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The NETGEAR ReadyNAS 102 review continues with this look at the remote access and synching features.  Read on for details!

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Part One of my review detailed the installation process.  Part Two continues with a look at the remote access and synching features.

NETGEAR ReadyCloud Overview

ReadyCloud is where NETGEAR included the remote access, synching and administration functions.  Before we being, let’s start with this overview video from NETGEAR that shows off the feature set.

Using READYCloud

The adventure begins by installing ReadyCloud.  This is simple: download the installer, run it and wait until the software is installed!  I ran this program on Windows 7 and Windows 8, and Mac is also supported, as well as Android and IOS devices as well.  Once you install ReadyCloud, you see this icon in your taskbar.

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Click and you’ll see this:

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From here, you can browse files on the NAS, click on your ReadyDROP synch files and get to the Web Admin webpages.  Let’s click on Browse here and see what we get!

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When I installed ReadyDROP, I pointed it at the SD card in this Windows 7 laptop with a 64GB SSD.  I have pictures and documents in this directory and it synchs automatically with every pc with ReadyDROP configured, and of course is backed up to the NAS over the internet or local network, depending on where you are.  Installation was simple and took about 15 minutes and this works flawlessly.

Clicking Browse opens File Explorer and shows you what files are on the NAS.  Here is mine:

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Here is my Hawaii photos that I have on this NAS:

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Clicking on Web Access gives you the normal webpage that allows you to configure the NAS unit.

READYCloud Verdict

This works the same way, whether you are on the local network or over the internet.  This is one of the simplest implementations of remote access that I’ve seen, with access secured via a VPN connection to NETGEAR, you and to your NAS unit.  NETGEAR secures your traffic over the internet and handles all of the dynamic addressing, and no port forwarding is required.  QNAP is close, but this is the best-executed and fastest remote access solution that I’ve reviewed.  Very nice!

Stay tuned for Part Three where I go over media streaming and provide the all-around evaluation!

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NETGEAR was nice enough to send a ReadyNAS RN102 for review.  Here is Part Three of my review, where I evaluate media streaming and provide an overall evaluation.

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NETGEAR was nice enough to send a ReadyNAS RN102 for review.  Here is Part Three of my review, where I evaluate media streaming and provide an overall evaluation.  Part One is here and Part Two is here.

Media Streaming

A basic requirement these days in the NAS space is the ability to serve up media.  I look into two factors:  DLNA and Plex.  The RN102 has DLNA support baked into the firmware, with no additional apps required…and when you define your shares, you can modify the settings on each one to tell ReadyDLNA how to serve up the content.  Here is the overview of the shares that I set up on this device:

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Let’s drill into the Videos folder.

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Click on Settings to see what you can modify here.

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The ReadyDLNA Service Media Type setting is set to Videos, and you can set that for new shares that you create.  The ReadyDLNA service supports the following formats:

  • ReadyDLNA supported music formats (wav, wma, pcm, ogg, mp3, m4a, flac, aac)
  • ReadyDLNA supported photo formats (jpg, jpeg)
  • ReadyDLNA supported video formats (3gp, mp4, wmv, xvid, vob, ts, tivo, mts, mpeg, mpg, mp4, mov, mkv, m4v, m4p, m2t, m2ts, flv,flc, fla, divx, avi, asf)

I tried a mixture of MP4 (h.264 video, AAC3 audio) and WMV files and they all played back flawlessly on PS3, XBOX360, a Sony blu-ray player, Windows 7, Windows 8 and Android devices.  I also streamed M4A audio and JPEG photo formats without issue.  ReadyDLNA is full-featured and easy to configure.

Plex, on the other hand, is a weakness for the ARM-equipped ReadyNAS units.  Plex is advertised as a supported app, and the RN102 does support 0.9.7.28.0 on the server side.  However, the current release of Plex’s server-side application is 0.9.9.14.531, and most of the currently-available mobile apps require 0.9.8.14.  This means that the ARM-based RN102 does not support the server release that is required to run the most recent mobile device apps.

OK, Jim, so what?  Just download the package and side-load it already!  I would, except that Plex has not released a package for ARM on ReadyNAS OS6.  They HAVE released a version of the latest server-side program for ReadyNAS OS6 on Intel, but not on ARM.  I did try sideloading a version of Plex that was built from a Synology package, which requires command-line access to Linux on the box, but that failed for me.

