from Synology (the DS222+, DS422+ and/or DS422play for example), if the N5000 series processors are in the fold, will be the N4505 CPU. Built in a comparatively similar vein to the J4025/J4125 processors in 2/4 Core in the 2020 generation, it would be the obvious choice for Synology if they choose to go down that road of CPUs. Here is a brief overview on the specifications:

The DSx22+ Synology NAS’ are always going to be the ‘Reebok Classic’, ‘Adidas Black’ or ‘IBM Thinkpad’ solutions from this brand, mass appeal and the regular purchase for many. So therefore it is important that Synology balance the price point of this hardware and the three CPUs above are what I feel will be the likely way forward by the brand. Find out more about my thoughts on this from my video with Eddie the Webguy in the video linked below (will skip you to the right bit!):

09:00 – The Synology DS922+, DS222+, DS1522+ and/or DS722+ NAS?

 

New Affordable Synology 10GbE Diskstation NAS Drive?

Moving away from the subject of 2.5GbE and onto the broadly more appealing and always growing one of 10GbE, it is 2022 and STILL, we have yet to see more affordable 10-gigabit solutions from Synology (at least as far as home and prosumer users are concerned). Synology is a lot better than it once was on the subject of 10G desktop/rackmount solutions, with several now available in their portfolio that range from 6 Bay desktops (the DS1621xs+) all the way to beastly rackmounts that arrive with 2x 10GbE out the door and optional 25GbE FC cards. They even have made a stab at more entry-level flashstation solutions like the FS2500 which is a 12 Bay 1U rackmount with 10GbE and dedicated SSD support that is a big dip in price compared with the rest of the range. Synology Rackstation users have had a fantastic degree of variety in 10g equipped solutions in the last 2-3 years that, although still are pricey, are comparatively well spread in their costs generally. Desktop/Diskstation users looking for 10GbE however are way, WAY more overlooked. In fact, short of the DS1621xs+ released in mid-2020 for £1600 and DS3622xs+ released at the tail end of 2021 for close to £3000 – there is precious little else for anyone looking for 10G for under £1200 without buying a default 1G box like the DS1621+ or DS1821+ and buying a Synology £150-200+ 10GbE upgrade card. Indeed, the last time Synology released an affordable 10GbE solution as the DS1817 back in 2017, and it’s specifications of a 32bit 1.7Ghz Annapurna processor made this EIGHT BAY(!!!) NAS have to work way too hard to fully saturate that 1,000MB/s connection.

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All the brands, I repeat ALL (I even include WD and their Business NAS series) have released an affordable 10GbE desktop NAS solution for under £1K in the last 3 years and it still surprises a lot of users that Synology has yet to do this. This is made particularly galling when there are 10GbE network controllers on the market from Aquantia AND even m.2 to 10GbE adapters on the market that make integrating a 10GbE port onto a 4/6/8-Bay system with even a mid-range 64bit ARM CPU considerably easier. Other brands have done so (several times since the DS1817 too).

So, it is with all that in mind AND the fact Synology is strengthening its cloud sync services (as mentioned earlier with C2) that I think that in 2022 they will definitely revisit the subject of an affordable 10GbE solution for Prosumers and lighter SMBs. Logic dictates that they will repeat the chassis choice of the DS1517 and DS1817 (not + editions) as these are good base levels of storage to saturate the 10GbE bandwidth, but given the performance of modern high capacity HDDs (both Synology HAT5300 drives and 3rd party ones from Seagate and WD) means that even a 4 bay can hit the 600-800MB/s bandwidth too. Add a little caching and an option to expand (as you would in the DS920+ for example) and the idea of an affordable 4-Bay 10GbE NAS from Synology makes ALOT of sense. It is an area that I think the brand has ignored now for simply too long and instead of tackling the 2.5GbE conversation, it suddenly makes them look meteoric in the hardware things!

Find out more about my thoughts on this from my video with Eddie the Webguy in the video linked below (will skip you to the right bit!):

15:15 – The Death of 1GbE and the Affordability of 2.5GbE and 10GbE Components

 

New Synology Ryzen Powered Diskstation NAS Drive

For the desktop small/medium business (SMB) users, the last 18 months or so has actually been surprisingly fruitful. Synology has released a whole bunch of solutions in diskstation and rackstation that is geared much more towards throughput, VM use, Surveillance and allowing numerous means of upgradability in the hardware architecture. For a long time, Synology had a bit of a fixation with the Intel Atom/Denverton processor, with this rather old generation processor popping up on around 20 systems over 5 years. Fast forward to now and their choice of moving towards an embedded Ryzen processor for this tier of their portfolio has been received incredibly well. A more modern processor that although not arriving with embedded graphics, still provides tremendous flexibility and efficiency, whilst still supporting the full range of services that Synology have worked on in DSM 7. Indeed, the AMD Ryzen V1500B (for Synology) is still pretty new and the brand is still pushing the limits of what they can do with it.

It is for these reasons that I think it will be pretty unlikely that we will see much change from Synology on systems like these in 2022. The rules of their naming conventions aside slightly, the current lineup is either still too new OR the hardware involved still not fully explored by the brand that I think they will be reluctant to push hard on a follow up anytime soon. That said, towards the END (so H2 onwards really) of 2022 might well be a different story. With the DS1623+ or a DS1823+ potentially due a refresh, I can certainly see Synology doubling down on their utility of the embedded Ryzen processors and moving up to the next tier of this processor and opting for the AMD Ryzen V1780B CPU. Comparable to the V1500B, it still brings a lot of power/efficiency advantages, whilst not changing the core architecture too much over the predecessor to make an upgrade difficult internally. It is logic like this than we saw in the Intel Atom C2538>C3538 and Intel Xeon D-1527>D-1531 already, so it would be a very much in the brands style!

Regardless, of all the potential hardware followups, I think this is one of the less likely end of the spectrum and otherwise something that will see a follow up in the later part of 2022. Find out more about my thoughts on this from my video with Eddie the Webguy in the video linked below (will skip you to the right bit!):

18:13 – New 6-Bay or 8-Bay Ryzen Based NAS?

 

New Synology Hard Drives, SSD Media and Compatibility?

There are few things about the Synology platform that is more divisive with the audience than the move by the brand in 2020 to produce it’s 1st party-branded SSDs and HDDs. On the face of it, it makes ALOT of sense. Many buyers do not want to concern themselves with separate warranties, different branded software/priorities and seek a single-ecosystem solution and Synology (with its DSM platform that seeks to provide the full business hardware/software suite) is looking to provide exactly that! The wrinkles on the forehead’s of buyers start when systems begin to arrive with compatibility/support pages that are noticeably trimmed down to result in a Synology solution being ONLY used with Synology HDD or SSD media. This is a position that is currently only extended to the top/high end of their portfolio (with a recent exception that I will discuss in a bit) and for the most part, this seems to be accepted by the audience. One bup though for users who ARE on board with using Synology HDD/SSD media are the capacities and types that are available. Recently Synology released a small revision change in their SSDs (so the SNV3400/SNV3500 and SAT5200 ranges changed to SNV3410/SNV3510 and SAT5210) and their HAT5300 SATA hard drives branched out into a SAS version in the HAS5300, but there are still some holes in the media portfolio that are rather glaringly obvious and likely to be filled in 2022.

Once area that the brand has still yet to explore (despite being in a great position to do so) is with in-house SAS SSDs and/or U.2 SSDs. Synology has a number of high-end flash rackstation (flashstation) solutions available, as well as a number of SAS equipped rackmount solutions (that STILL have Synology-only-drive support limitations in place) and the fact that Synology has solutions like these, yet sub-performance drives to interfaces to populate them with is baffling! Synology NEEDS to release one of both of these as a media supported tier in their hardware portfolio in 2022, or else it potentially leaves their locked-in solutions looking a tad bottlenecked. Another of the most OBVIOUS areas that I am convinced Synology WILL improve upon in 2022 is the capacity of their HDDs and SSDs. Considering the range of solutions they have, the fact that the HDDs are only available in 8TB, 12TB and 16TB is really odd. The HAT5300 and HAS5300 SSDs are Toshiba M06, M07 and M08 enterprise hard drives and at the tail end of 2021, we saw Toshiba unveil its 18TB MG09 drive (specs below). So, that means that it will only be a question of time before Synology apply their firmware revisions and livery to this new release and a Synology HAT5300-18T arrive. This still puts them a pinch behind the 20TB and (recently) 22TB hard drives from the likes of WD and Seagate in their respective NAS HDD portfolio’s, but for those looking at the bigger 21 and 22 series boxes that are locked to Synology HDDs, it is going to be good news.

Form Factor 3.5-inch
Buffer Size 512 MiB
Rotation Speed 7200 rpm
Maximum Data Transper Speed
(Sustained)(Typ.)
268MiB/s
Power Consumption
(Idle-A)
SATA 18TB/16TB 4.16W
14TB 3.77W
12TB/10TB 3.30W
SAS 18TB/16TB 4.49W
14TB 4.25W
12TB/10TB 3.76W
MTTF 2 500 000 h/0.35%
Weight (Max) 18TB/16TB 720g
14TB 705g
12TB/10TB 690g

HOWEVER, to return to the subject of Synology drive media and hardware that has more streamlined compatibility/supported media lists, when the DS2422+ NAS arrived for desktop users, many users (myself included) were surprised to see that the official compatibility lists only showed Synology HDDs and SSDs supported. This kind of thing is understandable at the enterprise tier (once again, complete/eco-system solutions), but the PLUS series was always considered a Prosumer/SMB layer by many and it left some wondering if this indicated anything changing on this in the future DSxx22+ NAS releases in 2022. I do not think Synology would lock/limit compatibility on their DS922+ or DS222+ etc releases to Synology only drives IF the HAT5300 and SAT5210/SNV3410 were the ONLY ranges that the brand provides in its portfolio. As these drives are either too Pro/enterprise (in price, design and noise level) to use in more modest NAS systems and it would significantly hurt the sale of sub-£1000 hardware if it comes with such a small pool of media to populate it with. HOWEVER, if Synology decided in 2022 to release a range of more affordable/base level HDDs for NAS (perhaps a HAT3300 that is built on the Toshiba N300 NAS class series – to follow the logic of the enterprise drives). THEN I would wonder about the PLUS series and Synology drive compatibility.

Overall though, I DO think that Synology will release some larger capacity HDDs in 2022, along with further evolving their SSD media ranges towards higher-end flash use. Any move by them to provide a HOME/SMB tier of HDDs that are built on Toshiba N300 NAS hard drives would not be outside the relms of possibility, but if they did, I hope they are a little more flexible on compatibility at the DSx22+ tier. Find out more about my thoughts on this from my video with Eddie the Webguy in the video linked below (will skip you to the right bit!):

21:10 – Synology Hard Drives and Drive Locking (limited compatibility)

 

Synology DVA1622 2-Bay Surveillance NAS Drive with AI Supported Services

Synology revealed quite a few interesting hardware and software plans in their recent 2022 and Beyond event, with quite an impressive amount of focus being given to their planned updates for the Surveillance station and a new piece of AI-powered NVR hardware, the DVA1622. This is by no means their first AI-assisted surveillance solution (with the DVA3219 and DVA3221 for High-end business and enterprise released in recent years), but the DVA1622 is by far the most compact and buyer accessible entry into this series yet (though almost certainly still arriving with a price tag that will push it outside the low end, home user). Arriving with Surveillance Station 9.0 at launch, the DVA1622 will feature the support of deep video analysis found in the larger 4 bay GPU equipped versions (though in lower volume instances), as well as unique local access options and easier compact deployment. So, let’s take a look at everything we learned about this new NAS system for surveillance see what makes it stand out from the crowd.

Learn more in my original article on the Synology DVA1622 NAS at the end of 2021 Below:

Find out more about my thoughts on this from my video with Eddie the Webguy in the video linked below (will skip you to the right bit!):

25:40 – The Synology DVA1622 AI-Powered Surveillance 2-Bay

 

The Synology HD6400 Rackstation NAS Drive – Still a THING?

Originally revealed way, WAY back in Summer 2019, Synology revealed a number of interesting prototypes that they were working on (alongside revealing their latest beta of DSM 7.0 at that time) and of all, the one that really stood out for me was the BEAST that was the HD6400. The HD6400 is/was a top-loaded 60-Bay Rackmount NAS Solution that featured 2x Intel Silver 8-Core Processors, upto 512GB of DDR4 ECC registered UDIMM memory that appeared at numerous tradeshows globally, but since then has gone remarkably quiet! They even covered it in the presentations by the regional Synology managers of each presentation as ‘something we are working on’ and of all the rackmount solutions by the brand, it was one that really stood out (remember, this was hte same event that had the first DVA3219 AI-powered surveillance system, the UC3200 Dual Controller system and their Mesh routers – so it was an event filled with a lot of high points).

However, after that…SILENCE! I have not seen or heard anything on this monster rackmount server since and although the system was physically present at the Berlin 2019/2020 Synology event I attended, it was a hollow/display model without ports or components fully in place. It is not impossible that this system will still see the light of day, but much like the SG-1000 network overview and management device (more than a switch really) that was shown in 2017/2018, I fear this incredibly rackmount may be vaporware now. I hope not, but it’s not looking good!

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You can find out everything I wrote about it in this article here from back in 2019 – https://nascompares.com/2019/09/04/synology-hd6400-60-bay-monster-nas-4u-rackmount

Alternatively, Find out more about my thoughts on this from my video with Eddie the Webguy in the video linked below (will skip you to the right bit!):

26:25 – What Happened to the Synology HD6400 60-Bay Racckstation NAS?

 

Synology RT6600ax WiFi 6 Mesh Router

Yes, THAT router! When Synology hosted its annual event (Synology 2022 in Dec 2021) one device that got ALOT of attention was the RT6600ax. This was a WiFi 6, 5.9Ghz frequency support, Mesh support, 6 Antennae, tri-band coverage 6,000Mb total bandwidth (shared) and even a 2.5GbE network port. It is (most) of exactly what Synology router owners had been asking for for the last 12-18 months and also arrives with compatibility with existing MR2200ac mesh routers.

Synology RT6600ax Router Hardware Highlights

  • Planned to arrive in H1-2022 with SRM 1.3
  • Tri-Band WiFi 6 Support
  • 6 x High gain adjustable antennae (4×4 MIMO antennas)
  • 5.9Ghz / 160MHz channel Support
  • Four 1GbE (Gigabit Ethernet ports) (1x WAN 3x LAN)
  • 1x 2.5GbE LAN/WAN Port
  • 6600Mbs Bandwidth Potential
  • Multi-Network creation in SRM 1.3
  • Improved DS Router Mobile Application and Browser GUI in SRM 1.3 in 2022
  • Mesh Support with future AX devices
  • No word on USB Support, but almost certainly going to be featured

Alongside this, Synology has highlighted that Synology Router Manager (SRM) will be receiving a big update in 2022 that adds features such as vLAN (long overdue) and tweaks to the user interface in an effort to make it much more user friendly where they missed the mark in SRM 1.2. The release of the RT6600ax Synology router is more than likely to be Q1 of 2022 (Jan-March) as they will want to release this and SRM 1.3 together where possible (regions etc). Additionally, test documents are slowly appearing online and some of which show how far through development the Synology RT6600ax is and docs that are locked to the first week of March 2022 further highlight this.

Learn more in my original article on the Synology RT6600ax Router at the end of 2021 here – https://nascompares.com/news/synology-rt6600ax-wifi-6-2-5gbe-router-revealed

Alternatively, Find out more about my thoughts on this from my video with Eddie the Webguy in the video linked below (will skip you to the right bit!):

27:10 – When will the Synology RT6600AX WiFi 6 Router be Released?

 

And there you go. Right now at the time of writing, these are the big things we either know are coming from Synology in 2022 or expect from them in hardware releases! I will be revisiting this page periodically to add anything further I learn as the year goes on, so I recommend that yu bookmark this page or add your email address to the notifications box (in green/blue) as then you will get an alert when I add more. Alternatively, you can always use the free advice section below to contact me or Eddie if you are on the fence about choosing a Synology NAS system and are worried that something new is imminent. Thanks for reading and have a great day, week, month or year!

 

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How to Install Plex on a Synology NAS with DSM 7

7 février 2022 à 01:11

A Guide to Installing Plex Media Server on your Synology NAS with the DSM 7

If you have been looking at buying a NAS drive for Plex to use as your own private Netflix, then there is a very good chance that you have heard the name ‘Synology’. They are the brand that produces some of the most user-friendly, yet powerfully efficient (yes, that is a thing!) servers in the market in 2022 and are often a highly recommended choice for setting up a slick, polished media streaming solution that uses YOUR movies/boxsets. Last year, Synology updated its system software and services platform, Diskstation Manager, from version 6.2 to 7.0 and improved a number of the system’s abilities and processes. However, the process for installing Plex media server on your Synology NAS changed, with DSM changing access privileges and defaults for 3rd party programs in order to ensure their solutions were as secure as possible. If you are running a Synology NAS drive with DSM 6.2 and are wondering how to install Plex Media Server, it is still remarkably straight forward and a full video walkthrough guide on this can be found HERE. However, those of you who have the most recent DSM7 upgrade (with DSM 7.01 and 7.1 already rolling out over 2022 gradually) will have found that the process for installing Plex has changed noticeably. So, today I wanted to walk you through, step by step, how to install Plex on a DSM 7 Synology NAS from beginning to end and ensure you get it right, first time. Alternatively, there is a video at the bottom of the page that will walk you through even quicker. Thanks for reading and I hope you enjoy this guide.

Plex Installation Guide on the DSM 7.0

Installing Plex on a NAS with DSM 7.0 is actually VERY similar to that of installing it on a DSM 6.2 Synology NAS, however, there are a few small changes in the process which allow Plex Media Server to access the correct directories. Previously these steps might be needed by most people but were not directed by the application especially clearly, so having these steps integrated into the formal setup is actually quite a smart idea by Synology. Let’s begin:

Step 1 – Head To The App Center

Step 2 – Go to the Beta Section

Step 3 – Find Plex Media Server and select Join Beta

Step 4 – Install Beta Application (speed depends on Internet Connection)

Step 5 – Select the location of where the Log Files will be installed – Can be left blank and it will save to the default directory

Step 6 – (This is the NEW bit) Give the Plex Media Server Application Permission to access the media directories. Head to the Control Panel

Step 7 – Then ‘Shared Folders’

Step 8 – Select the Folder where your Media is located in. In my case it is DS220PLUSSHARE – But it will be different on your own NAS device and based on your own storage setup

Step 9 – Select EDIT (at the top)

Step 10 – Then select the Permissions Tab

Step 11 – If Plex has created a local User (likely in DSM 6.2 . DSM 6 7.0 migration setups), make sure that the PLEX user account still has Read and/or Read/Write Access in the tick box list

Step 12 – Then (IMPORTANT) Select the drop-down menu at the top and switch to ‘System Internal’

Step 13 – Scroll down to the ‘Plex’ entry and give it Read and Write Access, then save the changes

Step 14 – Head back into the App Center window and click OK on the Plex Media App install setup window

Step 15 – The Plex Media APP should be installed and you can go ahead and click OPEN in the App Center window OR open it from the main Synology App dashboard

Step 16 – As this is a reinstallation of Plex Media Server on a NAS system as far as the Plex NAS app is concerned, the system may require PLEX to ‘claim’ the NAS once again, just head into the individual Server Settings and an option to CLAIM the server will appear in orange

Step 17 – Whether this is your first Plex Installation OR a DSM migration, you will likely need to establish the pathways for each multimedia file type.

Step 18 – Just head upto the ADD LIBRARY option and a popup will appear that allows you to select each Media Type

Step 19 – Then browse the directories (that you gave the Plex Media Application permission to access) and add the media that is appropriate

Step 20 – Now the Plex Media Server Application will scrape all the metadata from the site librarys (rotten tomatoes, IMDB, etc) and fill out all the slick PLEX GUI for your connected clients to enjoy.

And there you have it. Plex is now installed on your DSM 7 equipped NAS System. Here is a video that will guide you through the process if you prefer visuals over text!

Want to learn more about DSM 7.1 and what Synology plan for 2022? Watch my article below that covers the highlights:

 

If you are looking for the driver fix for the Synology NAS and Plex installation with J4025 and J4125 processors, you can find the video walkthrough and step by step guide below:

 

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Synology NAS Release Surveillance Station 9.0 Beta

20 janvier 2022 à 21:31

Synology Launch the Surveillance Station 9.0 Beta for Public Testing

Good news for any Synology users who have been waiting for an update to the popular enterprise-level NVR platform, Surveillance Station, with the release of the Beta for Version 9.0. With many of its new features revealed in the Synology 2022 event last year, many users who utilize their NAS for home/business CCTV are going to be interested in what this new update to the Surveillance station will have to offer. Find out below how to access the Synology Surveillance Station 9.0 Beta, the changes, the considerations and other key info.

How to Install the Surveillance Station 9.0 Beta on your Synology NAS?

Unlike some of the high profile, beta’s that Synology has revealed in the last year or two, the Surveillance Station 9.0 Beta is available now, directly from your own NAS system. You just need to head into the App center on DSM 7.0 or 6.2 and if you have enabled the option to install beta apps (an option that needs to be enabled in the App Center settings menu), the Surveillance Station 9.0 Beta download will be available.

IMPORTANT!

  1. No Downgrade Support!!! – Once you have installed this beta application, you cannot downgrade the software to a previous official version.
  2. For Evaluation Only – This Beta Software is for your evaluation only and should not be installed on any critical equipment or work environment. It is strongly recommended that you read the release information before installing. Synology will not be liable for any damages caused by the beta software, such as accidental loss of data

So, to clarify, here is a quick breakdown of what to do:

How To install beta software to your Synology NAS

  1. Log in to DSM with an account belonging to the Administrators group .
  2. Open Package Center .
  3. Next you should be able to view and download the currently available trial packages that are compatible with your Synology NAS.

  1. You can report questions or suggestions from Installed > Comments to help us develop an app that better suits your needs.

 

Is My Synology NAS Compatible with the Surveillance Station 9.0 Beta?

The range of Synology NAS hardware and software versions that can support the Surveillance Station Beta is pretty straightforward and only the following provisos and limitations apply:

  1. Surveillance Station 9.0.0-7519 Beta needs to be installed on Synology products running DSM 7 or above.
  2. Surveillance Station 9.0.0-7519 Beta only supports Synology Surveillance Station Client 2.0.0 and above.
  3. Surveillance Station 9.0.0-7519 Beta only supports VS360HD 5.0.0 and above.
  4. Surveillance Station 9.0.0-7519 Beta only supports VS960HD 3.0.0 and above.
  5. Live images and timelines have been combined into a “Monitoring Center”. Existing functions, layouts and settings will be completely transferred to the new platform.
  6. Stop supporting some VisualStation and Surveillance Station Local Display management functions
  7. Surveillance Station 9.0 Beta does not support VS360HD models and VS240HD models running firmware 3.0.5 or earlier.
  8. The logging app has removed the rules settings page and instead logs all actions.

At the bottom of this article, there is a full list of the many, MANY Synology NAS drives that support the SS 9.0 Beta.

What Are the New Features of the Surveillance Station 9.0 Beta?

As previously highlighted, a large number of new features and improvements are coming to Surveillance Station 9.0 and the beta is allowing access to several of these for testing etc. We went into considerable more detail after the Synology 2022 event article here on surveillance, but the bulk of the improvements available to try out in this beta are:

  1. Added support for monitoring center application. You can monitor the real-time camera screen, seamlessly access the video files in time, and customize the layout display.
  2. Added support for Universal Streaming Configuration button. You can switch the streaming configuration of all cameras in the layout at the same time.
  3. Added support for I/O device channels. You can view I/O device status and trigger events.
  4. Added support for manually triggering custom action rule events in the monitoring center.

Improved Video Handling

  1. Upgrade the recording mechanism to allow each service to share the same recording file to optimize the recording space.
  2. Added support for bookmark log, which can manage all bookmarked video files.
  3. Added new bookmark event to support action rules.
  4. Added support for dual video recording. You can record a second video file for the camera according to different settings and save it in the local or remote shared folder.

Improved Safety

  1. Improve the security of shared folders. Surveillance Station will require access rights to connect to the shared folders on the Synology server.
  2. Added support for HTTPS secure connections between servers and compatible cameras.
  3. Added support for SRTP image encryption between the server and compatible AXIS, Bosch, Hanwha cameras.
  4. Added support for the privacy mask function, which can hide sensitive areas in the camera screen.
  5. Added support for overlaying text watermarks on live camera images.
  6. Added support for logging out of user accounts.
  7. Added support for activating user accounts on a schedule.#

Map Improvements

  1. Added support for the new Maps application. You can grasp the target environment at a glance for a seamless viewing experience and automatically track security events across multiple locations.
  2. Added support for grouping related maps into groups to quickly browse multiple locations.
  3. Added support for network map services such as OpenStreetMap, Google Maps, and custom layer servers to quickly identify abnormal conditions in multiple locations.

Better Device management

  1. Enhanced the process of adding cameras, adding support for automatic search, IP range scanning, and multiple batch setting methods (quick setting, full setting, copy setting).
  2. Added support for importing camera information and configuration lists (.xlsx) to batch add cameras.
  3. Added support for offline camera setup using ONVIF or Generic.
  4. Renamed batch editing function to copy settings, and added support for previewing settings and expected results before applying settings.
  5. Added support for updating multiple servers online or manually via the CMS master server.
  6. Added support for updating a CMS recording server to a compatible version when pairing it.
  7. Added support for online or manual updating of multiple VisualStation devices via connected servers.

