I posted this some time ago:
have a DS414 now, didn't buy a new one yet, since it was quite some money to spend for "just a home lab".
Now I've read that the Synology DS918+ (reviews are pretty good):
*only costs 550 Euro
*has quad core 1,5 Ghz, https://www.cnet.com/products/synology-disk-station-ds918-plus-nas-server-0-gb/specs/
*also runs 16 GB (about 150 Euro for 16 GB)
has SSD cache built in
*is only using 100 Watt
*has SSD cache build in (without the need to buy an extra card)
*can run virtual machine manager: https://www.synology.com/nl-nl/dsm/packages/Virtualization
My current NAS = DS414 with 4 disks (Seagate Green -no SSD- basic disks) of 3 TB in RAID5 (still half of it is empty).
So I'm thinking of buying this DS918+ and buying 16 GB for about 160 Euro
Not sure about the SSD cache: would I need it and if yes which one and how much storage (128, 250 GB ...? they are quite expensive):
As mentioned, it is only for home use (1 user and running a vm from time to time), maybe other users will connect remotely and I might run a website on it.
So I'd spend 700 Euro for this upgrade. That's about the max I wanted to spend.
So please advise:
-about the Synology 918+: looks what I need
-about the ram: the crucial will do, right?
-SSD cache: will it be absolutely needed/will it drastically boost performance/will it be worth the investment. If yes, what disk size should I buy, should I buy two at a time and equal size or could I start with one ... thinking 'bout the budget. Could spend more on SSD cache if it is really worth the money.
Thanks for your input.