Synology RS3412RPxs Review

Recently I noticed that the only sub $10,000 SAN that is on VMware's VAAI HCL list is the Synology RS3412RPxs SAN. This SAN doesn't currently support all the VAAI API's, but it does support ATOMIC test and set.

http://www.synology.com/releaseNote_enu/RS3411RPxs.php?lang=us

http://www.synology.com/products/product.php?product_name=RS3412xs&lang=us

Their DSM 4.0 is really refined and the setup was very easy. I bought the RPxs model, because it has dual power supplies. I thought about purchasing a 10G NIC card and then load this unit with SSD drives (which is supported), but then I thought that it might be better and cheaper to load the unit with Seagate Enterprise drives at 500GB a piece. This will give me 10 spindles with smaller drives sizes, and hopefully giving me more iOPS at a lower cost. This unit fully loaded with drives using my configuration was only about $6,000!!

To get "Hardware Supported"for VAAI on ESXi 5.0, remember to setup a iSCSi file level LUN. This will allow ESXi to use the Synology for VAAI.

I haven't done much in regards of in-depth testing, but I'm currently running our highly utilized production Exchange mailbox store on it and it's running circles around our EMC VNXe that also has Exchange server running on it.

So far I recommend Synology, it's giving us features that the big boys only give us at $25k and above. Give me your feedback and questions.

Where is the VAAI Support?

Over the past year I have been fascinated by the lack of economical #block-level storage that utilizes industry API's like VMware's #VAAI. There are some examples where #NFS storage vendors have jumped into the pool of possibilities, but nothing to talk about when it comes to block-level storage. There have been promises made by all the big boy's out there, but nothing to show as of yet. #VMworld 2011 was littered with storage vendors that all said they couldn't do VAAI until the end of 2011 or the beginning of 2012. It's now the middle of March 2012 and not even #EMC as of yet supports there #VNXe's with VMware's VAAI API's

@Sakacc noted in September, 2011 - http://virtualgeek.typepad.com/virtual_geek/2011/09/vnx-and-vnxe-updates-and-vaai-hotfixes.html that we would have VNXe VAAI support by Q4 2011. 

Not that there are vendors that support VAAI on their storage, it's the lack of economical storage for the SMB market that is lacking. 

So after many hours of searching, I found a light at the end of the tunnel. A small startup that can give us storage with VAAI support for #Free!!!!! Stay Tuned!!!!!