The DS8119+ is one of Synology's highest performing pedestal network attached storage (NAS) appliances. The system delivers impressive results for businesses right out of the box, but it also gives administrators the option of accelerating traditional workloads through accessories when required.
Armed with support for eight internal disks and four Ethernet ports, we can't call the DiskStation 1819+ a base model. This powerful system starts in a good place for medium-sized businesses. The software features include a mix of consumer and enterprise-focused applications that run on the embedded Linux-based system directly.
Add-ons to this model can increase disk density, enable low-latency M.2 NVMe cache acceleration, and/or 10GbE high-bandwidth network capabilities are all available, but optional. If the included eight drive bays are not enough, the system supports up to two Synology expansion bays for increased scale-out disk volume.
The heart of the DS1819+ is an Intel quad-core processor running at 2.1GHz. The processor has an onboard AES-NI encryption engine to secure your data without performance loss. From the factory, the DS1819+ ships with 4GB of system memory but users can expand that to 32GB easily.
It's also possible to expand the disk count to eighteen total drive bays with the addition of Synology's DX517 expansion enclosures. The standard system provides eight drive bays for your SSDs, HDDs, or combination of both used to enable high-speed storage.
Expansion is a key focus on the DS1819+, though. This system design provides excellent options that allow you to grow the NAS as your needs require, rather than an expensive rip and replace method so commonly used today.
Pricing and Warranty
The DS1819+ carries a three-year warranty through Synology. We found the system available on Amazon for $909.99 at the time of writing.
In our test today, we will also use the Synology M.2 Adapter Card M2D18 ($149.99) and Synology 10GbE add-in card ($255.79).
A Closer Look
Synology has used this system design for a number of years with minor changes when required to add functionality.
The front of the system holds the eight drive bays as well as the status LEDs, power button and a sole USB 3.0 port that allows users to backup data from USB-enabled devices like tablets and cell phones.
The back of the system is where you find most IO ports. From the factory, you get four gigabit Ethernet ports. There are three additional USB 3.0 ports as well as two eSATA ports for capacity expansion. A sole PCI 3.0 x8 slot on the right side increases the system's capabilities with Synology add-in cards.
The Synology DS1819+ uses tool-less drive sleds that save time and effort when building the system. You don't know what it means to be annoyed until you've installed four screws into every drive with a high drive count NAS.
We configured the system as it ships, with the 10-Gigabit Ethernet add-in card, and with the dual M.2 NVMe accelerator add-in card. We recorded results for each configuration.