I’ve asked NETGEAR when they plan on releasing the ARM OS6 server-side update, and in fact, the delay between the initial installation post and this one was largely caused by my desire to get an answer on this issue.  NETGEAR tells me that they plan on releasing an updated server version of Plex, but have no firm dates.  The upshot here is that the RN102 does not adequately support Plex today and there does not appear to be a clear path to adding that support.  To me, this is a big enough deal to cause me to buy another ARM-based NAS, since the competition supports Plex and I use it heavily.  This gap is enough to deduct one star from the overall evaluation.  For you, if Plex is not a requirement, this should be no big deal.

Overall Evaluation

The NETGEAR ReadyNAS RN102 is a two-bay ARM-based NAS unit with excellent DLNA support, a very easy installation process and class-leading remote access without manual port forwarding.  When you add in advanced time-based versioning control, support for ISCSI, RSYNC, and WordPress, you get a compelling value offer.  Cloud backup is limited to ReadyVault and DropBox, though, and the lack of current Plex support detracts from an otherwise-stellar product.  Overall, would I buy one?  If I did not need Plex, then yes, this is an excellent NAS choice.  If Plex is a requirement, I’d have to look elsewhere for now.  Overall, I award the ReadyNAS RN102 a 4/5 Silver Award.

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QNAP has announced support for WD Red 6TB and Red Pro NAS hard drives in their NAS systems.  Read on for details!

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QNAP has announced support for WD Red 6TB and Red Pro NAS hard drives in their NAS systems.  Here is the press release:

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Taipei, Taiwan, August 5, 2014 – QNAP® Systems, Inc. announced today that Turbo NAS products now support the new WD Red® 5/6TB NAS hard drives and WD Red Pro NAS hard drives. Specifically designed for NAS applications and featuring exclusive NASware® 3.0 technology, the new WD Red and WD Red Pro hard drives provide enhanced reliability and performance for NAS applications.

The new WD Red 5/6TB NAS hard drives are designed for NAS systems with up to 8 drive bays and can easily meet the growing data storage demands of SOHO and home users. The WD Red Pro NAS hard drives are designed to provide affordable, robust and highly-reliable hard drives for medium-to-large-scale business NAS systems with 8-16 drive bays.

“Fueled by the continuous growth of the global NAS market, WD Red NAS hard drives now offer larger capacities to fulfill the data storage needs of home NAS users. With the addition of WD Red Pro, the expanded WD Red family now offers medium to large business NAS systems a key solution for handling the increasing workloads in modern business environments,” said Darrin Bulik, Director of Digital Video & NAS Products, WD Storage Technology. “We have worked closely with QNAP to ensure compatibility for WD Red &WD Red Pro NAS drives with Turbo NAS, providing users with reliable hard drives for optimal performance and robust data protection.”

“We are glad to offer our users more options in choosing suitable hard drives for their Turbo NAS by fully supporting WD’s latest NAS drives,” said Jason Hsu, product manager of QNAP. “By using the new WD Red hard drives, our users will enjoy higher capacities, greater reliability, and an enhanced WD service.”

The new WD Red hard drives and WD Red Pro hard drives are available in 3.5-inch form factors and SATA 6 Gb/s interface to provide capacity-optimized solutions, including:

  • WD Red 5 TB (WD50EFRX ) and 6 TB (WD60EFRX); 3-year limited warranty
  • WD Red Pro 2 TB (WD2001FFSX), 3 TB (WD3001FFSX), and 4 TB (WD4001FFSX); 5-year limited warranty

For more information about WD Red NAS hard drives, visit http://wdc.com/en/products/internal/nas/.

To discover the full lineup of Turbo NAS-compatible hardware, go to www.qnap.com/compatibility. To learn more about QNAP Turbo NAS products, please visit www.qnap.com.

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Some Synology users have reported that they have been infected with a cryptolocking malware that encrypts all files on the compromised system.  Read on for Synology’s position on what victims should do.

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Some Synology users have reported that they have been infected with a cryptolocking malware that encrypts all files on the compromised system.  The perpetrators demand a ransom for the encryption keys to unlock their system.  All files on the compromised system are unavailable without the encryption key.

Synology has released two statements related to this issue; here they are:

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We’d like to provide a brief update regarding the recent ransomware called “SynoLocker,” which is currently affecting certain Synology NAS servers.

We are fully dedicated to investigating this issue and possible solutions. Based on our current observations, this issue only affects Synology NAS servers running some older versions of DSM (DSM 4.3-3810 or earlier), by exploiting a security vulnerability that was fixed and patched in December, 2013. At present, we have not observed this vulnerability in DSM 5.0.

