Synology is one of the top-tier vendors in the commercial off-the-shelf (COTS) network-attached storage (NAS) market for SOHOs, SMBs, and SMEs, with QNAP being the other major player. While QNAP has a wide variety of hardware platforms to choose from in each market segment, Synology has been big on segmentation - restricting Xeon CPUs and native 10GbE to their rackmount offerings. Only their Annapurna Labs SoC-based desktop units have had 10G SFP+ support till now. That changed recently with the introduction of the DS1621xs+.

The Synology DS1621xs+ uses a Broadwell-DE Xeon-D processor (D-1527) - These SoCs are a better fit for storage platforms compared to the networking-focused Skylake-D SKUs. The 6 built-in 3.5" hot-swappable drive bays are complemented by two M.2 2280 NVMe SSD slots. There are two 1 GbE LAN ports and a 10GBASE-T port. Two eSATA ports help the unit support two DX517 expansion chassis, allowing the unit to support a total of 16 bays.

On the software side, similar to all other x86 NAS units from Synology, the DS1621xs+ also comes with support for both ext4 and btrfs internal volumes. Synology claims read speeds of up to 3100 MBps with additional 10G NICs in the expansion slots.

Synology DS1621xs+ Specifications
Processor Intel Xeon D-1527 (4C/8T Broadwell-DE x86 Cores @ 2.20 (2.70) GHz)
RAM 8 GB DDR4-2666 ECC SODIMM (upgradeable to 16GB x 2)
Drive Bays 6x 3.5"/2.5" SATA 6 Gbps HDD / SSD (Hot-Swappable)
(Expandable with 2x DX517 up to 16 bays in total)
Network Links 2x 1 GbE
1 x 10 GbE
External I/O Peripherals 3x USB 3.0, 2x eSATA
Expansion Slots 1x PCIe 3.0 x8
VGA / Display Out None
Full Specifications Link Synology DS1621xs+ Specifications
Price $1600 (Newegg)

It is heartening to see Synology finally introduce 10GBASE-T NAS units in the desktop form-factor. The DSM software carries some unique applications (like the Synology Office suite) that QNAP doesn't currently have in their QTS operating system. On the other hand, QNAP's hardware variety - particularly in terms of NBASE-T and 10GbE support even in their SOHO offerings is also attractive. Overall, it is good for consumers to have more options to choose from in the COTS NAS market.

Source: Synology

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  • PeachNCream - Friday, September 11, 2020 - link

    The other problem is that only a few companies are supply that sort of fiber connection and if its Google doing it, I think quite a few of us would think twice at allowing a company like that to be wholly responsible for all of our in and outbound traffic. I doubt Google would be respectful of privacy when there is a chance to mine data at the ISP level. Reply
  • brucethemoose - Sunday, September 13, 2020 - link

    TBH they would be no worse than other big US ISPs. Reply
  • nucc1 - Monday, September 14, 2020 - link

    I don’t think anyone talking about gigabit speeds being widespread is talking about the United states. They more likely mean parts of Asia, like Japan, HongKong, Singapore, South Korea and select places in Europe lol. Reply
  • close - Friday, September 11, 2020 - link

    azfacea is this close to giving us a Patreon link to donate some money so they can finally afford to see and touch those things they only read about... I mean it should be pretty clear by now that anyone who compares Mega/OneDrive performance over internet (and the many other considerations of public cloud vs. local storage which they are completely oblivious to) to NAS in LAN performance couldn't techsplain their way out of a wet paper bag. Reply
  • azfacea - Sunday, September 13, 2020 - link

    fake news. i have had gigabit for 100$ cad ~ 60 USD for more than 3 years in toronto. i didnt say all, i said most of developed more.
    Also if I or my company was putting the data warehouse on a SOHO NAS, I would probably tone down the lectures a bit. as for cost, your time must be quite worthless to not be able to pay s3 or mega prices for data that goes on a SOHO NAS but you can solve reliability and redundancy with a "DIY server" for many many terabytes of data .... lol

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  • close - Sunday, September 13, 2020 - link

    You're talking about internet connections at home, cards being too expensive for home, comparing a NAS with Mega cloud storage, complaining about those who use the argument that "most ppl dont need more" than 1G (they don't), and now you talk about "my company" (as if anyone believes someone who writes like this is even of working age)? SOHO NAS? S3? Who are you trying to kid? You genuinely asked why would you buy a NAS when Mega is so cheap. O_O

    Companies have everything they need. They need 10G, they get 10G. They need 200G, they get 200G. You're here to complain that 10G is too expensive for *you*, with your $60 home internet connection, and your Mega account. Like "most ppl" you don't need it, you have nothing to use 10G for in your home but you'd like it to be cheaper so you can finally afford it just for bragging rights.

    I have no idea what else you want to say, you write like a teenager and know about as much as the average teenager about these topics.

    One thing about AT's antiquated comment section is that you can't edit out your ignorance after you posted even if you decided to google a bit more.
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  • Qasar - Monday, September 14, 2020 - link

    "why would you buy a NAS, when a mega or one drive sub is much cheaper and has the same perf. " why? maybe because some one may not want that type of storage, and would prefer to use a nas. what happens IF your internet access happens to go down ? then what ? cloud storage is good for some, and NAS storage is good for others. its called personal preference. Reply
  • Spunjji - Monday, September 14, 2020 - link

    Citation needed on the gigabit internet claim. I'm based in the UK, where the most widely-available service is 516Mb and around 44% of households can get it. A whopping 8% of us have FTTP.

    Jokes that aren't really jokes about the UK no longer being part of the "developed world" aside, I feel like you're overstating your claim.
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  • BearInBrisbane - Saturday, September 19, 2020 - link

    I don't know where this equivalency between availability of gigabit internet = developed world leaves us in Australia. August 2020 figures (from Speedtest Global Index rankings) out OZ at average DL of 64.55 Mbps. Which puts us at number 61 (just above Uruguay and Grenada) and I had always considered that Australia ranks as a 'developed' country. We are getting a 'countrywide' rollout of 'fast' broadband through govt organised NBN (cable, fixed wireless, satellite) and gigabit is only going to be potentially available for the lucky few (maybe 20%) who are getting connected by FTTP. I was lucky and got connected by FTTC (fibre to curb - getting 48Mbps on a 50 Mbps plan good day), the greatest majority are FTTN (to the node) who might be lucky to see 50 Mbps if that. Still better than my 12 Mbps capped 4G connection tho
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  • deil - Monday, September 14, 2020 - link

    We had 2.5G though that can be ran on short cat5e which is usually the case of small appartments, and its an limit where most of us will draw the line. Reply

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