Synology RS3618xs vs RS3617xs Rackmount NAS Comparison

Which Synology RackStation Deserves your Data – RS3618xs vs RS3617xs?

Rackmount NAS devices are by far the most enterprise way in which you can make your data both network and internet accessible. It isn’t just the cost that most people are put off by when buying a rackmount NAS server, the sheer hardware involved and included with most NAS designed for rack cabinet storage is truly breathtaking. Typical rackmount Solutions start off at thousands of pounds even before you’ve bought the hard drives to go inside, and the CPU and memory involved will often reach a quite extraordinary power. This is designed to remove the bottleneck from your business and ensure all data transmission is as fast as possible.
Likewise, as rackmount storage is typically designed for Enterprise and business markets, many arrive with very long warranties of up to five years or more. However, there are no two businesses that are identical and as you would expect rackmount devices differ greatly with any one of them arriving in several configurations. The result is that many rack NAS providers produce hundreds of NAS a year but the business user can get confused quickly as to which rackmount NAS is best for them. Below are the top two Synology Rackmount NAS servers of the year. Both of these devices are good in their own way any and should not be seen as a best or worst list. Each was chosen because it fulfilled a different business need. That being said, either of these two will be a steadfast and reliable solution to your data storage needs and ensure excellent communication of data for both you and your staff in years to come.

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Synology RS3617xs Rackmount NAS Review

The Synology RS3617xs is by far the best rackmount NAS in terms of value that I’ve seen in many, many years. This device arrives with a CPU that really blows your socks off, an Intel Quad-Core, this Xeon CPU is 3.3Ghz and arrives with DDR3 memory (ECC). However, most business users don’t want to know how powerful the boxes are, they want to know that it will do the job and this £2,000 NAS can pretty much do anything!

– If you want to back up hundreds of PCs every day, this device can do it!
– If you want to run multiple virtual machines all from the same NAS, fluidly and smoothly, this dance can do it.
– If you want to mix your home and business life together, while at the same time keeping them as separate as you need this NAS can do it.
The Synology RS3617xs arrives with a host of ports on the back. with 4x LAN ports, 2 expansion ports to add an additional 24 hard drives (via the DX1215) if needed, as well as a PCIe expansion slot for 10gbe connectivity, dual PSU ports for power supply failure protection and numerous USB ports. Finally, this Synology NAS arrives with 5 years of manufacturer’s warranty, as well as the SRS from Synology. The Synology Replacement Service means that if your unit has a hardware problem Synology will replace the next working day an advanced replacement and immediate support, which is a real advantage to Enterprise users that can’t be without it data anytime.

Synology RS3618xs Rackmount NAS Review

Synology RackStation RS3618xs is a reliable, superior-performance network-attached storage solution for large-scale enterprises with demanding business applications.

RS3618xs simplifies data management, optimizes virtualization environments, and rapidly expands storage capacity with minimal time investment in setup and maintenance. Synology RS3618xs is backed by Synology’s 5-year limited warranty.

Brand New Synology RS3618xs Rackstation for 2018

Synology RS3618xs

Rackstation NAS

12-Bay Rackmount NAS Server for Business

  • CPU – Intel Xeon D-1521 quad-core 2.4GHz, Turbo Boost up to 2.7GHz
  • Memory – 8GB DDR4-2133 ECC UDIMM (expandable up to 64GB)
  • Hardware encryption engine – AES-NI
  • 2 x USB 3.0 port
  • 2 x Expansion port
  • 4 x 1GbE (RJ-45)
  • PCIe 3.0 slot x8 slot x 2 (8-lane)
  • Btrfs and ext4 File System
  • Supported RAID types: Synology Hybrid RAID (SHR), Basic, JBOD, RAID 0, RAID 1, RAID 5, RAID 6, RAID 10, RAID F1