For Synology NAS servers running DSM 4.3-3810 or earlier, and if users encounter any of the below symptoms, we recommend they shutdown their system and contact our technical support team here: https://myds.synology.com/support/support_form.php:

  • When attempting to log in to DSM, a screen appears informing users that data has been encrypted and a fee is required to unlock data.
  • A process called “synosync” is running in Resource Monitor.
  • DSM 4.3-3810 or earlier is installed, but the system says the latest version is installed at Control Panel > DSM Update.

For users who have not encountered any of the symptoms stated above, we highly recommend downloading and installing DSM 5.0, or any version below:

  • For DSM 4.3, please install DSM 4.3-3827 or later
  • For DSM 4.1 or DSM 4.2, please install DSM 4.2-3243 or later
  • For DSM 4.0, please install DSM 4.0-2259 or later

DSM can be updated by going to Control Panel > DSM Update. Users can also manually download and install the latest version from our Download Center here: http://www.synology.com/support/download.

If users notice any strange behaviour or suspect their Synology NAS server has been affected by the above issue, we encourage them to contact us at security@synology.com where a dedicated team will look into their case.

We sincerely apologise for any problems or inconvenience this issue has caused our users. We will keep you updated with the latest information as we address this issue.

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Synology® Encourages Users to Update as SynoLocker Ransomware Affects Older DSM Versions

Milton Keynes, United Kingdom – 6th August 2014—Synology has been investigating and working with users affected by a recent ransomware called “SynoLocker.” Synology has confirmed the ransomware affects Synology NAS servers running older versions of DiskStation Manager, by exploiting a vulnerability that was fixed in December, 2013, at which time Synology released patched software and notified users to update via various channels. Affected users may encounter the following symptoms:

  • When attempting to log in to DSM, a screen appears informing users that data has been encrypted and a fee is required to unlock data.
  • Abnormally high CPU usage or a running process called “synosync” (which can be checked at Main Menu > Resource Monitor).
  • DSM 4.3-3810 or earlier; DSM 4.2-3236 or earlier; DSM 4.1-2851 or earlier; DSM 4.0-2257 or earlier is installed, but the system says no updates are available at Control Panel > DSM Update.

For users who have encountered the above symptoms, please shutdown the system immediately to avoid more files from being encrypted and contact our technical support here: https://myds.synology.com/support/support_form.php. However, Synology is unable to decrypt files that have already been encrypted. For other users who have not encountered the above symptoms, Synology strongly recommend downloading and installing DSM 5.0, or any  version below:

  • DSM 4.3-3827 or later
  • DSM 4.2-3243 or later
  • DSM 4.0-2259 or later
  • DSM 3.x or earlier is not affected

Users can manually download the latest version from our Download Center and install it at Control Panel > DSM Update > Manual DSM Update.

Synology sincerely apologises for any problems or inconvenience this issue has caused our users. As cybercrime proliferates and increasingly sophisticated malware evolves, Synology continues to devote resources to mitigate threats and is dedicated to providing users with reliable solutions. If users notice their DiskStation behaving suspiciously even after being upgraded to the latest DSM version, please contact security@synology.com

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What Does This Mean?

First, if your system is compromised, your data is gone.  Unless you fancy downloading Tor and sending Bitcoin to the people who attacked you, with no guarantee of an encryption code for your trouble, you can’t recover the data.  Period.  Factory reset time.  No one, including Synology, is likely to be able to help you.

Second, if your system is not compromised and is running older DSM, upgrade immediately.  Don’t wait, just go and do it.  I recommend automatically updating firmware whenever possible to prevent these types of surprises.  Anyone who upgraded after December 2013 should be safe from this exploit so please go and update DSM immediately.

As a side note, I lost my Windows 7 tablet last summer to a similar exploit that nailed me via an outdated Java installed on the system.  I did not realize that Java updated the system and left exploitable versions intact.  I lost everything on that machine as my WHS011 backups were compromised, so I was forced to factory reset the PC.  That was painful, so I feel for anyone who lost everything on their Synology NAS unit due to this exploit.

WD today announced the expansion of its award-winning WD Red line of SATA hard drives for home and small office NAS (network attached storage) systems with the release of a 5 TB and first-to-market 6 TB capacity for NAS-specific storage and the introduction of WD Red Pro hard drives that address the medium to large business NAS market. Compatibility-tested with top NAS system manufacturers and optimised for power and performance, WD Red 3.5-inch hard drives are now shipping in 1 TB to 6 TB capacities; and the new WD Red Pro 3.5-inch hard drives are available in 2 TB to 4 TB capacities.

