Synology has added a new 6-bay NAS to its DiskStation+ series, and it's aimed squarely at photographers and medium sized businesses. The DS1618+ can handle up to six 12TB drives, giving it a total capacity of 72TB and up to 60TB of storage when using a RAID 5 configuration.

The new NAS uses the Intel Atom C3538 Quad-core 2.1 GHz processor and comes with 4GB of DDR4 system memory—which can be expanded to 32GB via two 16GB ECC SO-DIMMs. As with other NAS models in the DS+ range, the DS1618+ is compatible with the DX517 expansion unit that allows users to add capacity and extra bays just by plugging it in. The new model can connect with two of these 5-bay units to take the total number of drive slots to 16 and the total capacity to 192TB.

Like the DS1517+, the DS1618+ offers users the chance to increase the size of the cache via a M2D17 PCle adapter card that takes Dual M.2 SSD, or to increase read/write speeds by installing a network interface card with up to two 10GbE ports. The DS1618+ also uses Synology’s Btrfs file system that can provide detection and self-healing of corrupt files and errors, as well as multiple snapshot options with customizable backup schedules.

The Synology DS1618+ is available now for $800. For more information, visit the Synology website.

Press Release

Synology® Introduces DiskStation DS1618+

High-performance, scalable all-in-one storage solution designed for power users and SMB’s

Synology® Inc. today launched DiskStation DS1618+, a 6-bay NAS featuring the Intel Atom® C3538. For tech enthusiasts and small to medium sized businesses, DS1618+ is the perfect all-in-one solution for file serving, application hosting, data backup, and real-time collaboration — all aided by its exceptional performance.

DS1618+ is powered by a quad-core Intel Atom® processor C3538 and 4GB DDR4 non-ECC SODIMM, expandable up to 32 GB in ECC SODIMMs. The storage capacity can be upgraded to 192TB when connected to two DX517 expansion units, providing fast-growing companies a data storage solution that scales with their business.

"Modern-day companies compete based on the speed at which they generate, process, and use data to drive innovations," said Derren Lu, CEO at Synology. "By integrating Intel technology, we are putting a compact powerhouse in every SMB. It will allow them to take advantage of that untapped throughput to give their companies that extra edge."

With Synology's M2D17 PCIe adapter card, DS1618+ can house dual M.2 SATA SSD, taking advantage of the SSD cache to boost maximum throughput and reduce the I/O latency. By alternatively installing a network interface card via the PCIe slot, DS1618+ supports up to two 10GbE ports to reach a maximum throughput of 1,551 MBps reading and 586 MBps writing.

"Small to medium sized businesses need powerful, secure and scalable storage solutions to efficiently manage their growing levels of digital content," said Dan Artusi, Vice President and General Manager of Intel's Connected Home Division. "Through our collaboration with Synology, their new DiskStation NAS products based on the Intel Atom® processor C series have the performance and configurable high-speed I/O to help businesses quickly store and manage their most critical data."

DS1618+ runs on DiskStation Manager, the advanced and intuitive operating system for Synology NAS devices, with quality applications offered to enhance data security and work efficiency. Synology has received numerous media accolades, topping the mid-range NAS category in TechTarget's storage solution survey and winning PC Mag Readers' Choice seven years in a row.

For more information on DS1618+, please visit https://www.synology.com/products/DS1618+