NAS Compares Synology E10M20-T1 Hardware Review

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NAS Compares Synology E10M20-T1 Hardware Review

Review of the Synology NVMe SSD Cache and 10Gbe Combo E10M20 Upgrade Card

Technology moves FAST! If I am fast learning something as I spend another year in the network industry, I have long since learnt that was one though ‘impossible’ will all of a sudden be a doddle! In the network storage industry, Synology has always been a brand that is heavily praised for its software (DSM and all its applications) but in terms of hardware, they have always been a manufacturer that until about 2016/17, played it a little safe. Since 2017 however, we have seen them largely eliminate this school of thought with some impressive leaps in their hardware range (breaking ground on a number of technology standards too). They were the first brand to produce commercial NVMe cache equipped systems, have produced dual controller systems, desktop and rackmount flash-optimized platforms, a popular range of fully-featured mesh router systems and are even now developing a soon to be released 60-bay rack storage unit. In short, they have really upped their hardware game and the new E10M20-T1 upgrade card is a fantastic example of the brand approaching new technology, with that certain Synology swagger! They were not the first brand to develop a 10Gbe and NVMe SSD equipped upgrade card (that honour goes to QNAP and the QM2-2P10G1TA) but there are a number of key differences between the Synology E10M20 and its competitors, both inside and outside. It’s been a year since we first spoke about this card – let’s find out if the E10M20 deserves your cache!

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