New Synology SA6400 and SA6200 Enterprise Rackstations Revealed

New 12-Bay AMD EPYC Synology SA6400 and SA6200 Rackmount NAS Coming Soon

Synology has really been hitting the business/enterprise button hard in 2022, with several very high-profile top-tier solutions introduced into their portfolio (with rackmount/rackstation solutions seemingly getting the lion’s share of attention). Today I want to discuss a couple of new entries into the arguably less familiar ‘SA’ series, the highly storage scalable range of solutions from the brand that have tended to arrive with excellent internal hardware that is combined with an unparalleled level of storage expandability – with the newly uncovered Synology SA6400 and SA6200 rackmount solutions seemingly pushing things further than ever! Both systems arrive in 12-bay rackmount form, supporting SAS and SATA drive media (with Synology’s own HAT5300 and HAS5300 drive media being the recommended drive of course) and full support of DSM 7.1.

The SA6400 and SA6200 have yet to be confirmed as to whether they are refreshes of the later 2019 released SA3400 and SA3600 (as they were the original releases in this product family and therefore there is little to no data on the upgrade cycle for this series), however with certain components worldwide being subject to continued shortages, there is every possibility that these new SAS rackmounts are in response to this. Let’s discuss the information we have on these new Synology solutions.

Hardware Specifications of the Synology SA6200 and SA6400 Rackstation NAS

Before we go into details on what we know about the SynologySA6400 and SA6200, it is worth highlighting that the source of this information is unverified at the time of writing. I think that it IS true/real and a slew of quick google searches online show that these model IDs definitely exist, but the exact specifications might well be subject to change and/or confirmation. There is ALOT to unpack here, with the CPU that is purported to be featured being one of the most interesting parts of all! Let’s go through it:

Model ID Synology SA6400 Rackstation

Synology SA6200 Rackstation

Number of Bays 12x 3.5″/2.5″ 12x 3.5″/2.5″
Storage Interface SATA / SAS SATA / SAS
Expandable Yes, 8x RX1223RP 12-Bay Yes, 8x RX1223RP 12-Bay
CPU Model ID AMD EPYC 7272 v
Core Count 12x 8x
CPU Threads 24x 16x
CPU Frequency 2.9Ghz (3.2Ghz Burst) 3.1Ghz (3.2Ghz Burst)
CPUBenchmark Rating 26,446 17,017
Default Memory 32GB DDR4 ECC RDIMM 32GB DDR4 ECC RDIMM
Memory Frequency 3200Mhz 3200Mhz
Number of Memory Slots x16 x16
Maximum Supported Memory 1024GB (64GB x 16) 1024GB (64GB x 16)
1GbE Ports TBC TBC
10GbE Ports x2 x2
25GbE Ports TBC TBC
USB Ports TBC TBC
PCIe Slots TBC (However, this CPU supports upto PCIe4) TBC (However, this CPU supports upto PCIe4)
Expansion Ports 8x MiniSAS HD 8x MiniSAS HD

Ok, so first things first, THAT Processor. Synology has recently been making increased moves towards AMD for the CPU inside their 2022/2023 generation NAS devices (the R1600, the V1500B and perhaps even further) and therefore the switch from a Xeon to the AMD EPYC family in this series. However, this CPU is more than just light equivalent to the Xeon D1541/1567 used previously. The More powerful AMD EPYC 7272 in the Synology SA6400 is a hugely powerful and capable 12 Core processor that rates significantly higher on most CPU benchmarking sites. It is also a PCIe 4-ready processor and, although no details have been confirmed about the PCIe expandability of the system, I kinda hope this is the point where we see Synology start rolling out a PCIe Gen 4 equipped solution (for faster media, but also for improved combo cards and network interface cards hitting the 100GbE level).

