Synology substitutes Intel for AMD with its newest rackmount NAS enclosures

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Synology announced the RS1221+ and RS1221RP+, two new rackmount network-attached storage (NAS) enclosures designed for server racks. Both are launching in the 2U form factor and are identical other than the RS1221RP+ having redundant power. The 8-bay rackmount servers are designed to deliver high-performance file storage.

A first from Synology, the two servers will come rocking AMD’s Ryzen V1500B processors. While this isn’t quite as fancy as the company’s desktop-class Ryzen processors, it’s still a highly capable computing unit capable of outclassing Intel Atom or Celeron CPUs that are often found in NAS enclosures. Synology already has the DS1612+ NAS out with AMD internals.

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Synology states the new CPU will deliver up to 3.6x the performance compared to existing Intel processors. These servers are also pretty compact, coming in at only 406mm deep. You’ll be able to install one of these inside a smaller rackmount enclosure. like a wall-mounted cabinet with space for additional cooling if required.

Alongside the new AMD Ryzen CPU is 4GB of ECC (error-correcting code) DDR4 RAM, which can be upgradable to 32GB. There’s also a PCIe 3.0 slot for a 10Gb or NVMe SSD cache upgrade. As is the case with its consumer-focused enclosures, rackmount NAS from Synology is powered by Synology DiskStation Manager (DSM).

Pricing for these new servers starts at $1,300 for the RS1221+ with the RS1221RP+ coming in at $1,700.

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