Network storage specialist Synology has released a new model for small office and home office (soho) environments that delivers up to 4TB of storage in a small space by using only 2.5in drives.
Available now, the DS414slim is a four-bay network attached storage (NAS) appliance designed specifically for home and small office users. It features a compact design with a space-saving footprint by using only the smaller 2.5in drives, typically seen in laptops.
This means the DS414slim can fit up to 4TB of storage, using the largest 2.5in drives currently available, in a device measuring just 120x105x142mm. The drives slot into pop-out bays as with many of Synology's designs, but are accessed from the rear of the unit on this model.
However, despite its compact dimensions, the DS414slim runs the same DiskStation Manager (DSM) 5.0 software platform as Synology's larger NAS devices, and features twin gigabit Ethernet ports for higher throughput and failover support.
The DSM platform not only provides cross platform file sharing for Windows, Mac and Linux endpoint systems, but can also serve as a target for backups as well as offering email server, print server, FTP server and web server applications.
It also supports Active Directory and LDAP integration for user authentication, allowing the DS414slim to into any existing network environment.
"With integration of Synology DiskStation Manager's full range of features, the DS414slim provides users with the utmost fun and security while occupying the minimal space," said Synology Product Manager Nicole Lin.
Pricing for the DS414slim starts at £229, excluding drives. Customers are expected to procure the device plus the drives they require via Synology's network of reseller partners.
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