Synology Releases DiskStation Manager 3.0

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DiskStation Manager 3.0 includes more enterprise-level features such as ACLs, improved iSCSI support and EXT4 support.

Network-attached storage server specialist Synology America has issued the release of its DiskStation Manager (DSM 3.0) NAS operating system. The updated release brings more tools to small to medium-size businesses, designed to help maximize productivity and uptime, including a faster task switching user interface, NTFS-style access control list (ACL) integration, more comprehensive iSCSI support and support for volumes up to 1 exabyte. Additionally, DSM 3.0 offers improvements to remote access for Apple iPhone and Google Android users, a company release stated.

DSM 3.0 brings additional upgrades for business users, including Microsoft Windows ACL support, which allows NTFS-style permissions, providing granular access control down to the file level and comprehensive iSCSI support, which brings support for LUN mapping, MC/S, MPIO and SPC-3 PR to support persistent reservations for clustering file systems.

The revamped GUI emulates a desktop within a browser, giving users a user-friendly and more recognizable environment, designed to reduce training time. The multitasking ability allows users to switch between tasks, while a  customizable interface allows the user to create shortcuts to their most frequently used tools for rapid access.

"DSM 3.0 has Synology continuing its steady march," said Franklin Hua, a technical product manager at Synology. "With this latest release, Synology underscores its commitment to bringing enterprise-level tools to the SMB and SOHO market."

DSM 3.0 also offers improved remote access to iPhone and Android users in the form of apps. DS photo+ allows users to upload photos and videos directly from their phones. DS audio allows users to access terabytes of music on their phones. DS cam integrates with Surveillance Station, allowing users to monitor their surveillance network on the go.

The EXT4 file system allows for volumes up to 1 exabyte in size (1 million terabytes). The company said the file system also features improved performance and a reduced likelihood of file fragmentation, providing a solid storage base. In addition, an update to Synology’s NVR software supports more than 600 models of camera, up to 5-megapixel resolutions and a live view with up to 36 channels. The company noted Surveillance Station 5 is compatible with ONVIF and PSIA standards.

Earlier this year, Synology released the latest additions to its NAS product line: the RackStation RS810+ and DiskStation DS411+, four-bay NAS servers aimed at cost-conscious businesses and offering energy-efficient features. The RS810+ and DS411+ deliver an average of 112M-bps reading speed, while RS810+ writes at 107M bps and DS411+ writes at 106M bps. Synology claims each system takes less than 32 seconds to handle 1,000 simultaneous requests.