Indications of Synology Hard Drives Appear with the HAT5300-8T and HAT5300-12T Revealed
Come on – it was only going to be a question of time, wasn’t it. The idea of Synology (one of the most popular brands in the world of network-attached storage) expanding their portfolio to include the very hard drives that you install inside their enclosures is something that many have thrown around for years. Last year, when they unveiled their range of SAT5200 and SNV3400/3500 SSDs was there first big indicator that the brand was looking to become a much more complete solution provider for business and now it appears that this is ramped up again with the appearance of the Synology HAT5300 range of media appearing across numerous retail sites. Details are spectacularly thin on the ground, with little more than model IDs and similar pricing appearing on the sites (see images below for sources) but there does seem to be at least the indication of at least two capacities revealed, at 8TB and 12TB capacity. However, details like confirmation of standard HDD architecture such as the interface (SATA/SAS) rpm (5400/7200) or format is another question entirely. The same goes for warranty and compatibility, but knowing Synology these will be two subjects that will impress some and infuriate others.
Additionally, there is the question of whether these are an entirely independent product, or an existing series of NAS hard drives from brands such as Toshiba, WD or Seagate with the Synology testing and approval. There is every chance that this is the case as, given the decades of experience that each of those HDD brands bring to the table, that it would be remiss not to partner with one. This is all rather lite on details right now and maybe a storm in a teacup, but this looks quite legitimate to me and it will be interesting to see more as this develops.
But, the big question for many is going to be, why would Synology start to produce Hard Drives?
Why Would Synology Release the HAT5300 NAS Hard Drive?
The reveal of a Synology HAT5300 hard drive is a bit of a surprise for some, but certainly something that has been indicated for a while now. From the Synology 2021 launch materials referring to ‘Synology Hard Drives’ at one point, a few thrown around comments in the supply chain here or there to indications in software and firmware that were far too ambiguous to indicate their range of SSDs. But why would Synology make this move? Well, it actually makes a lot of sense in the grand scheme of things. Firstly the Synology brand has always been has always tried to market itself as a ‘complete solution’ with software gradually being introduced over the last 2-3 years to replace the 3rd party roster in your business (the collaboration suite for example) as well as integrating existing 3rd party services such as VMware, Google Suite and Hybrid Cloud services and giving you the means to sync them with the NAS and then use the Synology management and hosting tools. Add to this the Synology C2 cloud integration, the release of SSD for Flashstations and caching across their range and what you have is a brand that is making the moves into the top tier of data storage in business. As useful as NAS is, it has always held ‘2nd place’ in the grander food chain, with combined storage-service platforms at the top (AWS, Blob and computing storage such as Azure, NetApp combined service, etc). In this tier of the industry, you would need to provide a complete solution of bare metal hardware on-site/remote access, an area of cloud, the software services, the storage media, business support, etc. The idea that Synology would make a move into branded hard drives (alongside branded memory, SSD, network interface cards, etc) is smart at both the smaller integration level AND at the business complete-solution level. There is no doubt that this will not be a move that pleases everyone and how this new storage media is presented in terms of advantages, wider system compatibility and comparison is something that many will be watching moving forward.
When Would the Synology HAT5300 Hard Drives Be Released and the Price?
Sadly, alongside the almost complete lack of information on specifications on these drives, there is the subject of release and price. Prices have been scattered on the websites detailed on the links at the top of the page, but these appear largely automatic from a supply feed without any real solid indicators of reliability. Same goes for the availability, as although some indicate a stock 30-dAYS, this appears fixed and completely false. So, for now, I think this is going to be a product series, like the RS3621xs+ and RS4021xs+ mentioned earlier this week, that we are going to have to wait on Synology making the first big announcement on.
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