In the last few months since our network upgrade, I have had a steady stream of 10Gbe appliances come through. We have seen everything from the DS1517+ to start things off to the extremely powerful TVS-473 from QNAP and 626X Xeon-powered unit from NETGEAR. On the launch of the DS1517+, Synology also brought to market the 1817 series giving us both the DS1817+ which uses similar hardware on an eight-bay platform to the 1517+ and the DS1817 built on the latest platform from Annapurna Labs.
Instead of giving you essentially the same review twice with the DS1817+, I thought it would be a great idea to bring in the value-based DS1817 model to give a solid comparison to the DS1517+ in the workloads we run in testing. The DS1817 is still an eight bay DSM driven appliance but before we get too far let's dive into the specifications below.
We start at the Annapurna Labs AL-314, a 32-bit quad-core SoC operating at 1.7GHz. Synology paired it with 4GB of DDR3L, expandable to 8GB. Mentioned briefly, this is an eight-bay unit that is expandable all the way up to eighteen bays using two DX517 enclosures. The DS1817 is compatible with 2.5" and 3.5" SATA HDDs and SSD with a maximum internal capacity of 80TB, assuming 10TB drives. Volume limits start at 108TB with all drives being hot swap capable.
Connectivity includes USB 3.0 with two ports along with eSATA for expansion. On the side of Ethernet, we have two gigabit ports and two 10Gbe ports built in.
The MSRP of the Synology DS1817 in its diskless form comes in at $849.99 with a three-year warranty.
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