SYNOLOGY AT COMPUTEX 2018
SYNOLOGY INTRODUCES A RANGE OF EXCITING NEW NAS AND NETWORKING PRODUCTS AT SOLUTION EXHIBITION 2018
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.
THERE’S A SYNOLOGY NAS FOR EVERYONE
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.
DSM 6.2 IS BETTER THAN EVER
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.
WI-FI COVERAGE FOR YOUR ENTIRE HOME
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.
SYNOLOGY BRINGS ITS A-GAME
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”
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