Hardware Specifications
CPU
RS3617xs RackStation NAS RS3618xs RackStation NAS
CPU Model Intel Xeon E3-1230 v2 Intel Xeon D-1521
CPU Architecture 64-bit 64-bit
CPU Frequency Quad Core 3.3 GHz Quad Core 2.4 (base) / 2.7 (turbo) GHz
Hardware Encryption Engine (AES-NI)
Memory
System Memory 4 GB DDR3 ECC 8 GB DDR4 ECC UDIMM
Memory Module Pre-installed 4GB (2 x 2GB) 8GB (1 x 8GB)
Total Memory Slots 4 4
Memory Expandable up to 32 GB (8 GB x 4) 64 GB (16 GB x 4)
Storage
Drive Bays 12 12
Maximum Drive Bays with Expansion Unit 36 36
Compatible Drive Type* (See all supported drives)
  • 3.5″ SATA HDD
  • 2.5″ SATA HDD
  • 2.5″ SATA SSD
  • 3.5″ SATA HDD
  • 2.5″ SATA HDD
  • 2.5″ SATA SSD
Maximum Internal Raw Capacity 96 TB (8 TB drive x 12) (Capacity may vary by RAID types) 144 TB (12 TB drive x 12) (Capacity may vary by RAID types)
Maximum Raw Capacity with Expansion Units 384 TB (96 TB + 12 TB drive x 24) (Capacity may vary by RAID types) 432 TB (144 TB + 12 TB drive x 24) (Capacity may vary by RAID types)
Maximum Single Volume Size
  • 200 TB (32GB RAM required, for RAID 5 or RAID 6 groups only)
  • 108 TB
  • 200 TB (32GB RAM required, for RAID 5 or RAID 6 groups only)
  • 108 TB
Hot Swappable Drive
External Ports
RJ-45 1GbE LAN Port 4 (with Link Aggregation / Failover support) 4 (with Link Aggregation / Failover support)
USB 2.0 Port 2
USB 3.0 Port 2 2
Expansion Port 2 2
PCIe
PCIe Expansion
  • 1 x Gen3 x8 slot (white, x8 link)
  • 1 x Gen3 x8 slot (black, x4 link)
  • 2 x Gen3 x8 slots (x8 link)
Add-in-card support
File System
Internal Drives
  • Btrfs
  • EXT4
  • Btrfs
  • EXT4
External Drives
  • Btrfs
  • EXT4
  • EXT3
  • FAT
  • NTFS
  • HFS+
  • exFAT*
  • Btrfs
  • EXT4
  • EXT3
  • FAT
  • NTFS
  • HFS+
  • exFAT*
Notes
  • exFAT Access is purchased separately in Package Center.
  • exFAT Access is purchased separately in Package Center.
Appearance
Size (Height x Width x Depth) 88 mm x 445 mm x 570 mm 88 mm x 430.5 mm x 692 mm
Weight 13.3 kg 14.5 kg
Others
System Fan 80 mm x 80 mm x 4 pcs 80 mm x 80 mm x 4 pcs
Fan Speed Mode
  • Full-Speed Mode
  • Cool Mode
  • Quiet Mode
  • Full-Speed Mode
  • Cool Mode
  • Quiet Mode
Easy Replacement System Fan
Power Recovery
Noise Level* 40.5 dB(A) 50.2 dB(A)
Scheduled Power On/Off
Wake on LAN/WAN
Power Supply Unit / Adapter 500W 500W
AC Input Power Voltage 100V to 240V AC 100V to 240V AC
Power Frequency 50/60 Hz, Single Phase 50/60 Hz, Single Phase
Power Consumption* 116.7 W (Access)
60.3 W (HDD Hibernation)
142.76 W (Access)
55.05 W (HDD Hibernation)
British Thermal Unit 398.19 BTU/hr (Access)
205.75 BTU/hr (HDD Hibernation)
487.12 BTU/hr (Access)
187.84 BTU/hr (HDD Hibernation)
Environment Temperature
Operating Temperature 5°C to 35°C (40°F to 95°F) 5°C to 35°C (40°F to 95°F)
Storage Temperature -20°C to 60°C (-5°F to 140°F) -20°C to 60°C (-5°F to 140°F)
Relative Humidity 5% to 95% RH 5% to 95% RH
Certification
  • FCC
  • CE
  • BSMI
  • EAC
  • VCCI
  • CCC
  • RCM
  • FCC
  • CE
  • BSMI
Warranty 5 Years 5 Years
Antivirus by McAfee (Trial)
Central Management System
Chat
Maximum Users 2500 4000
Notes
  • The number of concurrent HTTP connections for Chat was configured to the maximum.
  • CPU and RAM usage were both under 80% when the number of maximum users was reached.
  • For tested models with expandable memory, the maximum amount of RAM was installed.
  • The number of concurrent HTTP connections for Chat was configured to the maximum.
  • CPU and RAM usage were both under 80% when the number of maximum users was reached.
  • For tested models with expandable memory, the maximum amount of RAM was installed.
Cloud Station Server
Maximum Number of Concurrently Connected Devices 1024 2000
Maximum Number of Concurrently Connected Devices (with RAM expansion) 10000 10000
Maximum Number of Synced Files (btrfs) 3,000,000 / single file reaction time 530 ms 3,000,000 / single file reaction time 530 ms
Maximum Number of Synced Files (ext4) 3,000,000 / single file reaction time 229 ms 3,000,000 / single file reaction time 229 ms
Notes
  • The maximum number of concurrently connected devices refers to the maximum number of devices that can remain connected at the same time. For more information on file processing capability, please refer to the reaction time for file processing.
  • File reaction time refers to the preparation time required for other devices to start downloading a 10KByte file from a Synology NAS after the file has been added to the NAS. RAM expansion was not used during testing.
  • Non-encrypted shared folders were used during the aforementioned testing.
  • The maximum number of concurrently connected devices refers to the maximum number of devices that can remain connected at the same time. For more information on file processing capability, please refer to the reaction time for file processing.