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WD Red

A storage industry innovation first introduced in 2012, WD Red hard drives address the unique environment of NAS and the growing demand for affordable, reliable and compatible storage that reduces customer total cost of ownership. With the release of 5 TB and 6 TB models, the WD Red line of hard drives is now further enriched with greater storage capacity and increased performance with WD NASware 3.0, an enhanced version of WD’s original NASware technology, designed to improve reliability and system performance, reduce customer downtime and to simplify the integration process.

WD Red hard drives also feature 3D Active Balance Plus, an enhanced balance control technology, which significantly improves overall drive performance and reliability. Exclusive for WD Red customers, WD offers free premium 24×7 dedicated support.

By increasing NASware 3.0 capability, the WD Red 1–6 TB capacity drives are capable of supporting up to eight bays NAS systems with no negative impact to performance.

WD Red Pro

Ideal for medium to large business environments, the new WD Red Pro line of NAS hard drives supports eight to 16 bay NAS systems. The enhanced design offers reliable, high performance storage powered by WD NASware 3.0. By introducing the WD Red Pro, WD now has a full portfolio NAS storage solution with the WD Red family (WD Red and WD Red Pro) for both consumer and business NAS solutions.

WD Red family of hard drives will integrate seamlessly with WD NAS solutions and are qualified to work with a wide array of WD OEM NAS partners. An updated list of WD Red-qualified products and manufacturers is available on the WD website at http://www.wdc.com/en/products/products.aspx?id=810.

WD Green

The WD Green line of cool, quiet and eco-friendly hard drives will also be seeing capacity expansion in the near future with soon to be announced 5 TB and 6 TB additions for high capacity consumer storage.

Availability and Pricing

Available now at select U.S. retailers and online at www.wdstore.com, WD Red and WD Red Pro have three- and five-year limited worldwide warranties, respectively. Manufacturer’s suggested retail price (MSRP) for WD Red 5 TB (model #: WD50EFRX) is £199.00, and £240.00 for 6 TB (model #: WD60EFRX). Pricing for WD Red Pro 2 TB (model #: WD2001FFSX) is £124.00, £149.00 for 3 TB (model #: WD3001FFSX) and £199.00 for 4 TB (model #: WD4001FFSX). More information about WD Red hard drives including terms of the limited warranty may be found on the company website at http://www.wdc.com/en/products/products.aspx?id=810.

With storage requirements becoming bigger and bigger all the time, WD have released a new 6 TB drive in their Red NAS range, and here is our review.

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WD Red hard drives also feature 3D Active Balance Plus, an enhanced balance control technology, which significantly improves overall drive performance and reliability. Exclusive for WD Red customers, WD offers free premium 24×7 dedicated support. By increasing NASware 3.0 capability, the WD Red 1–6 TB capacity drives are capable of supporting up to eight bays NAS systems with no negative impact to performance. The drives have a 3.5 Inch, 1.2TB / Disk; 5-Platter Design.

Who are WD?

From their website:

We are thousands of people worldwide working to enable you to store, collect, access, and use a vast and growing body of digital information. Our reliable hard drives and solid state drives, marketed under the WD and HGST brands, are everywhere that digital information and content is found: in the cloud, supporting your mobile digital lifestyle; in business and personal computers; in external storage devices; in the digital video recorder in your home; and in sophisticated medical, military, aerospace, automotive, manufacturing and telecommunications systems. We also make media players that enable you to enjoy your digital content on the biggest screen in your house – your TV. Our customers range from some of the largest companies in the world to individual users like you.

Specifications

Specs

A Closer Look at the Drive

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Windows sees the drive as 5.45 TB.

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Performance Tests

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The average read speed was 177.8 MB/s and the average write speed was 172.6 MB/s (which is up on last years 4 TB Red Drive).

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Final Thoughts

The WD Red drive comes in a variety of sizes from 750 GB all the way up to the new 6 TB version we are reviewing here.

This is one of the first 6 TB drives on the market so if you need a lot of storage, and a good speed, and you plan on using the drive in your NAS then you really should look at this drive closely.

Also, this drive comes with a 3 year warranty. Now this may not seem like a major selling point to some people but believe me over the years I have had my fair share of failed drives and so it’s nice to know that anytime during that 3 year period WD will replace my drive if I have a problem – after all, you are spending a lot of money on it!

