Synology may have started as a consumer/ prosumer NAS vendor years ago, but it now thoroughly addresses the needs of the small and medium business segment with its professional offerings. As the newest offering, the Synology RS3618xs shows just how mature the company’s solutions have become in the space. Synology just launched a 2U rackmount NAS unit that is designed to do more than just securely storing files.
Synology RS3618xs Overview
In the most basic sense, the Synology RS3618xs is a 2U 12-bay 3.5″ NAS that can also support 2.5″ drives. It comes with a single PSU and four 1GbE ports which target the lower-end of the rackmount NAS market.
Beyond these specs, the Synology RS3618xs is more interesting. Expansion wise it has the ability to utilize multiple half-height PCIe x8 networking options, so one can add 10GbE (10Gbase-T and SFP+), 25GbE (SFP28) and 40GbE (QSFP+) networking to the unit. Synology even advertises that this is its preferred way to deliver high-speed networking. The unit also has two expansion ports for adding additional disk shelves. With up to 36 storage drives this can easily act as a file server for hundreds of TB worth of data, enough for most small businesses, even those with several IP security cameras.
The CPU is a Xeon D-1521 4 core/ 8 thread model. You can see our benchmarks here for the similar Xeon D-1520. the unit comes with 8GB of ram but supports up to 64GB. That is important as Synology is pushing its NAS servers, especially rackmount units, to become SMB office application hubs. Synology offers a full app suite for document sharing and e-mail for example. The company also has a robust virtualization to run business applications on. We may suggest upgrading RAM if you are going to use these features.
In all, Synology is positioning its new unit to be the IT hub of a small to medium business.
Synology RS3618xs Key Hardware Specs
We pulled a few specs on the Synology RS3618xs:
- CPU: Intel Xeon D-1521 quad-core 2.4GHz, Turbo Boost up to 2.7GHz
with AES-NI hardware encryption engine
- Memory: 8GB DDR4-2133 ECC UDIMM (expandable up to 64GB)
- Drives: 12 x 3.5″ or 2.5″ SATA SSD/HDD (drives not included)
- Expansion ports: 2 x Storage shelf expansion port
- External ports: 2 x USB 3.0 port
- Network: LAN 4 x 1GbE (RJ-45)
- PCIe slots: 2x PCIe 3.0 x8 slot
Overall, these are solid specs for this class of product.