My planned test environment #1 physical Structure

To answer some question on the testsystems I use. I want to give you a short overview about my planned testenvironement and which systems are currently in place.

Currently in place
USB Backupdisks
Switche, Firewall and Router
Planned until end 2014
Synology Storage

Physical Environment (Storage, Switche & Hyper-V Hosts)


Virtual Network & Converged Networking

Testing a Synology RS2414+ Part# 1 – Story and System

As some of you know, I currently build up small homelab for the Windows Server User Group Berlin and my studies.

What I miss so far is a good and keen storage system. After some research and talking with friends and coworkers, I decided to check out Synology.

So I asked Synology if they could lent me a system with four or more disk and Windows Server 2012 and R2 cluster support.

After a few days I got a mail from Synology Product Manager Phillip Rankers, who offered me to lent me a Synology RS2414+. So that gives me the opportunity to test it a few weeks.

Synology is no classic enterprise Storage vendor like Dell, HP, NetApp or EMC but they offer great NAS Systems. To learn more about Synology click here.

At first I want to tell you something about the techspecs of the system.

CPU Model Intel Atom
CPU Frequency Dual Core 2.13 GHz
System Memory 2 GB DDR3
Memory Module Pre-installed 2 GB X 1
Total Memory Slots 2
Memory Expandable up to 4 GB (2 GB X 2)
Drive Bay(s) 12
Max. Drive Bays with Expansion Unit 24
Compatible Drive Type
  • 3.5″ SATA(III) / SATA(II) HDD
  • 2.5″ SATA(III) / SATA(II) HDD
  • 2.5″ SATA(III) / SATA(II) SSD
Max. Internal Capacity 72 TB
External Ports
USB 2.0 Port 2
USB 3.0 Port 2
Expansion Port 1
File System
Internal Drives EXT4
External Drives
  • EXT4
  • EXT3
  • FAT
  • NTFS
  • HFS+
Size (Height X Width X Depth) 88 mm X 445 mm X 570 mm
Weight 12.2 kg <- I have this model
14.2 kg (for RP model) <- longer version
LAN Number (RJ45) Gigabit X 4
Link Aggregation
Wake on LAN/WAN
System Fan 80 mm X 80 mm X 4 pcs
Easy Replacement System Fan
Wireless Support (dongle)
Noise Level 40.5 dB(A)
42.2 dB(A) (for RP model)
Power Recovery
Scheduled Power On/Off
Power Supply Unit / Adapter 400W
2 X 400W (for RP model)
AC Input Power Voltage 100V to 240V AC
Power Frequency 50/60 HZ, Single Phase
Power Consumption 105W (Access)
43W (HDD Hibernation)
125W (Access, for RP model)
57W (HDD Hibernation, for RP model)
Redundant Power Supply (for RP model)
Warranty 3 Years

The price for that system without disks and expansion unit starts at around 1.500,00€. 

So on the first view, the system looks quit nice and is easy to understand. Synology staff shows an outstandig performance in customer handling and customer engagement.

I will keep you posted how my testing goes on.