Smart Image Analysis Improvements for DVA systems

  1. Added support for license plate recognition.
  2. Added support for license plate recognition event log, event notification, action rule event, and recognition result report.
  3. Added support for searching license plate recognition results, which can tolerate two-character errors.
  4. Added support for displaying license plate detection events in the alarm panel of the monitoring center.
  5. Added option to support triggering events only when both pedestrians and vehicles are detected.
  6. Increases target dwell time cap to 600 seconds.
  7. Added support for automatically adding bookmarks to the video recording application when an object is detected.
  8. Added support for face detection and people counting test functions, which can help correct the camera position to improve accuracy.

Additional features

  1. Added support for displaying event types in advanced event notifications sent by DS cam.
  2. Added support for filtering thermal cameras in the webcam app.
  3. Added support for manually entering the NTP server IP address for the camera.
  4. Enhanced user experience of camera test connection.
  5. Added support for batch editing of Archive Vault bandwidth control settings.

Known Limitations of Surveillance Station 9.0 Beta

  1. With the update of the recording mechanism, some settings of real-time video alarm, action rule recording, manual recording, advanced continuous recording, and Transactions will be changed:
  • The above services will no longer store separate video files separately.
  • Its video files will no longer be displayed by category in File Station (it can still be downloaded in Surveillance Station).
  • The camera will apply the highest archive and streaming settings from the original settings.
  1. During the Beta version, Synology Surveillance Station Client suspends support for Joystick.
  2. Android DS cam 3.5.1 / iOS DS cam 5.4.1 and earlier versions do not support privacy masks and watermarks.

Which Synology NAS Drives Can Be Used with the Surveillance Station 9.0 Beta?

Surveillance Station 9.0 (at least in Beta) does not seem to be particular more resource/system hungry than the current version 8.2, so therefore the range of Synology NAS systems that support it are pretty wide ranging (even going back to NAS systems a decade old. Below is the range of supported Synology Hardware that is compatible:

Applicable models

  • FS-Series:FS6400, FS3600, FS3400, FS3017, FS2017, FS1018, FS2500
  • SA-Series:SA3600, SA3400, SA3200D
  • 22-Series:DS3622xs+, DS2422+
  • 21-Series:RS4021xs+, RS3621xs+, RS3621RPxs, RS2821RP+, RS2421RP+, RS2421+, RS1221RP+, RS1221+, DS1821+, DS1621xs+, DS1621+, DVA3221
  • 20-Series:RS820RP+, RS820+, DS1520+, DS920+, DS720+, DS620slim, DS420+, DS420j, DS220+, DS220j, DS120j
  • 19-Series:RS1619xs+, RS1219+, RS819, DS2419+II, DS2419+, DS1819+, DS1019+, DS419slim, DS119j, DVA3219
  • 18-Series:RS3618xs, RS2818RP+, RS2418RP+, RS2418+, RS818RP+, RS818+, DS3018xs, DS1618+, DS918+, DS718+, DS418, DS418play, DS418j, DS218+, DS218, DS218play, DS218j, DS118, NVR1218
  • 17-Series:RS18017xs+, RS4017xs+, RS3617xs+, RS3617RPxs, RS3617xs, RS217, DS3617xsII, DS3617xs, DS1817+, DS1817, DS1517+, DS1517
  • 16-Series:RS18016xs+, RS2416RP+, RS2416+, RS816, DS916+, DS716+II, DS716+, DS416, DS416play, DS416slim, DS416j, DS216+II, DS216+, DS216, DS216play, DS216j, DS216se, DS116, NVR216
  • 15-Series:RS815RP+, RS815+, RS815, RC18015xs+, DS3615xs, DS2415+, DS2015xs, DS1815+, DS1515+, DS1515, DS715, DS415+, DS415play, DS215+, DS215j, DS115, DS115j
  • 14-Series:RS3614xs+, RS3614RPxs, RS3614xs, RS2414RP+, RS2414+, RS814RP+, RS814+, RS814, RS214, DS414, DS414slim, DS414j, DS214+, DS214, DS214play, DS214se, DS114, EDS14
  • 13-Series:RS10613xs+, RS3413xs+, DS2413+, DS1813+, DS1513+, DS713+, DS413, DS413j, DS213+, DS213, DS213j, DS213air
  • 12-Series:RS3412RPxs, RS3412xs, RS2212RP+, RS2212+, RS812RP+, RS812+, RS812, RS212, DS3612xs, DS1812+, DS1512+, DS712+, DS412+, DS212+, DS212, DS212j, DS112+, DS112, DS112j
  • 11-Series:RS3411RPxs, RS3411xs, RS2211RP+, RS2211+, RS411, DS3611xs, DS2411+, DS1511+, DS411+II, DS411+, DS411, DS411slim, DS411j, DS211+, DS211, DS211j, DS111
  • 10-Series:RS810RP+, RS810+, DS1010+, DS710+, DS410, DS410j, DS210+, DS210j, DS110+, DS110j

 


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Best NAS for Photography to Buy in 2022

17 janvier 2022 à 01:10

A Guide to the Best Photography NAS Drives to Buy Right Now

Many users first time hearing about NAS drives will often be when the limitations of their 3rd party cloud storage space (from the likes of Google, Apple or DropBox) start to become clear, with few groups feeling this pinch more than keen amateur or professional photographers. In the beginning, backing up your photo collections onto a space free or low price subscription cloud space seems so convenient! Backing up those photos from your phone so easy, the space you can free up from your phone periodically is so useful – but within a year or two it suddenly becomes apparent that you have been digging quite a hole for yourself! Limitations such as small capacities, slow backup speeds, regular payments towards something you will need to pay for indefinitely without true ownership and the every present nagging query about if your photos are completely under your control. Many users who want to quit the cloud are going to need somewhere for thosae photos to live eventually and the more time passes, the bigger the collection becomes. Now a NAS drive is so much more than a simple ‘hard drive on the internet’ and in reality is a multi-faceted storage system that can serve as an easy photo backup device, smart AI-powered photo recognition and organization tool, an editing target, a professional sharing space for business or all of those together (with plenty of other services leftover). Thanks to the continued evolution of NAS’ keeping up with the advances in camera technology, the result is that a NAS can provide an equal/better level of photo data management than all the cloud platforms on the market, with the added benefit that YOU have FULL CONTROL of your photography. Today I want to discuss the current three best NAS drives on the market for Photographers, ranging from the best value, to professional business photo storage and ending at the ultimately photo NAS right now.

Note – If you are looking to migrate your Google Photos photo collection over to a Synology or QNAP NAS, I recommend you check out the two guides below (they also include video walkthroughs) that will show you how to move your data over as easily as possible. Remember to keep the .json files that google will also include with your photo data, as this is the important metadata (camera type, photo location, etc) which the NAS can then use for cataloguing and presenting/filing your large photo collection in the best possible way.

What Have All the Best Photography NAS Drives Have in Common?

It is worth remembering that although there are ALOT of different Photography NAS drives available to buy, they are by no means created equal! With numerous super budget brands popping up online, it can be tempting to consider these alongside the premium NAS brands. However, all too often they offer solutions righty seem ‘too good to be true’ and then are gone from the web before your warranty even gets cold! So, whether you are looking at the three best Photography solutions that I am recommending below OR are looking at another Photography NAS you saw on offer/recommended elsewhere – the best NAS system ALWAYS include the following software and services:

  • Combined Hardware & Software Solution – That means that you are buying the hardware, but it ALSO includes a web browser GUI, mobile apps and desktop client apps (including backup, media, streaming, surveillance and file management software)
  • All NAS systems in this guide are compatible with (and can be accessed by) Windows, Mac, Android and Linux operating systems
  • All NAS Solutions arrive with between 2-3 years Warranty (with the option to extend to 5 years)
  • All NAS drives can be accessed locally over the network, as well as secure remote access is possible with brand supported services (at no additional cost)
  • The most modern and regularly updated NAS systems will support the very latest 20TB NAS hard drives (such as the Seagate Ironwofl 20TB and WD Red 20TB)
  • All the recommended solutions support multiple drive configurations (RAID) for drive failure protection and performance enhancements
  • All solutions receive regular updates to their security, features and services
  • All recommended NAS drives can connect and synchronize with cloud services (Google Drive, DropBox, OneDrive, etc), as well as Business/Enterprise services such as AWS, Azure, Backblaze and more
  • All NAS solutions (regardless of brand) feature the ability to host a shared drive on your PC/Mobile/Laptop systems that are synchronized with the NAS via the network/internet, but is shown in your native operating system file manager (i.e Mac Finder or Windows Explorer)
  • All the NAS solutions listed can be accessed DIRECTLY via an ethernet/network cable being connected from your PC/Mac system, to the NAS RJ45 port for 100MB/s and higher connectivity
  • All the best NAS solutions (regardless of brand) feature backup and sync tools that can be installed on your local client computer and allow regular backups of your files and system data

So, make sure that if you are looking at a NAS solution that is NOT recommended below, that it includes all of the above. As these are some of the clearest areas that brands all too often cut orders to produce cheaper by ultimately inferior NAS servers for home and business. So, let’s discuss the very best Photography NAS to buy now in 2022.

Best Value Photography NAS Drive – The Synology DS920+ NAS

0-80TB, 4-Bays, Intel J4125 4x 2.0-2.7Ghz CPU, 4/8GB 2666Mhz Memory, 2x 1Gbe Port, 2x NVMe SSD Cache Bays, 3-5yr Warranty

Current Price/Availability on Amazon $550+

Hardware Review – HERE

YouTube Video Review – Watch

The DS920+ NAS is something that Synology should be proud of. It is a great entry into their already impressive range of Diskstation NAS devices. If you are looking for a brand new NAS to consolidate your home media, to support your relative as the ‘IT whizz’ of the family, or move your business away from Google Drives and DropBox’ onto something safer, more scalable and dependable – then the DS920+ has alot to offer you. It gives you a great base to start using the DSM platform, as well as a good means to upgrade your storage internally at a later date (expansions in memory, expansions in storage, expansion in NVMe). If you are an existing DS918+ or DS916+ owner, this might not seem like the jump you were waiting for.

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There are always areas of improvement, the USB ports, the 1Gbe, that 1 memory slot – but these are things that Synology no doubt feel should be pushed into a higher price/hardware bracket – Allowing the DS920+ Price to be as close to its predecessors it can be. Whether you agree or disagree, I think that we can agree that this NAS is still giving you alot of bang for your buck in 2020. Thank you once again to ‘Takeo from Tokyo‘ for all his assistance on this hardware review

SOFTWARE - 9/10
HARDWARE - 8/10
PERFORMANCE - 10/10
PRICE - 9/10
VALUE - 10/10


9.2
PROS
👍🏻Dual NVMe M.2 cache
👍🏻Great RAID Options
👍🏻Excellent choice of Apps
👍🏻Snapshot Replication
👍🏻BTRFS and SHR
👍🏻Support Plex
👍🏻Virtualization
👍🏻4K Video transcoding
👍🏻Full Plex Transcoding
👍🏻Hot-Swap trays
👍🏻DLNA Compliant
👍🏻Expandable
CONS
👎🏻No Copy button
👎🏻Only 1Gbe Ethernet ports
👎🏻No PCIe slots
👎🏻Only a single accessible Memory Bay

 


Best Mixed Use (Sharing, & Editing) Photography NAS Drive – The QNAP TS-h973ax NAS

0-100TB HDD, 16TB SATA SSD, 8/16TB U.2 NVMe SSD, 5/9-Bays of 3.5″, 2.5″ & U.2 SSD, AMD Ryzen V1500B 4x 2.2Ghz CPU, 8-32GB DDR4 Memory, 1x 10GbE, 2x 2.5Gbe Port, Supports ZFS or EXT4, 3/5yr Warranty,

Current Price/Availability on Amazon – $1150+

Hardware Review – LINK

YouTube Video Review – Watch

I have seen a lot of network-attached storage over the years and the TS-h973AX brings a lot of colour to what was fast becoming a somewhat grey landscape. In short, QNAP has gone and done it again by proving they are the hardware innovators of this industry and have managed to provide a genuinely unique solution here. When they first revealed their new Hero ZFS operating system last year, you could not help but get the impression that only top-end enterprise businesses with £10K starting budgets were ever going to benefit. The TS-h973AX desktop NAS is solid evidence that QNAP will share the wealth and that this is the start of a whole new series of affordable ZFS solutions from the brand. That isn’t to say that this system is perfect and pernickety points about a lack of HDMI or LCD may put off some users, and the compact 9 bay chassis that will attract some will no doubt deter others.

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Ultimately though QNAP has succeeded in creating what they sought out here and what we find is one of the best examples of hardware and software meeting in the middle, while still arriving with a price tag in 3 figures. In the current absence of a straightforward QuTS license purchase option for existing QNAP NAS systems right now, this is a solution that serves as a good alternative to a number of 4 and 6 Bay solutions in their portfolio. Though, make sure you upgrade that memory on day one! 

SOFTWARE - 8/10
HARDWARE - 8/10
PERFORMANCE - 8/10
PRICE - 9/10
VALUE - 8/10


8.2
PROS
👍🏻10GbE Equipped
👍🏻Triple tier storage
👍🏻ZFS / QuTS Hero System
👍🏻Virtualization Support is unparalleled
👍🏻10Gb/s USB 3.2 Gen 2
👍🏻10 min Windows and/or Ubuntu VM install (included)
👍🏻U.2 NVMe PCIe Gen 3×4 Support
👍🏻Hugely Expandable
👍🏻2.5GbE LAN Ports
👍🏻8 Surveillance Camera Licences
CONS
👎🏻No PCIe Upgrade Option
👎🏻Lacks HDMI
👎🏻Some might prefer the ease of NVMe over NVMe U.2

 


The Ultimate Photography NAS Drive – The QNAP TVS-872X / TVS-872XT NAS

0-160TB, 8-Bays, 2x M.2 NVMe SSD Bays, 2/4/6 Core Intel Pentium/i3/i5 CPU, 8-64GB DDR4 Memory, 1x 10Gbe Port, 2x 1GbE, 2x PCIe Slot, 1x HDMI 2.0 4K 60FPS, USB 3.2 Gen 2, ZFS Option 2yr Warranty

Current Price/Availability on Amazon – $1799

Hardware Review – LINK

YouTube Video Review – Watch

If this was the first time I was seeing the hardware featured on the QNAP TVS-872X, with its Intel Core CPU, 64GB of potential memory, 10Gbe on-board, NVMe equipped slots and USB 10G throughout – I would have been reasonably impressed. Likewise, the scalability in PCIe, storage expansions and network connectivity down the line is also a very valid and positive aspect of this system. But for me, it will always live slighting in the shadow of its Thunderbolt 3 equipped older big brother in the TV-872XT. The software on either ZFS or EXT4 file system is still doing what it does well, finding the line between 1st party apps, 3rd party support, customization and (mostly) getting it right – if occasionally trying to be too big for its boots.

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The QNAP TVS-872X is undeniably still a great example of the wide-ranging features available to prosumers who want a storage system heavily geared towards high-performance transmission via high-performance media with higher tier hardware at their disposal. It would be misleading to think of this NAS as any kind of significant upgrades over the XT, and the price tag that the TVS-872X currently arrives at (£1700+ / $2400) is perhaps a tad closer to that of the thunderbolt version than can be justified, but with an increasing over-reliance by brands on Xeon based systems, the TVS-872X is one of the most graphically well-equipped systems in the market today. If you are looking for a NAS for video editing, Plex media server, AI-assisted surveillance or virtualisation in a more compact form, the TVS-872X and its hardware has a heck of a lot to offer you.

SOFTWARE - 8/10
HARDWARE - 9/10
PERFORMANCE - 9/10
PRICE - 7/10
VALUE - 8/10


8.2
PROS
👍🏻One of the few Intel Core NAS Systems Released in 2020/2021
👍🏻High Virtualisation Use
👍🏻10Gbe Enabled and still has 2x 1Gbe
👍🏻SSD Optimized with NVMe Support
👍🏻Very Expandable (File System & config dependant)
👍🏻Optimized for Post Production and Broadcasting
👍🏻Can be upgraded to 10/25/40Gbe
👍🏻10G alternative to the TVS-872XT for those that didn’t want TB3
👍🏻Surveillance including multiple camera licences – 8 Licences FREE
👍🏻Download server (FTP, HTTP, BT,NZB)
👍🏻CMS and CRM systems included
👍🏻Media Center support across numerous apps
CONS
👎🏻GPU Card Support is not clear
👎🏻8G Default Module is a little restrictive for ZFS
👎🏻PCIe Card Installation is a lot more complicated than you expect

 


And there you have it. Those are the three best Photography NAS drives available right now at the end of 2021 and going into 2022. thought it is always worth remembering that these systems typically have a refresh (i.e manufacturers release a new version/follow-up) every 2-3 years on average. Therefore although these systems are all still great Photography NAS drives, they might have been upgraded in a newer released version, or recently released alternative Photography’s may have arrived on the scene that provides better pricing, value or features. If you are in doubt about whether to buy a Photography solution from my recommendations, want to check if a newer system has been released recently OR are simply looking for some free expert advice, then use the free advice section below over. Just enter in a few details of your setup, storage requirements and (in the case of buying a new solution) your budget – then me and Eddie the Web guy can help you with your question. This is a completely free service, is NOT provided with profit in mind and is manned by two humans (no bots, no automated replies, etc). Assistance might take an extra day or two (the service gets a lot of visitors) but we do try to answer every message. If you want to support this service, you can find out how to donate HERE. Otherwise, you can still jsut message us for free advice anyway!

 


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Recommended 8-Bay NAS Drive to Buy in 2022

12 janvier 2022 à 01:52

A Guide to the Best 8-Bay NAS Drives to Buy Right Now

If you have been looking at getting a NAS for your business, then I think it is safe to say that 8-Bay is where things get SERIOUS. Up until this point, most NAS system can typically fall into home use, budget use, small business and effective storage for a small group of users and their data. However, 8 drive (hard drive or SSD) NAS systems are where you start to see the NAS brands flex their muscles a bit. 8-Bays have typically been the jumping-off point from Desktop to Rackmount servers (slightly less so in recent years admittedly), thanks to the larger degree of storage on offer allowing greater performance, capacity and redundancy – So you start to see hardware appearing inside/outside that can greatly enhance the system’s utility. Features such as 10-gigabit ethernet, Xeon processors, considerably more memory and ultimately a system that can support a much wider number of users and processes than the systems that came before it. NAS brands very early on championed the inclusion of 8-Bay desktop servers in their portfolios, recognizing the need for a desktop server for compact deployment that could challenge the traditionally high power of rackmount solutions, so there are ALOT of different 8-Bay NAS systems on the market to choose from – all with their own distinct hardware and software capabilities, yet all at comparable pricing. Today I want to highlight to you the best three 8-Bay NAS to buy in 2022 out of the hundreds (maybe even thousands) that are currently available on the market. These are systems that I choose, based on their value, scalability and overall power. Let’s begin.

What Have All the Best 8-Bay NAS Drives Have in Common?

It is worth remembering that although there are ALOT of different 8-Bay NAS drives available to buy, they are by no means created equal! With numerous super budget brands popping up online, it can be tempting to consider these alongside the premium NAS brands. However, all too often they offer solutions righty seem ‘too good to be true’ and then are gone from the web before your warranty even gets cold! So, whether you are looking at the three best 8-Bay solutions that I am recommending below OR are looking at another 8-Bay NAS you saw on offer/recommended elsewhere – the best NAS system ALWAYS include the following software and services:

  • Combined Hardware & Software Solution – That means that you are buying the hardware, but it ALSO includes a web browser GUI, mobile apps and desktop client apps (including backup, media, streaming, surveillance and file management software)
  • All NAS systems in this guide are compatible with (and can be accessed by) Windows, Mac, Android and Linux operating systems
  • All NAS Solutions arrive with between 2-3 years Warranty (with the option to extend to 5 years)
  • All NAS drives can be accessed locally over the network, as well as secure remote access is possible with brand supported services (at no additional cost)
  • The most modern and regularly updated NAS systems will support the very latest 20TB NAS hard drives (such as the Seagate Ironwofl 20TB and WD Red 20TB)
  • All the recommended solutions support multiple drive configurations (RAID) for drive failure protection and performance enhancements
  • All solutions receive regular updates to their security, features and services
  • All recommended NAS drives can connect and synchronize with cloud services (Google Drive, DropBox, OneDrive, etc), as well as Business/Enterprise services such as AWS, Azure, Backblaze and more
  • All NAS solutions (regardless of brand) feature the ability to host a shared drive on your PC/Mobile/Laptop systems that are synchronized with the NAS via the network/internet, but is shown in your native operating system file manager (i.e Mac Finder or Windows Explorer)
  • All the NAS solutions listed can be accessed DIRECTLY via an ethernet/network cable being connected from your PC/Mac system, to the NAS RJ45 port for 100MB/s and higher connectivity
  • All the best NAS solutions (regardless of brand) feature backup and sync tools that can be installed on your local client computer and allow regular backups of your files and system data

So, make sure that if you are looking at a NAS solution that is NOT recommended below, that it includes all of the above. As these are some of the clearest areas that brands all too often cut orders to produce cheaper by ultimately inferior NAS servers for home and business. So, let’s discuss the very best 8-Bay NAS to buy now in 2022.

Best Hardware+Software 8-Bay NAS  Combo – The Synology DS1821+

0-320TB, 8-Bays, 2x NVMe Cache Bays, Quad-Core Ryzen V1500B 2.2Ghz CPU, 4-32GB DDR4 ECC Memory, 4x 1Gbe Port, 1x PCIe 3×8 Upgrade Slot, 5yr Warranty

Current Price/Availability on Amazon – $1099

Hardware Review – LINK

YouTube Video Review – Watch

What you have here is a solid piece of hardware that very much lives up to everything Synology promises, even if some of those promises aren’t to everyone’s taste. With a hardware architecture that we have already tested to notable success in the DS1621+ previously, we already knew that this NAS would be able to do everything it promised. Many users looking to spend their annual business budgets on an improved or extended data storage solution will find the balanced position of hardware vs software found by the Synology DS1821+ to be quite desirable, as well as the scaled potential to upgrade external performance via PCIe and storage via eSATA. However, there is no ignoring that despite the fact this 2020 release excels in many things, it also arrives with a little bottlenecking in a number of others. The continued default utilisation of 1Gbe on the newest generation by Synology is somewhat perplexing and although I have continued admiration for Synology’s engagement with intelligent M2 NVMe cache utilisation and providing a solution that allows more flexible upgrade paths, I know that there are still users who just wish they could use that super fast NAND for raw storage pools and have better than gigabit connections out by default.

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It has never been a secret that buying a Synology NAS solution was always a largely ‘software over hardware’ purchase, and the DS1821+ is still a fine example of that balance. However, with other brands closing the gap in what they can offer the SMB (Small/Medium Business) user, while still providing superior hardware and similar warranty coverage, there is the tiniest feeling that the DS1821+ is a NAS that sits on its laurels a bit. Hugely upgradable and still with that award-winning and fantastically intuative DSM software, the DS1821+ is about buying a solution you can adapt within its lifespan and not one that will knock your socks off on day one. A solid and dependable data storage solution, if a little safe, at the end of 2020.

SOFTWARE - 8/10
HARDWARE - 8/10
PERFORMANCE - 8/10
PRICE - 8/10
VALUE - 8/10


8.0
PROS
👍🏻Desktop Ryzen Powered Solution
👍🏻Dual NVMe M.2 cache
👍🏻PCIe Gen 3 x8 PCIe Equipped
👍🏻Great RAID Options (inc SHR)
👍🏻Excellent choice of Apps
👍🏻DDR4 ECC Memory up to 32GB
👍🏻Numerous Backup Software Options
👍🏻Huge Virtualization Support
👍🏻3yr Warranty and Extendable to 5yrs
CONS
👎🏻1Gbe Ports seem a bit limited now
👎🏻Shame it does not support 1/2 x DX1215
👎🏻NVMe SSDs cannot be used for RAW storage

 


Best 10GbE Performance 8-Bay NAS Drive – The QNAP TVS-872X

0-160TB, 8-Bays, 2x M.2 NVMe SSD Bays, 2/4/6 Core Intel Pentium/i3/i5 CPU, 8-64GB DDR4 Memory, 1x 10Gbe Port, 2x 1GbE, 2x PCIe Slot, 1x HDMI 2.0 4K 60FPS, USB 3.2 Gen 2, ZFS Option 2yr Warranty

Current Price/Availability on Amazon – $1799

Hardware Review – LINK

YouTube Video Review – Watch

If this was the first time I was seeing the hardware featured on the QNAP TVS-872X, with its Intel Core CPU, 64GB of potential memory, 10Gbe on-board, NVMe equipped slots and USB 10G throughout – I would have been reasonably impressed. Likewise, the scalability in PCIe, storage expansions and network connectivity down the line is also a very valid and positive aspect of this system. But for me, it will always live slighting in the shadow of its Thunderbolt 3 equipped older big brother in the TV-872XT. The software on either ZFS or EXT4 file system is still doing what it does well, finding the line between 1st party apps, 3rd party support, customization and (mostly) getting it right – if occasionally trying to be too big for its boots.

Click to view slideshow.

The QNAP TVS-872X is undeniably still a great example of the wide-ranging features available to prosumers who want a storage system heavily geared towards high-performance transmission via high-performance media with higher tier hardware at their disposal. It would be misleading to think of this NAS as any kind of significant upgrades over the XT, and the price tag that the TVS-872X currently arrives at (£1700+ / $2400) is perhaps a tad closer to that of the thunderbolt version than can be justified, but with an increasing over-reliance by brands on Xeon based systems, the TVS-872X is one of the most graphically well-equipped systems in the market today. If you are looking for a NAS for video editing, Plex media server, AI-assisted surveillance or virtualisation in a more compact form, the TVS-872X and its hardware has a heck of a lot to offer you.