Every WD Red hard drive also comes with professional support services which includes a premium dedicated 24/7 support line. I didn’t need to use them during the course of this review, but having that option there if you need it is very good.

The performance of the drive is very good – especially as these drives are optimised and designed for use in a NAS, so if you want a reliable, good performing storage drive for your NAS then this will be right up your alley.

The WD website also has a NAS Compatibility Selector which enables you to check if these drives are compatible with your NAS – it’s certainly worth checking, although you will find all the usual suspects are supported.

The retail price for the 6 TB drive (WD60EFRX) is around £240 but as usual look around for a good deal.

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It’s time for another two minute review, this time for the Synology DiskStation DS414.

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Synology DiskStation DS414 is a feature-rich 4-bay NAS specifically designed for growing businesses to effectively manage, protect and share data. Equipped with comprehensive office applications, DS414 raises working efficiency while securing data with full backup solutions.

  • Dual Core CPU with Floating-Point Unit
  • Over 207.07MB/s Reading, 135.63MB/s Writing
  • Dual LAN with Failover and Link Aggregation Support
  • 1GB RAM Boosting Multitasking Power
  • Features SuperSpeed USB3.0
  • Hot-swappable & Tool-Less Hard Drive Tray Design
  • Running on Synology DiskStation Manager (DSM)

Specifications

Specs

A Closer Look

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Final Thoughts

The DS414 looks great with it’s black matt sides which do a great job of keeping it looking clean.

The DS414 doesn’t come with any hard drives preinstalled, so the first task is to slide out one of the drive bays and fit the drive. The whole process is very quick and easy and you should be up an running in no time at all and you don’t need any tools to do it either!

As usual with Synology, the thing that makes everything so easy, and provides all the functionality is the DiskStation Manager software – everything you could possibly need to do can be done from it, from setting up users and folders, to installing and configuring applications.

The rear of the DS414 has two USB 3.0 ports, unfortunately the USB port on the front, which can be used for bulk ingestion of data from a USB drive is only USB 2.0 meaning it can be a lot slower. Hopefully on later models this will be addressed.

There are also dual fans (only one of which is in use at any one time which is great for keeping the noise levels low) and dual Gigabit LAN ports. So you have a fair bit of redundancy packed into such a small box.

The cost of the DS414 is around £350, although as usual you should look around for the best deal.

If you are looking for a NAS box with some great features, then this could be the box for you! Remember, the major selling point for any Synology box is the Diskstation manager software, so keep that in mind when comparing the DS414 against other NAS boxes on the market today.

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You can learn more about the DS414 from the Synology website.

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Synology has released the DiskStation DS414 slim NAS, designed to minimize space by using 2.5” hard drives.  Read on for details!

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Synology has released the DiskStation DS414 slim NAS, designed to minimize space by using 2.5” hard drives.  This is a 4-bay Marvell-powered NAS unit running the latest version of DiskStation Manager.  Dual gigabit ethernet with failover is supported, and the size is 120mm x 105mm x 142mm, making this a small 4-bay unit.  Here is the press release:

Synology® Unveils DiskStation DS414slim Compact and Eco-friendly NAS Server

Milton Keynes, United Kingdom – 27th May 2014 – Synology® today introduced DiskStation DS414slim, a 4-bay NAS server designed specifically for home and small office users to leverage the compactness of 2.5” hard drives.

“With integration of Synology DiskStation Manager’s full range of features, the DS414slim provides users with the utmost fun and security while occupying the minimal space,” said Nicole Lin, a Product Manager at Synology Inc.

Powered by the built-in Floating-Point Unit (FPU) CPU and 512 MB of RAM, the DS414slim guarantees the optimum experience of intensive applications. In a Windows® environment, the DS414slim delivers average read and write speeds of 110.91 MB/s and 54.53 MB/s respectively. Additionally, the DS414slim is equipped with two USB 3.0 ports to boost the data exchange efficiency with external storage. To ensure high availability of data, the DS414slim features snap-in hot-swappable drives and dual Gigabit LAN ports with failover support.

Designed as a cool, quiet and energy-efficient NAS server, the DS414slim adopts 2.5” HDD/SSD and operates an easy-to-replace 60 mm fan with smart airflow design to keep the system running cool 24/7. The DS414slim consumes merely 15.48 watts under accessing mode. Moreover, the power consumption can be further minimised by the support of Wake on LAN/WAN and Scheduled Power on/off features.

