At the Synology 2019 conference in New York City today, the company showed off a product we are extremely excited about. The Synology RS1619+ is the company’s flagship 1U server that is really interesting not because of its NAS focus. Instead, this RackStation is focused on higher-performance applications. The Synology Disk Station Manager (DSM) software has evolved over the years to go beyond traditional NAS storage. It can now host virtual machines, serve as an organizations mail server, transcode surveillance video, act as a domain controller as well as many other functions. As a result, the company is taking its first steps toward making a more traditional server form factor.
Synology RS1619xs+ the 1U Powerhouse
The Synology RS1619xs+ was originally shown at the company’s Computex 2018 showcase. It is still not on the company’s website, but they told the New York City crowd that it was a new product, so we expect more info soon. It was shown alongside the company’s new MR2200ac mesh Wi-Fi solution and the new DS1819+ 8-bay desktop NAS.
In a sleek 1U short depth design, the Synology RS1619xs+ has significantly more processing power than other 1U Synology NAS units:
Key here is that the unit sports an Intel Xeon D-1527 quad-core 2.2GHz CPU. The system has 8GB of RAM and is expandable to 64GB. We also saw that the server supports two M.2 NVMe/ SATA SSD slots for read/ write caching. This is one of the first NVMe enabled Synology units.
On the networking side, there are four 1GbE ports and an expansion port for 10GbE. We would have liked to see 10GbE standard in this class of product.
Longtime STH readers are probably going to look at this, see the Intel Xeon D-1527 and think, that was a great quad-core CPU three years ago. In some ways that is fair. The Intel Xeon D-1527 is an embedded product that is still considered a current product (the Intel Xeon D-2100 series does not replace the D-1500 series.)
That aside, we hope Synology realizes what it has here. For those in the Synology ecosystem, this is a complete server platform that in some ways will offer an alternative to Windows.
Synology, coming from its NAS roots, generally adds CPU power alongside more drive bays. This is the first 1U “xs+” platform and one that has only 4x 3.5″ drive bays. We think Synology is absolutely on the right track with this. Adding perhaps the next-generation Intel Xeon E-2100 8-core CPUs and 10GbE as standard would transform the server into a true powerhouse ready to be a Windows Server or VMware replacement for many organizations. Synology DSM is ready to get some hardware for organizations who do not necessarily need just file services but instead want to use it for server applications. If Synology wants to grow a hundred million dollar or more line, it needs to start producing better hardware options for utilizing DSM in non-storage capacities. The Synology RS1619xs+ is a step in that direction.