SOFTWARE - 8/10
HARDWARE - 9/10
PERFORMANCE - 9/10
PRICE - 7/10
VALUE - 8/10


8.2
PROS
👍🏻One of the few Intel Core NAS Systems Released in 2020/2021
👍🏻High Virtualisation Use
👍🏻10Gbe Enabled and still has 2x 1Gbe
👍🏻SSD Optimized with NVMe Support
👍🏻Very Expandable (File System & config dependant)
👍🏻Optimized for Post Production and Broadcasting
👍🏻Can be upgraded to 10/25/40Gbe
👍🏻10G alternative to the TVS-872XT for those that didn’t want TB3
👍🏻Surveillance including multiple camera licences – 8 Licences FREE
👍🏻Download server (FTP, HTTP, BT,NZB)
👍🏻CMS and CRM systems included
👍🏻Media Center support across numerous apps
CONS
👎🏻GPU Card Support is not clear
👎🏻8G Default Module is a little restrictive for ZFS
👎🏻PCIe Card Installation is a lot more complicated than you expect

 


The Fastest  & Most Powerful 8-Bay NAS Drive – The QNAP TVS-h1288X

0-160TB, 8x HDD Bays, 4x SATA SSD Bays, 2x M.2 NVMe SSD Bays, 6 Core Intel Xeon W (Embedded Graphics) CPU, 16-128GB DDR4 Memory, 2x 10Gbe Port, 4x 2.5GbE, 3x PCIe Slot, 1x HDMI 2.0 4K 60FPS, USB 3.2 Gen 2, ZFS Option 3yr Warranty

Current Price/Availability on Amazon – $2899

Hardware Review – LINK

YouTube Video Review – Watch

When reviewing a business class piece of kit, it is important to stay RELATIVE! You cannot compare a Ferrari with a Ford Focus as equals, as they have a very different audience in mind and a very different price tag – therefore Value and ROI are always relative. That said, the TVS-h1288X is, hands down, the most impressive desktop NAS drive I have ever handled – and I do not say that lightly! QNAP has been working overtime these last 2 years to not only introduce their ZFS series to the SMB and Enterprise marketing, with gradual but compelling results – but it is only now in the TVS–h1288X system that they have successfully merged it into another core area of their business – content creators. Whether you are on board with the ‘optional thunderbolt card’ nature behind this device, you cannot fault the sheer weight of hardware on offer here and how it is perfectly tuned and appropriate for the storage, performance and safety benefits of ZFS in QuTS Hero included with this device.

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Yes, it is a hungry beast of a device in terms of power, but right now THIS is the NAS system to beat in the market right now in desktop form. There are still the odd hurdle for surveillance users to jump and the fact this range starts at 8/12-Bay is an odd choice – but with a 6-core Xeon processor that features high grade embedded graphics, upto 128GB of DR4 ECC memory, 3 storage tiers of scaling speeds, a combined external bandwidth of 30 Gigabits per second (so 3,000MB/s) and that is without even the inclusion of a Thunderbolt update that can allow upto 4 more Thunderbolt users to enjoy simultaneous access for photo/video editing – You simply cannot fault the ambition behind the TVS-h1288X and it leaves most of its 8-Bay competitors in its dust – just maybe raid the piggy bank before you buy it though

SOFTWARE - 8/10
HARDWARE - 8/10
PERFORMANCE - 8/10
PRICE - 8/10
VALUE - 9/10


8.2
PROS
👍🏻10Gb/TB3 Support
👍🏻2.5Gbe LAN Ports
👍🏻6 Core GPU enabled Xeon with over 15,000 CPUBenchmark Score
👍🏻3 Tier Storage System
👍🏻ZFS File System
👍🏻PCIe Gen3 x8 and 3×4
👍🏻Virtualization
👍🏻Thunderbolt is Optional – many will appreciate the choice (upto 4 ports)
👍🏻Larger 22110 NVMe Gen3 x4 Support
👍🏻Upto 128GB ECC DDR4 Memory
👍🏻5x USB 3.2 Gen 2 10Gb/s
👍🏻10 min Windows and/or Ubuntu VM install (included)
👍🏻Expandable (TR-106T and TR-1082T soon)
CONS
👎🏻Quite expensive
👎🏻HDMI is 1.4b (30FPS 4K)
👎🏻Shame we haven’t got 4/6 Bay options as found in TVS-682/882
👎🏻Surveillance Software versions and licenses are a bit confusing
👎🏻Noise/power levels are comparable to a small rackmount

 


 

And there you have it. Those are the three best 8-Bay NAS drives available right now at the end of 2021 and going into 2022. thought it is always worth remembering that these systems typically have a refresh (i.e manufacturers release a new version/follow-up) every 2-3 years on average. Therefore although these systems are all still great 8-Bay NAS drives, they might have been upgraded in a newer released version, or recently released alternative 8-Bay’s may have arrived on the scene that provides better pricing, value or features. If you are in doubt about whether to buy a 8-Bay solution from my recommendations, want to check if a newer system has been released recently OR are simply looking for some free expert advice, then use the free advice section below over. Just enter in a few details of your setup, storage requirements and (in the case of buying a new solution) your budget – then me and Eddie the Web guy can help you with your question. This is a completely free service, is NOT provided with profit in mind and is manned by two humans (no bots, no automated replies, etc). Assistance might take an extra day or two (the service gets a lot of visitors) but we do try to answer every message. If you want to support this service, you can find out how to donate HERE. Otherwise, you can still jsut message us for free advice anyway!

 


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The Best 6-Bay or RAID 6 NAS to Buy in 2022

5 janvier 2022 à 01:13

A Guide to the Best 6-Bay or 5-Bay NAS Drives to Buy Right Now

I know, I know – it’s kind of a vague subject, but 6-Bays, 5-Bays and RAID 6 targeted machines are sudden a ‘thing’. Do you remember when buying a NAS drive was so easy? Even as little as 5-6 years ago, the choices in the types of network-attached storage solutions you could buy was quite simple. It went 1-Bay > 2-Bay > 4-Bay > 8-Bay > Rackmount >MASSIVE. Then, as the demand and utility of NAS systems grew, so the average NAS buyer became remarkably more discerning. Brands like Synology, QNAP and Asustor suddenly realised that there were gaping holes between the solutions in their portfolios. First, they set about creating cost-effective versions of their existing ranges to create multiple options for those looking for the traditional storage scales mentioned. However that was not enough, as it did not address the main growing demand – that of users needing 3-Bays, 6-Bays, 12-Bays and ultimately, solutions that levered a users budget less on the hardware resources and more towards its supported storage media capacity. Therefore the last few years have seen the portfolios of these NAS brands expand to fill in these gaps, to allow the RAID 6 (dual-redundancy/safety net) focused users, the mixed media preferred users and even the data-rich but money tight users to have their own rather unique needs to be fulfilled. So, that is what we are looking at today, three of the very BEST examples available to buy for 2022 that slide into those gaps in the portfolio. These are solutions that provide storage across two or more storage media types, that provides a good base of storage against a RAID 6 configuration (but not break the bank) and allow the end users a great degree of storage & performance, without heading into the more premium price tag 8-bay alternatives. Of all by best of the year articles, this has been the most unusual to curate, as, unlike the usual crowd, these are comparatively obscure solutions. If NAS is a particularly niche area of technology, then these solutions are the most niche of the niche that you will find – but are all the very best of their own crowd of odd-ball scale solutions on the market!

What Have All the Best 6-Bay or 5-Bay NAS Drives Have in Common?

It is worth remembering that although there are ALOT of different 6-Bay or 5-Bay NAS drives available to buy, they are by no means created equal! With numerous super budget brands popping up online, it can be tempting to consider these alongside the premium NAS brands. However, all too often they offer solutions rightly seem ‘too good to be true’ and then are gone from the web before your warranty even gets cold! So, whether you are looking at the three best 6-Bay or 5-Bay solutions that I am recommending below OR are looking at another 6-Bay or 5-Bay NAS you saw on offer/recommended elsewhere – the best NAS system ALWAYS include the following software and services:

  • Combined Hardware & Software Solution – That means that you are buying the hardware, but it ALSO includes a web browser GUI, mobile apps and desktop client apps (including backup, media, streaming, surveillance and file management software)
  • All NAS systems in this guide are compatible with (and can be accessed by) Windows, Mac, Android and Linux operating systems
  • All NAS Solutions arrive with between 2-3 years Warranty (with the option to extend to 5 years)
  • All NAS drives can be accessed locally over the network, as well as secure remote access is possible with brand supported services (at no additional cost)
  • The most modern and regularly updated NAS systems will support the very latest 20TB NAS hard drives (such as the Seagate Ironwofl 20TB and WD Red 20TB)
  • All the recommended solutions support multiple drive configurations (RAID) for drive failure protection and performance enhancements
  • All solutions receive regular updates to their security, features and services
  • All recommended NAS drives can connect and synchronize with cloud services (Google Drive, DropBox, OneDrive, etc), as well as Business/Enterprise services such as AWS, Azure, Backblaze and more
  • All NAS solutions (regardless of brand) feature the ability to host a shared drive on your PC/Mobile/Laptop systems that are synchronized with the NAS via the network/internet, but is shown in your native operating system file manager (i.e Mac Finder or Windows Explorer)
  • All the NAS solutions listed can be accessed DIRECTLY via an ethernet/network cable being connected from your PC/Mac system, to the NAS RJ45 port for 100MB/s and higher connectivity
  • All the best NAS solutions (regardless of brand) feature backup and sync tools that can be installed on your local client computer and allow regular backups of your files and system data

So, make sure that if you are looking at a NAS solution that is NOT recommended below, that it includes all of the above. As these are some of the clearest areas that brands all too often cut orders to produce cheaper by ultimately inferior NAS servers for home and business. So, let’s discuss the very best 6-Bay or 5-Bay NAS to buy now in 2022.

Best Value Desktop 5-Bay NAS Drive – The QNAP TS-364 NAS

0-60TB HDD + 8TB M.2 NVMe SSD, 3/5-Bays, Intel Celeron N5105 4-Core 2-2.9Ghz CPU, 4/16GB Memory, 2.5Gbe Port, 2x USB 3.2 Gen 2, 1x HDMI 1.4b, 2yr Warranty

Current Price/Availability on Amazon – $350-400

Hardware Review – LINK

YouTube Video Review – Watch

Once again, QNAP (in my opinion of course) are still very much the true innovators of the NAS hardware industry, seemingly exploring and almost always delivering on solutions that change what we expect private home/business servers to look like, support and provide. The TS-364 3-Bay (TECHNICALLY 5-Bay if you want to be accurate about it) has one heck of a balancing act to perform, providing more than the typical 2-Bay desktop chassis like the TS-253D and TS-264 are promising, whilst not leaning TOO heavily on the TS-453D and TS-464 to make itself or those redundant in price or approach. I think it MOSTLY sticks the landing and what you have here is the best example of this series that QNAP has ever produced, managing to balance the price point and value just right.

Click to view slideshow.

In my introduction to my original review, I asked three questions. 1) Is this a suitable alternative to a 2/4-Bay? – It DEFINITELY is a good option, for those that are stuck between the rock and a hard place of 2 or 4 bays! 2) Is this TOO niche, even for a subject that is already as niche as NAS? – No, I think this system provides a valuable and till-now often overlooked section of the buying market. And 3) Ultimately does it deserve your data? – I think if you are a 2-Bay buyer, then spending the tiny bit extra for this 3-Bay is a no brainer, but if you are looking at 4-Bays, then the 3-Bay TS-364 might lack the extra storage potential, PCIe upgrades and base level connectivity long term of current prosumer 4-Bays like the TS-453D and TS-464. Overall, I like what the TS-364 is offering here and I think it fits well in the QNAP portfolio and solutions available to the end-user.

SOFTWARE - 8/10
HARDWARE - 8/10
PERFORMANCE - 8/10
PRICE - 8/10
VALUE - 8/10


8.0
PROS
👍🏻Best example of 3-Bay NAS series so far
👍🏻Quieter than I expected in use
👍🏻
👍🏻Newest Gen Intel Celeron CPU available on NAS right now
👍🏻
👍🏻2.5GbE Ready and has 2x USB 3.2 Gen 2 (10Gb/s)
👍🏻
👍🏻Good balance of HDD and SSD Storage Support
👍🏻
👍🏻VERY compact deployment
👍🏻
👍🏻4GB Memory by default and 16GB Max is good upgradability
👍🏻
👍🏻Surprisingly small, fo so much storage (long-ish though)
👍🏻
👍🏻QTS 5 has more 1st Party applications and services than any previous version
CONS
👎🏻The lack of 10GbE from the TS-332X is a shame (PCI Lane related)
👎🏻The NVMe SSD Bays are PCIe Gen 3 x2 (PCI Lane related)
👎🏻
👎🏻HDMI 1.4b not HDMI 2.0/a

 


Best Business 5/6-Bay NAS Drive for RAID 6 – The Synology DS1621xs+ NAS

0-120TB, 6-Bays HDD and 2x NVMe M.2 SSD for Caching, Intel Xeon 4 Core CPU, 8-32GB DDR4 ECC Memory, 1x 10GbE, 2x 1Gbe Port, 1x PCIe Gen x8, 5yr Warranty

Current Price/Availability on Amazon – $1499+

Hardware Review – LINK

YouTube Video Review – Watch

It is fair to say that the Synology DS1621xs+ NAS makes a bold statement in what it is bringing to the table. Synology has been a brand that up until a few years ago traded significantly more on its software than it does on its hardware. Devices like the DS1621xs+ go a long way to dispel this myth in 2020/2021 and what we find here is an exceptionally well-equipped desktop NAS system. Obviously, at this price tag, you would expect it to deliver a lot and as a combined hardware and software package, the DS1621xs+ certainly achieved this. What issues you can make with the hardware are of the DS1621xs+ are more a question of the brands own decisions on what users want in storage right now.

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Small factors such as the NVMe bays not being accessible for RAW storage, the lack of Synology hybrid RAID and the use of CPU seen in 2017 and 2018 release hardware might put some potential buyers on the fence. But ultimately if you’ve committed to a desktop Synology solution because of DSM, the brand’s high reputation and that spec sheet – you will genuinely struggle to find a more powerful and equipped desktop NAS from this company right now.

SOFTWARE - 9/10
HARDWARE - 9/10
PERFORMANCE - 9/10
PRICE - 7/10
VALUE - 8/10


8.4
PROS
👍🏻10Gbe Equipped!
👍🏻Desktop Xeon Solution
👍🏻Dual NVMe M.2 cache
👍🏻PCIe Gen 3 x8 PCIe Equipped
👍🏻Great RAID Options (inc RAIF F1)
👍🏻Excellent choice of Apps
👍🏻DDR4 ECC Memory
👍🏻Numerous Backup Software Options
👍🏻Huge Virtualization Support
👍🏻5yr Warranty
👍🏻2x 5-Bay Expandable
CONS
👎🏻1Gbe Ports seem a bit unnecessary
👎🏻No SHR Support
👎🏻Shame it does not support 1/2 x DX1215
👎🏻NVMe SSDs cannot be used for RAW storage

 


Most Modern RAID 6 Optimized 6-Bay NAS Drive – The QNAP TS-h972AX

0-100TB HDD, 16TB SATA SSD, 8/16TB U.2 NVMe SSD, 5/9-Bays of 3.5″, 2.5″ & U.2 SSD, AMD Ryzen V1500B 4x 2.2Ghz CPU, 8-32GB DDR4 Memory, 1x 10GbE, 2x 2.5Gbe Port, Supports ZFS or EXT4, 3/5yr Warranty,

Current Price/Availability on Amazon – $1150+

Hardware Review – LINK

YouTube Video Review – Watch

I have seen a lot of network-attached storage over the years and the TS-h973AX brings a lot of colour to what was fast becoming a somewhat grey landscape. In short, QNAP has gone and done it again by proving they are the hardware innovators of this industry and have managed to provide a genuinely unique solution here. When they first revealed their new Hero ZFS operating system last year, you could not help but get the impression that only top-end enterprise businesses with £10K starting budgets were ever going to benefit. The TS-h973AX desktop NAS is solid evidence that QNAP will share the wealth and that this is the start of a whole new series of affordable ZFS solutions from the brand. That isn’t to say that this system is perfect and pernickety points about a lack of HDMI or LCD may put off some users, and the compact 9 bay chassis that will attract some will no doubt deter others.

Click to view slideshow.

Ultimately though QNAP has succeeded in creating what they sought out here and what we find is one of the best examples of hardware and software meeting in the middle, while still arriving with a price tag in 3 figures. In the current absence of a straightforward QuTS license purchase option for existing QNAP NAS systems right now, this is a solution that serves as a good alternative to a number of 4 and 6 Bay solutions in their portfolio. Though, make sure you upgrade that memory on day one! 

SOFTWARE - 8/10
HARDWARE - 8/10
PERFORMANCE - 8/10
PRICE - 9/10
VALUE - 8/10


8.2
PROS
👍🏻10GbE Equipped
👍🏻Triple tier storage
👍🏻ZFS / QuTS Hero System
👍🏻Virtualization Support is unparalleled
👍🏻10Gb/s USB 3.2 Gen 2
👍🏻10 min Windows and/or Ubuntu VM install (included)
👍🏻U.2 NVMe PCIe Gen 3×4 Support
👍🏻Hugely Expandable
👍🏻2.5GbE LAN Ports
👍🏻8 Surveillance Camera Licences
CONS
👎🏻No PCIe Upgrade Option
👎🏻Lacks HDMI
👎🏻Some might prefer the ease of NVMe over NVMe U.2

 


And there you have it. Those are the three best 6-Bay or 5-Bay NAS drives available right now at the end of 2021 and going into 2022. thought it is always worth remembering that these systems typically have a refresh (i.e manufacturers release a new version/follow-up) every 2-3 years on average. Therefore although these systems are all still great 6-Bay or 5-Bay NAS drives, they might have been upgraded in a newer released version, or recently released alternative 6-Bay or 5-Bay’s may have arrived on the scene that provides better pricing, value or features. If you are in doubt about whether to buy a 6-Bay or 5-Bay solution from my recommendations, want to check if a newer system has been released recently OR are simply looking for some free expert advice, then use the free advice section below over. Just enter in a few details of your setup, storage requirements and (in the case of buying a new solution) your budget – then me and Eddie the Web guy can help you with your question. This is a completely free service, is NOT provided with profit in mind and is manned by two humans (no bots, no automated replies, etc). Assistance might take an extra day or two (the service gets a lot of visitors) but we do try to answer every message. If you want to support this service, you can find out how to donate HERE. Otherwise, you can still jsut message us for free advice anyway!

 


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Best 10GbE NAS to Buy in 2022

31 décembre 2021 à 01:10

A Guide to the Best 10GbE NAS Drives to Buy Right Now

Data is getting big, like REALLY BIG. From the phone in your pocket taking photos at 10MB+ a go, movies arriving at 4K Ultra HD HDR as an excepted scale and internet connectivity easily breaking into greater than gigabit speeds, we are fast approaching a point where most devices (not just NAS drives) that feature a rather old skool 1GbE (RJ45) LAN/WAN port can potentially cause a bottleneck on your network. Most client hardware (phones, laptops, TVs, Tablets, media players) have risen to the bandwidth challenge in the last 12-18 months with the inclusion of greater WiFi protocol such as WiFi 6 (802.11ax), but in the world of Network Attached Storage (NAS), they have been addressing bandwidth limiting issues for years and one of the easiest ways they have been going it is with the embracing of 10GbE. As the name suggests, 10Gbe is ten times the bandwidth of traditional default 1GbE, allowing a little over 1,000MB/s network transmission to be possible. 10G has been around for a number of years, however, it is only in the last 2-3 years that it has become remarkably affordable, allowing both home and business users to easily make the switch. From 10G adapter cards costing less than £100 and network switches arriving at just a fraction more than their 1G alternatives, to the physical compatibility of 1G and 10G being identical in some cases (Copper RJ45) allowing an upgrade to be easy and with a large degree of hardware recycling – 10GbE is a great deal more available than many could have thought. Below is a video where I detailed lots of reasons to upgrade/ignore 10GbE that you might find useful when searching for the best 10GbE NAS to buy in 2022:

Unsurprisingly, because of the affordability of 10GbE increasing, as well as the popularity and ease of upgrading, ALL the NAS brands have been producing 10GbE solutions in the last few years and that means that (on the plus side) there is ALOT to choose from but (on the less good side) it can mean choosing the right one is a lot harder than you think. Factors such as the CPU, the physical type of 10GbE in use, number of ports, number if media bays and the maximum memory are all tremendously important factors in choosing a 10GbE NAS that fits your budget and requirements.  All too often, you will see a more affordable 10GbE NAS, such as the TS-332X or DS1817 (non-plus) and think ‘wow, that is really affordable’, but that is because the CPU inside is going to be at 80-90% usage at all times during 10GbE use, will be wildly inefficient at managing larger RAID configurations to what they can push through 10G and the money you save in these budget solutions can often be lose quite quickly in the system losing you actual time in use. So, today I want to talk about my three recommended 10GbE NAS solutions that (out of all the NAS systems available at the start of 2022) are the best for budget buyers, for shared storage business users and for Power-hungry Professionals. I am only looking at desktop 10GbE NAS and ONLY servers that have 64bit x86 processors (no ARM Annapurna, Realtek or Marvell here – we want GUARENTEED 1,000MB/s and with the least hardware usage possible regardless). The Hard drives or SSD you choose to use will of course play it’s part, but these three NAS solutions will be able to saturate that 10G bandwidth with even most drive media. Let’s begin.

What Have All the Best 10GbE NAS Drives Have in Common?

It is worth remembering that although there are ALOT of different 10GbE NAS drives available to buy, they are by no means created equal! With numerous super budget brands popping up online, it can be tempting to consider these alongside the premium NAS brands. However, all too often they offer solutions righty seem ‘too good to be true’ and then are gone from the web before your warranty even gets cold! So, whether you are looking at the three best 10GbE solutions that I am recommending below OR are looking at another 10GbE NAS you saw on offer/recommended elsewhere – the best NAS system ALWAYS include the following software and services:

  • Combined Hardware & Software Solution – That means that you are buying the hardware, but it ALSO includes a web browser GUI, mobile apps and desktop client apps (including backup, media, streaming, surveillance and file management software)
  • All NAS systems in this guide are compatible with (and can be accessed by) Windows, Mac, Android and Linux operating systems
  • All NAS Solutions arrive with between 2-3 years Warranty (with the option to extend to 5 years)
  • All NAS drives can be accessed locally over the network, as well as secure remote access is possible with brand supported services (at no additional cost)
  • The most modern and regularly updated NAS systems will support the very latest 20TB NAS hard drives (such as the Seagate Ironwofl 20TB and WD Red 20TB)
  • All the recommended solutions support multiple drive configurations (RAID) for drive failure protection and performance enhancements
  • All solutions receive regular updates to their security, features and services
  • All recommended NAS drives can connect and synchronize with cloud services (Google Drive, DropBox, OneDrive, etc), as well as Business/Enterprise services such as AWS, Azure, Backblaze and more
  • All NAS solutions (regardless of brand) feature the ability to host a shared drive on your PC/Mobile/Laptop systems that are synchronized with the NAS via the network/internet, but is shown in your native operating system file manager (i.e Mac Finder or Windows Explorer)
  • All the NAS solutions listed can be accessed DIRECTLY via an ethernet/network cable being connected from your PC/Mac system, to the NAS RJ45 port for 100MB/s and higher connectivity
  • All the best NAS solutions (regardless of brand) feature backup and sync tools that can be installed on your local client computer and allow regular backups of your files and system data

So, make sure that if you are looking at a NAS solution that is NOT recommended below, that it includes all of the above. As these are some of the clearest areas that brands all too often cut orders to produce cheaper by ultimately inferior NAS servers for home and business. So, let’s discuss the very best 10GbE NAS to buy now in 2022.

Best Priced 10GbE NAS Drive – Terramaster F5-422 NAS

0-100TB, 5-Bays, 4-Core Intel J3455 CPU, 4-8GB Memory, 1x 10Gbe + 2x 1GbE Port, 2yr Warranty

Current Price/Availability on Amazon – $549

Hardware Review – LINK

YouTube Video Review – Watch

Internally the hardware that this unit arrives with is very competitive at this price point, even without 10Gbe. Include 10Gbe into the mix and this could likely be one of the most affordable Intel/4K enabled 10 gigabit NAS drives in the market right now. The Terramaster F5-422 5-Bay NAS features an Intel CPU and 4GB of DDR3 memory which is not even the limit, opening up the device and installing an additional 8GB stick is very easy indeed. This internal hardware certainly enables a number of features that a large number of cost-effective ARM CPU could not. Most important of which is acting as a proficient and encoding enabled Plex media server. The device can support many users at the same time, each with its own login and privileges thanks to this CPU. All the while, setting up, configuring and maintaining a stable RAID across all available hard drives or SSD. However, if your budget is tight, you will be pleased to hear this device can function with a single HDD/SSD if need be and you can add further storage media as your budget allows (and expanding a RAID).

Click to view slideshow.

Overall the terramaster F5-422 NAS is definitely worth the price. I have seen numerous NAS brands grow in the last 8 years and the speed with which terramaster is developing, both the hardware and software, massively outpaces the likes of Synology and QNAP, which have taken twice as long to reach the point that terramaster has. If you are looking to buy your first NAS, but want to ensure that you get maximum features at a modest price-tag, you genuinely would be hard pushed to beat the Terramaster F5-422 right now in 2019. That said, there is no denying that some cost-cutting measures have taken place, with the HDMI output not functioning as you would expect at release or the lack of USB Copy Button. However, you will never find features like those, or software options with this hardware at this price limit that still have 10Gbe on the table and the Terramaster F5-422 serves as a great middle-ground for those that want their cake and eat it in their first steps into the world of NAS at a higher speed going forward.