The DS414slim runs on DiskStation Manager (DSM) 5.0, an intuitive operating system that provides a host of applications to bring better productivity at work. Synology was voted as “PCMag Business Choice Award 2013 winner and received the highest rating in every element of the survey, including reliability, overall satisfaction, value, and likelihood to recommend.

Please visit http://www.synology.com/en-global/products/overview/DS414slimfor more information.

Availability

Synology DiskStation DS414slim is now shipping globally.

 

Check out these product pictures here:

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QNAP has announced the general release of QTS4.1, adding several new features and enhancing some previously-released ones.  Read on for details!

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QNAP has announced the general release of QTS4.1, adding several new features and enhancing some previously-released ones.  Here is the press release:

QNAP Releases QTS 4.1, the Smart NAS Operating System Enriched by Apps

Taipei, Taiwan, June 5, 2014 – QNAP® Systems, Inc. today announced the availability of QTS 4.1 – the revolutionary app-driven NAS operating system. Building on QTS 4.0’s proven usability & features, QTS 4.1 adds even more useful apps to heighten entertainment and productivity for home & business users alike. With its familiar layout and intuitive user-friendly design, QTS 4.1’s web-based multi-window operations greatly simplify the day-to-day operations of QNAP Turbo NAS systems.

As the functionality and performance of modern network-attached storage increases, so does the potential that they get too complicated for everyday home use. “QTS 4.1 operating system however provides a wide-range of apps that greatly simplify the operation & management of the Turbo NAS. With dedicated apps for enjoying multimedia, managing files and backing-up data joined by the all-new Notes Station and Signage Station apps, QTS 4.1 provides home users with everything they need in a useable and straightforward manner,” said Tony Lu, product manager of QNAP.

This ease of operation is extended by an array of mobile apps for Android™ & iOS® devices that allow users to monitor and sync, stream and share from their Turbo NAS at anytime, anywhere. And with an active QTS 4.1 App Center and open development platform, users are provided with the potential of near-unlimited functionality for their Turbo NAS servers.

Business users also benefit from productivity-enhancing apps & features. QTS 4.1 supports SAMBA v4 to allow the Turbo NAS to act as a domain controller for Windows, Real-Time Remote Replication that allows 2-way data synchronization between two Turbo NAS units and supports FTP root-path, the enhanced NetBak Replicator backup application for Windows platform, the vSphere Plug-in v1.3 for remotely managing VMware datastores, McAfee® virus scanner, and Hyper-V thin provisioning automatic space reclamation. Virtualization tasks are also enhanced with the new Virtualization Station, allowing for a Turbo NAS to be a virtualization server hosting multiple VMs and applications.

“QNAP takes great pride in creating high-quality networked storage solutions for home & business use,” added Lu. “The evolutionary QTS 4.1 enables users to fully utilize the power & potential of our Turbo NAS whether for home or business use. With a growing range of rich apps complimented by an active app development environment and our constant focus on evolving the QTS operating system, users will continue to experience the very best in networked storage solutions from QNAP.”

New Apps & Features of QTS 4.1:

  • Notes Station: a digital notebook on the private cloud of the Turbo NAS that records users’ ideas and notes with large storage capacity;
  • Signage Station: allows users to create animated content and display it on TVs, tablets and mobile phones via web browsers;
  • Photo Station: adds personal photo wall, photo albums made by drag-n-drop, photos collection by dates or tags, journal history on Google Maps, and login with Facebook account;
  • Video Station: adds video classification, video tags and smart collection;
  • File Station: adds smart filters for file searching, photo thumbnails, VLC for multimedia streaming, and shared links allowing mutual file sharing;
  • Qsync: adds versioning control;
  • Qget: an mobile app for downloading files on the go, video backup from video sharing sites, and BT search and download tasks management;
  • Qfile: adds zip/unzip support, music playback bar, and folder & file sharing;
  • Qmusic: adds music searching by title, album, or artist;
  • myQNAPcloud.com: a QNAP membership portal for registering for an “QID”, managing multiple NAS, and publishing & sharing Turbo NAS services;
  • SAMBA v4: supports domain controller for Windows, and SMB 3.0 protocol for Secured Data Transmission (SDT);
  • QNAP NetBak Replicator: creates VSS snapshot of VM or database on the Windows, and backs up the content of the snapshot to the Turbo NAS; Supports VHD/VHDX (Virtual Hard Disks) backup;
  • RTRR: supports 2-way synchronization between two Turbo NAS units and FTP root-path backup;
  • vSphere Plug-in v1.3: remotely creates a datastore on a dedicated volume more flexibly;
  • Windows 2012 R2 Hyper-V thin provisioning automatic space reclamation
  • Virtualization Station: enables managing multiple virtual machines created on the Turbo NAS;
  • McAfee virus scanner: available in QNAP App Center with a 30-day free trial;
  • Surveillance Station 5: increased compatible IP cameras to 2,600+, an intelligent user interface for intuitive operations, easier camera setup, faster video lookup, smart recording, 2 or 4 free IP camera channel offerings, Vcam mobile app support, and more;
  • App Center: provides more than 100 install-on-demand apps to increase diverse applications on the Turbo NAS.

