In all honestly, it took me about seven days to test this appliance, running tests and erasing and resyncing arrays. This appliance isn't something you will find in a home environment unless you are very serious about your data.
I enjoyed the build quality of the FS3017. This starts with drive trays that are easily removable and taking that further just a few screws will open the chassis so you can access the CPU, memory, and PCIe slots. Having dual 10Gbe built in is pretty amazing for storage performance, but those that want to reach this unit's full potential will want to install a 40G NIC in one of the PCIe slots. Being a 2U appliance, it does carry some noise, but luckily there are options to tone that down quite a bit and adding to airflow, this unit does put out some heat under load.
The performance was easily the highest I have seen come out of a NAS appliance, but this is our first 10Gbe capable and first all-flash solution to come through the lab. Sequential performance easily hit the peak of our single 10Gbe connection at 1118 MB/s in sequential testing and moving through file sizes the FS3017 performed the best from 1M to 8M. Workload testing showed solid performance in Database through all RAID modes, although RAID 0 and 5 both touched near 80K IOPS.
Email Server and Workstation were two additional strong points for the FS3017 with RAID F1 being the peak for Email Server at 70K IOPS and RAID 0 tops for Workstation at 76K IOPS. As mentioned in the introduction, the FS3017 is built for flexibility removing vendor lock-in normally found on large all-flash storage appliances via its support for both SAS and SATA standards in the 2.5" form factor.
DSM has become one of my favorite platforms for NAS systems over the last few years. Having it on a high-level appliance like this FS3017 makes using something so powerful so much easier. You could easily start your NAS journey with something like a DS216 and move up through the DS916 finishing at this FS3017 and not have to learn a bunch of new software.
|Quality including Design and Build||95%|
|Bundle and Packaging||95%|
|Value for Money||89%|
The Bottom Line: Synology adds to its expansive lineup of network storage devices with one of the most versatile and high performance appliances we have ever seen, the FlashStation FS3017.
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