SOFTWARE - 6/10
HARDWARE - 7/10
PERFORMANCE - 7/10
PRICE - 8/10
VALUE - 7/10


7.0
PROS
👍🏻Affordable 10Gbe
👍🏻Great RAID Options
👍🏻Fluid GUI
👍🏻Snapshot Replication
👍🏻BTRFS
👍🏻Supports Plex
👍🏻4K Video transcoding
👍🏻Full Plex Transcoding
👍🏻DLNA Compliant
👍🏻RAM upgradable
CONS
👎🏻No Copy button
👎🏻HDMI Currently Unsupported
👎🏻SSD Caching requires the loss of 1-2 Bays
👎🏻No Surveillance or VM App

 


Best All-Round Performing 10GbE NAS – The QNAP TS-h973ax NAS

0-100TB HDD, 5x 3.5″ Bays, 2x 2.5″ SATA Bays, 2x 2.5″ U.2 NVMe SSD, 4-Core Ryzen V1500B 2.2Ghz CPU, 8-32GB DDR4 Memory, 1x 10Gbe Port, 2x 2.5GbE Ports, USB 3.2 Gen 2, Option of ZFS or EXT4, 3yr Warranty

Current Price/Availability on Amazon – $999

Hardware Review – LINK

YouTube Video Review – Watch

I have seen a lot of network-attached storage over the years and the TS-h973AX brings a lot of colour to what was fast becoming a somewhat grey landscape. In short, QNAP has gone and done it again by proving they are the hardware innovators of this industry and have managed to provide a genuinely unique solution here. When they first revealed their new Hero ZFS operating system last year, you could not help but get the impression that only top-end enterprise businesses with £10K starting budgets were ever going to benefit. The TS-h973AX desktop NAS is solid evidence that QNAP will share the wealth and that this is the start of a whole new series of affordable ZFS solution from the brand. That isn’t to say that this system is perfect and pernickety points about a lack of HDMI or LCD may put off some users, and the compact 9 bay chassis that will attract some will no doubt deter others.

Click to view slideshow.

Ultimately though QNAP has succeeded in creating what they sought out here and what we find is one of the best examples of hardware and software meeting in the middle, while still arriving with a price tag in 3 figures. In the current absence of a straight forward QuTS license purchase option for existing QNAP NAS systems right now, this is a solution that serves as a good alternative to a number of 4 and 6 Bay solutions in their portfolio. Though, make sure you upgrade that memory on day one! 

SOFTWARE - 8/10
HARDWARE - 8/10
PERFORMANCE - 8/10
PRICE - 9/10
VALUE - 8/10


8.2
PROS
👍🏻10GbE Equipped
👍🏻Triple tier storage
👍🏻ZFS / QuTS Hero System
👍🏻Virtualization Support is unparalleled
👍🏻10Gb/s USB 3.2 Gen 2
👍🏻10 min Windows and/or Ubuntu VM install (included)
👍🏻U.2 NVMe PCIe Gen 3×4 Support
👍🏻Hugely Expandable
👍🏻2.5GbE LAN Ports
👍🏻8 Surveillance Camera Licences
CONS
👎🏻No PCIe Upgrade Option
👎🏻Lacks HDMI
👎🏻Some might prefer the ease of NVMe over NVMe U.2

 


Ultimate Hardware & Software 10GbE NAS – The Synology DS3622xs+ NAS

0-240TB, Synology HDDs Only, 12-Bays, 6-Core Intel Xeon X D-1531 CPU, 16-48GB Memory, 2x 10Gbe Ports, 2x 1GbE, 1x OoB Port, 1x PCIe 3×8 Slot, 5yr Warranty,

Current Price/Availability on Amazon – $2999

Hardware Review – LINK

YouTube Video Review – Watch

Now, to cover the WHOLE Synology software and services that are included with the DS3622xs+ NAS would result in a review that is twice as long as this review so far! Synology’s Diskstation Manager software that comes with this device (either DSM 7 or DSM 6.2 depending on your preference) provides a massive arrangement of services, applications (first and third party supported) and a huge number of client applications for desktop, mobile, windows, mac and linux (as well as a bunch of other more home-based tools). These allow management and access to the data on the DS3622xs+ in very tailored ways, as well as the web browser-based access that has the appearance, intuitive design and responsiveness of a local operating system. The DSM interface can be accessed by hundreds of users at the same time (with each user having tailored access, rights and privileges). DSM is available with ALL Synology NAS and the depth and abilities of DSM on any NAS are dependant on the hardware architecture of the NAS itself. In the case of the Synology DS3622xs+, it supports practically EVERYTHING (with the exception of SHR, as previously mentioned). If you want to learn about the latest version of DSM 7 and the software and services that are included with the DS3622xs+ NAS, watch my FULL review below (alternatively, you can read the DSM 7 Full Review HERE):

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Unsurprisingly, the Synology DS3622xs+ is by FAR the most powerful and capable desktop NAS solution that the brand has ever produced – and that is not even a close-run thing. But we are still talking about a £2,500 box here (unpopulated) and you are going to expect that there is some serious horsepower here – So are you getting the most for your money here? Almost completely, yes. There are a few lingering things that some buyers will still not be in love with, such as the lack of M.2 caching bays, the lack of SAS support or the reduced support of 3rd party drive and network upgrade compatibility, but they do not undercut that this is a genuinely groundbreaking solution from Synology that provides the ultimate base to enjoy and make the most of the Synology DSM 7 platform in 2022 onwards. Once you breakdown everything included in this package, from DSMs software and services, to the tremendous bandwidth available here internally and externally, this compact tank-like NAS server is an absolute beast and a must for those that are keen on fully integrating a private cloud network and subscription-free SaaS-level setup across their company.

SOFTWARE - 10/10
HARDWARE - 9/10
PERFORMANCE - 9/10
PRICE - 7/10
VALUE - 8/10


8.6
PROS
👍🏻6-Core Xeon Processor
👍🏻Two 10GBe Connections as Standard
👍🏻Lots of PCIe Gen 3 x8 PCIe Upgrade Options
👍🏻Surprisingly Compact for 12 Bays
👍🏻Excellent choice of Apps
👍🏻Exceptionally Expandability
👍🏻No need to fully populate, so VERY scalable
👍🏻Huge Virtualization Support
👍🏻Storage Can be Expanded to 36 SATA Drives
👍🏻5yr Warranty
CONS
👎🏻NVMe SSDs Ports not available, unlike smaller PLUS series units
👎🏻Reduced Hard Drive Supported (Largely ONLY Synology HAT5300 series)
👎🏻48GB Memory Maximum Seems odd over 4 slots
👎🏻Lack of Synology Hybrid RAID (SHR) is still a bit of a blow

 


 

 

And there you have it. Those are the three best 10GbE NAS drives available right now at the end of 2021 and going into 2022. thought it is always worth remembering that these systems typically have a refresh (i.e manufacturers release a new version/follow-up) every 2-3 years on average. Therefore although these systems are all still great 10GbE NAS drives, they might have been upgraded in a newer released version, or recently released alternative 10GbE’s may have arrived on the scene that provides better pricing, value or features. If you are in doubt about whether to buy a 10GbE solution from my recommendations, want to check if a newer system has been released recently OR are simply looking for some free expert advice, then use the free advice section below over. Just enter in a few details of your setup, storage requirements and (in the case of buying a new solution) your budget – then me and Eddie the Web guy can help you with your question. This is a completely free service, is NOT provided with profit in mind and is manned by two humans (no bots, no automated replies, etc). Assistance might take an extra day or two (the service gets a lot of visitors) but we do try to answer every message. If you want to support this service, you can find out how to donate HERE. Otherwise, you can still jsut message us for free advice anyway!

 


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Seagate Ironwolf 525 vs 510 NAS NVMe SSD Comparison

29 décembre 2021 à 01:10

Comparing the Seagate Ironwolf 510 vs Seagate Ironwolf 525 – Which Should You Use in Your NAS?

The Seagate Ironwolf series of NAS media has been around for a few years now and what started as a rebranding of their ‘NAS’ labelled series has now become a multi-tiered series of Hard drives and SSDs. Recently Seagate introduced a new entry into their Ironwolf SSD series with the 525 NVMe SSD. Presented as a higher bandwidth supporting alternative NVMe SSD to the Ironwolf 510 (released back in March 2020), the Ironwolf 525 is a PCIe Gen 4 NVMe SSD that arrives in slightly larger capacities, much higher performance and still allowing backwards compatibility with PCIe Gen 3 m.2 slots in your NAS. So, with the release of this newer, faster and widely supported NVMe SSD, should you still consider buying the Seagate Ironwolf 510 at all? Well, yes! The older Ironwolf 510 still arrives with a few rather unique architecture and design choices that are not available in the Ironwolf 525 and today I want to take a close look at each of these NAS focused SSDs and help you decide which one you should buy for your NAS drive in 2021/2022.

Important – It is worth remembering that the two SSDs in today’s comparison are m.2 NVMe in architecture and although PCIe Gen 4 is compatible with Gen 3 and old, they will not suitable for NAS drives with M.2 SATA connections. We have seen more modern NAS systems released in the last few years abandon m.2 SATA in favour of its PCIe counterpart, but Seagate provides SATA alternatives in their Ironwolf series. Examples of SATA SSDs for NAS can be found HERE on Amazon. Additionally, it is worth highlighting for the later stages of testing in this comparison, I was only able to obtain the 240GB model of the Ironwolf 510, so although the performance shown is low (and much lower than the Ironwolf 525 as expected in most cases) it is particularly low because the test drive is the 240GB Model. Please follow the official performance specifications in the table below for a better indication of how comparable capacity drives would differ.

How do the Seagate Ironwolf 525 and Seagate Ironwolf 510 SSD Compare on Specs?

Seagate are well known for their wide ranges of hard drive and SSD media, as well as both being pioneers of NAS server focused SSDs for caching and flash storage. Although SSDs are all built to a similar ground-level architecture, they will often have their later development shifted in favour of a specific targetted use. This is not a big surprise and much like the cutlery in your kitchen draw, they might be similar but one tool is much better at some tasks than others – ever tried using a spreading butter with a meat-claver? Or stirring tea with a ladle? The Seagate Ironwolf 525 and Seagate Ironwolf 510 SSD are NAS targetted and although the performance is good, the true stand out factor in this design is the durability of the drive. SSDs for use in NAS systems will in most cases be used for caching and that means a very frequent turnover (i.e. data wrote, updated, deleted, repeat) daily as the demands of client users and devices change. Both of these SSDs arrive with a high level of durability and workload rating, but the Seagate Ironwolf 510 and Seagate Ironwolf 525 definitely have differing ideas of preliminary architecture and what that price tag is being spent on. Let’s look at the shared base-level SSD architecture of each SSD (available on every capacity):

Below Specifications are taken from official brand sources, data sheets and reputable sources (real-world tests we performed ourselves are a little lower in the article):

Specifications

Seagate IronWolf 525

Released September 2021

Seagate IronWolf 510

Released March 2020

Warranty 5yr + 3yr Rescue 5yr + 3yr Rescue
MTBF/MTTF 1800000 1800000
PCIe Generation PCIe Gen 4×4 PCIe Gen 3×4
NVMe Rev NVMe 1.3 NVMe 1.3
NAND Kioxia BiCS 4 96L 3D TLC NAND Kioxia BiCS3 64L TLC
Controller PS5016 SSD Controller PS5012-E12DC

Seagate uses 3rd party controllers and NAND manufacturers for the most part in their ranges, but are still generally quite top tier providers. The release time difference between the Seagate Ironwolf 510 and Seagate Ironwolf 525 makes an impressive difference here in terms of the hardware on offer on either SSD, with the more recently released Seagate Ironwolf 525 having notably superior connectivity, NAND quality and overall performance. Both Seagate Ironwolf SSDs features 3 years of forensic level data recovery services though (which caching NAS users might want to have in the event of ‘trapped data’ during write caching operations and a critical system failure/power-cut) which is very unique to the brand. However, overall the Seagate Ironwolf 525 has the superior architecture here. Below is how the building blocks of the Seagate Ironwolf 525 and Seagate Ironwolf 510 result in throughput, IOPS and Durability at each capacity tier (based on officially provided figures):

240/250GB

Seagate IronWolf 525

Released September 2021

N/A

Seagate IronWolf 510

Released March 2020

ZP240NM30011 – $69

Sequential Read (Max, MB/s), 128 KB N/A 2,450MB
Sequential Write (Max, MB/s), 128 KB N/A 290MB
480/500GB ZP500NM30002 – $99 ZP480NM30011 – $119
Sequential Read (Max, MB/s), 128 KB 5000MB / 3400MB 2,650MB
Sequential Write (Max, MB/s), 128 KB 2500MB / 2500MB 600MB
960/1000GB ZP1000NM30002 – $179 ZP960NM30011 – $209
Sequential Read (Max, MB/s), 128 KB 5000MB / 3400MB 3,150MB
Sequential Write (Max, MB/s), 128 KB 4400MB / 3200MB 1,000MB
1920/2000GB ZP2000NM30002 – $369 ZP1920NM30011 – $409
Sequential Read (Max, MB/s), 128 KB 5000MB / 3400MB 3,150MB
Sequential Write (Max, MB/s), 128 KB 4400MB / 3200MB 850MB
3840/4000GB N/A N/A
Sequential Read (Max, MB/s), 128 KB N/A N/A
Sequential Write (Max, MB/s), 128 KB N/A N/A
240/250GB N/A ZP240NM30011 – $69
Random Read (Max, IOPS), 4 KB QD32 N/A 100K
Random Write (Max, IOPS), 4 KB QD32 N/A 12K
2480/500GB ZP500NM30002 – $99 ZP480NM30011 – $119
Random Read (Max, IOPS), 4 KB QD32 420K / 420K 193K
Random Write (Max, IOPS), 4 KB QD32 630K / 550K 20K
960/1000GB ZP1000NM30002 – $179 ZP960NM30011 – $209
Random Read (Max, IOPS), 4 KB QD32 760K / 640K 345K
Random Write (Max, IOPS), 4 KB QD32 700K / 565K 28K
1920/2000GB ZP2000NM30002 – $369 ZP1920NM30011 – $409
Random Read (Max, IOPS), 4 KB QD32 740K / 640K 270K
Random Write (Max, IOPS), 4 KB QD32 700K / 565K 25K
3840/4000GB N/A N/A
Random Read (Max, IOPS), 4 KB QD32 N/A N/A
Random Write (Max, IOPS), 4 KB QD32 N/A N/A
Heatsink Option No No
TBW Rating 700/1400/2800 435/875/1750/3500
DWPD Rating 0.7 DWPD 0.9-1.0 DWPD
Note – BLUE Text is the Seagate Ironwolf 525 on a PCIe Gen 3×4 Slot

Overall, it should come as no surprise that the Seagate Ironwolf 525 is the notable leader here in practically all official benchmarks over the slightly older Seagate Ironwolf 510 SSD, thanks to that improved architecture. Most notably in write performance and IOPS in general, it had a clear lead even in the lowest available capacities. Of course, these are officially provided performance figures and represent maximums based on the highest available hardware at the time of release. Let’s take a look at how these two SSDs compare in our own tests.

How Did the Seagate Ironwolf 510 and Seagate Ironwolf 525 Compare in OUR Tests?

Moving away from the official performance stats provided by WD and Seagate, I wanted to see how the Seagate Ironwolf 510 and 525 compared in my own tests. Testing of these two SSDs will be broken down into 3 main parts, a CrystalDisk Benchmark test, Atto Disk Benchmark Test and an AJA media test. In each test, the SSD was in the 2nd storage slot (i.e not the OS drive). Each test was conducted three times and the system was left for 1 minute between tests to allow the SSD time to stabilize. The specifications of the test machine are:

Test Machine:

  • Windows 10 Pro Desktop System
  • Intel i5 11400 Rocket Lake – 6-Core 2.6/4.4Ghz
  • 16GB DDR4 2666MHz Memory
  • Intel B560M mATX Motherboard
  • OS Storage, Seagate Firecuda 120 SSD
  • Test SSD connected to Secondary PCIe Gen 4×4 M.2 Slot

CrystalDisk 1GB Test File – Read, Write, 70/30% Mixed and IOPS Performance

CrystalDisk is still highly regarded as one of the most reliable tools for measuring storage media performance. Though it does create somewhat high-end results that may not be truly indicative of your own real-world setup, it can be used to display maximum potential throughput and IOPs at each tier. The first test for the Seagate Ionwolf 510 and Seagate Ironwolf 525 was on a 1GB test file:

Seagate Ironwolf 525

Seagate Ironwolf 510 SSD

Overall Winner: The Seagate Ironwolf 525

CrystalDisk 4GB Test File – Read, Write, 70/30% Mixed and IOPS Performance

The next test was to perform the same parameters in CrystalDisk on the Seagate Ironwolf 525 and Seagate Ironwolf 510, but this time with a 4GB test file (larger files may result in higher sequential performance, but lower comparative IOPS):

Seagate Ironwolf 525

Seagate Ironwolf 510 SSD

Overall Winner: The Seagate Ironwolf 525

ATTO DiskBenchmark 256MB Test File – Read, Write

Switching things up, I then moved testing the Seagate Ironwolf 510 and Seagate Ironwolf 525 over to ATTO disk benchmark. A far more detailed tool that spreads performance testing over different file and block sizes. I started with the smallest ‘full range’ test file of 256MB (as smaller would reduce the range of block sizes). Here is how each SSD compared:

Seagate Ironwolf 525

Seagate Ironwolf 510 SSD

Overall Winner: The Seagate Ironwolf 525

ATTO DiskBenchmark 4GB Test File – Read, Write

Sticking with ATTO DiskBenchmark, I then moved the testing of the Seagate Ironwolf 525 and Seagate Ironwolf 510 onto a x16 bigger test file of 4GB. This would certainly shift where the peaks in performance would sit and hopefully produce a clearer disparity between these two SSDs:

Seagate Ironwolf 525

Seagate Ironwolf 510 SSD

Overall Winner: The Seagate Ironwolf 525

AJA 1080i Media Test 1GB Test File – Read, Write

I then switched to AJA, a popular media testing tool for video formats. Most SSDs will suffer over-saturated Memory/DRAM/SDRAM as sustained large file tests go on. The 1GB file test of AJA on the Seagate Ironwolf 525 and Seagate Ironwolf 510 is still a small enough value not to be a problem though and we chiefly focused on the disk playback/reads graph to see how they compared in peak performance and also throughout the transfer:

Seagate Ironwolf 525

Seagate Ironwolf 510 SSD

Overall Winner: The Seagate Ironwolf 525

AJA 1080i Media Test 16GB Test File – Read, Write

Then we used a much, MUCH heavier test in AJA of 16GB on the Seagate Ironwolf 510 and Seagate Ironwolf 525. Unsurprisingly this can often overflow the SSD cache/memory on board and result in a dip in performance as the SSD bottlenecks internally. So, when conducting this test, we are looking at peak performance AND how long the SSD maintained that performance before a potential dip. Here is how these two SSD compared:

Seagate Ironwolf 525

Seagate Ironwolf 510 SSD

Overall Winner: The Seagate Ironwolf 525

Seagate Ironwolf 525 vs Seagate Ironwolf 510 SSD – The Results

It is probably no surprise that the Seagate Ironwolf 525 is the better drive overall. With performance in throughput and IOPS that outshine the Ironwolf 510 in both Read and Write on a PCIe Gen 3 m.2 slot,  then upping the ante considerably by allowing 2-3x that performance via a PCIe 4 M.2 Connection. That said, the adoption of PCIe 4 x4 as the connection of choice in a NAS is currently very low indeed, largely down to the large availability of PCIe 3 SSDs in the market AND the simply fact that manufacturers would need to dedicate notably more CPU PCIe Lanes to a Gen 4 connection than they would a Gen 3 (lanes that might be better used in improved NAS external connectivity or other hardware services). Additionally, the Seagate Ironwolf 510 has higher durability in all capacities, as well as a smaller 240GB capacity for those considering caching on much smaller systems/HDDs. The Seagate Ironwolf 525 is still the better SSD choice over the Ironwolf, but if you see it at a bargain price, have intensive data re-writes in mind or are looking for a smaller SSD, it’s still a viable option. And don’t forget, both SSDs include that 3 year Rescue Data Recovery service and Seagate Ironwolf Health Management that is accessible via your NAS Storage Manager (supported on Synology, QNAP, Asustor and more).

The Seagate Ironwolf 525 NVMe SSD Wins on:

  • Higher Performance (Read & Write), even in a PCIe Gen 3 Slot
  • Supports PCIe Gen 4 M.2 NVMe SSD Slots
  • Better Sustained Performance
  • Massively Higher IOPS ratings (Read and Write)
  • Takes Advantage of a several gen higher Phison Controller

The Seagate Ironwolf 510 NVMe SSD Wins on:

  • Higher Durability at 0.9-1.0 DWPD on all Capacities (IW 525 t 0.7 DWPD)
  • Smaller 240GB Capacity Available
  • PCIe Gen 3 is still at more than 95% adoption on NAS systems compared with PCIe 4
  • Been available longer, so might have more flexible pricing online

 


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Recommended 4-Bay NAS to Buy in 2022

23 décembre 2021 à 01:01

A Guide to the Best 4-Bay NAS Drives to Buy Right Now

Most users who have been considering purchasing a brand new NAS Drive will often find a 4 drive (also known as a 4-Bay) desktop system to be the easiest and most capable entry point into this kind of technology. If you are trying to storage a decent sized amount of data over 10-12TB, you will all too often find that a 4-Bay NAS gives you the best middle ground between the price of your storage, the scalability in the lifespan of the system and the general hardware level of the NAS solution itself. It provides a great deal of storage/drive-failure-safety in its RAID 5/6 vs that of a 2-Bay and its RAID 0/1, whilst also allowing you to multiple the performance and throughout of the NAS thanks to the larger number of HDD/SSDs on offer. Most modern 4-Bay NAS released in the last few years have typically been the most creative areas for brands to start equipping their solutions with the most innovative features, such as m.2 SSD caching bays, PCIe upgrade slots, improved default network ports (such as 2.5GbE) and HDMI. Below is my before you buy guide on whether you should consider buying a 4-Bay NAS, the Pros, the Cons and the things that some people forget. I recommend watching this before you go further with my top 3 4-Bay NAS to buy in 2022, as it will help you understand if you even need a 4 HDD NAS at all:

Likewise, you will all too often find that most NAS brands (such as Synology, QNAP and Asustor) will have more 4-Bay solutions than any other tier – it is THAT much of a popular hardware choice. So, with a new year beginning, I wanted to make it easier for you and highlight the best three 4-Bay NAS systems to consider, right now in 2022. These three NAS

What Have All the Best 4-Bay NAS Drives Have in Common?

It is worth remembering that although there are ALOT of different 4-Bay NAS drives available to buy, they are by no means created equal! With numerous super budget brands popping up online, it can be tempting to consider these alongside the premium NAS brands. However, all too often they offer solutions righty seem ‘too good to be true’ and then are gone from the web before your warranty even gets cold! So, whether you are looking at the three best 4-Bay solutions that I am recommending below OR are looking at another 4-Bay NAS you saw on offer/recommended elsewhere – the best NAS system ALWAYS include the following software and services:

  • Combined Hardware & Software Solution – That means that you are buying the hardware, but it ALSO includes a web browser GUI, mobile apps and desktop client apps (including backup, media, streaming, surveillance and file management software)
  • All NAS systems in this guide are compatible with (and can be accessed by) Windows, Mac, Android and Linux operating systems
  • All NAS Solutions arrive with between 2-3 years Warranty (with the option to extend to 5 years)
  • All NAS drives can be accessed locally over the network, as well as secure remote access is possible with brand supported services (at no additional cost)
  • The most modern and regularly updated NAS systems will support the very latest 20TB NAS hard drives (such as the Seagate Ironwofl 20TB and WD Red 20TB)
  • All the recommended solutions support multiple drive configurations (RAID) for drive failure protection and performance enhancements
  • All solutions receive regular updates to their security, features and services
  • All recommended NAS drives can connect and synchronize with cloud services (Google Drive, DropBox, OneDrive, etc), as well as Business/Enterprise services such as AWS, Azure, Backblaze and more
  • All NAS solutions (regardless of brand) feature the ability to host a shared drive on your PC/Mobile/Laptop systems that are synchronized with the NAS via the network/internet, but is shown in your native operating system file manager (i.e Mac Finder or Windows Explorer)
  • All the NAS solutions listed can be accessed DIRECTLY via an ethernet/network cable being connected from your PC/Mac system, to the NAS RJ45 port for 100MB/s and higher connectivity
  • All the best NAS solutions (regardless of brand) feature backup and sync tools that can be installed on your local client computer and allow regular backups of your files and system data

So, make sure that if you are looking at a NAS solution that is NOT recommended below, that it includes all of the above. As these are some of the clearest areas that brands all too often cut orders to produce cheaper by ultimately inferior NAS servers for home and business. So, let’s discuss the very best 4-Bay NAS to buy now in 2022.

Best Priced 4-Bay NAS Drive – QNAP TS-451D2 NAS

0-80TB, 4-Bays, Intel J4025 2.9Ghz 2-Core CPU, 2/4/8GB Memory, 2x 1Gbe Port, 1x HDMI 2.0 4K 60FPS, 2-5yr Warranty

Current Price/Availability on Amazon – $450

Hardware Review – LINK

YouTube Video Review – Watch

What we said in our Review – The QNAP TS-451D2 is an interesting solution to add to the range at the tail end of 2020 for the company, sandwiched in between the launch of newer business devices and likely one of the last units in the QNAP D series. The brand has long since shaken off the reputation of being a hardware provider and light software provider, becoming something much, much even. With a huge number of first-party applications in the QNAP QuTS library (many of which are genuinely unique) as well as releasing an affordable 4-Bay NAS solution that has aimed itself at the new NAS buyer, or the NAS user who wants to spend a little now but can expand greatly later.