The AMD EPYC 7272 brings a bunch of advantages over the Xeon D-1541, such as being capable of dual-processing. This feature allows two processors to be used in multi-socket servers to achieve better performance and memory bandwidth. Also, the EPYC here on the SA6400 vs the SA3400 features CPU cores on the AMD EPYC 7272 help to tackle multiple applications or heavily multi-threaded tasks (though typically you would compare the SA6400 vs the SA3600 and SA6200 vs the SA3400). Finally, there are the base and burst clock speeds, with the EPYC having a frequency of the processor is higher than the frequency of the D-1541 chip. Alot of this comes from the AMD chip arriving on the market several years later, benefiting from improvements in technology/R&D of course, but aside from noticeably higher power consumption, the AMD EPYC is certainly the superior processor. Then there is the EPYC 7232P processor in the SA6200 NAS. How does that compare with the older/previous gen?

In like-for-like comparisons, this 8-Core EPYC processor still compares very favourably versus the 8-Core Xeon D-1541, still with a higher clock frequency/speed vs also high power consumption of course. Interestingly, alongside each of the new EPYC processors supporting PCIe4, these CPUs also support a higher frequency of memory (of 3200Mhz, plus ECC support). The table below gives you a little bit more information on how these CPUs all compare:

Another interesting feature of the hardware architecture that the SA6400 and SA6200 Rackstation NAS’ will seemingly arrive with is an astonishing maximum 1024GB (1TB) of memory! These systems will feature 16 RDIMM DDR4 Memory slots (with each default model arriving with a single slot occupied by a 1x 32GB module), each of which can support a 64GB Memory module. This is a frankly incredible amount of memory, but once you factor in the overheads of these systems being expandable to a staggering 8x 12 Bay expansions, this CPU and Memory makes alot more sense.

Carrying on with the subject of expandability, that has always been a big, big part of the Synology SA series. Along with the support of SAS drives, these systems have always been designed to be hugely expandable in terms of storage, arriving with EIGHT mini-SAS HD ports, with each one connecting the new RX1223RP expansion chassis. Meaning you can add an additional 96 SAS/SATA drives of HDD/SSD storage to either of the SA6400/SA6200 12-Bay rackmount NAS servers. Add to that the recently released 18TB drive from Synology (HAT5300-18T / HAS5300-18T) and that means a potential for 1,944TB of storage (or close to 2 Petabytes of storage!!!). So yeah, to support that kind of storage scale, you are going to NEED that CPU/Memory potential

I am still in the process of verifying the network connectivity of both the Synology SA6400 and SA6200, but I think it’s quite likely that we will see the repeat of the dual 10GbE and 1GbE of the previous SA releases. How does all this hardware translate into the DSM software?

Software Specifications of the Synology SA6200 and SA6200 Rackstation NAS

Synology NAS solutions all arrive with Diskstation Manager (DSM) and the SA6400 and SA6200 are no exception. This means a tremendous range of services and features are available to you that can work alongside your existing range of SaaS 3rd party applications, as well as completely replace them with the 1st party Synology alternatives. Highlights of the Synology DSM 7.1 software include:

Synology Office – Create documents, spreadsheets, and slides in a multi-user environment. Real-time synchronization and saving make collaboration a breeze.

Synology Chat – Aimed at businesses, Synology Chat is an IM service that transforms the way users collaborate and communicate.

Synology Drive – Host your own private cloud behind the safety of your NAS with 100% data ownership and no subscription fees.

Synology Photos – Manage your photos and videos with deep-learning algorithms that automatically group photos with similar faces, subjects, and places.

Synology Calendar – Stay on track, share calendars, and schedule meetings, while ensuring sensitive information remains safely stored on company premises.

Synology Active Backup for Business (ABB) – Consolidate backup tasks for virtualized environments, physical servers, and personal computers, and rapidly restore files, entire machines, or VMs – completely license-free.

Synology Hyper Backup – backup your NAS safely and efficiently to multiple destinations with deduplication, integrity checks, compression, and versioning.

Synology Surveillance Station – Safeguard your business, home, and other valuable assets with reliable video surveillance tools.

Synology Virtual Machine Manager (VMM) – An intuitive hypervisor that supports Windows, Linux, and Virtual DSM virtual machines. Its powerful disaster recovery tools help users achieve maximum service uptime.

