Wednesday (22-January-2020) — New Jersey

Passive Computer Processor Cooler: Synology DS3617xs.

Four years ago I posted an image of the large passive cooler in a Synology DS-3615xs NAS (network attached storage) system. 08-December-2015 The time has come where I need to increase my data storage capacity, but at the same time want to decrease the amount of energy required to maintain the storage. I’ve opted to upgrade to the Synology DS-3617xs NAS with 16TB Seagate EXOS hard drives. Once I get the data transferred, I will be able to retire two DS-3615xs NAS systems and four DX-1215 expansion systems. This should reduce my daily electric energy consumption for the servers from ~24 kWh/day to ~7 kWh/day (corresponding to ~ $1,000/year). I will be able to monitor and confirm this using my Sense home energy monitor.

The Synology DS-3617xs came with 16GB of installed RAM. In order to create a single volume > 100 TB I needed to add additional memory. Installation of additional memory is now accomplished from the side of the DS-3617xs, which is a lot easier. I also installed a dual 10GB RJ-45 network card to be used for the heartbeat connection for running two of the DS-3617xs NAS systems in the High-Availability server mode. With the DS-3617xs you do not need to remove the difficult to disconnect power supply cables to access the interior of the server. The large passive processor cooler looks similar.

Synology DS-3617xs memory upgrade. Image taken with a Fuji X-T3 camera and 80 mm f/2.8 macro lens (DAVID J MATHRE)
Synology DS-3617xs memory upgrade. Image taken with a Fuji X-T3 camera and 80 mm f/2.8 macro lens (DAVID J MATHRE)
Synology DS-3617xs Passive Processor Cooler. Image taken with a Fuji X-T3 camera and 80 mm f/2.8 macro lens (DAVID J MATHRE)
Synology DS-3617xs Passive Processor Cooler. Image taken with a Fuji X-T3 camera and 80 mm f/2.8 macro lens (DAVID J MATHRE)
Synology DS-3617xs Dual 10GB RJ54 network card. Image taken with a Fuji X-T3 camera and 80 mm f/2.8 macro lens (DAVID J MATHRE)
Synology DS-3617xs Dual 10GB RJ54 network card. Image taken with a Fuji X-T3 camera and 80 mm f/2.8 macro lens (DAVID J MATHRE)

Daily Electric Energy Used (92.5 kWh) from Sense Home Energy Monitor and Daily Solar Electric Energy Produced (39.5 kWh) from SolSystems and Locus Energy. Sunny Day. A deficit of 53 kWh.

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Author: David Mathre

I am a scientist by training (Eckerd College, BSc; Caltech, Ph.D.). I worked for 27 years as a Chemist in the Pharmaceutical Industry developing processes to manufacture medicines for human and animal health. I now spend my time as a photographer updating images in My Image of the Day Photoblog, and My eBird (with images of nearly 450 bird species). hope post COVID-19 to be a world traveler again. My interests include the natural world, wildlife, landscapes, sky, and seascapes, travel, and astrophotography. I look for unique ways of viewing the world and presenting my images. I have traveled to over 55 countries in six continents, often on Semester at Sea voyages. While at home in New Jersey, I spend time on home renovation and expansion of a wildflower garden/meadow.

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