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What does this include:

Main System:

Synology FS3017 32TB (16x2TB SSD) with Micro 1100 2TB SSD, Intel Xeon E5-2620 v3 x 2, 64-bit architecture Six Core 2.4 GHz, 64 GB (16 GB x 4) DDR4 ECC RDIMM, upgradeable to 512GB (32 GB x 16), Complete System ready to use out of the box. See Specification for further details.

Hard Disk Drives:

16 x Micron 1100 Solid State Drives 2TB each providing a total of 32TB Gross storage

Configuration:

NASBIT service at no extra charge – we install the drives, configure with RAID and burn test the system for 24-48hrs and then the final Q&A, double pack system for protection against damages in shipping and you are ready to use the NAS out of the box.

Read Our Product Brief below for a total overview of the Synology FS3017

Synology FlashStation FS3017 Product Overview

Pros

  1. Supports low-cost
  2. SATA SSDs
  3. Top NAS performance
  4. SAS3 support
  5. Great data protection tools

 

Cons

  1. Price is a little on the high side 

 

Are you looking for a Holistic NAS solution that helps lower latency, boost performance and meet your data needs? SimplyNAS Flash solutions are an ideal way to update infrastructure to benefit from the advantages of all flash storage. Why wait on spinning disks when you can have powerful performance and improved reliability of solid-state drives.

SMBs and enterprises looking for the best storage performance are increasingly finding flash arrays have all the answers but this can come at a high price. Most only support expensive SAS SSDs so populating an array will cost many times more than the initial price of the hardware.

NAS supremo Synology makes its first move into all-flash territory with its FlashStation FS3017 which aims to offer an affordable alternative to the blue chips. This 2U rack appliance supports up to 24 SFF SSDs and lets you choose high-performing, high-cost SAS or low-cost, high-capacity SATA SSDs.

The asking price looks a little on the high side for the FS3017 when you consider the hardware specification which includes dual 2.4GHz E5-2620 v3 Xeons at the helm teamed up with a decent 64GB of ECC DDR4 memory. The motherboard has 16 DIMM slots allowing memory to be increased to an app-busting 512GB. 

Hardware and design

The FS3017 exhibits the sturdy build quality we’ve come to expect from Synology. The appliance has a pair of embedded 10GBase-T ports and provides power redundancy in the shape of dual 800W hot-plug PSUs.

A removable cover in the lid provides access to four hot-plug cooling fans and air is directed over the motherboard by a very solid plastic shroud. The storage arrangement is unusual as Synology has deployed a triplet of LSI SAS 9300-8i PCI-Express adapter cards with six cables connecting them to the drive backplane.

The upside is they deliver full 12Gbps SAS 3 and 6Gbps SATA III services to the backplane but the downside is they only leave two PCI-Express expansion slots free. You can increase the network port count as the FS3017 supports industry standard single- and dual-port adapters from Intel and Emulex plus 25GbE and 40GbE Mellanox cards.

Further capacity expansion is possible as the appliance accepts two 12-bay RX1217sas or 24-bay RX2417sas disk shelves. To use them you must fit Synology’s FXC17 SAS 3 expansion card which has a hefty $850 price tag.

Deployment and RAID F1

Deployment is deftly handled by the browser-based Web Assistant and wizard which downloaded and installed the latest DSM 6.1 software.  For testing we loaded up eight Micron 1100 1TB SSD drives and made acquaintances with Synology’s RAID F1 array option.

This is a new feature in DSM 6.1 and is designed to counteract potential SSD wear caused by program/erase (P/E) cycles. During array creation, the appliance nominates one SSD to receive more parity bits than the rest.

The idea is this SSD will wear out quicker than the rest and can be replaced when it reaches the end of its life. When a new SSD is installed, the array will take the next oldest one to receive the extra workload and you can keep an eye on them from the Storage Manager app which provides health information and estimated lifespan.

Synology is also working on a RAID F2 version which delivers dual SSD resiliency. And if SSD wear isn’t a concern, you can choose from a good selection of standard arrays types including RAID5 and 6.

Data protection goodness

Along with the new RAID array types, Synology’s DSM provides a wealth of data protection features. BTFRS volumes get NAS and IP SAN on-demand and scheduled snapshots and they can be replicated to remote Synology appliances as well.

NAS snapshots can also be replicated to local volumes allowing you to hold extra on-site copies for quick restores. Recovery options are excellent as we could restore or clone a share or LUN from the selected snapshot and use the File Station app to browse share snapshots and select individual files and folders.

The clever Hyper Backup app gets even more useful features as along with support for 19 different types of backup tasks, it can run integrity checks on backups and offers basic file-level deduplication. Workstations can be synced to the appliance using Synology’s client software but if you don’t want to load these you can use the handy Active Backup app which secures Windows and Linux shared drives and directories directly to the appliance without requiring an agent.

