Synology introduced two new variants in their RackStation lineup today, the RS3614xs and RS3614RPxs. These are the new 'entry-level' units for markets where ECC RAM is required. Both of these are 12-bay NAS units in the 2U form factor with a Core i3 Haswell CPU and dual PCIe 3.0 expansion slots. The RP variant has a redundant power supply. There are four GbE ports on the board, and up to two 2x 10GbE cards can be installed in the expansion slots to provide more than 40 Gbps of network throughput. The units obviously run Synology's much-appreciated DSM 5.0. The OS has a large number of business-oriented features (multiple virtualization certifications, for example) which make it attractive for enterprise storage.

These 12-bay units can scale up to 36 bays with the addition of two RX1214(RP) expansion units. While not boasting the horsepower of the Xeon-based flagship units such as the RS10613xs+, today's introductions are ideal entry-level units for SMBs who need expansion capabilities down the road.

The RS3614xs and RS3614RPxs are priced at $3000 and $4000 respectively. The expansion units are priced at $1700 (RX1214) and $2400 (RX1214RP).

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  • tspacie - Tuesday, June 17, 2014 - link

    Core i3 with ECC ? Are there OEM only SKUs of the CPU with specific features like this? Reply
  • anonymous_user - Tuesday, June 17, 2014 - link

    Heres a list of Haswell i3 processors with ECC memory support:

    http://ark.intel.com/search/advanced/?s=t&Fami...
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  • Death666Angel - Tuesday, June 17, 2014 - link

    I vaguely remember that they need proper chipset support for it, too, though. Like some C6xx? I might be wrong. Reply
  • tspacie - Tuesday, June 17, 2014 - link

    Thanks. There is quite an assortment non Xeon ECC chips. Now their branding makes even less sense. Reply
  • Kevin G - Wednesday, June 18, 2014 - link

    The ones with ECC appear to be targeted at the embedded market and they're compromised in weird ways compared to their desktop/mobile cousins. Base clock speeds are reduced further and some appear to have their DMI speed reduced too. VT-D is disabled on all of them, making that feature + ECC Xeon only. For the embedded market there is a bit of niche where ECC can be beneficial but virtualization is not necessary. The presence of only tray pricing indicates that these are also all OEM parts. Reply
  • otherwise - Wednesday, June 18, 2014 - link

    I think the specific reason for these originally was the NAS industry needed an x86 chip with ECC and could not hit their price points with the Xeon branding premium. Now that Avaton is a think I'm not sure we'll see an ECC version of a core processor going forward. Reply
  • BMNify - Wednesday, June 18, 2014 - link

    these steel rack boxes with a generic basic cheap PCB and throwaway CPU at a massive $3000 and $4000 respectively without even a single 10GbE chip included are a massive ripoff today, lets hope amd can provide a real dual port 10GbE in a cheap metal box and functional motherboard you can finally afford in the home/SOHO space and up sell them to the grotesquely priced server space soon Reply
  • Valleyforge - Wednesday, June 18, 2014 - link

    You're paying for the warranty and support. The hardware is the cheap bit... Reply
  • cdalgard - Wednesday, June 18, 2014 - link

    What would be a more cost effective non-DIY solution? Reply

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