New Look: Synology RS18017xs+ & RS4017xs+

Synology RS18017xs+ Rackstation Scalable NAS server

Synology launching the RS18017xs+ has added 6 and 8 core Intel Xeon processors on both its RS18017xs+ a 12-bay unified NAS and the RS4017xs+. At first you would be forgiven to think the RS18017xs+ is a direct replacement to the RS18016xs+, but closer look reveals changes on all fronts of the specification, and as such Synology has confirmed continuance of the RS18016xs+ with a greatly reduced price, which would make sense if one was to elect the older model over the new.

What exactly are the differences than? our quick table guide provides the nuances of the two models as far as hardware specification is concerned as the software (firmware) remains the same across the board in main aspects.

Hardware Specifications

Model Name RS18017xs+ RS18016xs+
CPU
CPU Model Intel Xeon D-1531 Intel Xeon E3-1230 v2
CPU Architecture 64-bit 64-bit
CPU Frequency Six Core 2.2 (base) / 2.7 (turbo) GHz Quad Core 3.3 GHz
Memory
System Memory 16 GB DDR4 ECC RDIMM 8 GB DDR3 ECC
Memory Module Pre-installed 16 GB x 1 4 GB x 2
Total Memory Slots 4 4
Memory Expandable up to 128GB (32 GB x 4) 32 GB (8 GB x 4)

 

RS18017xsThe RS18017xs+ processor has been vastly changed with the new Intel Xeon D series and with six-core over the Quad-core and with DDR4 ECC RDIMM 16GB installed, as opposed to 8GB DDR3 ECC, these are two main factors that can have a profound effect on performance that can have a direct correlation when dealing with data intensive applications and virtualization with the RS18017xs+ running at a better rate of knots over the RS18016xs+. Expandability is improved with the potential of being able to upgrade memory to 128GB (32GB DDR4 x 4 slots), and also with adding expansion units to a total of 96 hot-swappable bays (12 x 3.5” drives + 84 x 3.5” drives = 96 drives) adding 7 x RX1217sas or adding 7 x RX2417sas 2.5” drives 24 x 7 = 168).

Overall, not a lot to say about the new Synology RS18017xs+, other than, high performance storage solution, with great expansion capabilities, designed to data intensive applications and at a level that will ease the large businesses to secure data for a reasonable price.

Synology RS4017xs+ 16-bay Rackstation Data Intensive NAS server

Synology RS4017xs+ is the first of its kind 16-bay NAS targeting what they call, modern large scale businesses, the performance of the system is impressive and with an expansion of memory up to 64GB and with an 8-core based Intel Xeon processor it ain’t half bad! The 10GbE connectivity guarantees a faster throughput, data accuracy and performance for mission critical environment.

The RS4017xs+ processor is the Intel Xeon D series with 64-bit and eight-core processor, 8GB DDR4 ECC UDIMM and as opposed to six-core on the RS18017xs+, 16GB DDR4 ECC RDIMM expandable to 64G DDR4 ECC memory.

RS4017xs

It’s a positive move on Synology’s part to add a 16-Bay model, with a better processor performance ratio as it allows users the choice to move sideways to continue upgrading without any compromises.

Hardware Specifications

Model Name RS18017xs+ RS18016xs+
CPU
CPU Model Intel Xeon D-1531 Intel Xeon E3-1230 v2
CPU Architecture 64-bit 64-bit
CPU Frequency Six Core 2.2 (base) / 2.7 (turbo) GHz Quad Core 3.3 GHz
Memory
System Memory 16 GB DDR4 ECC RDIMM 8 GB DDR3 ECC
Memory Module Pre-installed 16 GB x 1 4 GB x 2
Total Memory Slots 4 4
Memory Expandable up to 128GB (32 GB x 4) 32 GB (8 GB x 4)

The one thing that baffled us was the exclusion of SAS with support for only SATA interface. This seems totally out of character for Synology, when one considers a 16-bay, eight-core Xeon based NAS, with no SAS only SATA support, surely inclusion of SAS would have provided a product lifecycle longevity that would had a wider audience for the RS4017xs+*.

Nevertheless, great to see a 16-bay NAS in the form of the RS4017xs+ make an appearance and we are certain the Synology fan base will be chuffed as well.

*Synology were not available for comment at the time of going to press.

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