The Synology FlashStation FS3410 is now available. The NAS device features a powerful processor, 24 slots and up to 128GB of DDR4 RAM. The model lends itself as a flash storage and hosting server for virtual machines (VMs) and apps.
All models in the FlashStation (FS) series are designed for VM storage and hosting. The launch of the FS3410 expands the offering to four models: the FS2500, FS3410, FS3600 and FS6400. Synology tailors the devices to enterprises.
The most powerful and expensive model is the FS6400. The least expensive model is the FS2500. In terms of price and performance, the new FS3410 sits in between the FS2500 and FS3600. The model has 24 slots, up to 128GB of DDR4 RAM and an eight-core Intel Xeon processor. The FS3410 was recently made available through Synology partners at a retail price of €5,700.
Julien Chen, product manager at Synology, shared several use cases. According to Chen, the model is suitable for high-resolution video processing, computer-aided design software (CAD) and geographic information systems (GIS). Chen further noted that the FS3410 lends itself as a flash server for VM storage and applications like MailPlus, Synology’s private email server software.
The FS3410 has two 10GbE inputs, four Ethernet inputs and room for two PCIe cards. Thanks to its processor and RAM capacity, the model achieves considerable speeds. An enterprise network requires a high throughput to avoid bottlenecks.
Synology opted for an eight-core Intel Xeon D-1541 processor from 2016. Although the model is years behind the latest Ryzen and Intel Xeon processors, it manages to reach 2.7GHz core speeds nonetheless. Website CPUBenchmark rated the processor with a relatively high score of 10170.
SSD support is limited
The supported SSDs are unfortunately limited to the Synology SAT5200 and SAT5210. Western Digital and Seagate drives aren’t recommended, even though some Western Digital and Seagate models perform faster than Synology’s drives.
Limited support shouldn’t be too much of an issue for most organizations. The FS3410 targets enterprises, which tend to purchase as much hardware and software as possible from a single vendor. If you’re looking for a flash server to house drives from Western Digital or Seagate, then NAS devices from Western Digital or Seagate are your best bet.