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It isn’t perfect – a dual-core, not a quad-core. 1Gbe and not 2.5Gbe – but that is not the point in the TS-451D2. This is aimed at the 4-Bay NAS buyer that want a good level of software and hardware performance, without breaking the bank. I will be doing further testing of this device on surveillance and Plex media handling, but even early tests have been remarkably positive. How it performs with key applications in the QNAP app library is already pretty easy to predict (quick well indeed), but overall the TS-451D2 is a great little NAS with a huge amount of potential for those that want their abilities to grow with their data. Just maybe the lack of PCIe will be a dealbreaker for some at this price point.

SOFTWARE - 8/10
HARDWARE - 7/10
PERFORMANCE - 7/10
PRICE - 8/10
VALUE - 8/10


7.6
PROS
👍🏻HDMI 2.0 at an affordable level – always good
👍🏻
👍🏻Supports pretty much the entire QNAP app catalogue
👍🏻
👍🏻Very Compact and low noise
👍🏻
👍🏻Arriving at a good price point for a standard Intel 4-Bay
👍🏻
👍🏻Good as a first NAS if you want all the features
👍🏻
👍🏻EXCELLENT home multimedia NAS at this price point
👍🏻
👍🏻VERY Good Surveillance NAS for Home or Small Business
👍🏻
👍🏻Expandable with TR-002 and TR-004 QNAP expansion devices to many, many more drives
CONS
👎🏻CPU is a little weak for solid Virtual Machine Use
👎🏻
👎🏻Only 1Gbe ports, not 2.5Gbe or LAG support
👎🏻
👎🏻Lacks the PCIe Upgrade slot of the TS-251D

 


Best Value 4-Bay NAS Drive – Synology DS920+ NAS

0-80TB, 4-Bays, Intel J4125 4x 2.0-2.7Ghz CPU, 4/8GB 2666Mhz Memory, 2x 1Gbe Port, 2x NVMe SSD Cache Bays, 3-5yr Warranty

Current Price/Availability on Amazon $550+

Hardware Review – HERE

YouTube Video Review – Watch

The DS920+ NAS is something that Synology should be proud of. It is a great entry into their already impressive range of Diskstation NAS devices. If you are looking for a brand new NAS to consolidate your home media, to support your relative as the ‘IT whizz’ of the family, or move your business away from Google Drives and DropBox’ onto something safer, more scalable and dependable – then the DS920+ has alot to offer you. It gives you a great base to start using the DSM platform, as well as a good means to upgrade your storage internally at a later date (expansions in memory, expansions in storage, expansion in NVMe). If you are an existing DS918+ or DS916+ owner, this might not seem like the jump you were waiting for.

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There are always areas of improvement, the USB ports, the 1Gbe, that 1 memory slot – but these are things that Synology no doubt feel should be pushed into a higher price/hardware bracket – Allowing the DS920+ Price to be as close to its predecessors it can be. Whether you agree or disagree, I think that we can agree that this NAS is still giving you alot of bang for your buck in 2020. Thank you once again to ‘Takeo from Tokyo‘ for all his assistance on this hardware review

SOFTWARE - 9/10
HARDWARE - 8/10
PERFORMANCE - 10/10
PRICE - 9/10
VALUE - 10/10


9.2
PROS
👍🏻Dual NVMe M.2 cache
👍🏻Great RAID Options
👍🏻Excellent choice of Apps
👍🏻Snapshot Replication
👍🏻BTRFS and SHR
👍🏻Support Plex
👍🏻Virtualization
👍🏻4K Video transcoding
👍🏻Full Plex Transcoding
👍🏻Hot-Swap trays
👍🏻DLNA Compliant
👍🏻Expandable
CONS
👎🏻No Copy button
👎🏻Only 1Gbe Ethernet ports
👎🏻No PCIe slots
👎🏻Only a single accessible Memory Bay

 


Most Powerful 4-Bay NAS Drive – QNAP TVS-472XT

0-80TB, 4-Bays, Intel PT/i3/i5 8th Gen 2/4/6-Core CPU, 8-64GB DDR4 Memory, 1x 10Gbe Port, 2x 1GbE, USB 3.2 Gen 2, PCIe 3×16 + 3×4, 2x M.2 NVMe, HDMI 2.0 4K 60FPS, 2x Thunderbolt 3, 2-5yr Warranty

Current Price/Availability on Amazon – $1300+

Hardware Review – HERE

YouTube Video Review – Watch

The QNAP TVS-472XT is a NAS drive that has taken the elite and overpowered attitudes that were previously the hallmarks of the Thunderbolt 3 NAS range and turn it into something a great deal more mature and accessible to mid-range users. Till now, if you wanted access to the full features and functionality of a fully equipped thunderbolt and 10Gbe enabled 4K NAS, you were forced to either compromise too much with the TS-453BT3 or break the bank with the TVS-682T. Thanks to this new QNAP TVS-472XT NAS however, you no longer need to compromise and have access to a much more balanced and well equipped NAS platform for photo and video editing post-production in 2021.

Click to view slideshow.

This 4 bay thunderbolt equipped NAS is about quality, not quantity and although may lack the wider coverage of users that the TVS-682T has, it makes up for it with a much, much better and higher dedicated performance to those fewer connected users. What the XT series brings to the NAS industry is to fill a much-needed gap in the thunderbolt NAS portfolio and gives users an important choice between the existing product family. It is worth mentioning that you lose out on the 3rd tier of storage offered by the 82T series, as well as the long-term future-proofing it offers for PCIe upgrades to the GPU and adding high-speed users later – but unless you think this is a necessary possibility in the next 3-4 years, you should save your money and go for the QNAP TVS-472XT. Easily in my top 3 NAS of 2018, 2019, 2020, 2021 and now, 2021.

SOFTWARE - 8/10
HARDWARE - 10/10
PERFORMANCE - 9/10
PRICE - 7/10
VALUE - 8/10


8.4
PROS
👍🏻High Virtualisation Use
👍🏻Two USB-C Thunderbolt 3 Ports which can allow 2 devices access at once
👍🏻SSD Optimized with NVMe Support
👍🏻Business Use
👍🏻SMB Storage
👍🏻Optimized for Post Production and Broadcasting
👍🏻Embedded 10GBe Port
👍🏻Thunderbolt-to-10Gbe Adapter possible
👍🏻DLNA Support
👍🏻Apple Time Machine Support
👍🏻Surveillance including multiple camera licences – 8 Licences FREE
👍🏻iTunes Server
👍🏻email server
👍🏻Download server (FTP, HTTP, BT,NZB)
👍🏻CMS and CRM systems
👍🏻Office applications
👍🏻Media Center support
CONS
👎🏻Only 2 TB3 Ports – so only 2 Editors at once
👎🏻No Remote Control
👎🏻no Intel i7 8th Gen option
👎🏻Only 1 10Gbe Port
👎🏻PCIe Slot that is available not compatible with 40Gbe cards

 


 

And there you have it. Those are the three best 4-Bay NAS drives available right now at the end of 2021 and going into 2022. thought it is always worth remembering that these systems typically have a refresh (i.e manufacturers release a new version/follow-up) every 2-3 years on average. Therefore although these systems are all still great 4-Bay NAS drives, they might have been upgraded in a newer released version, or recently released alternative 4-Bay’s may have arrived on the scene that provides better pricing, value or features. If you are in doubt about whether to buy a 4-Bay solution from my recommendations, want to check if a newer system has been released recently OR are simply looking for some free expert advice, then use the free advice section below over. Just enter in a few details of your setup, storage requirements and (in the case of buying a new solution) your budget – then me and Eddie the Web guy can help you with your question. This is a completely free service, is NOT provided with profit in mind and is manned by two humans (no bots, no automated replies, etc). Assistance might take an extra day or two (the service gets a lot of visitors) but we do try to answer every message. If you want to support this service, you can find out how to donate HERE. Otherwise, you can still jsut message us for free advice anyway!

 


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The Best 2-Bay NAS to Buy for 2022

17 décembre 2021 à 01:20

A Guide to the Recommended 2-Bay NAS Drives to Buy Right Now

Making the move away from your free’mium services such as Google Drive and DropBox towards a privately owned NAS is already a tough enough decision – then you find out that there are literally thousands of different models available and many, many brands. Whether it is because your storage needs are a little modest, you are physical space-limited or you have a budget that is comparable to a 3+ year cloud storage for more than 4TB (so, about $300-500 or so) – whatever your reason, there is a very good chance that you have been considering a 2-Bay NAS solution. It’s a great entry point into network-attached storage, it allows a complete redundancy/safety-net option of mirroring/RAID 1, it allows you to use the bulk of the modern software offered by the brands, allows media sharing with ease, security tools and a wide array of backup tools – all whist staying well within that tighter budget. Indeed, as good as a 2-Bay can sound in terms of price vs ability, it is worth taking a quick moment before discussing the best 2-bay NAS, to work out if you even need a 2 HDD NAS at all! So, if you are still o nthe fence about 2-Bay NAS, use my before you buy guide below that discusses the Pros, Cons and things that are often overlooked about 2 drive NAS systems:

Still interested in a 2-Bay NAS? Good. However, there are ALOT of 2-Bay NAS drives in 2021/2022 available (with promised refreshed ranges from Synology and QNAP this summer), so choosing the right one the first time can be tricky! Never fear, below I have detailed the best three 2-Bay NAS drives that you can buy right now, as well as detailing what makes them so special. Remember, what makes these three NAS systems my recommended 2-Bay is not just because of hardware, but the entire package of hardware, software and services that they offer. So, let’s take a look.

What Have All the Perfect 2-Bay NAS Drives Have in Common?

It is worth remembering that although there are ALOT of different 2-Bay NAS drives available to buy, they are by no means created equal! With numerous super budget brands popping up online, it can be tempting to consider these alongside the premium NAS brands. However, all too often they offer solutions righty seem ‘too good to be true’ and then are gone from the web before your warranty even gets cold! So, whether you are looking at the three best 2-Bay solutions that I am recommending below OR are looking at another 2-Bay NAS you saw on offer/recommended elsewhere – the best NAS system ALWAYS include the following software and services:

  • Combined Hardware & Software Solution – That means that you are buying the hardware, but it ALSO includes a web browser GUI, mobile apps and desktop client apps (including backup, media, streaming, surveillance and file management software)
  • All NAS systems in this guide are compatible with (and can be accessed by) Windows, Mac, Android and Linux operating systems
  • All NAS Solutions arrive with between 2-3 years Warranty (with the option to extend to 5 years)
  • All NAS drives can be accessed locally over the network, as well as secure remote access is possible with brand supported services (at no additional cost)
  • The most modern and regularly updated NAS systems will support the very latest 20TB NAS hard drives (such as the Seagate Ironwofl 20TB and WD Red 20TB)
  • All the recommended solutions support multiple drive configurations (RAID) for drive failure protection and performance enhancements
  • All solutions receive regular updates to their security, features and services
  • All recommended NAS drives can connect and synchronize with cloud services (Google Drive, DropBox, OneDrive, etc), as well as Business/Enterprise services such as AWS, Azure, Backblaze and more
  • All NAS solutions (regardless of brand) feature the ability to host a shared drive on your PC/Mobile/Laptop systems that are synchronized with the NAS via the network/internet, but is shown in your native operating system file manager (i.e Mac Finder or Windows Explorer)
  • All the NAS solutions listed can be accessed DIRECTLY via an ethernet/network cable being connected from your PC/Mac system, to the NAS RJ45 port for 100MB/s and higher connectivity
  • All the best NAS solutions (regardless of brand) feature backup and sync tools that can be installed on your local client computer and allow regular backups of your files and system data

So, make sure that if you are looking at a NAS solution that is NOT recommended below, that it includes all of the above. As these are some of the clearest areas that brands all too often cut orders to produce cheaper by ultimately inferior NAS servers for home and business. So, let’s discuss the very best 2-Bay NAS to buy now in 2022.

Best Priced 2-Bay NAS Drive – Synology DS220j NAS Drive

0-40TB, 2-Bays, 4-Core Realtek 64bit ARM CPU, 512MB Memory, 1x 1Gbe Port, 2yr Warranty

Current Price/Availability on Amazon – $199

Hardware Review – LINK

YouTube Video Review – Watch

What I hoped would be a NAS that kicks off the new 2-Bay range from Synology for 2020/2021, does so with reasonable success. I cannot say that I am not impressed by the hardware here at this price – the specifications for this £125+ NAS (ex.VAT) is genuinely impressive and much, much more than all the other 2-Bay J Series Synology that have come before it – in that way, the DS220j is a flat out winner! It gives you a great baseline experience of DSM, at a price point that is low enough to hook you in at the low level, but still not too expensive that you will feel bad if you want to upgrade sooner than you would have liked! Plus, the new and old NAS can be used to synchronize and add to your backup strategy, so in that way, the DS220j is genuinely unbeatable in it’s field.

Click to view slideshow.

The Synology DS220j NAS is not the most powerful NAS drive, or the most fully-featured NAS drive – but the point is that it is not trying to be! Synology has held an exceptionally good reputation in the world of network-attached storage for a decade and if a new NAS buyer wanted to cautiously invest in a new piece of equipment in this area, then despite their modest budget, they will want to get the best they can for their money, from a brand with an established pedigree – THAT is what the Synology DS220j NAS is trying to achieve and for the most part, it completely succeeds! Aside from the memory being a touch light on the ground and the white chassis not being to everyone’s taste, in almost every other regard the DS220j is a great little NAS drive that any first time NAS users, or those making the jump from subscription cloud services like Google Drive and DropBox, are going to enjoy. Just keep an eye on the number of active users and tasks at any given time and you will be on to a winner here.

SOFTWARE - 8/10
HARDWARE - 5/10
PERFORMANCE - 5/10
PRICE - 9/10
VALUE - 8/10


7.0
PROS
👍🏻That Realtek 4-Core CPU is FANTASTIC Value
👍🏻Supports latest/largest HDDs
👍🏻Supports ALOT of DSM 6.2 Applications That 512MB Memory hobbles this CPU significantly on things like 4K and BTRFS
👍🏻Synology NAS with SHR for under £125 ex.VAT Not suitable for Plex Media Server
👍🏻Fast Setup
👍🏻User-Friendly
👍🏻Twice as much memory as the DS119j
CONS
👎🏻That 512MB Memory hobbles this CPU significantly on things like 4K and BTRFS
👎🏻Synology NAS with SHR for under £125 ex.VAT Not suitable for Plex Media Server

 


Best Value 2-Bay NAS Drive – Synology DS220+ NAS

0-40TB, 2-Bays, Intel Celeron J4025 2 Core CPU, 2-6GB Memory, 2x 1Gbe Port, 2yr Warranty

Current Price/Availability on Amazon – $285+

Hardware Review – LINK

YouTube Video Review – Watch

The Synology DS220+ affordable NAS does not make overly bold promises, leaving those to more expensive and more powerful devices in the product portfolio (DS920+, DS1621xs, etc). Whether you are a new or old NAS user, Synology has made a clear distinction in the DS220+, showing the difference between buying what you want and buying what you need. That may sound like pointless and annoying rhetoric, but comparing the DS220+ with other diskstation plus series NAS shows you that by removing a lot of the bells and whistles of the bigger and boulder devices (i.e NVMe SSD caching, expandability of storage down the line, longer warranties and higher end processors) it provides you with a setup that will serve a smaller and less intense user exceptionally well, at a price point that makes the first investment in a Synology NAS considerably easier to make.

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The 2/6GB memory option on the DS220+ is a bit of a shame in some respects. 6GB is still a great amount of memory (well, I say that -as I touched on earlier, it’s a bit odd to use a 2GB and 4GB stick in a pair), as well as the DDR4 SO-DIMM 2666Mhz memory available being some 10-20% faster in usage frequency than the 1866Mhz DDR3L SODIMM on the past DS218+. However, it is worth noting that if you the 2GB starting memory it starts with will be utilized by the intelligent caching/flushing feature of DSM. What this means is that if you look at the resource monitor when the device boots, it is caching more data in the memory than it technically needs to. This is not a bad thing though, as when the memory is needed for applications and services, it is near-instantly flushed by the reserved system area. The result is that the OS of DSM via the browser seems silky smooth at all times and when an app needs the resources, it makes it available – very ‘Mac’. Though this means that if you are running 2-3 CORE applications (VMM, Surveillance, Containers, Plex) then you are going to hit a few bumps on the 2GB that the unit arrives with. Ultimately, why buy a Ferrari if you just need something to do the weekly grocery shopping? The Synology DS220+, much like its predecessors in this product line, is still a great and solid NAS purchase in 2020 and something that Synology can continue to be proud of, just don’t expect that Ferrari and you’ll be fine.

SOFTWARE - 8/10
HARDWARE - 7/10
PERFORMANCE - 8/10
PRICE - 9/10
VALUE - 9/10


8.2
PROS
👍🏻Great RAID Options
👍🏻Excellent choice of Apps
👍🏻Snapshot Replication
👍🏻BTRFS and SHR
👍🏻Support Plex
👍🏻Virtualization
👍🏻4K Video transcoding
👍🏻Full Plex Transcoding
👍🏻Hot-Swap trays
👍🏻DLNA Compliant
👍🏻Expandable
CONS
👎🏻Only 1Gbe Ethernet ports
👎🏻No NVMe cache, as featured in other units
👎🏻2GB Memory is a little low in the long term when 6GB is the Max
👎🏻Only a single accessible Memory Bay

 


Most Powerful 2-Bay NAS Drive – QNAP TS-253D NAS

0-40TB, 2-Bays, Intel Celeron J4125 4-Core CPU, 4/8GB Memory, 2x 2.5Gbe Port, PCIe Gen 2 x4 Upgrade Slot, 5x USB Ports, 1x HDMI 2.0 4K 60FPS, 3-5yr Warranty

Current Price/Availability on Amazon – $325

Hardware Review – LINK

YouTube Video Review – Watch

To put it bluntly – the QNAP TS-253D is a heck of a piece of kit! The hardware available at this price point, along with the software that is bundled with your purchase is possible some of the best ‘price vs return’ I have yet to see in a NAS drive. This combined with a very open-door policy on upgrades and future-proofing, as well as maintaining a very good first/third-party software support ratio, make the QNAP TS-253D one of the best units the company has produced in the history of the brand and an excellent unit to begin a new decade. Is it perfect? No. With a few of the shiny slick branding touches of their biggest rival Synology, as well as a design that is not for everyone, the QNAP TS-253D is a NAS that gives you alot of tools, alot of ways to use them – then lets you choose to how and where you want to interact with it, rather than ask you to do it ‘it’s way’ for the most part.

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The internal hardware of the device that people will be the most attentive about however is the CPU and memory on offer in the TS-253D. Arriving with the Intel J4125 Celeron Processor, this 4 core 2.0Ghz processor can be burst to 2.7Ghz when needed and features UHD HD Graphics 600, so it has a great little transcoding engine on offer. Although it is better than it’s predecessor in most ways (barring a slight dip in some H.265 bitrates (according to @eddiethweb) it is still a great CPU and one that does very well in the family of QNAP expandable 2/4 Bay NAS processors. There is a % of the market that hoped for something a little beefier (the same ones who wanted 2.5Gbe) and perhaps a return to the use of an Intel Pentium (as we saw in the TVS-471 of 2014), but this is still a very good processor with a good score on CPU benchmark. The software and performance review of this NAS should give us more info on the CPU in a more day to day use (as well as Plex Media Server of course), but we can make some educated guesses.. As is often the case, whereas the Synology platform and the closest rival to the TS-253D (the DS720+) will provide a very ‘Apple’ design, fluidity and ease of design to a % of the market, the QNAP TS-253D caters to many more users and although sometimes that versatility can lead to early confusion (a teeny pinch of tech knowledge will help) it is an enormous jump forward for this big brand in NAS storage.

SOFTWARE - 8/10
HARDWARE - 9/10
PERFORMANCE - 8/10
PRICE - 9/10
VALUE - 9/10


8.6
PROS
👍🏻2.5Gbe LAN Ports
👍🏻8 Surveillance Camera Licences
👍🏻AI-Powered Apps
👍🏻Snapshot Replication
👍🏻PCIe Gen 2×4 Upgradable
👍🏻Support Plex
👍🏻Virtualization
👍🏻4K Video transcoding
👍🏻Full Plex Transcoding
👍🏻60FPS 4K Support
👍🏻10 min Windows and/or Ubuntu VM install (included)
👍🏻Expandable
CONS
👎🏻Quite expensive for a 2-Bay
👎🏻Odd decision to limit USB ports to 2x USB 3.0
👎🏻Not quite as intuitive as Synology DSM (close though)
👎🏻Does not Support BTRFS

 


 

And there you have it. Those are the three best 2-Bay NAS drives available right now at the end of 2021 and going into 2022. thought it is always worth remembering that these systems typically have a refresh (i.e manufacturers release a new version/follow-up) every 2-3 years on average. Therefore although these systems are all still great 2-Bay NAS drives, they might have been upgraded in a newer released version, or recently released alternative 2-Bay’s may have arrived on the scene that provides better pricing, value or features. If you are in doubt about whether to buy a 2-Bay solution from my recommendations, want to check if a newer system has been released recently OR are simply looking for some free expert advice, then use the free advice section below over. Just enter in a few details of your setup, storage requirements and (in the case of buying a new solution) your budget – then me and Eddie the Web guy can help you with your question. This is a completely free service, is NOT provided with profit in mind and is manned by two humans (no bots, no automated replies, etc). Assistance might take an extra day or two (the service gets a lot of visitors) but we do try to answer every message. If you want to support this service, you can find out how to donate HERE. Otherwise, you can still jsut message us for free advice anyway!

 


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WD Red SN700 vs Seagate Ironwolf 510 SSD for NAS Comparison

15 décembre 2021 à 01:22

Comparing the Seagate Ironwolf 510 vs WD Red SN700 SSD – Which Should You Use in Your NAS?

Over the last few years of NAS Drive releases from brands like Synology, QNAP and Asustor, we have seen most Prosumer and SMB releases arriving with support of either M.2 NVMe SSD bays, or PCIe slots that allow you to add this feature in the system’s lifespan. The appeal of SSD cache has grown considerably in recent years, as the demands in speed and responsiveness of the data on NAS drives has grown considerably. Despite the well-established fact that SSDs are faster than Hard drives, there is no ignoring that the available capacity and price point of hard drives makes them ultimately more viable and desirable in a NAS than SSDs. However, SSD Caching serves as a nice middle ground, allowing you to enjoy the bigger and lower cost hard drive RAID storage pools, but also adding two or more individual SSDs to bolster the system in performance. The Seagate Ironwolf 510 and WD Red SN700 are SSD’s that are designed with NAS use in mind and can be used in the process of write caching (where data is written to the faster performing SSD first, then migrated over to the HDDs), read caching (whereby more frequently accessed data is copied over to the SSDs in order to seed up their access by connected clients) or both together. There are numerous other SSD caching methods and protocols, but these are ultimately the most common and today I want to help you decide which NAS SSD you should install in your NAS Drive. There is around an 18-month release date difference between these two SSDs and although both are M.2 NVMe PCIe Gen 3×4 SSDs, there is a large degree of difference in their architecture to take into consideration. So let’s compare the WD Red SN700 and Seagate Ironwolf 510 and see which one deserves your cache.

It is worth remembering that the two SSDs in today’s comparison are m.2 NVMe in architecture and although PCIe Gen 4 is compatible with Gen 3 and old, they will not suitable for NAS drives with M.2 SATA connections. We have seen more modern NAS systems released in the last few years abandon m.2 SATA in favour of its PCIe counterpart, but both Seagate and WD both provide SATA alternatives in their Ironwolf and WD Red series. Examples of SATA SSDs for NAS can be found HERE on Amazon.

How do the WD Red SN700 and Seagate Ironwolf 510 SSD Compare on Specs?

