Network storage specialist Synology has unveiled its latest 4-bay network-attached storage (NAS) appliance aimed at centralising data storage for small to medium-sized businesses (SMBs). At the same time, the firm has released a beta of DiskStation Manager (DSM) 5.1, the platform that powers all of its storage devices.
Available immediately, the DiskStation DS415+ is described as a powerful NAS server, designed to centralise data storage, backup and file sharing for SMB customers. As a 4-bay unit, the device supports up to 24TB of raw storage, with capacity varying based on which Raid level is employed.
Meanwhile, the beta of Synology's DSM 5.1 platform offers broader integration with public cloud-storage services, along with improved backup and security tools for users to test out. It is free to download for users who own a DiskStation or RackStation x11 series and onward, the firm said.
The new DiskStation DS415+ is powered internally by a 2.4GHz quad-core Intel "Rangely" Atom processor boasting AES-NI hardware encryption support, providing data encryption performance on a par with more expensive high-end servers, according to Synology.
As with many other Synology NAS devices, the DS415+ has twin gigabit Ethernet ports for connection to the network with support for link aggregation to boost performance. In this configuration, it can achieve read and write speeds of 228MBps and 233MBps respectively, while encrypted file transfers can be as high as 232MBps reading and 206MBps writing, the firm claimed.
Currently, the DS415+ is shipping with DSM 5.0, the most up-to-date production version of the operating system. It is available to purchase now. The expected price via Synology's reseller partners is £450 including VAT, with drives costing extra.
For those looking to try out the DSM 5.1 beta, this delivers many major updates and new capabilities, according to Synology chief executive Alex Wang.
"Storage technologies are evolving fast and so is DSM. Version 5.1 boasts a significant amount of new features revolving around three critical concepts: integrating private cloud, broadening sharing possibilities and enhancing data safety," he said.
Among the updates, Cloud Sync is now compatible with more cloud services, such as OneDrive, Box or hubiC. In addition, Cloud Sync and other cloud tools now support selective sync, allowing users to determine which folders and file types get synchronised.
To protect data, the LUN snapshot feature can now be scheduled and LUN backup performance has been improved by as much as 169 percent, according to Synology. Meanwhile, a new Security Advisor tool scans the system and detects potential vulnerabilities, such as weak passwords, malware, misconfigured services and pending updates.
As always, users should be cautious of operating beta versions of software in a production environment. Synology did not disclose when DSM 5.1 is due to hit full release, but this is likely to be within weeks rather than months.
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