Over the last week Synology have been traveling the globe to launch their DSM 4.3 Beta, with launch parties in Taiwan, Germany, France, the UK and US. Last week HardwareHeaven attended the UK launch for DSM 4.3 Beta at Old Trafford Football Ground, home to Manchester United. DiskStation Manager is the management software that all Synology NAS systems run, from home user through to enterprise they all operate the same software, albeit with some additional functionality at the higher end.
DSM is hands down one of the best NAS management systems available, it’s feature packed and caters to all end-users. Synology were keen to showcase their range of Mobile Apps available for iOS, Android and Windows Phone. The apps give users the ability to stream music from their DiskStation, broadcast it to Bluetooth speakers, upload photos to the NAS, monitor and control survilance cameras running via Survilance Station and plenty more.
DSM 4.2 has most of these features also, and already included Cloud Station, Photo Station, File Station, Audio Station, Download Station and Video Station, so what’s new?
If you own an Apple device you’re probably familiar with the notion of cloud storage, Apple’s solution entitled iCloud allows you to store 5GB of data on Apple’s server, usually photo/music backups. Cloud Station is the same principle except your DiskStation is the cloud. Data from your computers and mobile devices is synced automatically to all of them via the DiskStation the beauty of this is that you control the storage, which is in affect unlimited. For 4.3 Synology are introducing certified apps for Ubuntu and Fedora Linux distros as well as being able to choose which folders are synced for each of your devices.
Photo Station has received a complete overhaul, with a brand new interface to showcase your photo collections dubbed the photo wall. Google Map integration for any photos that have geotags – common with todays smart phones and also high end DSLR cameras and smart albums that allow to quickly organise photos using certain tags, and a customisable ‘about me’ page.
On the enterprise side of things we see improvements in security with VPN improvements such as L2TP over IPsec, Greg Lansford was also keen to demonstrate the impressive high availability functions available with dual-lan DiskStations, showing how when operating two identical units a heartbeat function maintains your data and services and upon failure the system will move everything onto the passive NAS. While it’s unlikely home users will be in a position to make use of such features it left me green with envy.
In fact it’s fair to say most aspects of DSM 4.2 have seen improvements across the board. Synology expect 4.3 to offer improvements in performance, reliabilty and how users can interact with their data. They had experts on hand who were ready to handle the quick fire questions from the audience and overall everyone was very impressed with the new DSM and the direction Synology are heading.
The DSM 4.3 Beta is due to be released to the public mid-July so stay tuned for when that becomes available.
In the mean time find out more about Synology’s DSM software over here.