Friday afternoon found us chatting with Steven Peters, Lead Sales Manager for Synology America Corp., a leading producer of network-attached storage (NAS) products. In their South Hall booth here at the Las Vegas Convention Center, they had on display their latest all-flash storage appliance, designated as the FS3017. This 2u rack unit can house up to 24 hot-swappable solid-state drives (SSDs).
Here is what makes up the FS3017: A 6-core Xeon processor at 2.4GHz, 64GB of DDR4 ECC memory (upgradable to as much as 512GB — 16 slots x 32GB), and the 24 SSD slots that can house up to 90TB total storage capacity.
Looking at the back side of this unit, we see 2 x 10GBase-T ports for networking. Two PCIe slots are available to add additional Ethernet controllers if desired, whether 10GbE, 25GbE, or 40GbE. The FS3017 utilizes Synology’s DiskStation Manager (DSM) operating system that offers simplified management of the appliance and drives. It supports all major virtualization solutions, including VMware vSphere, Windows Server, Citrix XenServer and OpenStack Cinder.
Performance-wise, the FS3017 is capable of sequential read speeds of up to 6493MB/s, and sequential write speeds of up to 2811MB/s. Random 4K read speeds are shown as up to 375,000 IOPS, with random 4K writes of up to 242,000 IOPS.
Synology’s FS3017 supports nearly all RAID types, including RAID F1. This RAID version assigns a single drive to take the brunt of the load and to handle the bulk of the write-intensive tasks. This drive will likely wear out first, creating a single, more easily swapped out point of failure. This effectively preserves the lifespan of the remaining drives in the array. The FS3017 is backed by a five-year warranty. For more information, you can view the FS3017 product page here.