Both WD and Seagate are well known for their wide ranges of hard drive and SSD media, as well as both being pioneers of NAS server focused SSDs for caching and flash storage. Although SSDs are all built to a similar ground-level architecture, they will often have their later development shifted in favour of a specific targetted use. This is not a big surprise and much like the cutlery in your kitchen draw, they might be similar but one tool is much better at some tasks than others – ever tried using a spreading butter with a meat-claver? Or stirring tea with a ladle? The WD Red SN700 and Seagate Ironwolf 510 SSD are NAS targetted and although the performance is good, the true stand out factor in this design is the durability of the drive. SSDs for use in NAS systems will in most cases be used for caching and that means a very frequent turnover (i.e. data wrote, updated, deleted, repeat) daily as the demands of client users and devices change. Both of these SSDs arrive with a high level of durability and workload rating, but the Seagate Ironwolf 510 and WD Red SN700 definitely have differing ideas of preliminary architecture and what that price tag is being spent on. Let’s look at the shared base-level SSD architecture of each SSD (available on every capacity):

Below Specifications are taken from official brand sources, data sheets and reputable sources (real-world tests we performed ourselves are a little lower in the article):

Specifications Seagate IronWolf 510

Released March 2020

WD Red SN700

Released September 2021

Warranty 5yr + 3yr Rescue 5yr
MTBF/MTTF 1,800,000 1,750,000
PCIe Generation PCIe Gen 3×4 PCIe Gen 3×4
NVMe Rev NVMe 1.3 NVMe 1.3
NAND Kioxia BiCS3 64L TLC Sandisk 96L 3D TLC NAND
Controller PS5012-E12DC WD NVMe Controller

As you might know, WD develops practically all of their SSDs ‘in-house’ and feature proprietary NVMe controllers, subsidiary company NAND (in this case Sandisk) and this allows them to be able to control availability and pricing in a way that most other SSD brands cannot. Seagate uses 3rd party controllers and NAND manufacturers for the most part in their ranges, but are still generally quite top tier providers. The release time difference between the Seagate Ironwolf 510 and WD Red SN700 makes an impressive difference here in terms of the hardware on offer on either SSD, with the more recently released WD Red SN700 having notably superior connectivity, NAND quality and overall performance. The older Seagate Ironwolf 510 SSD features 3years of forensic level data recovery services though (which caching NAS users might want to have in the event of ‘trapped data’ during write caching operations and a critical system failure/power-cut) which is very unique to the brand. However, overall the WD Red SN700 has the superior architecture here. Below is how the building blocks of the WD Red SN700 and Seagate Ironwolf 510 result in throughput, IOPS and Durability at each capacity tier (based on officially provided figures):

240/250GB Seagate IronWolf 510

Released March 2020

ZP240NM30011 – $69

WD Red SN700

Released September 2021

WDS250G1R0C$55

Sequential Read (Max, MB/s), 128 KB 2,450MB 3,100MB
Sequential Write (Max, MB/s), 128 KB 290MB 1,600MB
Random Read (Max, IOPS), 4 KB QD32 100,000 220,000
Random Write (Max, IOPS), 4 KB QD32 12,000 180,000
Total Terabytes Written (TBW) 435TB 500TB
DWPD 0.9-1.0 DWPD 1.0DWPD
480/500GB ZP480NM30011 – $119 WDS500G1R0C$79.99
Sequential Read (Max, MB/s), 128 KB 2,650MB 3,430MB
Sequential Write (Max, MB/s), 128 KB 600MB 2,600MB
Random Read (Max, IOPS), 4 KB QD32 193,000 420,000
Random Write (Max, IOPS), 4 KB QD32 20,000 380,000
Total Terabytes Written (TBW) 875TB 1000TB
DWPD 0.9-1.0 DWPD 1.0DWPD
960/1000GB ZP960NM30011 – $209 WDS100G1R0C$152.99
Sequential Read (Max, MB/s), 128 KB 3,150MB 3,430MB
Sequential Write (Max, MB/s), 128 KB 1,000MB 3,000MB
Random Read (Max, IOPS), 4 KB QD32 345,000 515,000
Random Write (Max, IOPS), 4 KB QD32 28,000 560,000
Total Terabytes Written (TBW) 1,750TB 2000TB
DWPD 0.9-1.0 DWPD 1.0DWPD
1920/2000GB ZP1920NM30011 – $409 WDS200G1R0C$289.99
Sequential Read (Max, MB/s), 128 KB 3,150MB 3,430MB
Sequential Write (Max, MB/s), 128 KB 850MB 2,900MB
Random Read (Max, IOPS), 4 KB QD32 270,000 480,000
Random Write (Max, IOPS), 4 KB QD32 25,000 540,000
Total Terabytes Written (TBW) 3,500TB 2500TB
DWPD 0.9-1.0 DWPD 0.7DWPD
1920/2000GB N/A WDS400G1R0C$649.99
Sequential Read (Max, MB/s), 128 KB N/A 3,430MB
Sequential Write (Max, MB/s), 128 KB N/A 3,100MB
Random Read (Max, IOPS), 4 KB QD32 N/A 550,000
Random Write (Max, IOPS), 4 KB QD32 N/A 520,000
Total Terabytes Written (TBW) N/A 5100TB
DWPD N/A 0.7DWPD

Overall, it should come as no surprise that the WD Red SN700 SSD is the notable leader here in practically all official benchmarks over the slightly older Seagate Ironwolf 510 SSD, thanks to that improved architecture. Most notably in write performance and IOPS in general, it had a clear lead even in the lowest available capacities. Of course, these are officially provided performance figures and represent maximums based on the highest available hardware at the time of release. Let’s take a look at how these two SSDs compare in our own tests.

How Did the Seagate Ironwolf 510 and WD Red SN700 SSD Compare in OUR Tests?

Moving away from the official performance stats provided by WD and Seagate, I wanted to see how the Seagate Ironwolf 510 and WD Red SN700 compared in my own tests. Testing of these two SSDs will be broken down into 3 main parts, a CrystalDisk Benchmark test, Atto Disk Benchmark Test and an AJA media test. In each test, the SSD was in the 2nd storage slot (i.e not the OS drive). Each test was conducted three times and the system was left for 1 minute between tests to allow the SSD time to stabilize. The specifications of the test machine are:

Test Machine:

  • Windows 10 Pro Desktop System
  • Intel i5 11400 Rocket Lake – 6-Core 2.6/4.4Ghz
  • 16GB DDR4 2666MHz Memory
  • Intel B560M mATX Motherboard
  • OS Storage, Seagate Firecuda 120 SSD
  • Test SSD connected to Secondary PCIe Gen 4×4 M.2 Slot

CrystalDisk 1GB Test File – Read, Write, 70/30% Mixed and IOPS Performance

CrystalDisk is still highly regarded as one of the most reliable tools for measuring storage media performance. Though it does create somewhat high-end results that may not be truly indicative of your own real-world setup, it can be used to display maximum potential throughput and IOPs at each tier. The first test for the Seagate Ionwolf 510 and WD Red SN700 was on a 1GB test file:

WD Red SN700 SSD

Seagate Ironwolf 510 SSD

Overall Winner: The WD Red SN700 SSD

CrystalDisk 4GB Test File – Read, Write, 70/30% Mixed and IOPS Performance

The next test was to perform the same parameters in CrystalDisk on the WD Red SN700 and Seagate Ironwolf 510, but this time with a 4GB test file (larger files may result in higher sequential performance, but lower comparative IOPS):

WD Red SN700 SSD

Seagate Ironwolf 510 SSD

Overall Winner: The WD Red SN700 SSD

ATTO DiskBenchmark 256MB Test File – Read, Write

Switching things up, I then moved testing the Seagate Ironwolf 510 and WD Red SN700 SSD over to ATTO disk benchmark. A far more detailed tool that spreads performance testing over different file and block sizes. I started with the smallest ‘full range’ test file of 256MB (as smaller would reduce the range of block sizes). Here is how each SSD compared:

WD Red SN700 SSD

Seagate Ironwolf 510 SSD

Overall Winner: The WD Red SN700 SSD

ATTO DiskBenchmark 4GB Test File – Read, Write

Sticking with ATTO DiskBenchmark, I then moved the testing of the WD Red SN700 and Seagate Ironwolf 510 onto a x16 bigger test file of 4GB. This would certainly shift where the peaks in performance would sit and hopefully produce a clearer disparity between these two SSDs:

WD Red SN700 SSD

Seagate Ironwolf 510 SSD

Overall Winner: The WD Red SN700 SSD

AJA 1080i Media Test 1GB Test File – Read, Write

I then switched to AJA, a popular media testing tool for video formats. Most SSDs will suffer over-saturated Memory/DRAM/SDRAM as sustained large file tests go on. The 1GB file test of AJA on the WD Red SN700 and Seagate Ironwolf 510 is still a small enough value not to be a problem though and we chiefly focused on the disk playback/reads graph to see how they compared in peak performance and also throughout the transfer:

WD Red SN700 SSD

Seagate Ironwolf 510 SSD

Overall Winner: The WD Red SN700 SSD

AJA 1080i Media Test 16GB Test File – Read, Write

Then we used a much, MUCH heavier test in AJA of 16GB on the Seagate Ironwolf 510 and WD Red SN700 SSD. Unsurprisingly this can often overflow the SSD cache/memory on board and result in a dip in performance as the SSD bottlenecks internally. So, when conducting this test, we are looking at peak performance AND how long the SSD maintained that performance before a potential dip. Here is how these two SSD compared:

WD Red SN700 SSD

Seagate Ironwolf 510 SSD

Overall Winner: The WD Red SN700 SSD

WD Red SN700 vs Seagate Ironwolf 510 SSD – The Results

It will come as little surprise that in the case of comparing the WD Red SN700 and Seagate Ironwolf 510, the more recently released and more modern architecture WD SSD was the victor in the majority of tests (both official 1st party and my own). Although it has taken WD almost a year and a half to release a competitor NAS NVMe SSD to Seagate’s entry, it is unquestionable the better performing drive as it takes advantage of numerous newer innovations in SSD architecture that have been developed and released in that time. The Durability across the entire range of the Ironwolf 510 series and three years of inclusive forensic level data recovery do make the Seagate Ironwolf an attractive choice in 2021, but in NAS use, general use and performance overall, the WD Red SN700 wins the day.

The WD Red SN700 NVMe SSD Wins on:

  • Overall Read Performance
  • Overall Write Performance
  • 4K IOPs
  • Price Point per GB/TB
  • Capacity (4TB Max)

The Seagate Ironwolf 510 NVMe SSD Wins on:

  • Data Recovery Services (Rescue)
  • On-Board Over Provisioning
  • TBW and DWPD Overall

 

 


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Synology 2022 Event Review – EVERYTHING Covered in SRM 1.3, Routers, Mac Support, DSM 7.1, New NAS, C2, Photos and Surveillance

6 décembre 2021 à 13:33

Review of the Synology 2022 Event – Everything Synology Revealed

It’s that time again, almost as regular as clockwork, with the return of the annual Synology event. Synology has been extraordinarily business and enterprise-focused throughout this year, with numerous significant updates in services on their C2 cloud platform, Cloud assisted services and (of course) the release of DSM 7 in the summer. The ‘Synology 2022 and Beyond’ event took a similar form to that of last year’s event, with the reveal of an annual summary video, followed up by several YouTube videos that featured key personnel across their global divisions to discuss the companies performance throughout 2021, as well as where they are going with their software, hardware and services in 2022. As we expected, the primary focus appeared to be on software and the C2 cloud platform, but there was the odd mention of things that are brewing in software. The full range of videos can be found on their official YouTube channel here, however, if you are interested in learning the highlights, I have covered the best bits below. This article will be live a short while after the event, but will be regularly updated over the next few days. Alternatively, the most interesting things that are shown at Synology 2022 and Beyond will be added over on the NASCompares YouTube here. Let’s discuss what Synology revealed.

The Highlights of the Synology 2022 Digital Event

Below is a breakdown of the most important or interesting things we learnt at Synology 2022 and Beyond. Several of these are hardware, software or services that are already available (but with further updates), are ones that have formally been in beta or are brand new features from Synology for 2022. Let’s take a look.

Synology DSM 7.1 – Early Features Revealed

As covered in a much, MUCH bigger article HERE, during the initial keynote speech of Synology 2022 and Beyond, Mike Chen went into details regarding the development of the next sub-update of DSM 7, discussing features that will even launch in DSM version 7.1, in more granularly as updates arrive individually. These included the following areas covered:

Upcoming Synology DSM 7.1 Reveals

  • Active Insight GUI Improvements
  • Improved Integration of Application in Active Insight overview and management (Hyper Backup demonstrated)
  • Support of GFS (Global File System), HTTP/3 security and an additional cache-warm-up feature
  • Further Rolling out of Out of Band management support in 2022 devices onwards
  • Improved Multi-file server/storage access and control via a single portal
  • Improved Remote Domain control with Read-Only Support
  • Scale-Out Storage (Future Projects)
  • Full Synolgoy NAS DSM Backup and Restoration

As mentioned, the article from last week covers each of these new features and services for DSM 7.1 in much more detail, so if you want to learn more about it you can read it by clicking the post below or just watching the video:

Synology DSM 7.1 Video Synology DSM 7.1 Article

Synology RT6600AX WiFi 6 Mesh Router

That’s right, it’s taken a long, LONG time but we are finally going to see an 802.11ax ready Synology router. The Synology RT6600ax is their newest solution in their router series and the first to embrace the significantly higher bandwidth WiFi AX connection, as well as Synology highlighting that it will support true 160Mhz frequency (the 5.9Ghz band). Information on the Synology RT6600ax arrived across the primary introduction video that featured the founder of Synology (Phillip Wong) and a network dedicated video on the official Synology YouTube video shortly afterwards. Further details on the SRM 1.3 big update next year were also covered, but let’s first focus on what we learned about this new router.

Synology RT6600ax Router Hardware Highlights

  • Planned to arrive in H1-2022 with SRM 1.3
  • Tri-Band WiFi 6 Support
  • 6 x High gain adjustable antennae (4×4 MIMO antennas)
  • 5.9Ghz / 160MHz channel Support
  • Four 1GbE (Gigabit Ethernet ports) (1x WAN 3x LAN)
  • 1x 2.5GbE LAN/WAN Port
  • 6600Mbs Bandwidth Potential
  • Multi-Network creation in SRM 1.3
  • Improved DS Router Mobile Application and Browser GUI in SRM 1.3 in 2022
  • Mesh Support with future AX devices
  • No word on USB Support, but almost certainly going to be featured

The big focus of the course is the support of WiFi 6 (AKA 802.11ax), as this has become widely adopted by modern wireless client hardware manufacturers in place of WiFi 5 a/c/n etc. From New-gen consoles and computers, to even Amazon Fire TV and Virgin ISP routers, WiFi 6 is very much an established thing and hence why people have been counting the days till Synology and its SRM equipped Routers jumped on board with the RT6600ax router. Alongside this, the RT6600ax will also feature the 6 antennae setup that was featured on the RT2600ac before it. This will allow a tremendous degree of coverage and shared frequency bandwidth of up to 6000Mbps. There is more to learn about the RT6600ax in the video and article linked below:

Synology RT6600ax Video Synology RT6600ax Article

Updates to Synology Router Manager in SRM 1.3

Of all the software platforms that Synology have for their hardware, one very popular, heavily featured, prosumer YET lesser updated in features is the Synology Router Manager (SRM) platform. Alongside the reveal of the new WiFi 6 Router RT6600ax system, there are also additional improvements coming in SRM 1.3. The main two featured were as follows.

Improved vLAN/Multi-Network Services and Multiple SSIDs in SRM 1.3

Despite the clear love for SRM from many, one oddly absent feature for the longest time has been the ability to create multiple sub/simultaneous networks. You could always create a low-access/controlled Guest Network, but that was about it. FINALLY, it will be implemented in SRM 1.3 I will be looking forward to seeing the GUI for this, as that has often been a stumbling block for router providers (the topography and a single viewpoint of ALL the active networks at once is a tricking balancing act that few get right to the satisfaction of lesser tech-head users). Likewise, the support of multiple SSIDs in SRM was always an oddly slimmed back/absent feature (depending on the depth of what you wanted/needed) and is finally arriving in a larger and established form in SRM 1.3. Synology detail that support of multiple SSIDs will hit 10x on dual-band systems and up to x15 on triband models (such as the RT6600ax), but it will require that you disable Smart Connect to use.

Improvements to the Design and Utility of the DS Router Mobile Application

One early plus of the Synology router series was that they featured a huge amount of control compared with most off-the-shelf routers (as well as some top-end parental control and family/team management of connectivity and devices). That said, the mobile application for Android and iOS (DS Router) lacked a lot of the important control options of the web browser GUI (and the ones it did have were a little ill-placed at times). The Improved DS router app comes with various management including creating new wireless networks, configuring parental control or web filtering, setting traffic control schemes, etc. right from the dashboard.

Synology Photos Updates at Synology 2022 and Beyond

When Synology first merged the Synology Moments and Photo Station applications into a single tool, Synology Photos, most people were quite enthusiastic about it. When DSM 7 was fully released back in the summer of 2021, the initial reception was a little cooler. A big part of this was that some felt that key features of the previous generation photo applications had features, functionality of services that were absent in Synology Photos. Fast forward to now and we are now starting to see a number of those services be implemented into Synology Photos, as well as new one arriving too. It still doesn’t seem like the complete package yet, but the few extras that were shown at Synology 2022 did leave me hopeful to see those older features returning in a new and intuitive way. The features mentioned were those below.

Faster Permission Configuration on the fly

Something that very much falls into the bracket of professional photographers and users with a significantly larger user base on their NAS server, Synology Photos now has much faster and intuitive permission and access controls built into the GUI of Synology Photos. You could always give general users or authorized team members a degree of access or permissions to your files, folders and albums, however, it was always in a less than user-friendly way in Synology Photos – either at the DSM Control Panel level or somewhat awkwardly provided at the folder config level in photos. The next Synology Photos update contains much easier and faster on the fly access controls built into browser GUI, as well as improvements to the mobile control too.

Improved Photo Collecting and Pooling

Alongside the improved on the fly control and changing of album access that Synology Photos will shortly feature, it will also improve the ability to create shared spaces for multiple users to pool their collections into a single album. Certainly of use at bigger events (as we hope for the post-pandemic ‘new normal’ to kick in any day now) when you want to ensure that every attendee’s experiences are in one place. Likewise, the tailored access privileges and even new/non-signed user sharing controls will make this a useful tool for those big social events.

Synology Photos (finally) has Map View Mode

Although this was NOT the big Synology Photos update I was waiting for (that being Subject-recognition to finally be re-instated after its disappearance after Moments) it is still an often requested feature – Map view. With the bulk of typical users taking their photos via mobile phones (or exporting from Google Photos etc), these images will contain useful meta-data that will contain (alongside the camera, timestamp, light, ISO, etc) the geo-locational data of where the photo was taken. For those that travel ALOT, this means that you can finally use Synology Photos to view a map and see where your photos were taken, grouping different collections into new albums, based on their country, county, town or more). Though it was only highlighted as being added in the Mobile GUI and app, I am sure this will be carried over to the web-based GUI.

Synology DVA1622 Surveillance 2-Bay with KVM Output

Although this is not the first deep video analysis NAS system from Synology, till now it has always been a fantastically enterprise solution that was of interest to most but out of their scale or budget. The newly revealed DVA1622 is a much more compact version of this product line that is coming in the first half of 2022. This new surveillance NAS system has a few of its hardware specifications confirmed below:

Highlights of the DVA1622 Surveillance NAS

  • Supports upto 16x IP Cameras
  • Supports upto 2x AI-Powered Tasks
  • Arriving with Surveillance Station 9.0 by default
  • Supports H.265 Format/Compression
  • USB Ports, but full KVM support TBC
  • Stylised on the DS720+ Chassis4K HDMI Enabled
  • AI Deep Video Analysis Features Inc. People and vehicle detection, People counting Face recognition, Intrusion detection and Deep motion detection
  • Expandability (DX517?) TBC
  • Details on inclusive camera license TBC

Alongside a few other pieces of hardware that were revealed during the Synology event, there are also improvements in the GUI and services of Surveillance station in its new 9.0 version, coming next year.

Synology Surveillance Station 9.0 Details

Synology’s surveillance station platform has always been an exceedingly strong arm of the company and alongside the reveal of the DVA1622 NAS hardware, they took the time to show off their upcoming big update to their NVR software, Surveillance Station 9.0. These updates focused on improvements to the user experience (i.e UX design changes). the scalability of your recordings and security enhancements. Let’s go through the highlights of Surveillance Station 9.0 at Synology 2022.

Surveillance Station 9.0 and Monitor Center

Originally, when accessing your surveillance setup, the display of real-time camera feeds and accessing recordings/alerts in a dynamic and interactive way was spread across two applications – Live View and Timeline tools. In Surveillance Station 9.0, these are being combined into a single tool called Monitor Center, Combing the bank of live camera feed and historical recordings into a single GUI. This also includes the addition of adding surveillance devices (such as IP Speakers and IP controlled door locks) into the wider control GUI window of Monitor Center. This means a much wider and more customizable control deck on a single screen. Alongside this, when alerts (based on movement, light, defined lines, etc) are triggered, these are also accessible and visible on the same panel and when viewed, can shink the existing feed dynamically to allow the alerts into this single screen easily. Combinations of events that are triggered can be consolidated into smaller collections for alerts/display to the end-user. Finally, the time bar at the bottom of the monitor center feed will allow you to bookmark or capture a user-defined clip in 2 clicks, as well as allow scrolling through past recording at multiple speeds be possible, whilst live camera feeds and controls on the wider Monitor Center feed remain live.

Overall, it does seem a much more customizable feed layout in the web-based GUI and unlike my feeling on when Photo Station and Moments were combined into the Synology Photos application in DSM 7 (it’s getting there!), combining all of these elements of control for your surveillance setup makes a huge amount of sense and I am genuinely looking forward to getting to grips with this new NVR tool.

Dual Recording with Synology C2

Having a selection of cameras in your home or business environment that are recording feeds 24×7 is a business-must and in most cases, these cameras will be sending their feeds to a Synology NAS on a network directly connected to the physical NAS (or an offline/non-internet network that is branched into the NAS system. Records are kept in that NAS with numerous backup and sync options built-in, but what if an intruder breaks into your premises and destroys/steals the NAS? Live synchronization of the NAS to an offsite NAS or discreetly hidden 2nd server will only be as useful as the speed with which the duplicated recording data can be sent. Burglaries are FAST operations and there is every possibility that the time for an alert recording or completed recording block being sent to the 2nd storage location won’t be fast enough – therefore the capture of a break-in will be lost. This is a problem that has been raised before and now with Synology’s improvements to their C2 cloud platform, a solution has been presented in the form of Dual Recording.

Duel recording will allow records from your camera feeds to be sent to BOTH the NAS server AND an area of C2 cloud storage (not THROUGH the NAS). This recorded footage will be accessible through the Synology C2 Surveillance portal, which will allow much, MUCH smaller loss of recording time compared to a backup and/or sync operation previously.

Synology were keen to highlight that using the C2 Surveillance platform to create a 2nd recording path for your surveillance setup will allow only up to a 5 second recording loss at most, the ability to view recordings in the C2 Surveillance browser-based GUI, features end-to-end encryption to prevent interception/editing and (most important of all) the ability to share those recordings from your C2 Surveillance space securely (for the police or company-wide). Synology states that this additional surveillance feature will require a subscription service and there will be a tier for home users and another for business users. They are detailed as follows:

Basic Plan – $1 per Camera, per Month

  • Only Stores Triggered Events
  • Stored in up to 720p Resolution
  • Only held for 7-Days

Advanced Plan – Pricing TBC per Camera/Batch

  • Smart Continuous Recording (Full FPS in Events and 1FPS when Idle/Normal)
  • Stored in up to 1080p
  • Recordings are held for up to 30 Days

Although the pricing on the business tier is yet to be confirmed, Synology is saying that they want to keep this as cost-effective as possible. Personally, the basic plan at $1 per camera (when you think of your 2x camera licences with most Synology NAS) is a pretty small price and to ensure that 2nd recorded stream, a very attractive feature. There were several more innovations coming in Synology’s Surveillance Station 9.0 application revealed during the event. Find out about the by reading the article below or watching the video:

Surveillance Station 9.0 Video Surveillance Station 9.0 Article

Synology Drive Updates at Synology 2022 and Beyond

Synology Drive has been one of the most evolved tools in the brand’s line up, starting with what seemed like an application to simply create a single-portal access point to your data to simplifying how it could be viewed/accessed, it has transformed after every update into a newly equipped tool that has fast become one of Synology’s biggest applications for both home and business. The updates that were shown at Synology 2022 and Beyond, though mostly improvements to the user experience and GUI, also contained a couple of big features.

Mac on Demand Sync is (Still) Coming

It feels like this has been taking longer than DSM 7 itself did. When Synology drive first revealed the ability to create a native folder on your computer that could show the contents of the NAS (without taking up space), then allow you to dynamically stream or manually pin files on demand (as well as remove at your discretion for space) – it was a big, BIG feature. This was something that was a big selling point to Microsoft’s own OneDrive system and it was through cooperation with them that Synology was able to implement this feature for Windows Computers.

Though it is available on a few other platforms, one BIG one that did not have it was Mac OS – to the annoyance of many. Synology therefore was pleased to highlight that thanks to Mac developments and improvements in Synolgoy Drive alongside it, that this feature is coming for Mac users soon.

Improved Drive Mobile App Design and Versatility

Another area that Synology Photos is seeing improvements within is the mobile application and it’s multimedia handling. Synology was always designed to be the single portal access point for your data access (eg opening photos in an image viewer, but still open music in a music player and excel docs in a table/spreadsheet viewer). It still has this but now a few more filter controls and file specific options are being integrated (playlist controls, album creation, grouping, etc), as well as further improvements in the file pinning for files that you want to access when connectivity to your NAS is limited but you still want access to those specific files 24×7 locally)

2-Way Android and iOS Synchronization

Alongside the improvements to the mobile application, there is also the improvements to support on both Android and iOS Mobile devices with (much demanded) 2-way synchronisation now arriving. A feature that has seemingly taken longer than many feel it should have, this can be used to hugely speed up sharing files from multiple mobile devices (on-the-fly photo local folder destinations, multimedia, work files shared with teams) and its benefits to background backup operations native NAS file access to a greater team management storage area cannot be understated.

All these quality of life improvements are great to hear, but like many, I have been waiting on the support of a lot of on-the-fly streaming/pinning features to arrive for Mac and this is the third time it has been raised at these events, so I will be a great deal more enthusiastic when I finally see it.

Synology C2 Backup for Home and Business

Originally rolled out in early autumn of 2021, Synology C2 Backup is the brand’s answer to adding a cloud tier of backup and recovery of your PC alongside your existing physical Synology NAS (aka Bare Metal). The Synology C2 cloud platform has been up and running now for a few years and although it has arguably been of greater use to business users with large collections of desktop/portable PCs across their organization, some home users have been jumping on board too.

Synology C2 itself is the cloud space that can be integrated into the Synology NAS system and services (such as Hyper Backup, Active Backup and Hybrid Share), but C2 Backup (as the name suggests) is the service that is precisely aimed at whole system (or precise folder) backups. Now, this was always possible with your Synology NAS (with the applications mentioned), however, integrating a cloud element greatly increases access and utility of both fluidity of those backups and swiftness of recovery worldwide.

