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Synology's NAS Setup Can Serve You Over 100TB

By , Andrea Ferrario - Tom's Hardware Italy - Source: Tom's Hardware US | B 21 comments

That's a lot of... "anatomy media"

Synology at Computex showed its DS3611xs, the 12-bay NAS DS3611xs that packs a Sandy Bridge processor at 3.1 GHz (we imagine a Core i3-2100), 2 GB of RAM (expandable to 8 GB). Four USB 2.0 ports, two InfiniBand ports and four Gigabit connections (or two 10 GbE).

The bay can accommodate 12 drives, 3 TB each, for a total of 36 terabytes. But if you need more space, you can connect up to two DX1211 expansion units, each with an additional 12 bays in order to reach a total capacity of over 100 terabytes.

These will start shipping in July, but you'd better have your checkbook ready as they're going to cost over $2000.

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    WyomingKnott , June 2, 2011 5:33 PM
    Next forum member who posts "How can I build a NAS?" will get a link to this page.
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    YardstickWHACK , June 2, 2011 5:50 PM
    Too bad it isn't a standard rack size. I've shipped a few 36TB 2U computers with hot-swappable drives (not even for NAS purposes, but just local video storage).
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    joex444 , June 2, 2011 6:21 PM
    I am a fan of large external arrays. But SAS expanders are damn expensive...
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    dark_knight33 , June 2, 2011 7:03 PM
    "Anatomy Media"

    Rofl. I can totally justify the purchase to the wife now.
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    GreaseMonkey_62 , June 2, 2011 7:10 PM
    Looks great for medium size businesses. Except for the people who never delete an email.
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    freggo , June 2, 2011 7:15 PM
    36TB and USB 2.0 ?? If I put down $2000+ I want at least USB 3.0 !

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    Anonymous , June 2, 2011 7:17 PM
    Will it connect to my Android phone?
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    dark_knight33 , June 2, 2011 7:27 PM
    YardstickWHACKToo bad it isn't a standard rack size. I've shipped a few 36TB 2U computers with hot-swappable drives (not even for NAS purposes, but just local video storage).



    There is already a large range of products covering that segment. I think this fits better with businesses that don't want a "mini-data center" look for the office. This is pretty low key, and for the cost in hardware, looks pretty unassuming sitting in a utility closet.
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    nekatreven , June 2, 2011 7:31 PM
    They should write on the box: "The most compact, space efficient way to lose all of your data at once!"

    I'm not saying it is a bad product. I'm merely poking fun at the standard way that small companies back up storage like this; as in they don't.
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    Anonymous , June 2, 2011 7:40 PM
    Will it store my Crysis screen caps?
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    Anonymous , June 2, 2011 7:44 PM
    "36TB and USB 2.0 ?? If I put down $2000+ I want at least USB 3.0 !"

    That's pretty irrelevant, you're not meant to use the USB interface for the actual data transfers. To do that you'll be using the gig interfaces or, if you have the network gear, the 10 GbEs. I'm sure that's enough speed for you.. :p 
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    HolyCrusader , June 2, 2011 8:04 PM
    I was thinking along the same lines, nekatreven. I'd assume something like this would have the ability to run Raid 5/6, and be able to directly back up to another device automatically.

    I do know many businesses that don't back-up their data at all. I've a friend that I recently had to force a backup system onto - despite his intelligence he has no head for disaster planning or computer security.
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    schmich , June 2, 2011 8:11 PM
    otacon72Should just be enough space to store all my porn....

    People store their porn? :o  Porn gets old so quickly!
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    elcentral , June 2, 2011 9:37 PM
    schmichPeople store their porn? Porn gets old so quickly!


    so isent it self explanatory why you need a huge spase to store it all ?
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    atomicmonkey , June 3, 2011 12:05 AM
    Ya but can it play crysis?
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    smashley , June 3, 2011 12:36 AM
    For that kind of money it should include some drives at least.. I don't quite get why all these NAS devices on the market now cost so much, even for the 2-4 bay consumer level ones.. seems like just adding a RJ-45 to an external drive enclosure triples the price. It may be a bit bulkier but I'd sooner retire an older PC to become a NAS box than pay that kind of money. Or even build one for a fraction of the price.
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    atomicmonkey , June 3, 2011 12:54 AM
    I agree, I just use an old P4 running XP Pro for the job.
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    palladin9479 , June 3, 2011 1:54 AM
    smashleyFor that kind of money it should include some drives at least.. I don't quite get why all these NAS devices on the market now cost so much, even for the 2-4 bay consumer level ones.. seems like just adding a RJ-45 to an external drive enclosure triples the price. It may be a bit bulkier but I'd sooner retire an older PC to become a NAS box than pay that kind of money. Or even build one for a fraction of the price.


    Its feature bloat. To justify higher prices and thus a higher profit margin they need to pack in more and more features.

    You don't even need an "old PC", instead you can build your own home server and attach an external eSATA array for a fraction of the cost. I tend to use the Via CPU's over the Atoms, but an i3 or one of the AMD APU's would work just as well. Mini-ITX board, 2~4GB of memory, small 2.5 inch or even CF-DISK boot drive. On board 1Gbps Ethernet for home use. Mini-ITX boards typically have one expansions slot, Micro-ATX boards can have two to three. Use eSATA to connect to an external enclose and have all the HDD's your pocket book can afford. eSATA expander's, aka "Port Multipliers" are cheap. You can buy a bunch and build your own enclosures if you ~really~ want. The problem is the HBA needs to support that Port Multiplier or a compatible mode. Older PMP's used CBS mode which was crap, more modern FIS mode is much better but almost requires a dedicated third party HBA.

    Honestly at 36TB we're entering into the SAN world and fiber channel. Trying to think of a conceivable SOHO or small business reason for something this big. Possible someone doing video processing and needing large permanent storage. They would be better served by an eSATA external enclosure then something accessible over a 1Gbps network pipe.
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    blader15sk8 , June 3, 2011 4:36 AM
    GreaseMonkey_62Looks great for medium size businesses. Except for the people who never delete an email.


    That's what storage quotas are for :) 
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    back_by_demand , June 3, 2011 12:26 PM
    12 million songs on iTunes would be around 45Tb.

    That leaves space for nearly 2500 Bluray rips or 7000 DVD rips.

    Overkill, no consumer could possibly need that much space
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