Availability& Compatibility

QTS 4.1 is available for the following Turbo NAS models:
SS-439 Pro, SS-839 Pro, TS-110, TS-112, TS-119/119P+/119P II, TS-120, TS-121, TS-210, TS-212/212P/212-E, TS-219/219P/219P+/219P II, TS-220, TS-221, TS-239 Pro, TS-239H, TS-239 Pro II, TS-239 Pro II+, TS-259 Pro/259 Pro+, TS-410, TS-410U, TS-412, TS-412U, TS-419P/419P+/419P II, TS-419U/419U+/419U II, TS-420, TS-420U, TS-421, TS-421U, TS-439 Pro, TS-439 Pro II, TS-439 Pro II+, TS-439U RP/SP, TS-459 Pro/459 Pro+/459 Pro II, TS-459U-RP/SP/459U-RP+/SP+, TS-509 Pro, TS-559 Pro/559 Pro+/559 Pro II, TS-639 Pro, TS-659 Pro/659 Pro+/659 Pro II, TS-809 Pro, TS-809U-RP, TS-859 Pro/859 Pro+, TS-859U/859U+, HS-210, TS-1079 Pro, TS-1269U-RP, TS-1270U-RP, TS-269 Pro/269L, TS-469 Pro/469L, TS-469U-RP/SP, TS-569 Pro/569L, TS-669 Pro/669L, TS-869 Pro/869L, TS-869U-RP, TS-870U-RP, TS-470, TS-470 Pro, TS-670, TS-670 Pro, TS-870, TS-870 Pro, TS-879 Pro, TS-879U-RP/EC879U-RP , TS-1279U-RP/EC1279U-RP, TS-1679U-RP/EC1679U-RP, SS-EC1279U-SAS-RP, SS-EC1879U-SAS-RP, SS-EC2479U-SAS-RP

For more information on QTS 4.1 and other QNAP networked-storage solutions, please visit www.qnap.com.

I installed this release on my TS419P+ and am seeing some cosmetic improvements to the GUI…I intend to look into the Notes Station and other improvements, so stay tuned.

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Synology has announced a new diskless NAS device, aimed at surveillance recording by police forces and public transportation markets.  Read on for details!

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Synology has announced a new diskless NAS device, aimed at surveillance recording by police forces and public transportation markets.  The EDS14 is a diskless NAS unit intended for rugged environments.  Shock absorbent and able to fit into tight spaces, it looks to be ideal for recording surveillance footage for police and public transport markets.  Pricing is as follows:

  • UK RRP = £154 including vat
  • European RRP = €150 before vat

Here is the press release:

Synology® Debuts Embedded DataStation EDS14
Delivering durability and reliability in a compact form factor

Milton Keynes, United Kingdom—29th April 2014—Synology® today introduced Embedded DataStation EDS14, a palm-sized, state-of-the-art NAS server combining durability with reliability, implementing Synology’s advanced network storage solutions in a wide range of application scenarios.

“Designed to survive extreme conditions and harsh environments, the EDS14 is vibration-resistant and complies with the industrial thermal endurance level from -20˚C to 50˚C,” said Chad Chiang, Product Manager at Synology Inc. “Its drive-less design and the support for high-speed SDXC UHS-I SD storage and USB 3.0 further maximise system reliability with performance and capacity.”

Synology EDS14 measures at 125 x 125 x 31mm, nearly 70% smaller than an ordinary 2-bay NAS server, and is particularly suitable for areas where space is a challenge. Despite the compact physical size, the EDS14 makes no compromise in reliability by engineering the dynamic cooling mechanisms to ensure CPU health in challenging thermal environments.

