Power Consumption and Noise
The power supply is a 120W external unit.
Loaded with drives, we saw substantial 50W or so power consumption, but then when the unit was operating we saw power usage well into the 70W range.
The one thing we need to recognize is that this is far from a quiet setup. Even at idle, this was over 50dba at 1M in the 34dba noise floor studio. That was a big difference between this unit and some of the more home-focused units designed for low noise.
There are a few ways to look at the NAS itself. To be very frank, ioSafe using Synology is a great concept. ioSafe probably does not have the volume to support building an OS and hardware-software from scratch so it makes sense to use another solution as a building block.
The one part of this that prior to the review I did not appreciate is that I thought ioSafe was trying to make a fireproof NAS. Instead, it is trying to protect the hard drives and data through fires of up to 1550F for 30 minutes and 10 feet of water for up to 72 hours. There are also options for data recovery and such for the drives. The concept is more that one can pull the drives out, put them in another Synology NAS, and be up and running quickly after a fire.
At the beginning of this article, we started with some that will immediately get this and others who will not. Some will think “why not just use cloud backup?” The others will know exactly why. Not everywhere has fast enough Internet access to handle cloud backup. Also, restoring say 50 PCs with 0.5TB each would take a long time on a 25mbps connection. There are simply places where having access to data after an emergency within a day or a few days will be a huge benefit. Synology DSM can still handle cloud backups, this just adds a safer local option for a few thousand more.
Overall, this was one of the more fascinating units. We have some footage from an accompanying video for this that we may publish at a later date. Unfortunately, we lost a Sony FX3 and lens while trying to get that footage and so we are trying to piece together what we have. If we can get something put together with what survived, we will have a video on this one as well. Still, it was cool to see how this unit worked.