We've looked at a lot of Synology devices over the years. The products are all very well made and the operating system, DSM, is top notch and easy to use. That said, although the company does have a strong presence in the home market, they've been pushing into the enterprise market more and more over the years. Furthering their portfolio, yesterday they announced the FS3017, a 24-bay rack-mountable NAS device.
The key differentiator for the FS3017 is the fact that it's entirely flash-based in order to provide maximum performance for small-to-medium sized enterprises. This configuration can provide an impressive 200,000 random write IOPS and nearly half a million random read IOPS. In addition, the device has two 6-core Xeon processors and 64 gigabytes of RAM which can be upgraded to 512GB.
In order to allow users to see the high performance of the FS3017, the device includes a pair of 10GbE ports and two PCIe slots that can be used to provide either 10GbE or 40GbE ports. The only time we tested 10GbE performance, we came away very impressed with the results; spanning the IOPS over 24 drives should improve the performance even more. Based on the specs, organizations that are doing heavy read/write operations, such as video editing or "big data" database processing, should see great performance from the FS3017.
All of this performance won't come cheap though. Although Synology has not formally announced a price, their spec sheet says "52 cents per GB," which means the price tag will be well over $10,000, emphasizing the point that this isn't meant for home users.