Storage performance upgrade – and how to make use of Vmknic binding

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It’s been a while now (exactly two years and one month), since I bought my last Synology NAS, both for homelab and personal/private usage. Why did I buy a new NAS? There are some requirements that my new NAS had to fulfill:

Capable of 10 Gigabit Ethernet (integrated or with an addon card) Enough slots for disks (at least five) Two NVMe slots for using NVMe SSDs as read/write cache (integrated or with an addon card) Can be used for homelab storage, as well as backup storage for home computers, laptops, etc.

When looking for that one NAS that could handle all of the above, I stumbled across the Synology DS1621xs+. Synology launched it in September 2020, and I ordered it about two months later.

Some of the technical specifications of the NAS:

It has 2 x M.2 2280 NVMe slots It comes with 8 GB DDR4 ECC SODIMM (expandable up to 32 GB, and yes I upgraded to 32 GB) It is equipped with an Intel Xeon D-1527 4-core 2.2 GHz CPU that has a Turbo Boost up to 2.7 GHz In terms of connectivity, there are two 1 GbE and one 10 GbE RJ-45 ports