Why would you choose something like Synology's new rackmounted NAS servers over a traditional high end server? Krishan Sharma explains.
Synology announced the release of two new rackmounted NAS servers (RS2414+ and RS2414RP+) geared towards the small to medium business owner who is looking for scalable storage over raw performance.
Just how scalable is it? Both NAS servers have 12 internal 3.5-inch hard drive bays but it can also be expanded with up to 24 drives using an optional expansion unit (RX1214 or RX1214RP).
The new NAS servers offer high end server/enterprise class specifications (save for the Atom class dual core CPU) including passive CPU cooling technology, system fan redundancy, SSD read caching, TRIM support, hot-swappable drives and 4 LAN ports with failover support, which altogether eliminate single point of failure and ensure continuous system uptime.
The RS2414RP+ and RX1214RP even come with redundant power supplies to further guarantee system reliability.
Both NAS servers also come with all of the necessary certifications from the virtualisation software vendors (VMware, Citrix and Windows Server 2012) and is powered by the excellent and very user friendly DiskStation Manager (DSM) 4.3 software operating system.
So why would you choose something like this over a traditional high end server? If you require a lot of storage, then this is probably the cheapest way to go about it as it can accommodate up to 12 3.5” hard drives internally from the get-go for a retail price of $2,199 versus a traditional 12 bay server like a Dell PowerEdge R720XD which retails for a $1,300 more ($3,499).
The Synology also offers an easy to use interface (DiskStation) to manage your NAS as opposed to what you would get with a dedicated server.
It’s worth noting that you do lose out on a more powerful CPU (Intel Xeon) and RAM but if storage scalability over raw performance is a priority, then this is a more affordable way to go about it.