Synology High Availability – Synology High Availability (SHA) combines two Synology NAS servers into one active-passive high-availability cluster, alleviating service disruptions while mirroring data.

Synology Central Management System (CMS) – Synology CMS allows you to manage multiple Synology NAS servers quickly and conveniently from a single location.

Synology Video Station – Manage all your movies, TV shows, and home videos. Stream them to multiple devices or share them with friends and family.

Synology Audio Station – Manage your music collection, create personal playlists, stream them to your own devices, or share with family or friends.

Synology File Station – Manage your Synology NAS files remotely through web browsers or mobile devices.

Synology C2 Cloud Services – Back up your Synology NAS data to the cloud with Hyper Backup or sync requested data between C2 Storage and branch offices using Hybrid Share

C2 Backup – Back up your Windows PCs, MAC devices, and Microsoft OneDrive data to the cloud and never lose a file again.

C2 Object Storage – Simple, scalable, and affordable cloud object storage with S3 compatible APIs

C2 Transfer – Take no risks with file transfers. Start sharing and receiving files the secure and reliable way

C2 Identity – Secure your organization with centralized identity and device management

C2 Password – Store all your credentials in one place securely

C2 Surveillance – Keep surveillance footage stored on your Synology NAS safe by enabling simultaneous recording to the Synology C2 cloud

Although several of the C2 services are subject to subscription payments, the rest of the software is included completely or in an entry form with all Synology NAS hardware. Below is the full review of DSM 7 from the NASCompares YouTube channel.

When will the Synology SA6200 & SA6200 Rackstation NAS Be Released and what will the Price be?

Details on pricing and availability of the Synology SA6400 and SA6200 Rackstation NAS are still unknown at the time of writing. With the current SA3600 at around £7000 and the SA3400 around £5000, it is quite likely that we will see these newer releases exceed this, in line with inflation, recent release status, hardware shortages and the change to a more proficient and recent CPU. The fact that these two NAS and the RX1223RP have appeared on a few online eShops vaguely means that release is likely not exceedingly far away and perhaps sometime in September, but this is by no means confirmed at this time.

 

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    52 thoughts on “New Synology SA6400 and SA6200 Enterprise Rackstations Revealed

    1. I cannot beleive that there is NO WAY to sync any folder and file type from android device to synology nas… that drives me nuts… it’s either super complicated third party app to configure or the only syncing possible is with ds file that does ONLY pictures or synology photo crap app… I just want to sync ANY folder and their files in it (like download, ringtones and so on)… why the hell can’t synology do such thing ??? ds cloud does NOT permit to sync android folder to nas, it only sync the cloud that is on the nas to the android device, I want the other way around, there is no way to sync android ANY type of android files to nas.. urgh…
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    2. My synology is messing up my local network and I can’t figure out why. Internet drops for a few seconds every few min on all connected network devices. If I disconnect the NAS from the network, it seems to work just fine.
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    3. Login Speed – seemed easier with entering user name and password on the same dialogue to only hit enter once, especially when credentials are stored in the browser. Perhaps they changed it for increased security, prefer the old way.
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    4. 8:40 – I wish we could find the person responsible for using a Funnel for the filter icon and make them walk the plank. Funnels are not filters.
      But its too late now. The damage is done. People associate the funnel image with the filter action in software just like they associate the piece of paper with a folded corner for “new file”.
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    5. The missing “For you” from moments sorely missed – it was a great AI system for finding potential duplicate (or near duplicate) photos that just doesn’t work as well as the storage manager reports that only really find exact duplicate pictures.
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    6. 1.Log center cant be modified or set to exclude users or certain things you dont want logged.

      2.It is not compatible with DScloud anymore so you cant sync to mobile like you can do on DSM6 with the DSCloud app from Synology but you can use the Synology Package Center to download Resilio Sync or Good Sync but you have to pay a monthly/yearly fee for every user.

      Unlike Qnap when you buy your hardware, you arent forced to pay for syncing from and to your own hardware.

      With that said there is still a solution using Webdav to-way Nas-pc with Raidrive but you have to pay for software for Pro features.