  • File reaction time refers to the preparation time required for other devices to start downloading a 10KByte file from a Synology NAS after the file has been added to the NAS. RAM expansion was not used during testing.
  • Non-encrypted shared folders were used during the aforementioned testing.
Document Viewer
Download Station
Maximum Concurrent Download Tasks 80 80
Drive
Maximum Number of Synced Files 3,000,000 / single file reaction time 244 ms 3,000,000 / single file reaction time 244 ms
Maximum Number of Concurrent Connections for PC Clients 1,800 1800
Notes
  • The Btrfs file system was used for the purpose of testing.
  • The maximum number of concurrent connections refers to the maximum number of connections that could be maintained when the maximum number of synced files was reached.
  • File reaction time refers to the preparation time required for other devices to start downloading a 10KByte file from a Synology NAS after the file has been added to the NAS.
  • For tested models with expandable memory, the maximum amount of RAM was installed.
  • Non-encrypted shared folders were used during the aforementioned testing.
  • The Btrfs file system was used for the purpose of testing.
  • The maximum number of concurrent connections refers to the maximum number of connections that could be maintained when the maximum number of synced files was reached.
  • File reaction time refers to the preparation time required for other devices to start downloading a 10KByte file from a Synology NAS after the file has been added to the NAS.
  • For tested models with expandable memory, the maximum amount of RAM was installed.
  • Non-encrypted shared folders were used during the aforementioned testing.
exFAT Access (optional)
MailPlus / MailPlus Server
Free Email Accounts (Licenses required for additional accounts) (Licenses required for additional accounts)
Recommended MailPlus Client Number Up to 500 (Btrfs) / 500 (EXT4) Up to 400 (Btrfs) / 450 (EXT4)
Maximum Server Performance 2,166,000 (Btrfs) / 2,418,000 (EXT4) emails per day, approx. 66.1 GB (Btrfs) / 73.8 GB (EXT4) 2,621,000 (Btrfs) / 2,412,000 (EXT4) emails per day, approx. 80 GB (Btrfs) / 73.6 GB (EXT4)
Media Server
DLNA Compliance
Moments
Facial recognition
Subject recognition
Office
Maximum Users 3000 2800
Notes
  • Multiple files were opened for testing and each file was edited by 30 users simultaneously.
  • CPU and RAM usage were both under 80% when the number of maximum users was reached.
  • For tested models with expandable memory, the maximum amount of RAM was installed.
  • Client performance may affect maximum simultaneous editing users. Client PCs used for testing: Intel Core i3-3220 / 8GB RAM
  • Multiple files were opened for testing and each file was edited by 30 users simultaneously.
  • CPU and RAM usage were both under 80% when the number of maximum users was reached.
  • For tested models with expandable memory, the maximum amount of RAM was installed.
  • Client performance may affect maximum simultaneous editing users. Client PCs used for testing: Intel Core i3-3220 / 8GB RAM
PetaSpace
Snapshot Replication
Maximum Snapshots per Shared Folder 1024 1024
Maximum Snapshots of all Shared Folder 65536 65536
Surveillance Station
Maximum IP cam (Licenses required) 75 (including 2 Free License) (See All Supported IP Cameras) 75 (including 2 Free License) (See All Supported IP Cameras)
Total FPS (H.264)* 2250 FPS @ 720p (1280×720)
1200 FPS @ 1080p (1920×1080)
720 FPS @ 3M (2048×1536)
580 FPS @ 5M (2591×1944)
300 FPS @ 4K (3840×2160)
2250 FPS @ 720p (1280×720)
2100 FPS @ 1080p (1920×1080)
1500 FPS @ 3M (2048×1536)
900 FPS @ 5M (2591×1944)
550 FPS @ 4K (3840×2160)
Total FPS (H.265)* 2250 FPS @ 720p (1280×720)
1575 FPS @ 1080p (1920×1080)
825 FPS @ 3M (2048×1536)
450 FPS @ 5M (2591×1944)
340 FPS @ 4K (3840×2160)
2250 FPS @ 720p (1280×720)
2250 FPS @ 1080p (1920×1080)
2250 FPS @ 3M (2048×1536)
1500 FPS @ 5M (2591×1944)
900 FPS @ 4K (3840×2160)
Total FPS (MJPEG)* 750 FPS @ 720p (1280×720)
300 FPS @ 1080p (1920×1080)
200 FPS @ 3M (2048×1536)
160 FPS @ 5M (2591×1944)
720 FPS @ 720p (1280×720)
375 FPS @ 1080p (1920×1080)
250 FPS @ 3M (2048×1536)
180 FPS @ 5M (2591×1944)
Video Station
Video Transcoding Group 1 – Type 2 (See more) Group 1 – Type 1 (See more)
Maximum Transcoding Channel Number
  • 1 channel, 30 FPS @ 720p (1280×720), H.264 (AVC)/MPEG-4 Part 2 (XVID, DIVX5)/MPEG-2/VC-1
  • 1 channel, 30 FPS @ 1080p(1920×1080), H.264 (AVC)/MPEG-4 Part 2 (XVID, DIVX5)/MPEG-2/VC-1
Virtual Machine Manager
Maximum Virtual DSM Number (Licenses required) 8 (including 1 Free License) (Learn more) 8 (including 1 Free License) (Learn more)
VPN Server
Maximum Connections 30 30

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