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Synology DS1821+ and AMD Ryzen makes for a speedy backup combination

By Ken Wong - on 22 Dec 2020, 4:13pm

Synology DS1821+ and AMD Ryzen makes for a speedy backup combination

The AMD powered DS1821+. Image courtesy of Synology.

Synology’s new 8-bay NAS announced today, the DS1821+, is designed for high-capacity and high-performance data management and storage.


Getting the speeds you need

The second Synology NAS to be powered by a quad-core AMD processor, Synology says that the CPU performance improvement compared to Intel Atom Processor C3538 used previously is more that double, offering significantly faster performance and response times. Specifically, the DS1821+ is powered by the quad-core Ryzen V1500B that runs at 2.2GHz.

While these is no built-in 10GbE onboard, you can improve networking performance by installing an optional PCIe 10 GbE NIC which reaches over 2312.97 MB/s sequential reads, and 1149.89 MB/s sequential writes.

Synology has also integrated support for two Synology SNV3400 NVMe SSD cache drives, allowing up to a 20x throughput performance boost for commonly accessed data.


Software made friendly

The fans and other ports. Image courtesy of Synology.

The DS1821+ provides eight drive bays with the option to expand to 18 using two DX517 expansion units. What is nice is that you can use older existing drives in the NAS without needing them to be of the same capacity. Synology Hybrid Raid (SHR) allows users to create arrays using odd-sized drives to maximise the value of the NAS.

Synology DiskStation Manager (DSM) now makes upgrading drives and capacity easier after the device has been set up. Add in a new drive and expand your array effortlessly, without disruptions to services or requiring lengthy manual processes.


Protection made simple

Speed is definitely a plus point. Image courtesy of Synology.

Synology also includes solutions to protect data recorded on the NAS:

Active Backup Suite allows backup from Windows and Linux-based PCs and servers, virtual machines running on VMware and Hyper-V hypervisors, and Google Workspace and Microsoft 365 SaaS platforms. 

Snapshot Replication creates schedulable point-in-time recovery points, allowing roll back even after unintended file edits or even ransomware encryption for both Shared Folders and for iSCSI LUNs.

Synology Hyper Backup enables schedulable set-and-forget back-up for data to another Synology NAS, a USB drive, Synology C2 cloud storage, and other public cloud providers.


Pricing and availability

The Synology DS1821+ is available today at S$1,469 from Synology resellers and partners in Singapore.

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