Conclusion

The real advantage of flash storage isn't speed – though it has plenty of that. ITS TIME.

Your external and internal stakeholders all depend on your company data, and they all need it instantly. When its not there fast enough decision making slows down, business lags and satisfaction decreases.

Flash Storage helps you put data in the hands of those that need it in less time than traditional alternatives. Here is what you can get;

  1. Improved customer and internal satisfaction
  2. Increased Efficiency
  3. Extended life and improved reliability
  4. Optimized IT productivity

 

A starting price of $9,995 for an all-flash appliance without dual controller redundancy is a little on the high side but this is outweighed by the option to use low-cost SATA SSDs. SMBs that want an affordable all-flash solution should consider the FlashStation FS3017.

If this is over and above what you need take a quick tour of our All-Flash NAS range starting from $1934.00

 

Specifications:

CPU
CPU Model Intel Xeon E5-2620 v3 x 2
CPU Architecture 64-bit
CPU Frequency Six Core 2.4 GHz
Hardware Encryption Engine (AES-NI)
Memory
System Memory 64 GB DDR4 ECC RDIMM
Memory Module Pre-installed 16 GB x 4
Total Memory Slots 16
Memory Expandable up to 512GB (32 GB x 16)
Storage
Drive Bay(s) 24
Compatible Drive Type* (See all supported drives)
  • 2.5" SAS HDD
  • 2.5" SAS SSD
  • 2.5" SATA SSD
Maximum Single Volume Size
  • 200 TB (for RAID 5 or RAID 6 groups only)
  • 108 TB
Hot Swappable Drive
Notes
  • "Compatible drive type" indicates the drives that have been tested to be compatible with Synology products. This term does not indicate the maximum connection speed of each drive bay.
  • Expansion of the internal volume is only supported if the combined single volume size does not exceed the maximum limit of 108TB or 200TB if upgraded to 32GB RAM or more.
External Ports
USB 3.0 Port 2
File System
Internal Drives
  • Btrfs
  • EXT4
External Drives
  • Btrfs
  • EXT4
  • EXT3
  • FAT
  • NTFS
  • HFS+
  • exFAT*
Notes exFAT Access is purchased separately in Package Center.
Appearance
Size (Height x Width x Depth) 88 mm x 482 mm x 724 mm
Weight 17.13 kg
Others
RJ-45 10GbE LAN Port 2 (with Link Aggregation / Failover support)
PCIe Slot for Network Card (See more)
  • 1 x Gen3 x16 slot (x16 link)
  • 1 x Gen3 x8 slot (x8 link)
System Fan 80 mm x 80 mm x 4 pcs
Fan Speed Mode
  • Full-Speed Mode
  • Quiet Mode
Easy Replacement System Fan
Wireless Support (dongle)
Power Recovery
Noise Level* 55.4 dB(A)
Scheduled Power On/Off
Power Supply Unit / Adapter 2 X 800W
AC Input Power Voltage 100V to 240V AC
Power Frequency 47/63 Hz, Single Phase
Power Consumption* 321 W (Access)
156 W (HDD Hibernation)
British Thermal Unit 1095.29 BTU/hr (Access)
532.29 BTU/hr (HDD Hibernation)
Redundant Power Supply (for xs+ and RP model)
Environment Temperature
Operating Temperature 5°C to 35°C (40°F to 95°F)
Storage Temperature -20°C to 60°C (-5°F to 140°F)
Relative Humidity 5% to 95% RH
Certification
  • FCC Class A
  • CE Class A
  • BSMI Class A
Warranty 5 Years

 

Features:

Storage Management
Maximum Internal Volume Number 1024
Maximum iSCSI Target Number 128
Maximum iSCSI LUN 512
iSCSI LUN Clone/Snapshot, Windows ODX
RAID Group
Supported RAID Type
  • RAID F1
  • Basic
  • JBOD
  • RAID 0
  • RAID 1
  • RAID 5
  • RAID 6
  • RAID 10
RAID Migration
  • Basic to RAID 1
  • Basic to RAID 5
  • RAID 1 to RAID 5
  • RAID 5 to RAID 6
Volume Expansion with Larger HDDs
  • RAID F1
  • RAID 1
  • RAID 5
  • RAID 6
Volume Expansion by Adding a HDD
  • RAID F1
  • RAID 5
  • RAID 6
  • JBOD
Global Hot Spare Supported RAID Type
  • RAID F1
  • RAID 1
  • RAID 5
  • RAID 6
  • RAID 10
SSD Support
SSD Read/Write Cache (White Paper)
SSD TRIM
File Sharing Capacity
Maximum Local User Accounts 16000
Maximum Local Groups 512
Maximum Shared Folder 512
Maximum Shared Folder Sync Tasks 32
Maximum Concurrent CIFS/AFP/FTP Connections 13000
Windows Access Control List (ACL) Integration
NFS Kerberos Authentication
High Availability Manager
Log Center
Syslog Events per Second 3000
Virtualization
VMware vSphere 6 with VAAI
Windows Server 2012
Windows Server 2012 R2
Citrix Ready
OpenStack
Add-on Packages (learn more about the complete add-on package list)
Antivirus by McAfee (Trial)
Central Management System
Chat
Maximum Users 3200
Notes
  • The number of concurrent HTTP connections for Chat was configured to the maximum.
  • CPU and RAM usage were both under 80% when testing the recommended number of clients.
  • For tested models with expandable memory, the maximum amount of RAM was installed.
Cloud Station Server
Maximum Concurrent File Transfers 16000
Maximum Concurrent File Transfers (with RAM expansion) 30000
Docker DSM
Maximum Docker DSM Number (Licenses required) 100 (including 1 Free License) (Learn more)
exFAT Access (optional)
HiDrive Backup
MailPlus / MailPlus Server
Free Email Accounts 5 (Licenses required for additional accounts)
Recommended MailPlus Client Number Up to 1800
Maximum Server Performance 4,129,000 emails per day, approx. 126GB
Notes
  • The CPU and RAM usages were both under 80% when testing recommended client numbers.
  • For tested models with expandable memory, the maximum amount of RAM was installed.
  • The performance of the mail system will slightly decrease in high-availability mode due to data synchronization between the two servers.
  • Functions that were enabled in all of the tests above: anti-spam, anti-virus, DNSBL, greylist, content scan, full-text search (English only).
Office
Maximum Users 3200
Maximum Simultaneous Editing Users 100
Notes
  • CPU and RAM usage were both under 80% when testing the recommended number of clients.
  • For tested models with expandable memory, the maximum amount of RAM was installed.
  • Client performance may affect maximum simultaneous editing users. Client PCs used for testing: Intel Core i3-3220 / 8GB RAM
Snapshot Replication
Maximum Snapshots per Shared Folder 1024
Maximum Snapshots of all Shared Folder 65536
Surveillance Station
Maximum IP cam (Licenses required) 100 (including 2 Free License) (See All Supported IP Cameras)
Total FPS (H.264)* 3000 FPS @ 720p (1280x720)
3000 FPS @ 1080p (1920×1080)
1500 FPS @ 3M (2048x1536)
1000 FPS @ 5M (2591x1944)
Total FPS (MJPEG)* 2000 FPS @ 720p (1280x720)
750 FPS @ 1080p (1920×1080)
540 FPS @ 3M (2048x1536)
425 FPS @ 5M (2591x1944)
Notes Surveillance Station throughput is tested with Axis network camera, using continuous recording with live view from Surveillance Station and motion detection by camera. Live view and recording are sharing the same stream from the camera.
VPN Server
Maximum Connections 30
Environment & Packaging
Environment RoHS Compliant
Packaging Content
  • Main Unit X 1
  • Accessory Pack X 1
  • AC Power Cord X 2
  • Quick Installation Guide X 1
Optional Accessories
  • Surveillance Device License Pack
  • 16GB DDR4 ECC RDIMM
  • 32GB DDR4 ECC RDIMM
  • Expansion Unit: RX2417sas X 2
  • VS360HD
  • FS3017 Expansion Card FXC17
  • Synology RKS1317 - Rail Kit Sliding
  • Synology Ethernet Adapter E10G15-F1
  • Synology Ethernet Adapter E10G17-F2
Notes FS3017 supports up to 2 Synology Expansion Unit RX1217sas / RX2417sas when the optional FS3017 Expansion Card (FXC17) is installed.

Customer Reviews

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Problems with Power

We had problems with power cycling the NAS and were rather disappointed as you dont expect that. Works fine now since issue resolved.
Fast and great addition to our DP center.

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Support

We have two units loaded with SSD's head an issue with one and support was slow from synology who swapped out a unit and we were good to go
Simplynas was pro-active and has helped when we needed it great units

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J.T.
Dual Controllers and Price

After numerous discussions with vendors and starting at around 62k for a All Flash Solution we came to SimplyNAS to buy this model at under 20k it has provided to be reliable and invaluable. - Recommended

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Synology FS3017 32TB (16x2TBSSD) All Flash NAS Sever

Your Custom Configuration:
  • No Hard Drive
  • No RAID
  • No RAM Upgrade
  • No RAIL
  • No Network Card
  • No Warranty
  • No SSD Cache