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Synology NAS Adds Enterprise Storage Features for SMBs

By - Source: Toms IT Pro

Synology's high-end RackStation series of network attached storage (NAS) devices is getting an entry-level sibling. The new RS3614xs represents a more affordable option than the RS3614xs+, targeting small to medium size businesses.

The RS3614xs is built on an Intel i3 processor and utilizes ECC RAM. Each unit provides two PCIe Gen3 x8 expansion slots, which means support for up to 4x 10GbE connections via dual 10Gb ethernet cards. The default network connection is a four gigabit NIC. Read: Network Attached Storage: 5 Solutions Compared

In terms of performance, the rack unit offers a sequential read speed of 3500MB/s as well as 280,000 IOPS.

Synology's newest NAS solution offers both active and passive cooling systems as well as redundant power options, with each unit coming with dual hot-swappable power supplies. Whenever device failure occurs, fans are programmed to speed up in an attempt to reduce further damage.

The RS3614xs can be expanded with up to two additional RX1214(RP) units, each with 12 available bays. In total, the RS3614xs can support up to 36 bays for a max raw storage of 216TBs.

The NAS device is certified for use with VMware's vSphere 5 and VAAI, Citrix XenServer and Microsoft Windows Server 2012 R2. By being certified for VMware's VAAI for example, certain tasks can be moved from the primary server to the appliance which improves server performance. All XS and XS+ are also offered a five year warranty from Synology.

Synology's RS3614xs+ NAS DeviceSynology's RS3614xs+ NAS Device"The RS3614xs is a fantastic value for growing businesses that need speed and expandability," says Thadd Weil, public relations specialist with Synology America. "This is a high-performance robust storage, loaded with utility that almost any SMB can find uniquely accessible; and with the addition of our new five year standard warranty, we back it up even further; helping users to invest securely at no additional cost."

The new RackStation runs on the company's DiskStation Manager OS (DSM) 5.0. DSM 5.0 offers fairly standard NAS management functionality, such as file syncing, asset sharing, certain policy-based automation functions, and global views of your network.

The RS3614xs is available now and starts at $2,999.99. The RX1214 expansions run at $1,699.99. For more information on Synology's NAS RackStations offering visit