      Mobile sync: Use Foldersync to-way Mobile-Nas, but you have to pay for software for Pro features.

      So far as i am aware of limitations using Synology DSM7 when it comes to syncing —> If you want Pro features or you want to use your Nas without reaching out to third-part software without paying extra fees it is recommended to switch to other Nas brands for me i feel Qnap has been working using 30 users for Laptop/Pc/Mac/Android/Iphone all Apps/Software working perfect Pro features without paying extra fee´s or forced to use third-part tools total control for Log center, File-Folder, Photo, Video, Virtualization, Web-sites and so much more.

      Other annoying difference i had with Synology i had was this—> i had to make a ticket to find out i cant use Synology Mobile App DS Cloud or that one cant choose what Synology Package-Log Center loggs, it wont let you choose to include, exclude or to delete certain logg if you press Clear button on the loggs that are in “Files downloaded” it deletes all, if you clear “user logins” it deletes all that and you cant revert the deletion.
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    7. Totally agree with your view on Photo Station. I’m glad you covered this as your feedback might get recognised. I don’t want to upgrade until Photos is comparable to what Photo Station had/has to offer.
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    8. almost perfection?
      Audio Station is totally broken, playback is being cut off,
      Media indexing fails to scan more than 50% files,
      translations in DSM are not complete, some even have nonsense,
      I have no idea what Synology have been doing all the time releasing such buggy software
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    9. Useful but a bit of a ramble with Robby. My time notes:

