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I like the cpu power and memory capacity on this 4 drive model. But why no support for SHR and SHR-2. I ended up with RADI 6 but confused why no SHR which is one of the reasons I like Synology. I also have a DS1019+ and three DS918+ all with SHR and SHR-2 support so why not on this high end unit.
I was running out of space and instead of just buying more hard drives, I figured I might as well upgrade my system as well. I upgraded from the Synology 4 bay NAS DiskStation DS918+ to this RackStation RS1619xs+ for the win. Keep in mind this is a 19" deep and wide. So If you have a small rack, you might want to rethink this NAS. The other thing that might give you pause is that there is no support for SHR. Now that those are out of the way. Why should you upgrade to this NAS? There are a lot of NAS out there but Synology software always makes it an easy choice to select them for my storage needs. The intuitive interface and package are hard to beat. The hardware itself has an Intel Xeon D-1527 Quad-core. You can if you want to install a 10GbE/25GbE NIC. If you don't have a switch to support 10GbE, save your money, and get more ram instead. Speaking of ram, the RackStation RS1619xs+ supports up to 64 GB of it. So short story, long. I love this machine but wish it would not kill my eardrums. This is meant to be in an AV room and not in your livingroom. However pro users don't want to hear that. So while you buy this add a 3rd party fan to your shopping cart. You can thank me later.
Pro: Synology DSN software Future proof thanks to PCIe slots The pure power of the system Link Aggregation
Cons: 19" deep and wide. May not fit in all racks The fan noise is rediculous even when there is no load. The 39.3 dB not true on our test runs as 53.1 dB There is no SHR support :( Does not come with Rail Kit
This thing has everything you need for storage. I did try contacting synology tech support for an issue adding additional drives. That was weeks ago and I still haven’t gotten a response that I am able to find. It was done through their online support. Thankfully, it ended up being an issue with the size of the drive I was adding. You can’t go smaller than what is already in place.
Only real issue I have now is that the unit is too long for my rack. It looks like I may end up making a mount for it. As the racks it will work with as large and a bit costly. It might sit on my shelf until I muster up enough to switch out my current rack setup.
The best part of this unit was upgrading from a small desktop synology NAS was a snap. Synology has great articles online to follow. I am thankful for the resources they provide to follow. They were good to work with swapping out my old unit under warranty.
Overall, I am extremely pleased with this purchase. It makes reassuring me that my data won’t disappear without a trace with a failed hard drive. I have lost years of photos with my carelessness in the past.
Think twice before buying this product. I got Synology 12bay NAS RackStation RS3617xs+ and installed 12 2TB SSD. Ever 24 hours it completely freeze and I am not able to connect over the web interface nor over SSH or with the Synology Assistant software. My router indicated that the NAS was offline. A normal shut down by pressing the on/off button at the front was not possible, the LED just started blinking blue forever. The only way to get it running again was to pull the power cord and after that turning it on again. After a few hours, the same problem occurred again. on the top of this Synology support seems they are guessing and the don't know there product very will. after one week they issue it not resolved and they will not sed a replacement or refund. So be careful and hard luck.
Primary use is backing up 20 end user PCs. My Western Digital (WD) unit died and I needed something fast. Shipped immediately, purchased 5 WD Red Pro 6TB NAS Internal Hard Drive - 7200 RPM Class (one is a spare, trust me you want a spare on hand); I was up and running in minutes and fully operational in a couple hours.
Easy to install, intuitive interface with good online help as needed. Using the included application, Active Backup for Business that implements data deduplication which conserves a huge amount of disk space. This is a great feature. Don't know why it isn't highlighted in the description.