C2 Backup is covering pretty much the entirety of existing mainstream windows platforms (11, 10, 7, Server, etc) and alongside huge integration with the Office 365 SaaS platform and bare metal NAS, means that access to your emails, files, docs and accounts data will still be accessible natively in the event of internet failure or when accessing remotely outside the network. Synology 2022 and Beyond highlighted a number of the services that have been rolled out already in C2 Backup for home and business, but presented them in a much more user-friendly way than previously demonstrated. C2 Backup also continues to be a subscription fee-based service (though with a 90-day trial available) but with unlimited connected system quantities still being available.

Now that C2 is fleshing itself out significantly since launch, expect a full review of this service here on NASCompares in 2022.

Synology C2 Transfer for Business

Synology C2 Transfer is the brand’s ultra-secure data transfer portal that adds numerous levels of encryption, tailored authentication, watermarking and management to file sharing. Sharing files from your NAS is not a new concept, but this has been done with a heavy degree of the responsibility of network/internet security falling on the end-user (many of whom overly rely on the ‘defaults’). The C2 transfer provides a management panel for these primarily C2 based shares and everything from the smallest file shares to the largest databases is delivered via end-to-end encryption and the live/active management panel allowing realtime viewing/control of active data movement from your Business C2 cloud.

As you might expect, Synology is targeting the particularly high-end user with a service like this and the Synology C2 transfer service lives within the C2 platform (and integrates Bare Metal of course to a degree) but is a separate subscription service starting at $49.99 for 5 users and can be expanded. It’s quite a steep price on the face of it, but for hugely secure, mission-critical and highly confidential information, a lot of enterprise-level users will likely be happy to pay.

Synology C2 Identity

Another indication of how much Synology is shifting a lot of their weight towards their C2 cloud platform is with increased remote access management in C2 Identity. Accessing the C2 cloud platform remotely for each of your individual teams and their client hardware is something that (as your user base grows) is going to be tough to manage. Then when you integrate connected SaaS platforms such as Google Workspace, Office 365 and Windows Servers, keeping an eye on access cloud-wide is going to be a big task. The Synology C2 Identity platform (free to home users and a subscription add on with expandability for business) is a single portal access point that allows you to monitor and manage active access by users (as well as the entire access eligible groups). Viewing connected users to your Synology NAS hardware is not new, but the level of live-control of those users has always been a little basic (disconnect and blacklist being the only real option). The C2 identity platform provides real-time monitoring via a browser admin console and provides a much more detailed breakdown of accessing users, their information and a variety of actions to engage with.

Protect all user credentials on C2 Identity with the Secure Remote Password (SRP) protocol and complex password requirements. Additionally, C2 Identity communicates with clients using SRP, a secure zero-knowledge password protocol. SRP generates a secure encryption key and provides authentication without ever sending password-equivalent data over the network, thereby protecting against man-in-the-middle attacks. Finally, the service also allows easy migration for users from an LDAP server, Windows AD server, Microsoft 365, Google Workspace, or by importing a CSV file. I am still the tiniest bit unsure about this as a service. Certainly not its security of utility (I am positive it will do exactly what Synology say it will do) but it is another continued move by the brand to innovate on their C2 platform that indicates them pushing harder for the enterprise level than the home and/or SMB tier.

Synology C2 Password

Let’s get one thing straight, password management software is NOT new! With an abundance of online digital services, website credentials, payment systems and data storage logins to stay on top of, Synology are not the first to come up with a single portal/app management tool to keep these all in one place (and encrypted). So although Synology has been talking about their C2 Password service, its true appeal should lie in its use with your Synology storage – not as a concept! As you might expect, it has the usual assisted login (i.e. login suggestion) support, cross-platform synchronization, unique password generator and secure storage of your patent details – so what makes this any different than  G Authenticator and/or just letting Chrome do it all?

Its key appeal outside of other platforms is that it can act as a unique security checkpoint for file/data sharing with your intended recipients. Password’s on your shared links is not new, but the C2 Password (and in conjunction with C2 Transfer) means that in-house security credentials and access can be enforced to a much higher degree. Additionally, the information that is stored in C2 Password is encrypted throughout and ONLY stored on the device with the tool (so not remotely on the cloud etc). It is a small difference with the many other password/credential storing tools out there, but for businesses to ensure a closed/controlled access system, it is an important one. Home users can access for free (single account etc), but businesses will need a subscription service tier at $4.99 a year for every 5 users, though that has yet to be fully rolled out. I think to pick up by end-users on this service will (once again) be tremendously business/enterprise only, with the bulk of users already having their own login/credential security setup already well established. Still, it’s something that businesses moving the bulk of their network/remote storage and services to Synology will likely integrate widely as a matter of due diligence. Finally, it was briefly touched on that n 2022, Synology will be introducing C2 Object storage service for S3-compatible applications.

Synology FS2500 FlashStation Rackmount Server

Though this new Synology SSD focused flash server was not featured at the Synology 2022 and Beyond Event, it DID end up online (thanks to numerous super keen eShops throughout Europe) that very same week. The new Synology FS2500 FlashStation Rackmount NAS server, featuring a new 1U chassis, 10Gbe and a new AMD Ryzen CPU for the brand and their portfolio.

For more information on this system, the software abilities of the FS250 and how it compares with the rest of the existing Synology Flashstation NAS series, watch the video below:

Synology Hard Drive and SSD Media

The Synology range of media continues to grow, to the excitement of some and the annoyance of others. Originally beginning in 2019 with their range of SATA SSDs, this range has continued into 2021/2022 with SATA hard drives (HAT5300), SAS hard drives (HAS5300) and two versions of NVMe SSD caching media (the SNV3400 and SNV3500). There has been slight revision changes (SNV3400 > SNV3410 and SAT5200 > SAT5210), but aside from that, there has been little change in their media ranges. Increases in available capacities have been highlighted and the continued rather closed support of only their media on the higher tiers of their NAS hardware has continued in 2021, going further in 2022 by the looks of things. For my part, I continue to have mixed feelings on their storage media portfolio. On the one hand, the bulk of them ARE very good drives, promising high performance, durability and workloads (and living up to it) – as well as the tailored firmware of course.

However, with more NAS hardware appearing with limited drive compatibility that eliminates the use of only Synology branded drives (such as the recent DS2422+ – the first PLUS series device to feature this support choice), it is another indicator of Synology shifting its gears internally towards being an enterprise provider that wants to combat the bit SaaS and PaaS providers. It’s a gamble that Synology has clearly been in the process of since early 2019, but a lot of home and SMB users are starting to notice. Ultimately, I do recommend the Synology HDD/SSD media, but not as the ‘ONLY’ choice.

Synology 2022 and Beyond – Conclusion and Verdict

And that was it, the Synology 2022 and Beyond event. I certainly miss the live global events, but can understand in the current climate why this is simply not possible right now. Shortly after the keynote speech and individual feature videos were released on the Synology official YouTube channel, Synology issued a press summary and even touched on a few release details of some of the elements covered during the event. Although still a pinch vague, there is a suggestion of the spring months seeing some great releases. Synology DSM 7.1 and Surveillance Station 9.0 will be released in Q1 2022 as public previews. SRM 1.3 will debut on the RT6600ax router in Q1 2022. Support for RT2600ac and MR2200ac will be added in Q2 2022. More detailed information on other features and services will be available at a later date.

 


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Surveillance Station 9.0 BIG Update – New Feed Controls, Cloud Recording, Google Maps, Watermarks and Privacy Masks

3 décembre 2021 à 16:00

Synology Surveillance Station 9.0 – Everything New that is Coming

Many users who purchase a Synology NAS hardware solution, do so because of the wide variety of software services that are included with it. Although Diskstation Manager has a large number of key applications that range from file management, communication and backups, to multimedia, server synchronization and virtual machine deployment – one application that still continues to be used by home and business users alike is Surveillance Station. The genuinely enterprise-grade quality network video recording and security tool that arrives with very Synology NAS have been one of the most updated applications in the brand’s history. Evolving far beyond a simply camera recording tool and into a complete site surveillance and security platform that is used by top tier companies worldwide to protect their assets. During the Synology 2022 and Beyond event, a large portion of coverage was given to the latest update to their Surveillance arm of the brand, with a new hardware solution (the DVA1622) and a large number of updates coming in the jump towards Surveillance Station version 9.0. So today I wanted to summarize all of those changes and updates, to help you see where the Synology surveillance platform will be headed in 2022.

Learn more about the Synology DVA1622 2-bay AI-Powered Surveillance NAS HERE

What Improvements are Coming to Synology Surveillance Station 9.0?

Synology’s surveillance station platform has always been an exceedingly strong arm of the company and alongside the reveal of the DVA1622 NAS hardware, they took the time to show off their upcoming big update to their NVR software, Surveillance Station 9.0. These updates focused on improvements to the user experience (i.e UX design changes). the scalability of your recordings and security enhancements. Let’s go through the highlights of Surveillance Station 9.0 at Synology 2022.

Surveillance Station 9.0 and Monitor Center

Originally, when accessing your surveillance setup, the display of real-time camera feeds and accessing recordings/alerts in a dynamic and interactive way was spread across two applications – Live View and Timeline tools. In Surveillance Station 9.0, these are being combined into a single tool called Monitor Center, Combing the bank of live camera feed and historical recordings into a single GUI. This also includes the addition of adding surveillance devices (such as IP Speakers and IP controlled door locks) into the wider control GUI window of Monitor Center. This means a much wider and more customizable control deck on a single screen. Alongside this, when alerts (based on movement, light, defined lines, etc) are triggered, these are also accessible and visible on the same panel and when viewed, can shink the existing feed dynamically to allow the alerts into this single screen easily. Combinations of events that are triggered can be consolidated into smaller collections for alerts/display to the end-user. Finally, the time bar at the bottom of the monitor center feed will allow you to bookmark or capture a user-defined clip in 2 clicks, as well as allow scrolling through past recording at multiple speeds be possible, whilst live camera feeds and controls on the wider Monitor Center feed remain live.

Overall, it does seem a much more customizable feed layout in the web-based GUI and unlike my feeling on when Photo Station and Moments were combined into the Synology Photos application in DSM 7 (it’s getting there!), combining all of these elements of control for your surveillance setup makes a huge amount of sense and I am genuinely looking forward to getting to grips with this new NVR tool.

Dual Recording with Synology C2

Having a selection of cameras in your home or business environment that are recording feeds 24×7 is a business-must and in most cases, these cameras will be sending their feeds to a Synology NAS on a network directly connected to the physical NAS (or an offline/non-internet network that is branched into the NAS system. Records are kept in that NAS with numerous backup and sync options built-in, but what if an intruder breaks into your premises and destroys/steals the NAS? Live synchronization of the NAS to an offsite NAS or discreetly hidden 2nd server will only be as useful as the speed with which the duplicated recording data can be sent. Burglaries are FAST operations and there is every possibility that the time for an alert recording or completed recording block being sent to the 2nd storage location won’t be fast enough – therefore the capture of a break-in will be lost. This is a problem that has been raised before and now with Synology’s improvements to their C2 cloud platform, a solution has been presented in the form of Dual Recording.

Duel recording will allow records from your camera feeds to be sent to BOTH the NAS server AND an area of C2 cloud storage (not THROUGH the NAS). This recorded footage will be accessible through the Synology C2 Surveillance portal, which will allow much, MUCH smaller loss of recording time compared to a backup and/or sync operation previously.

Synology were keen to highlight that using the C2 Surveillance platform to create a 2nd recording path for your surveillance setup will allow only up to a 5 second recording loss at most, the ability to view recordings in the C2 Surveillance browser-based GUI, features end-to-end encryption to prevent interception/editing and (most important of all) the ability to share those recordings from your C2 Surveillance space securely (for the police or company-wide). Synology states that this additional surveillance feature will require a subscription service and there will be a tier for home users and another for business users. They are detailed as follows:

Basic Plan – $1 per Camera, per Month

  • Only Stores Triggered Events
  • Stored in up to 720p Resolution
  • Only held for 7-Days

Advanced Plan – Pricing TBC per Camera/Batch

  • Smart Continuous Recording (Full FPS in Events and 1FPS when Idle/Normal)
  • Stored in up to 1080p
  • Recordings are held for up to 30 Days

Although the pricing on the business tier is yet to be confirmed, Synology is saying that they want to keep this as cost-effective as possible. Personally, the basic plan at $1 per camera (when you think of your 2x camera licences with most Synology NAS) is a pretty small price and to ensure that 2nd recorded stream, a very attractive feature.

Significantly Faster Single and Batch Camera Deployment

The ability to add numerous IP cameras to a Surveillance Station setup is something that has always been quite fast in the application. Scanning your local area network (as well as other IP networks in separate ranges) was always available in the IP Camera application. However, Synology have seemingly improved thing further in Surveillance Station 9.0 with significantly higher deployment. The example provided was adding 300 cameras, across 10 different models to 5 existing Synology NAS. This would take 9hours in Surveillance Station 8.2, but just 30mins in Surveillance Station 9.0.

This comparison was clearly based on using default settings or recommended settings from the Surveillance station platform itself, but still very impressive indeed. There are also improvements in unique setups to your own surveillance, with the added options to Copy/Paste whole camera settings, as well as importing an excel/spreadsheet file that has all the settings previous exported from another setup or system.

Improvements in the Surveillance Station CMS and Update Deployment

Station has always had a central management system component, allowing the oversight of multiple Synology NAS systems being used for Surveillance – allowing control, alerts and a much more secure, company side surveillance setup. If the server has internet access (as appose to a closed network-only setup or surveillance server+camera subnetwork), you can push servers remotely to download and install the newest updates automatically via this improved CMS.

Alternatively, if your Surveillance Station NAS and Cameras exist on an offline network (for reasons of security), then you can remotely push updates from within the CMS if you are accessing it from an internet-connected machine (or simply have the latest update file for Surveillance Station locally). This was possible previously, but in a very unintuitive way and required access to the standard DSM interface and individual upload/installation on each system in quite a longwinded fashion.

There are other smaller improvements in the Surveillance station CMS promised, but these two were the main ones

Surveillance Station 9.0 – Live Map integration with Google Maps and OpenStreetMap

A HUGELY requested and oddly overlooked feature (likely licensing of an API or commercial use related at the very least) is the integration of Google Maps and OpenStreetMap to the Synology Surveillance Station 9.0 platform. There has always been the option to upload custom eMaps of your office environment (i.e digital blueprints of your building and place markers for camera locations and coverage), but if you are covering a much larger expanse of space, or are running widespread multi-site surveillance setups, the ability to use these popular online map tools will hugely simplify the visibility of your whole surveillance network

Once you have entered the location of your Surveillance setups, they can be accessed over a larger geographical interface, as well as providing live feeds when hovered over. This is improved further, as you can immediately form this window, add them to your larger Monitor Center feed quickly.

You still have the option of eMaps (and there can be uploaded and browsed through in a much more intuitive fashion now), but there is no denying that the implementation of these hugely popular 3rd party mapping services will be useful.

Support for HTTPS and SRTP in Surveillance Station 9.0 Feeds and Streaming

Further improvements in the support of secure camera access and accessing those records remotely in the most watertight way possible are also being introduced in Surveillance Station 9.0 First up there is going to be the support of HTTPS connections on cameras for management/changes, so this will ensure that only securely connected administrators can make changes to your all-important surveillance setup. Additionally, the rather business desirable SRTP encrypted level of video streaming (again, to ensure that only authorized individuals with water tight access protocol) can stream live feeds on supported systems.

Encrypted Recording in Surveillance Station 9.0

Likewise, for those that take on-site/bare-metal encryption very serious, you can now enable locally kept encryption keys for recordings in Surveillance Station 9.0. This means that whether a recording is being accessed remotely (even in C2), or locally over the network, you cannot access it without a sufficient encryption key. This is something taht is already widely available at the standard data access level, but awesome to see integrated into surveillance.

Privacy Mask that can be applied in Surveillance Station

Next, there is the inclusion of a dynamic privacy mask that can be applied to your camera feeds. This can be used to cover important/confidential physical elements present on a camera’s field of view and is a point-to-point drawing box (so unique shapes can be created for customizable coverage).

As cool as this feature is, there wasn’t complete clarification if this si something that needs to be implemented on the live feed in order to be carried over to the recordings OR if it is something that can be applied to pre-recorded footage later (i.e. you need to share footage that was previously captured and NOW needs to apply the mask/filter). We should have clarification on this soon.

The ability to apply Watermarks to Surveillance Station 9.0 Feeds

Along with the privacy filter (and very much in the opposing direction of user!), Surveillance Station 9.0 will also feature a watermark feature that allows those feeds to be fully branded with your logo/image of choice to ensure they are verified as yours, as well as to ensure that (if shared) that they are traceable.

Once again, the extent to how this can be implemented (i.e in the live feed in advance ONLY or in the feed AND applied afterwards to your recordings) is yet to be confirmed. Expect updates as soon as they become available.

When Will the Synology Surveillance Station 9.0 Be Released?

In conjunction with Surveillance Station 9.0, Synology state that the new 2-Bay DVA1622 NAS will arrive with it by default (revealed during the 2022 and Beyond event) and will be released in the first half of 2022. Therefore, there is every likelihood that this new surveillance hardware platform will act as the launch device for that big software update too in a larger campaign by the brand. Given its business class nature, expect it perhaps at the tail even of the first quarter of 2022. Subscribe to NASCompares to keep updated on the DVA1622, Surveillance Station 9.0 and further updates on the Synology NAS platform.

 

 

 


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Synology DVA1622 AI Powered NVR 2-Bay for Business & Prosumers

3 décembre 2021 à 11:42

New Synology DVA1622 2-Bay NVR NAS Revealed

Synology revealed quite a few interesting hardware and software plans in their recent 2022 and Beyond event, with quite an impressive amount of focus being given to their planned updates for the Surveillance station and a new piece of AI-powered NVR hardware, the DVA1622. This is by no means their first AI-assisted surveillance solution (with the DVA3219 and DVA3221 for High-end business and enterprise released in recent years), but the DVA1622 is by far the most compact and buyer accessible entry into this series yet (though almost certainly still arriving with a price tag that will push it outside the low end, home user). Arriving with Surveillance Station 9.0 at launch, the DVA1622 will feature the support of deep video analysis found in the larger 4 bay GPU equipped versions (though in lower volume instances), as well as unique local access options and easier compact deployment. So, let’s take a look at everything we learned about this new NAS system for surveillance see what makes it stand out from the crowd.

The Synology DVA1622 Surveillance NAS Details

The Synology DVA1622 is clearly stylized on the most recent other 2-bay solution from the brand, the DS720+, arriving in the same compact chassis (though perhaps a pinch taller/wider). There are still a number of key details, such as the CPU that is inside, whether the system will utilize an on-board GPU or Google TPU Coral m.2, and precise ports, but there are still lots of things that Synology was able to confirm about this device during their 2022 launch content.

Highlights of the DVA1622 Surveillance NAS

  • Supports upto 16x IP Cameras
  • Supports upto 2x AI-Powered Tasks
  • Arriving with Surveillance Station 9.0 by default
  • Supports H.265 Format/Compression
  • USB Ports, but full KVM support TBC
  • Stylised on the DS720+ Chassis4K HDMI Enabled
  • AI Deep Video Analysis Features Inc. People and vehicle detection, People counting Face recognition, Intrusion detection and Deep motion detection
  • Expandability (DX517?) TBC
  • Details on inclusive camera license TBC

Later today we will be going through all of the many, MANY updates that are coming to Synology’s surveillance station platform (Cloud recording, Watermarks, Privacy masks, Monitor Center GUI, Google Maps integration and more) in a dedicated Surveillance Station 9.0 article, but there will ALL be supported on the DVA1622 NAS, thanks to it’s impressive yet compact architecture. Alongside the existing range of AI-supported video analysis tools available to the DVA series, there will also be a new (heavily requested) feature added – Licence Plate Recognition.

Now, this seems like an odd feature to get hyped up about, until you think about a business, its security and its means of keeping track of visitors and intruders to their physical premises. Even small businesses are likely to have an on-site car park. So, scenario one – Your building has room for 12 cars and you need to know the frequency of who/where/when they arrive – having a database of which cars belong to your team, means this can be used to know who is present and at what time they arrived/departed. Not enough? Ok, scenario 2 – It’s 5am and a van arrives at your business. Is it a known vehicle to the business or intruders who want to break in? deep video analysis of live recordings and vehicle+licence plate recognition would allow you to have triggers set to alert you if an ‘unknown’ vehicle has arrived and not moved for X time. This allows tailored alerts and actions to be set up. STILL not enough? OK! Scenario 3 – You have a fleet of delivery vehicles that, although very similar in livery/design, are all different vehicle registrations. You need to know if they are all present at closing time OR have all left the main site/depot by 9AM – License plate AI recognition that monitors LIVE recordings (as well as the support of checking legacy recordings over additional time) is hugely useful. But deep video analysis on the DVA1622 and other AI-assisted Surveillance NAS does not end there.

What is Deep Video Analysis and How is it Used in Network Video Servers?

Despite the fact that almost all Synology NAS devices arrived with surveillance station and camera licences included, the performance of the security software will always differ on each Synology NAS device because of its respective hardware. Until recently, these differences could be measured in easy and straightforward terms, such as:
  • Number of simultaneous cameras one time
  • The frame rate of individual cameras recording
  • Resolution supported by individual cameras simultaneously
These three ways were the key measurements with which you could decide the right Synology surveillance station NAS for your needs, as different CPU and memory combinations lead to varying levels of coverage.
What makes the DVA1622 so different is both the Nvidia graphics card inside and the extra real-time supported surveillance add-ons that it enables with its. Typically, a surveillance NAS will be used as a means of being notified of and actioning security alerts. The bulk of security alerts can simply be described as ‘Thing A is in the field of vision of Camera B‘, and should not be. The DVA1622 supports all of the control and alerts that you would find on almost any Synology NAS, such as motion detection, light detection and heat (depending on the camera in question). These alerts will almost always require you to assess recorded footage after the event you are being notified about, reviewing and assessing old footage after the fact and making a judgement on whether this is a perceived negative action. This not only takes time, but also manpower, and with so many false alarms in play (trees moving in the wind, motion detection in a busy environment or night vision tracking as LED hardware switches time of day activity, etc) this can lead to both excessive time-wasting and unreliable results.
The answer to this is DVA (Deep Video Analysis) thanks to this, that means that footage is being analysed by an AI inside the DVA1622 and false alerts and unreliable data can be eliminated instantly. The DVA1622 is smart enough to know the difference between a person and a car, a tree and a bag, and so on and so forth – as well as being able to be programmed to identify things, rather than on motion or blobs of pixels. In real terms that means that you can monitor an entire area over multiple cameras, filled with constantly moving people, and yet it can see if someone has left an unattended item or a vehicle has entered the scene. Likewise, because it can differentiate the difference between items moving in the wind and items that have their own traction, it can alert you to the movement of things without wasting your time with a leaf falling off a tree.
This system of deep video analytics goes even further though, with recognition of people and trigger zones. In real terms, that means that you can draw an area of effect, or a start and finish line digitally thanks to the surveillance station user interface that the deep video analytics AI in the DVA1622 can work with to identify if people move in and out of a given zone, as well as keep count and subtract numbers if needed. This kind of analytics can, of course, be done by humans later on and with hours, days, weeks and months of recorded footage, but it saves a huge amount of time and resources to have this kind of video analysis done in real-time.
These are the things that make the Synology DVA1622 such an impressive device and a tremendously positive thing that these features are going to be available on a much smaller scale (with local potential KVM access of course) on the Synology DVA1622.

What Improvements are Coming to Synology Surveillance Station 9.0?

Synology’s surveillance station platform has always been an exceedingly strong arm of the company and alongside the reveal of the DVA1622 NAS hardware, they took the time to show off their upcoming big update to their NVR software, Surveillance Station 9.0. These updates focused on improvements to the user experience (i.e UX design changes). the scalability of your recordings and security enhancements. I have covered ALL of the updates that Synology is bringing to version 9.0 in the dedicated article below:

FULL Breakdown of the New Features Coming to Surveillance Station 9.0 will be LIVE later today via the link below

When Will the Synology DVA1622 NAS Be Released?

Synology state that the DVA1622 will be released in the first half of 2022, however further details beyond that (eg month or the price of the DVA1622) were not available. Given that this system will be launched with Surveillance station 9.0 by default, then there is every likelihood that this new surveillance hardware platform will act as the launch device for that big software update. Given its business class nature, expect it perhaps at the tail even of the first quarter of 2022. Subscribe to NASCompares to keep updated on the DVA1622, Surveillance Station 9.0 and further updates on the Synology NAS platform.

 


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Synology DSM 7.1 – Features & Services Revealed

3 décembre 2021 à 00:03

Information on Synology DSM 7.1 Revealed During the Synology 2022 Event

An interesting part of Synology’ recent keynote speech, during the brand’s ‘2022 and Beyond’ event that did not get anywhere near the attention it deserved, was the details that were shared on DSM 7.1 and numerous individual applications and services that will see improvements in this next sub-update to DSM. Although the bulk of these improvements largely target the enterprise and high-end business sector, many of them demonstrate a large degree of focus being given to recovery of data, ease of access and scalability within the Synology platform in the future. The leveraging of Synology C2 against the majority of these features (as well as cloud linked services such as Active Insight) likely means that a few of these will directly/inadvertently run into subscription services, but nevertheless, it is interesting to see where Synology is headed in their next update.

Synology DSM 7.1 and Improvements in the Features, Actions and GUI of Active Insight

Synology DSM 7.1 will be improving the ability to overview and control multiple storage areas at once, from bare metal to those on the C2 platform. A big part of this is going to be improvements in the Active insight, a tool that already gives users a lot of control of multi-site setups. This user interface will be tweaked and improved to make these controls (such as pushing updates across the whole storage network and monitoring areas of concern/improvement).

