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In 2018, there is still a per­cep­tion among those who have yet to see the light that a NAS is pri­mar­ily an ex­ter­nal hard drive, but this is a long way from the truth. A NAS for home or SMB users is con­stantly evolv­ing as a fully fea­tured in­de­pen­dent server ca­pa­ble of an ever in­creas­ing range of func­tion­al­ity. Synology has long been at the fore­front of this evo­lu­tion, pro­vid­ing a com­plete range of net­worked so­lu­tions that are per­fect for pow­er­ing your dig­i­tal home or busi­ness. Synology con­stantly re­fine and re­lease new prod­ucts, and at the Synology So­lu­tion Ex­hi­bi­tion at Computex 2018 there were many im­pres­sive prod­ucts on dis­play.


Synology showed sev­eral new NAS mod­els in­tended for the home and small busi­ness mar­kets in­clud­ing the DiskSta­tion DS619s­lim. Al­most ev­ery NAS you come across uses 3.5in drives, but with the preva­lence of 2.5in drives in the mar­ket, in­clud­ing SSDs, it makes per­fect sense to cre­ate a com­pact and low pro­file NAS to make use of 2.5in drives, and that’s ex­actly what the six bay DS619s­lim does.

The DS619s­lim may be a small NAS, but that doesn’t mean it’s small on fea­tures. It’s equipped with an In­tel Celeron J3355 pro­ces­sor with built-in AES-NI hard­ware en­cryp­tion ca­pa­bil­ity The new 5-bay DS1019+ sports a pair of M.2 slots that can be used for cache to make op­er­a­tions even faster

and its six 2.5in bays are hotswap­pable. There’s 2GB of DDR3L mem­ory that’s ex­pand­able up to 8GB and a wel­come pair of 1GbE (RJ-45) ports sup­port­ing Failover and Link Ag­gre­ga­tion. The last point is im­por­tant par­tic­u­larly if you are run­ning SSDs where a sin­gle 1GbE con­nec­tion can easily be sat­u­rated. Its small di­men­sions and sub­tle black de­sign mean it will sit un­ob­tru­sively on a desk or shelf. This is a NAS we’d be happy to own.

At the higher end of town sits the brand new DS1019+. This pow­er­ful 3.5in five bay NAS is equipped with a faster J3455 CPU and 4GB of RAM. The key fea­ture of this pow­er­ful NAS is the inclusion of a pair of NVMe sup­port­ing M.2 slots which func­tion as a cache. This will lead to vastly im­proved read and write ca­pa­bil­i­ties and burst per­for­mance, par­tic­u­larly un­der heavy client I/O op­er­a­tion. The DS1019+ sup­ports 14TB drives and is a per­fect choice for the SOHO user or pro­fes­sional that re­quires a fast, re­li­able and ex­pand­able NAS server with­out jump­ing up to the more ex­pen­sive en­ter­prise units.

If you’re in the high end of the mar­ket, Synology has you cov­ered there too. The 12-Bay DS2419+ has an op­tional 10GbE in­ter­face for even faster ac­cess. There’s also the 8-bay RS1219+ with its 2U form fac­tor that aims to pro­vide a cost ef­fec­tive, yet ex­tremely pow­er­ful NAS so­lu­tion for pro­fes­sional users.


A big part of the NAS user ex­pe­ri­ence is the soft­ware, and the lat­est Synology DiskSta­tion Man­ager 6.2 re­mains the best in the busi­ness. It’s sim­ple to use and at­trac­tive in­ter­face is op­tion­ally com­ple­mented by just about ev­ery con­ceiv­able NAS func­tion you can think of. File shar­ing, cloud ser­vices, pro­duc­tiv­ity, sur­veil­lance, backup and se­cu­rity are all sup­ported, with even more pack­ages avail­able from 3rd party ven­dors.

Synology is al­ways de­vel­op­ing new and im­proved DSM ap­pli­ca­tions. One among the many that caught our at­ten­tion was the new Mo­ments photo stor­age and im­age app. This is not just an­other gallery pro­gram though. It im­ple­ments a deep learn­ing AI al­go­rithm that scans the pho­tos them­selves and cat­e­go­rizes them. If you have a cat in your photo, or a beach or a per­son or a place, Mo­ments will cat­e­go­rize and sort them into fold­ers. Imag­ine if you go on hol­i­day and have a thou­sand pho­tos to sort through. No longer do you need to trust or pay for a cloud provider to sort them all. Your Synology NAS will do it all for you au­to­mat­i­cally.

The DSM 6.2 it­self also brings a swathe of new and im­proved func­tion­al­ity. iSCSI and snap­shot man­age­ment have all im­proved and the Stor­age Man­ager fea­tures have been re­ar­ranged for eas­ier ac­cess to your drive’s health and sta­tis­tics. The pack­age cen­tre has also been over­hauled, to make it eas­ier to find the ex­act ap­pli­ca­tions you are look­ing for.


The MR2200ac is Synology’s first mesh router which is de­signed to al­low users to ex­pand their Wi-Fi cov­er­age over an en­tire house or of­fice. It comes with a pow­er­ful Qual­comm IPQ4019 quad-core pro­ces­sor and tri-band Wi-Fi. It can sup­port up to 10 units mean­ing it is easily ca­pa­ble of cov­er­ing a huge amount of space with qual­ity Wi-Fi. It’s not just a mesh router though, it can func­tion as a stand­alone pow­er­ful router on its own. This makes it a good op­tion if you’re just start­ing out build­ing a WiFi net­work, Synology’s first mesh Wi-Fi prod­uct, the MR2200ac, has many unique fea­tures not seen on other mesh sys­tems which can be ex­panded later with ad­di­tional MR2200ac units.

The out­stand­ing pedi­gree of the Synology DSM soft­ware flows over to the up­dated Synology Router Man­ager (SRM 1.2). It’s a breeze to use and comes with a vast range of func­tion­al­ity with con­trol of the en­tire net­work all han­dled from within the one easy to use ap­pli­ca­tion. While many mesh router ap­pli­ca­tions re­quire a monthly fee to fully uti­lize, Synology’s SRM soft­ware is fully un­locked and comes with its full range of func­tion­al­ity en­abled with no monthly fee.

One of the par­tic­u­larly note­wor­thy func­tions of SRM is its traf­fic man­age­ment with parental con­trols that sup­port the Google Safe Brows­ing whitelist­ing fea­tures. An ad­min has full con­trol over the in­ter­net be­hav­iour of the con­nected users. If lit­tle Jimmy has been vis­it­ing some sites or gam­ing when he is sup­posed to be do­ing his home­work, Mum or Dad will know about it and have pow­er­ful op­tions to man­age in­ter­net ac­cess if Jimmy con­tin­ues to break the rules.


The rest of 2018 looks par­tic­u­larly ex­cit­ing for Synology. Given the ever in­creas­ing power and num­bers of mo­bile and net­worked de­vices, con­sump­tion and vol­ume of dig­i­tal me­dia and the need for data porta­bil­ity, se­cu­rity and net­work man­age­ment, Synology NAS and net­work­ing de­vices will make for very smart and re­li­able ad­di­tions to your dig­i­tal house­hold or of­fice.

“The rest of 2018 looks par­tic­u­larly ex­cit­ing for Synology”

Six 2.5in bays make the new DS619s­lim a pint­sized pow­er­house

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