Synology DiskStation DS1019+ Review

Synology shows no signs of slowing down with its NAS family refreshes this year and now it’s the turn of the DS918+. Stepping up is the DS1019+ which targets the same user groups of consumers and small businesses looking for a file sharing and data backup platform that’s also multimedia friendly.

Only costing $100 more, the DS1019+ boosts internal capacity as it adds an extra hot-swap drive bay at the front. As with the DS918+, the single eSATA port at the rear can be used to connect Synology’s 5-bay DX517 expansion unit for a doubling in capacity – hence the ‘10’ in its model name.

Having been impressed with the ‘19’ models we’ve already reviewed, we have to say the DS1019+ is somewhat disappointing. Whereas the other new models have received processing and memory upgrades, the DS1019+ employs the same quad-core 1.5GHz Intel Celeron J3455 as its predecessor.

This means memory is still the slower DDR3L variety and although the appliance comes with 8GB out of the box, this is the maximum supported by the J3455 CPU. This will be enough for most users but it will limit its ability to run virtualized apps and OSes.

Build and hardware features

Synology’s DSM software offers a classy set of data protection and file syncing apps

Physically, the DS1019+ is just a stretched version of the DS918+ and uses the same, albeit one bay wider, solid plastic chassis. The tool-free drive carriers aren’t spring-loaded and are released by pulling their latches out with your finger.

Along with the eSATA port, the rear panel has exactly the same layout with dual Gigabit, one USB 3 port and the connector for the included external power supply. All cooling is handled by two 9cms diameter fans and noise levels are remarkably low with the SPLnFFT iOS app on our iPad recording only 34.9dB from one meter in front rising to 38dB during periods of hard disk activity

You also get the same pair of M.2 NVMe SSD slots underneath the chassis behind removable hatches which can only be used as a cache. As with the DS918+, these are only of any value if you’re running high-demand apps and the slots don’t support lower-cost M.2 SATA SSDs.

Further investigation indicates this appliance uses the same motherboard as the DS918+ so there is no expansion slot for 10-Gigabit upgrades. If you want this feature, we suggest the Simply.Reviews Recommended 6-bay DS1618+ which performs very well, costs around $100 more and also supports up to 32GB of memory.

Good Gigabit performance

Plenty of multimedia apps are provided including the handy Video Station

For speed testing, we installed four 12TB Seagate IronWolf NAS drives and used the DSM’s Storage Manager app to create a big RAID5 storage pool. With a share mapped over Gigabit to a Xeon Scalable Windows tower server, we watched Iometer report high raw sequential read and write speeds of 113MB/sec and 112MB/sec –identical to the DS918+.

Real world performance was also in the same ball park, with drag and drop copies of a 25GB test file delivering sustained read and write rates of 112MB/sec and 110MB/sec. It also handled our general backup test well with our 22.4GB test folder and its 10,500 small files secured to the share at a speedy 83MB/sec.

We increased the pressure by mapping a dedicated share to another Xeon Scalable Windows server connected directly to the appliance’s second Gigabit port. With Iometer running on both hosts, we recorded decent cumulative read and write rates of 226MB/sec and 214MB/sec.

IP SAN performance is equally good with a 500GB target returning sequential Iometer rates of 113MB/sec and 112MB/sec for read and write operations. We then tested with a dual Gigabit MPIO link and saw speeds increase to 226Mbits/sec and 182MB/sec.

Backup and entertainment

The new Moments app keeps your photo organised and those on mobile devices backed up

The DS1019+ has the storage capacity needed for backup duties with Synology’s DSM software delivering some of the best apps on the market – and they’re all free. The Snapshot Replication app manages on-demand and scheduled snapshots of BTRFS volumes along with remote replication while the Hyper Backup app looks after all local, remote, cloud and Rysnc backups of appliance data.

Synology’s Active Backup for Business (ABB) app takes center stage as this provides backup, restore and disaster recovery services for Windows servers and workstations along with VMware vCentre and ESXi hypervisors. All managed from one console, ABB is really easy to use and just requires agents loaded on your Windows system where it provides backup scheduling and excellent file and folder plus bare-metal system restore facilities.

The new Drive app provides a range of Dropbox-like synchronization services for collaboration and file sharing. All management is carried out from the separate Drive Admin Console app while users download the Drive agent for two-way folder syncing on Windows workstations or iOS and Android mobiles.

Synology provides a good selection of free multimedia apps which include its Video, Audio and Photo Stations along with the Plex Media Server. The new Moments app will come in handy when organising your photos as it uses image recognition techniques to sort them all for you into various categories such as people, subjects and places and identifies duplicate images. We also loaded the iOS Moments app on our iPad and could use it to automatically backup all our existing photos and sent new ones directly to the appliance as soon as they were taken.

Conclusion

The DS1019+ is good value NAS appliance although apart from the extra drive bay and memory, there’s little on offer that’ll tempt existing DS918+ users to upgrade. However, home users and small businesses new to NAS and looking for an affordable 5-bay appliance with a good turn of Gigabit speed plus the best backups apps, will find the DS1019+ is well worth considering.

7.9 Total Score

The DS1019+ is good value NAS appliance although apart from the extra drive bay and memory, there’s little on offer that’ll tempt existing DS918+ users to upgrade. However, home users and small businesses new to NAS and looking for an affordable 5-bay appliance with a good turn of Gigabit speed plus the best backups apps, will find the DS1019+ is well worth considering.

Performance
7.5
Features
7
Build quality
8
Usability
9
Value
8
PROS
  • Good value
  • Extremely quiet
  • High storage capacity
  • Good Gigabit performance
  • Great range of DSM backup apps
CONS
  • Not much of an upgrade over the DS918+
  • No expansion slot
  • Maximum 8GB of DDR3L memory
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1 Comment
  1. Reply
    BF March 18, 2019 at 9:07 am

    Hi,
    Many thanks for this review! Did you tried the encryption? Wondering the file transfer speed

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