      https://youtu.be/xZrjPF4nmRc?t=674

      11:14 User Interface
      12:00 Help Center
      12:35 Control Panel
      14:03 Security
      15:27 Collaboration Suite
      15:45 Synology Drive
      17:18 Multimedia Apps
      18:47 Plex and 3rd party app issues
      19:47 DSM 7 background package integration improvements
      20:25 HyperBackup, USB copy
      21:24 Cloud Synchronization
      22:27 Business Applications
      23:30 Storage Manager
      25:15 Fast Raid Repair
      26:35 RAID 6 speedup
      27:19 Bench testing, storage performance, UI improvements
      29:00 Surveillance Station
      30:04 Virtual Machine Manager
      32:40 USB changes on DSM7
      34:08 Security and UI
      34:40 Resource Monitor and UI
      35:00 Storage Analyzer
      36:55 Recommendations
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    10. I’ve installed it as a VM on my DS1821+ and I’m completely disappointed with the new photos app. Maybe I’m old fashioned idk but the way timeline view is implemented it doesn’t allow you to look at a timeline on an album level anymore like you could do in photostation. You have to choose between album view or timeline view. I like to look at my photos different ways and this makes the app kind of unusable for me. Additionally I would like them to shows tags on the timeline view when you’re inside an album that has multiple albums underneath it but no photos in it directly. I’ve reached out to them but very little hope of it getting done in my opinion. I’m not upgrading until photos is useable as photostation is no longer supported on dsm7. Additionally I had a lot of indexing / conversion issues on my VM with my photos directory. Not sure if that’s just a VM issue or not
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    11. Hi. Is it safe and or good for my Synology 920+ to be shut down during the night and sometimes for 30 days at a time while away? Many thanks for your great videos.
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    12. I upgraded both my DS 218J and my brand new DS920+ to DSM 7.0 and liking it a lot! No real problems. Moments with my Photos lost its tags during the transition to Synology Photos. I have to redo them but that’s ok. Everything else is great. I agree with this review.
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    13. so is there any reason for me to wait for the DSM update to come through automatically on my DS1520+ or should I just manually update now? Is it likely that more changes will be made to it before the automatic update comes through?
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    14. Does DSM 7 introduce any issues with access via the NFS protocol? I use my DS420j strictly as a file server in a Linux environment and do not really care about photo station, music station, etc. Quick, reliable access via NFS is my main concern. Thank you for your fine videos.
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    15. Photos all seemed to work once I requested a re-indexing. However, photo sharing is completely broken. Even if you request that anyone can view with a URL, Synology NAS still requests a username and password. Sigh…………………
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    16. I notice the absence of Amazon S3 on the cloud service for HyperBackup… Is it still possible to backup to Amazon S3 Glacier storage in DSM7? Or they removed it not to compete with their own C2 solution?
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    17. Thanks for your valuable videos. I missed the loss of DS Cloud, so syncing became a problem. I started using Syncthing after upgrading to DSM7. I also have a problem with Synology Drive from my laptop on a company network, while using Express VPN. It keeps trying to connect to the server. When I switch off the VPN it works fine. Maybe I will switch to Syncthing on this Windows machine as well. For me this is a key function for a NAS so I didn’t expect it to work less good. But all and all it’s a big improvement.
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    18. No mention of the issues with third party packages that worked fine in 6.2.4 but no longer work in DSM 7, it might be almost perfect IF you only use Synology apps.
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    19. Hello, I am sure that it will surely be for reasons of not extending the video too much, but your way of showing and explaining the news and characteristics of this new DSN are not very clear, at least for me you are going too fast and a bit messy. I’m not saying it in a bad way but I think you could do it in a more calm and neat way. Thank you very much anyway.
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    20. I use a KDLinks media stream box to watch movies and videos I store on my Synology NAS DS918+. Does DSM 7.0 support the ability for the stream box to sign into the NAS and stream the files?
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    21. 20:53 I ran into the exact issue you have 2 days ago on DSM6.2.4. I opened a support ticket that is still open, however I suspect it’s a browser based issue. Try opening in a different browser and see if you can view all of the back up options in that. It’s a Munster to me how this happened as I even cleared my browser cache and it persisted in Firefox. When I opened in safari it was “fixed}
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    22. Show idea, upgrading synology hardware. Example, use a ds213 case and change the motherboard to a newer model including modifying the case for USB ports if needed.
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    23. Your shows are good, however, can you please make them shorter/succinct. Perhaps add text boxes on the screen so we can see that as you move on. Again, you do a fantastic job ???? thanks for your hard work.
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    24. One thing I’d love is for larger NAS to support mounting volume from older smaller NAS.
      For instance, I had an old DS411j that failed on me, one of the drive failed but the NAS was full, so now I can’t even start it up. I just wish I could buy some of the 12 slots new NAS and then mount my 4 old drive into the new system and then just transfer data and format the old drives to add them to the new volume. I asked Synology if we can do that, their answer: nope, unless you build a Linux computer and mount drives on Linux and transfer your data. If I need to build a Linux computer, I’d better off just to use FreeNAS and never have to deal with Synology DSM…
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    25. Microsoft Edge is base on Chromium, so any issues you have with Chrome will most likely happen in Edge as well. You need to test on browses like Firefox that are not base on Chromium.

      I use Firefox and only have one M.2 slot filled and the 4 HDDs bays are full. Testing what I could zooming out made the empty M.2 disappear. It did not make the icon show under the other one as shown by you..
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    26. i have a test DS119j and upgraded it to DSM 7 and it’s very slow. Tested 4gb of photo’s and the database is going on for days.
      Going to upgrade my DS1821+ now. Hope 10GB will still work.
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    27. For the past week, Universal Search has been HOARDING CPU and RAM!
      Indexing just goes on and on and on, non stop!

      I can’t find a workaround!
      Disabling Universal Search in DSM 7, disables Synology Drive and Synology Office
      Instructions for this problem, found on forums, are all for DSM 6 and DON’T work on DSM 7
      This is pathetic!
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    28. For me it doesn’t matter as much if the new apps arent quite as good as the old ones yet as long as they have been written on a newer platform that easier to add missing and new features later rather than an app that was based on ds 4. Apple’s old website went down before a launch not to increase excitement but because it was old and rubbish and had to be .
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    29. Still I have hibernation issue and I opened a ticket with Synology support. After analyzing the debug logs, they came back with SMB and VMM are the cause of periodic waking up of HDD’s. But still I couldn’t find an answer from support that why this periodic waking up which exactly happens each hour related to VMM and SMB, assuming no laptops connected to NAS in the test period and no VM was running. Will update in case support answers me.
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