designThis unit is a tank of a Synology NAS! The chassis is all industry and no room for glamour. However it still manages to be compact for a 12-Bay Enterprise NAS.
featuresYou are going to be hard pushed to find a Synology Business NAS that can utilise all the Synology DSM applications and services to the high degree this unit can. If you need a Synology NAS server that will not limit you, the DS3617xs is the most powerful NAS yet.
performanceIt's rare for us at SPAN to give a NAS a 10 for anything, but this unit and it's Xeon Quad Core CPU, 16GB of ECC(automatic error correction) DDR4 Memory and 10GBe support mean that this unit is the smoothest Synology NAS experience yet. There is no other desktop NAS with ECC memory yet released.
valueIt is not cheap, but if you need a Synology NAS that is more than just a file server, but something you can conduct an entire business from ranging from email servers, internal communication between staff, office applications, Virtual Machines, surveillance throughout your building with IP cameras, file distribution and time based backups - The Synology DS3617xs is the Business Class NAS for you. If British Airways, Savile Row or Harrods made a NAS - THIS would be that NAS!
You get 5 years warranty and free replacement service included just in case impossible happens.
valueSlightly expensive. But this is what Xeon CPU and ECC RAM cost. It is still cheaper than rackmount solution. You do not need a professional to set it all up.
General PerformanceThe DS3617xs same as the DX1215 is made by Synology. People often choose Synology because of user friendly interface as well as being suited for Mac and Windows based environments. It is relatively easy to set up and use, and those who are new to Network Attached Storage are advised to go for the Synology. This model comes with new DDR4 technology random access memorty (RAM). DDR3 used to work at 800 MT/s (or Millions of Transfers per second) and some went as high as 2133. DDR4, starts at 2133 MHz. The increased speed means an overall increase in bandwidth. Unlike the DX1215 this box has the Intel Xeon D-1527 Quad Core 2.2 GHz (2.7 GHz turbo) processor. This box has Xeon processor. These processors usually are used in solutions where you cannot afford even shortest downtime. They usually come with biggest cache size. If processor comes with ECC (Error detection and correction) technology, it prevents server ever to go offline. Useful for accounting or bidding systems with no place for error.
About Connections With four LAN ports this box is making good enterprise level NAS. Two USB3 ports on this Synology is offering you up to 5Gb/s transfer speeds of external devices. It is fast enough to get your files through fairly quickly with this speed and make backing up with an external drive or Apple Time Machine a quick and easy process. Sometimes when your business grows, you might consider getting a box with expansion capabilities. With this box you have all opportunities to do so. You might want to contact one of our tech guys to find out more.
About Usage With 12 bay unit you are having additional advantages. You can choose from number of RAID solutions to set up. There could be RAID that saves your data even if one of the drives fail so you can still recover your data. This would be slightly more safe option to keep your data. Besides you can still access your documents or media files over your private network or even internet. You may install Plex Media Server on this box. Plex lets you easily create a feature rich and practical home media playback system. Some boxes offer real time transcoding functionality. That let you stream your media hustle free, based on your device speed or screen size. Please contact us to find transcoding compatibility list.
This NAS feature Intel Xeon D-1527 Quad Core 2.2 GHz (2.7 GHz turbo) processor which will let you transcode videos on the PLEX. This will allow you to watch videos remotely from anywhere you can connect to the internet. The i3 CPU will transcode all HD and Full HD videos including quite few 4K videos. The i5 and i7 will pretty much transcode any video you want. The difference will be the number of simultaneous streams. The i7 obviously can cope with more streams than i5.
Price And Warranty This box comes with staggering 5 year warranty for your peace of mind and long term hardware security. This is the most expensive box with the price tag £1,932.00.
General PerformanceThe DX1215 same as the DS3617xs is made by Synology. People often choose Synology because of user friendly interface as well as being suited for Mac and Windows based environments. It is relatively easy to set up and use, and those who are new to Network Attached Storage are advised to go for the Synology. Unlike the DS3617xs this box has the N/A processor. The DX1215 RAM compared with DS3617xs 16GB is clearly weaker.
About Usage As there are no LAN ports, you probably know this is DAS (directly attached storage) box. Sometimes more than anything we need speed! If you have chosen right drives for your DX1215 box, you can expect the best performance whilst you are editing your videos or working with graphics. Only disadvantage with DAS boxes, is data sharing capabilities, compared with NAS functionality.
Price And Warranty This box comes with staggering 5 year warranty for your peace of mind and long term hardware security. This Synology is £1,190.00 cheaper than the most expensive unit DS3617xs.