Synology RackStation RC18015xs+ review

Synology’s new RC18015xs+ delivers highly available storage but at a price

Snap happy

Volume creation using BTRFS is simple and during shared folder creation, we enabled protection and decided whether their snapshots should be visible. From the DPM app, we created manual and scheduled snapshots for selected shares and decided how many hourly, daily, weekly, monthly and yearly snapshots to retain.

The same procedures apply to iSCSI LUNs and Synology will also be releasing a Snapshot Manager for taking application consistent snapshots in Windows and VMware environments. Entire shares and LUNs can be restored from DPM by selecting the desired snapshot and starting the recovery process.

We deleted a 50GB folder on one share and restored it from the latest snapshot in under 20 seconds. Visible snapshots show all data natively so we could browse the network share and restore files and folders using drag and drop.

BTRFS support allows you to schedule unlimited snapshots for NAS shares and iSCSI targets

Dave Mitchell

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