Synology SSDs for NAS Revealed – SNV-3400-400G, SAT480G, SAT960G and SAT1920G

Synology Branded SSDs in SATA and NVMe Coming in 2020

Good news for all NAS users that like to keep their hardware as uniform as possible, with the newly leaked information that Synology plan on releasing their own branded solid-state drives at some point in 2020. Although this information is still pretty early in the announcement and releases schedule (so take it with a pinch of salt) it is still going to be of interest to those who want to make the most of the data in their NAS whilst utilising solid-state drive caching. Today I want to tell you guys about the new SNV-3400-400G NVMe SSD and SAT480G, SAT960G and SAT1920G SATA SSD arriving from Synology later this year.

Why Would Synology release their own range of SSDs?

Synology is a NAS brand with a long-established history in the field of storage solutions. that said, they have always provided Solutions that are unpopulated by hard drive or SSD, allowing the end-user to select their own Media of choice for installation, as well as allowing home and business users to scale their budget accordingly. A number of other brands such as Buffalo and NETGEAR have long-established a portfolio of Solutions that arrive pre-populated with hard drives and SSD, which has its benefits in terms of warranty and complete brand compatibility. However, the release of a series of Synology branded solid-state drives is more to do with the more technical subject of SSD caching and the enormous benefits it can give to accessing your data. Unlike hard drives, solid-state drive technology he’s not only faster but also a little more complex and an end-user that wants to take advantage of SSD caching does not have a clear idea of the optimal drives for caching their data within the NAS.

There are SATA and NVMe SSD media from lots of companies like Seagate, Sandisk and Samsung, but they all too often utilise different and chips or arrive with controllers that do not allow the Synology NAS to truly take advantage of the speed and bandwidth options they offer. So the logic behind Synology creating their own branded and compatible range of SSD for their NAS solutions makes a lot of sense and takes a lot of the guesswork out of choosing the right drives to install for Ideal caching. Alongside this, there is also the fact that DSM 7, that has been delayed until the tail end of 2020, arrives with an improved SSD caching algorithm and this further underlined the need for a clear SSD range to buy for most inexperienced users. Finally, there is the fact that Synology already provides a range of branded components for other areas of NAS, ranging from their own official memory modules and official network interface card upgrades. Therefore a step into the arena of ‘own-brand’ SSDin a pretty shrewd one.

Which Synology SSD for NAS Are Coming?

The range of Synology NAS branded SSD, based on the information I have received, arrives in two forms. The first is a range of SATA based 2.5”  SSD that can be utilised for both SSD caching and in NAS drives optimised for solid-state media and flash use, such as the Flashstation series or 2.5″ Diskstation range. These are Arriving in 3 capacities:

SAT480G – 480GB 2.5″ SATA SSD

SAT960G – 960GB 2.5″ SATA SSD

SAT1920G – 1.92TB 2.5″ SATA SSD

Alongside these, will be an NVMe SSD series that we know less about right now. Currently, Synology does not allow the use of NVMe SSD inside their NAS for any other utilisation than as an area of solid-state cache that supports a connected storage pool of hard drives. The only model number we know at this time is the SNV-3400-400G, An NVMe M2 SSD that will provide significantly faster-caching performance than its SATA alternative. With NVMe slots available on NAS such as the RS1619xs+ and DS1019+, the growth of NVMe SSD used in Synology NAS has been gradual but solid. This combined with future releases into the Synology NAS portfolio in 2020/2021, such as the E10M20-T1 / E10M21-T1 and DS1621xs+ coming later, this only further supports the need for a clear drive choice for Synology buyers who want to take advantage of SSD caching.

How Much will the Synology SSDs Cost and When will they be Released?

Details on this new range of Synology branded SSD is incredibly thin on the ground and should be taken with a degree of caution. There have been several examples of revealed Synology hardware are in the past, both from official sites and in an actual hardware form tradeshows that we have still never seen (e.g SG-1000 and DS220+).  That said a Synology branded solid-state drive makes a great deal of scent and I can see the SNV-3400-400G and SAT480G, SAT960G and SAT1920G SSD drives proving popular with buyers who want a more streamlined and less complicated NAS deployment. We shall have to wait and see. 

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