Additionally, there will be updates in how Active insight deals with suspicious activity in connected users. Using existing historical data in usage patterns, locations and behaviour, it can report suspicious behaviour to the admin user and allow much faster recognition of troubling access behaviour – eliminating infiltration of your storage system even more. This information will be presented to eligible admin users with significant geolocational data, a breakdown of suspicious connectivity and suggestions of how to proceed.

Another improvement that will be rolled into Active Insight in DSM 7.1 is the integration of Hyper Backup monitoring and control from within it’s GUI. This will allow the success/failure/issues of existing backup routines from within DSM 7.1 on one or more NAS servers to be monitored, actioned or configured via the single portal access point of Active Insight. The extent to which this will be available is still yet to be fully confirmed, but it promises to be the first of many staple DSM applications that will be integrated into Active Insight in DSM 7.1 and onwards.

Active insight is still primarily a higher-end business and Enterprise subscription platform, so it’s improvements in DSM 7.1 will only really be felt in the highest tiers, but it is still nice to see it implementing already commonly asked features in the next sub-release of DSM.

Synology DSM 7.1 and Hybrid Share improvements Adding GFS & Cache Warm-Up

The Synology Hybrid Share service (introduced in DSM 7.0) allows users to connect their NAS service with an area of C2 cloud storage, which can be locally cached based on access. Hybrid Share was always promoted as an ideal means for users to have secure, yet convenient access to their storage, as well as allowing a multi-site setup to synchronize remotely a great deal more easily. DSM 7.1 will see HybridShare improved with several new features that will include HTTP/3 support, support of GFS (Global File System) and a new cache warm-up feature.

GFS has the added benefit of preventing multiple users from editing the same file and (upon saving) creating multiple versions of a file with their own respective edits. With GFS the file is locked to a user accessing via the share, ensuring that all other connected users who try to access that file are notified that it is in use/locked. The addition of HTTP/3 support will improve performance during access (something already integrated on other cloud-only platforms for responsiveness of files live). Finally, there is improvements in how local caching of the C2 Clous storage is handled. The cache warmup is an advanced version of the existing cache feature. Currently, in Hybrid Share, when a file is accessed, it will likely be cached for an indefinite period and eventually flushed as further files are accessed over time. The cache warm-up feature will see/learn which files are more commonly accessed and have them loaded in.

Further Roll out of Out of Band Management

For those that are not aware, Out of Band Management (OOB or OOBM) connection is a secure and alternative means for admins to connect with a server to access important log information (in order to facilitate a repair or restore) as well as allow administrators to utilize higher power controls for restoration, power cycling, rebooting or simply for troubleshooting.

Synology will be rolling out the support of an out of band physical port in future hardware releases and this should assist in reducing downtime and the need for maintenance admins to be physically on-site.

Improved Multi-Server, Multi-File System via a Single Portal coming in DSM 7.1

Synology DSM 7 already improved directory services and different file servers. It is not uncommon for a business to feature several different file server types in their environment (whether that is for suitability to other services in house or for reasons of performance). DSM 7.1 is planned to have support for a global folder (i.e single all accessing) that can see and access the file server directories inside and allow much more convenient interaction for users, via a single portal access point. This will be DSM 7.1 providing DFS (Distributed File System) over SMB for convenience.

Improvements in Remote Domain Controller Support

DSM 7.0 has already integrated secondary domain controller support for reasons such as load balancing and improving the availability of storage across multiple sites. DSM 7.1 will add to this with the support of Read-Only domain controllers. Ultimately this will allow businesses to create a further storage point/node to their storage network but reducing the risk to the greater system if access is being made by a less wholly secure environment.

Complete DSM Backup and Restoration from Synology C2 in DSM 7.1

Synology already features numerous methods of backup and restoration in DSM 7.0 (and indeed DSM 6.2 before it). Key applications that cover the NAS data, your local machine data and even local cached C2 cloud data are supported and/or can be utilized in Active Backup Suite, Hyper Backup, Synology Drive and Snapshot Replication to create backups and restore when necessary. Alongside this, features such as encryption, compression or deduplication are available to allow further backup opportunities and further improve the likelihood of recovering your data. However, all of these are targetted at individual shared folders, storage volumes or your local client machine – not the NAS, complete data layout and its entire system configuration. That is where DSM 7.1 is going to improve things with FULL DSM Backup – the entire NAS architecture, configuration and digital layout as a whole, comprehensive backup (almost certainly to Synology C2). Although details were a little thin on the ground, existing features of the existing backup/restoration apps in DSM 7 (such as deduplication, incremental backups, scheduling, custom retention policies and fast replication) will be supported in the FULL DSM Backup service.

Synology and Scale-Out Storage Solutions in the Future

Aside from the details regarding how DSM 7.1 is shaping up, there was also a brief period at the end of the keynote video that highlighted something that Synology is working on in future developments. Moving beyond their existing scale-up solutions (ie bare metal solutions that can have a # of expansions added for further Terabytes and Petabytes of storage), currently they are examining the implementation of whole storage systems (made up of multiple physical servers) that feature a distributed file server layer. This would allow the equivalent of a local RAID to become whole systems being synchronized together. This would allow connected clients to only interact with a single interface as usual and a whole system/node going online resulting in zero difference being felt. That also would theoretically mean that changes to the system and its hardware would be frictionless to constant access and added further storage hardware (i.e more bare metal nodes) would also be considerably easier (see gif below).

There were further improvements highlighted in the keynote Synology 2022 speeches, but these are all largely going to be rolled out in DSM 7.0 in the first half of the year. These include improvements to the Synology Drive Mobile Application and UI, MacOS support, SRM 1.3, Surveillance Station 9.0 and much more. Expect full coverage of those here on NASCompares and over on my YouTube channel here soon. Don’t forget to subscribe!

 


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Synology NAS to Buy this Cyber Monday 2021

24 novembre 2021 à 01:43

Synology NAS Bargains and Deals this Black Friday 2021

Black Friday is here again and for many of you, this is the final decider on whether you are going to finally buy your very own Synology NAS or upgrade that old DS411+ or DS216+ that is starting to show its age. Synology have been focusing considerably more on rackmount NAS solutions in 2021 and the few desktop (Diskstation) NAS solutions that have arrived on the market have been either fantastically enterprise or currently regional exclusives at this time. This means that the majority of their desktop NAS solutions have been on the market now for more than a year each (some in the 18+ series have been around for quite a while longer!) and therefore there is considerable scope for the current range to have a number of great discounts available in the Black Friday 2021 sale. We predict that the likes of the DS920+ all-rounder NAS will likely be the star of the show in terms of deals, but given that the DS118, DS218 and DS418 are long overdue a refresh, these might also be very discounted at e-retailers. Below I have detailed the Top 3 Synology NAS for backups, plex, business, surveillance and value. Each with links to amazon and their discount warehouse (which will be on an extra 20% discount during Black Friday 2021). Alongside this, I will also be updating this page regularly during black Friday adding links to deals as they go live throughout the week of Black Friday, from Monday 22nd to 30th November.

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UK Amazon Amazon Black Friday Page

Amazon Warehouse (20% Off Everything) – USA

Amazon Warehouse (20% Off Everything) – UK

Amazon Warehouse (20% Off Everything) – Germany

TOP Synology NAS Deals to Watch Out For on Black Friday 2021

Below are the three Synology entries that are almost certain to be on sale this Black Friday at your normal online shop (not just Amazon).

Synology DS920+ NAS Drive – Released in summer 2020, the DS920+ is still a very popular NAS but is regularly featured in seasonal sales. Add to that the potential for a DS922+ release next year and you are very likely to see this NAS in the black Friday sales (it was a prominent fixture of the Amazon Prime Day sales globally earlier in 2021. Find it HERE.

Synology MR2200ac Mesh Router – The 3rd release in the Synology Router series, the MR2200ac is still a popular piece of kit. However, continued mention online of a potential WiFi 6 version in 2021 (MR2200ax or RT2600ax?) along with continued development of the SRM platform likely means that the MR2200ac and RT2600ac will be on sale at numerous retailers. Find it HERE.

Synology DS118, DS218 & DS418 NAS – The standard/value series from Synology (the Realtek 64bit family) has been in circulation as far back as 2017 and is long overdue for a refresh. That said, Synology have continued to support it, provide it with DSM 7, BTRFS at the 2GB level and it can still handle Plex, backups, surveillance and native 4K transcoding well in 2021. A real potential bargain! Find it HERE.

Synology DS920+ NAS Drive

Synology MR2200ac Mesh Router

Synology DS118, DS218 & DS418 NAS

 

 

Black Friday 2021 – Synology NAS Drives for PLEX

One of the big appeals of a Synology NAS drive is to use it as a Plex Media Server. Plex (if you didn’t know) is just as slick, fast and beautiful in design as Netflix, Prime Video and HBO Now, but instead of streaming/renting your content, you play the movies, tv shows and music that you own! Having your own Plex Media Server Synology NAS is fantastically appealing and a much more financially appealing choice than paying monthly for content you do not get to own. Below are the best 3 Synology NAS deals this Black Friday for a Plex Media Server in 2021.

 

Synology DS920+ 4-Bay NAS

The DS920+ NAS is something that Synology should be proud of. It is a great entry into their already impressive range of Diskstation NAS devices. If you are looking for a brand new NAS to consolidate your home media, to support your relative as the ‘IT whizz’ of the family, or move your business away from Google Drives and DropBox’ onto something safer, more scalable and dependable – then the DS920+ has alot to offer you. It gives you a great base to start using the DSM platform, as well as a good means to upgrade your storage internally at a later date (expansions in memory, expansions in storage, expansion in NVMe). If you are an existing DS918+ or DS916+ owner, this might not seem like the jump you were waiting for.

 


Synology DS1821+ 8-Bay NAS

I have always been a long-term fan of the Synology brand as a whole, applauding their recent moves towards Ryzen processors and range-wide adoption of dedicated M2 NVMe cache bays. However, the Synology DS1821+, much like the DS1621+, is a giant leap in many ways and the smallest of stumbles in others. The switch from Atom to Ryzen embedded processor needs to be recognised for both the big jump it is from a brand that typically errs on the side of caution in hardware. Likewise, the inclusion of ECC memory, massive potential-filled PCIe expandability at PCIe 3 x8 and support of popular services like Synology Hybrid RAID (SHR) are certainly a plus. But many buyers will be put off by the continued adoption of 1Gbe as standard and the limitation of those NVMe bays to caching ONLY and not raw storage pools. With a price tag without storage media at around £1,000 (give or take), this is a big ask to pay for something that has lucrative software potential but arguably lesser hardware potential. In short, I do really like the Synology DS1821+ NAS, I just don’t know how long I could be in love with it long-term, as the rest of my network hardware environment embraces faster connectivity.

 


Synology DS1621xs 6-Bay NAS

Whatever way you look at it, you cannot what question the sheer level of hardware value present in the DS1621xs+, especially compared with other similarly priced Synology NAS. In the DS1621xs+, you find one of the best performing internal and external NAS systems in the entire Synology portfolio, as well as providing you with an enterprise rackmount grade solution in a desktop form. I know it seems like a big statement, but this could genuinely be one of the best examples of what Synology provide to business users and certainly reorganises the portfolio for small and medium business users for the better in 2020/2021. Is it perfect, of course not, few things ever can be. But if your budget can extend to it, the Synology DS1621xs+ easily represents the very best of everything that Synology has to offer, while still maintaining a fantastic high standard to third-party software users worldwide.

 


 

Black Friday 2021 – Lowest Priced Synology NAS Drives

If you are new to Synology NAS and don’t want to spend much this Black Friday, then that’s ok. Synology has a great selection of fantastically low price NAS available to buy this Black Friday in 1 hard drive, 2 hard drive and 4 hard drive sizes. Below is the best 3 Budget NAS that Synology features this Black Friday 2021:

Synology DS120J 1-Bay NAS

With the release of the new DS120j NAS, when it comes to buying your first network-attached storage device there are several reasons why the Synology range appeals to many. With a diverse range of hardware and storage options across a wide series of uses, as well as an impressive range of first-party applications, Synology has fast become one of the biggest names in the NAS. However, so many users have one tiny problem with most Synology devices, namely the price tag. In terms of overall price, you will find that a Synology NAS typically is around 15 to 20% more expensive than most other brands with the same hardware (we will leave software out of the equation for a bit). Added to this is the fact that most buyers looking to buy their first unit are nervous in spending large sums of money on a largely unexplored area of technology. Luckily Synology has already addressed this problem before with the inclusion of a budget range of devices that serves as a fantastic introduction point to network-attached storage and the Synology Diskstation Manager (DSM) system software.

 


Synology DS220J 2-Bay NAS

The Synology DS220j NAS is not the most powerful NAS drive, or the most fully-featured NAS drive – but the point is that it is not trying to be! Synology has held an exceptionally good reputation in the world of network-attached storage for a decade and if a new NAS buyer wanted to cautiously invest in a new piece of equipment in this area, then despite their modest budget, they will want to get the best they can for their money, from a brand with an established pedigree – THAT is what the Synology DS220j NAS is trying to achieve and for the most part, it completely succeeds! Aside from the memory being a touch light on the ground and the white chassis not being to everyone’s taste, in almost every other regard the DS220j is a great little NAS drive that any first time NAS users, or those making the jump from subscription cloud services like Google Drive and DropBox, are going to enjoy. Just keep an eye on the number of active users and tasks at any given time and you will be on to a winner here.

 


Synology DS420J 4-Bay NAS

Although this device will only cost you around £485 ex.VAT with 4x 2TB hard drives (Seagate Ironwolf NAS Drives) included, it can still perform the bulk of the standard tasks that are available in modern NAS and if you are looking for a universally supported DLNA or backup device, this is the one for you. Though definitely not aimed at the NAS experienced or 2nd-time buyers, or those looking for a solid foundation to build a business around where the customer data is critical. If you are looking for a network-attached storage device to act as a network backup or just want a simple NAS to do basic tasks such as media and protecting the data on your other devices, I recommend the Synology DS420j NAS

 


 

Black Friday 2021 – Synology NAS Drives for Photo and Video Editing

Storing your photography or Video Editing archive for post-production on a Synology NAS is something taht has grown in popularity in the last few years. Now in 2021, not only can a Synology NAS be used to store your photos/video, but with upgraded connections to 10Gbe, Thunderbolt 3 to 10Gbe Adapters and link aggregation becoming more affordable, buying a Synology NAS this Black Friday 2021 for your post-production and live editing is easier than ever before Below are three great options for editors looking for a Synology NAS Deal from Amazon today.

Synology DS1520+ 5-Bay NAS

Although this is not the first 5 drive NAS that Synology has ever produced, you can clearly see that the brand has seen what was popular in previous generations and cherry-picked those areas to build the DS1520+. Arriving perilously close to the DS920+, in both release date and primary architecture, chances are that the benefits of buying the DS1520+ are far more long term. I do think that the DS1520+ is a great example of Synology hardware and certainly merits the additional spend over said four-bay. What complaints I can make about it still echo those of the DS920+ and although the additional memory is a welcome thing indeed, as is double expandability and 4 LAN ports, this system still seemingly prioritises internal performance over external performance. Surely, the DS1520+ may lead to the odd bit of buyers regret those that purchased the Synology DS920+ a couple of months ago, but the DS1520+ is a system that asks you to invest today on long-term benefits down the line and for some, it might seem a touch unwarranted. Overall though, I like it and would happily recommend the Synology DS1520+ NAS to most users, especially those who want a more balanced and 4K ready solution than those before.

 


Synology DS1621+ 6-Bay NAS

The Synology ‘Plus’ series of devices has long held a reputation for providing mid-range hardware to mid-range business customers. Because of this, the DS1621+ needs to balance a fine line between providing fast and reliable hardware, whilst still maintaining a price point that won’t intimidate the average small-medium business user. In this regard, I think the Synology DS1621+ NAS gets it right, finding an impressive halfway point between these two factors. However, it is important for buyers to understand what they are buying and where the price point for the Synology DS1621+ is being aimed. Although it seemingly lacks some of the multimedia and prosumer features of ‘cheaper’ NAS devices in the Synology portfolio, it doubles down on more business and enterprise-level features in efforts to support that core audience. It’s about getting the right tool for the job and in that area, Synology almost completely succeed. The lack of above gigabit connectivity afforded to a NAS unit at this price point, compared with their competitors, may put some users off, but on the whole, you are getting good performance and excellent value on this combined hardware and software solution with some excellent scalability.

 


Synology DS3617xsII 12-Bay NAS

Meet the 12-bay desktop NAS that allows instant deployment with scalability up to 36 drives, delivering outstanding 2,358MB/s sequential throughput reading. DS3617xs is certified for VMware, Citrix, Hyper-V, and OpenStack, ready to bring superior agility and efficiency to businesses. Synology DS3617xs is backed with Synology’s 5-year limited warranty. With technical support and hardware replacement service, the 5-year warranty maximizes your enterprises’ return on investment.

 

Black Friday 2021 – Synology NAS Drives for 4K Video

4K TVs and High Definition media production have now reached a point that buying the right Synology NAS for storing, watching and adapting 4K Ulta High definition media in 2021 can be alot of work. True 4K media arrives in HUGE file sizes and you will need a more powerful Synology NAS drive to handle this kind of media all the way from the hard drives inside, to pumping it out to your 4K Display. Luckily a few of the more powerful Synology NAS solutions are on offer this Black Friday and if you are lucky enough to get a deal on one of these three, you will have a great NAS to enjoy 4K in your home or business environment.

Synology DS920+ 4-Bay NAS

The DS920+ NAS is something that Synology should be proud of. It is a great entry into their already impressive range of Diskstation NAS devices. If you are looking for a brand new NAS to consolidate your home media, to support your relative as the ‘IT whizz’ of the family, or move your business away from Google Drives and DropBox’ onto something safer, more scalable and dependable – then the DS920+ has alot to offer you. It gives you a great base to start using the DSM platform, as well as a good means to upgrade your storage internally at a later date (expansions in memory, expansions in storage, expansion in NVMe). If you are an existing DS918+ or DS916+ owner, this might not seem like the jump you were waiting for. There are always areas of improvement, the USB ports, the 1Gbe, that 1 memory slot – but these are things that Synology no doubt feel should be pushed into a higher price/hardware bracket – Allowing the DS920+ Price to be as close to its predecessors it can be. Whether you agree or disagree, I think that we can agree that this NAS is still giving you alot of bang for your buck in 2020.


Synology DS1520+ 5-Bay NAS

The DS1520+ NAS is something that Synology should be proud of. It is a great entry into their already impressive range of Diskstation NAS devices. If you are looking for a brand new NAS to consolidate your home media, to support your relative as the ‘IT whizz’ of the family, or move your business away from Google Drives and DropBox’ onto something safer, more scalable and dependable – then the DS920+ has alot to offer you. It gives you a great base to start using the DSM platform, as well as a good means to upgrade your storage internally at a later date (expansions in memory, expansions in storage, expansion in NVMe). If you are an existing DS920+ or DS1019+ owner, this might not seem like the jump you were waiting for. Although this is not the first 5 drive NAS that Synology has ever produced, you can clearly see that the brand has seen what was popular in previous generations and cherry-picked those areas to build the DS1520+. Arriving perilously close to the DS920+, in both release date and primary architecture, chances are that the benefits of buying the DS1520+ are far more long term


Synology DS1621xs 12-Bay NAS

It is fair to say that the Synology DS1621xs+ NAS makes a bold statement in what it is bringing to the table. Synology has been a brand that up until a few years ago traded significantly more on its software than it does on its hardware. Devices like the DS1621xs+ go a long way to dispel this myth in 2020/2021 and what we find here is an exceptionally well-equipped desktop NAS system. Obviously, at this price tag, you would expect it to deliver a lot and as a combined hardware and software package, the DS1621xs+ certainly achieved this. What issues you can make with the hardware are of the DS1621xs+ are more a question of the brands own decisions on what users want in storage right now. Small factors such as the NVMe bays not being accessible for RAW storage, the lack of Synology hybrid RAID and the use of CPU seen in 2017 and 2018 release hardware might put some potential buyers on the fence. But ultimately if you’ve committed to a desktop Synology solution because of DSM, the brand’s high reputation and that spec sheet – you will genuinely struggle to find a more powerful and equipped desktop NAS from this company right now.

Black Friday 2021 – Synology NAS Drives for Business

Businesses in 2021 are producing so, SO MUCH DATA! Customer information, Web site images, legal documents, online marketing, internal communication, surveillance and security – it all adds up! With the majority of this data being highly confidential, copywrite or both, it is imperative that a business has a secure place to keep this data. Synology NAS drives have been used in business for a number of years and Diskstation Manager (DSM) arrives with every NAS, packed with applications and licenses for those enterprise applications (Synology Active Backup, Surveillance, Virtual Machine Manager, Drive, Office, Chat, Calendar, mail and more). Below are the best Synology NAS drive deals this Black Friday for those who want to invest in a business class server to protect their data and ensure high productivity in 2021.

Synology DS1821+ 8-Bay NAS

DS1821+ is an 8-bay desktop NAS providing superior performance with great expandability, allowing for seamless expansion and upgradability to satisfy your growing business needs. DS1819+ comes with four Gigabit Ethernet ports and one PCIe expansion slot, providing great configuration flexibility, thereby satisfying your intensive workload demands. Synology Office is a collaboration package combining the convenience and usability of public clouds with the data privacy and security guaranteed by private clouds. It allows you to work seamlessly together on documents and spreadsheets in a protected environment


Synology RS1619xs 4-Bay NAS

RS1619xs+ is a high-performance and scalable 1U rackmount NAS designed with upgradable memory and M.2 SSD cache configuration to meet the needs of modern businesses that require a flexible, reliable, and efficient storage solution. Synology’s 5-year limited warranty provides hardware replacement and technical support via email and telephone services, maximizing your enterprises’ return on investment.  Synology iSCSI storage supports most virtualization solutions including VMware vSphere, Microsoft Hyper-V, Citrix Xen Server, and OpenStack Cinder, to enhance work efficiency. Create and manage virtual machines running multiple operating systems such as Windows, Linux, and DSM using Virtual Machine Manager.


Synology RS2421RP+ 12-Bay NAS

It is reasonable to say that when it comes to having a huge storage array, competent hardware and business class software, that the Synology RS2421RP+ does deliver on a number of its promises. Indeed, despite the huge similarity in internal hardware between the RS2421RP+ and other recent rackmount releases in 2021, the RS2421RP+ manages to still stand out with its unparalleled level of storage against the majority of solutions in the Synology portfolio. The price tag, edging closer to a number of Xeon powered solutions, may seem a touch high for some and given the difference between this 16-bay and the £1200+ 12-bay being relatively small – that price tag does seem a tad overly ambitious. That said, much like other rackstation NAS solutions of late, the jump from Intel Atom C3538 to embedded Ryzen V1500B was long overdue and although may seem fairly predictable and pedestrian now in, still remains a firm favourite. If the software and services of Synology Diskstation Manager appeal to you, you need storage in the hundreds of terabytes and you need a solution that is both scalable and centralised, you would be hard pushed to find a better solution from Synology right now without spending £5,000-10,000 without drives.

 


Hot Tips when you Buy a NAS this Black Friday 2021

In order for you to get the very best NAS deals this Black Friday, here are some hot tips that I have personally used for the last few years to get the very best deals.

Amazon Warehouse Deals are 20% lower

For those that aren’t aware, Amazon has a whole section of their website that is dedicated to pre-owned and opened items. This includes both NAS, hard drives, SSD and more for your storage. During Amazon Black Friday 2021, the discount on these broken-seal items will be increased by an additional 20% and for those looking for an insane bargain, this will be irresistible.

Another tip when buying NAS or Hard Drives from Amazon Warehouse is that although (as they are broken seal/used/returned items) they have a shorter warranty from Amazon, you will almost certainly be able to claim the FULL warranty coverage from Synology, QNAP, WD or Seagate. They just want your serial number and a receipt of purchase – this will not state the amazon reduced warranty.

Amazon Warehouse for different countries can be found below:

 

Amazon Warehouse USA

Amazon Warehouse UK

Amazon Warehouse Germany

Latest Deals Update and Notifications

If you want to make sure you see the LATEST Black Friday deals for NAS (as new ones are added every hour) then I would recommend checking the official Amazon Prime page regularly. It will also include the very latest Lightning Deals too

US Amazon Amazon Black Friday Page

UK Amazon Amazon Black Friday Page

Amazon Prime for FREE

The prices listed on Amazon for NAS during the Black Friday event are only available to Prime members. If you are not a member, don’t worry, as you can use the 30-Day free trial to sign up for a Prime, or just pay for 1 month of Prime as a student and get it at 50% off. Then after you finish your purchase, you can cancel your subscription. The other bonus of this is that you will qualify for fast, next day delivery for free. I would recommend however that you do not cancel your subscription until you have received your order and tested your item.

As then you will still be able to take advantage of the fast and free return policy extended to Prime members. This is especially useful when buying NAS Hard Drives and you are worried about broken drives!

Improved Delivery on your NAS Black Friday Deal

It is a well-known fact that Amazon Prime membership includes free next day delivery and Amazon has even upped the stakes by stating that they will be providing the fastest-ever Black Friday delivery of just 14 minutes between the cart and the courier, last year we saw and heard numerous examples of delivery issues with Black Friday deals, adding 2-3 days on supposed next-day shipping.

If any of your Amazon Prime delivery dates are not the 24 hours turn around that they promise, then definitely complain to Amazon after you receive your goods (not before) as they will almost certainly have a deluge of customer enquiries after Black Friday 2021 and  in an effort to conclude the matter, you might get an additional discount, a gift vouchers or more. Currently, the trending ‘gesture of goodwill’ gift is a free month of Prime membership.


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