Synology unveils new DSM, solutions, and products for 2016
On Malaysia Day, Singapore played host to the Synology 2016 conference where media, and Synology's partners and clients converge to see the latest and greatest from the 15-year-old company that is best known for making network attached storage.
In his presentation, Willie He, Sales Manager at Synology Inc presented two new storage solutions - the much awaited update to the affordable line of NAS, the DS216Play, which is also the first Intel Braswell Celeron-powered NAS, and also the DS716+, which replaces the DS713+.
With a dual-core 1.5GHz processor paired with 1GB of RAM, the DS216Play is said to be more affordable than its predecessor, the DS214Play. An entry level NAS, the DS216Play now has the ability to transcode 4K content, a feature previously reserved for high-end models.
The DS716+ received a substantial upgrade over the DS713+. It now runs an Intel Braswell Celeron N3150 quad-core 1.6GHz with 2GB of RAM and a SATA 6 connector instead of an Intel Cedarview Atom D2700 dual-core 2.31GHz processor with 1GB of RAM and a SATA 3 connector.
Finally on the hardware side, the most exciting product announcement from Synology was the Synology Router RT1900ac, their first step into networking appliances. Its greatest strength looks to be it's robust operating system that is similar to the OS Synology implements on their NAS. It was first revealed at COMPUTEX 2015, where it won an award.
Olivia Lin, Product Manager at Synology Inc was also at the event, where she showed off Synology's crown jewel - DSM 6.0. Said to be built from the ground-up to appeal to both enterprise and home users, the new NAS OS focuses on enhanced security, usability, and flexibility.
NAS has become a large target for malware and because of this, measures have been placed in the OS to ensure that the data within it is well protected, that the system response to potential external attacks immediately, and handle internal vulnerabilities adaptively.
Other enhancements introduced with DSM 6.0 includes 64-bit compatibility which not only enhances performance, but also opens up new hardware possibilities such as a higher RAM and compatibility with newer processors.
DSM 6.0 also features a modular design that can be independently modified, updated, and improved. It also touts improved accessibility for users who are visually impaired.
Most notable features and components of DSM 6.0 are the enhanced backup features for both home and enterprise users in Cloud Station 4; DSM visualization for organizations; an enhanced email server app that is akin to web email provider in Mail Plu; a new collaboration tool called Spreadsheet; and an improved Video Station 2.0 which features a more user friendly UI.
Synology also announced that their DS Video app will also be available on all Windows 10 devices and will have Apple Watch support.
According to Mike Chen, Sales Director of Synology Inc, the beta version of DSM 6.0 will be available in October and the new DS216play, DS716+, and the Synology Router RT1900ac will be launched between then and next year. No official price has been set.
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