Synology is one of the most popular COTS (commercial off-the-shelf) NAS vendors in the SMB / SOHO market segment. The NAS models introduced by them in 2014 were mostly based on Intel Rangeley (the Atom-based SoCs targeting the storage and communication market). However, in December, they sprang a surprise by launching the DS2015xs, an ARM-based model with dual 10GbE ports. We were intrigued by the combination of a quad-core Cortex-A15 and 10GbE I/O and promptly requested Synology for a review sample. Do ARM SoCs have the necessary performance to warrant a place in the high-performance xs series? More importantly, is the Annapurna Labs AL514 SoC capable of keeping the 10G ports saturated during operation? Read on to for our review of the Synology DS2015xs...

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