Optimised for deployment in a variety of environments, the EDS14 can tolerate dynamic DC input voltage from 7 to 24V, is compatible with PoE splitters, and supports 3G/LTE. The EDS14 even comes with multiple mounting solutions, including DIN rail, and a schedulable DC output to power peripheral devices, making it a good fit for versatile deployment.

The EDS14 is capable of handling data downloads at 111.77 MB/s in a Windows® environment. By accommodating dual LAN ports with failover support, it maximises network service uptime while optimising bandwidth utilisation.

Synology EDS14 is pre-installed with DiskStation Manager (DSM), an intuitive operating system that provides a host of applications to bring better productivity at work and offer a new level of multimedia experience. Synology was honored with “PCMag Business Choice Award 2013” and received the highest rating in every element of the survey, including reliability, overall satisfaction, value, and likelihood to recommend.

Please go to http://www.synology.com/en-global/products/overview/EDS14 for more information.

Availability

Synology Embedded DataStation EDS14 is now shipping globally.

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Synology has updated their 4-bay DiskStation NAS line, replacing the DS413j with the DS414j.  Read on to see what’s new!

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Synology has updated their 4-bay DiskStation NAS line, replacing the DS413j with the DS414j.  The DS414j adds USB 3.0 support and a dual-core CPU.  Pricing is as follows for UK and Europe:

  • UK RRP = £258 including vat
  • European RRP = €250 before vat

Here is the press release:

Synology® Presents DiskStation DS414j
Budget-friendly 4-bay NAS server with solid performance

Milton Keynes, United Kingdom – 29th April 2014 – Synology® today introduced DiskStation DS414j, a feature-rich 4-bay NAS server specifically designed for small offices and home users to effectively manage, protect and share data.

“Synology is dedicated to bringing both business and home users affordable yet robust storage solutions, and DS414j is no doubt the epitome of such dedication. Being the first j series to feature dual core CPU and SuperSpeed USB 3.0, DS414j really heralds a new era for the budget-friendly NAS,” said Nicole Lin, Product Manager at Synology Inc.

Powered by a 1.2GHz dual-core CPU, the DS414j delivers groundbreaking performance in its tier: an average 112 MB/s reading in a Windows® environment, and 80 MB/s writing. The built-in floating point unit (FPU) further enhances the overall capability of the main CPU, and is particularly advantageous in speeding up thumbnail processing. Designed with energy efficiency in mind, the DS414j consumes only 36.7 watts in full operation and 8.5 watts in HDD hibernation. Furthermore, the smart airflow and noise dampening designs make it extremely cool and quiet compared to PC counterparts.

The DS414j runs on DiskStation Manager (DSM) 5.0, an intuitive operating system that provides a host of applications to bring better productivity at work. Synology was voted as “PCMag Business Choice Award 2013 winner” and received the highest rating in every element of the survey, including reliability, overall satisfaction, value, and likelihood to recommend.

Please go http://www.synology.com/en-global/products/overview/DS414j for more information.

Availability

Synology DiskStation DS414j is now shipping globally.

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Synology has announced that they’ve added a Seagate 5TB hard drive to their compatibility list for their NAS units.  Read on for details.

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Synology has announced that they’ve added a Seagate 5TB hard drive to their compatibility list for their NAS units.  Here is the press release:

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Synology® Announces Compatibility with Seagate® Enterprise Capacity 3.5″ 5TB Hard Drive

 

Milton Keynes, United Kingdom –  April 2014

Synology® today announced the compatibility of its DiskStation & RackStation lineup with the new Seagate® Enterprise Capacity 5TB 3.5” hard drive (ST5000NM0024). Undergoing the stress and compatibility test from Synology, the above Seagate hard drive was proven to be compatible with select Synology DiskStations & RackStations from the x14, x13, x12, x11, and x10 series.

As the pressure to increase storage capacity is rising, many enterprises are in search of solutions to solve such challenge. By supporting the new Seagate Enterprise Capacity 5TB 3.5” hard drive, which is optimised for businesses with demanding data growth by featuring the highest-capacity form factor for an enterprise drive, Synology is providing growing businesses with a more flexible and affordable storage solution.

“By unceasingly expanding our compatibility list, we ensure our DiskStations and RackStations work seamlessly with the latest technology developments, giving our users the best storage options.” said Greg Langford, Product Manager for Synology UK, Ireland and Scandinavia. “With support of Seagate Enterprise Capacity 5TB 3.5” hard drive, Synology NAS servers not only help enterprises tackle storage challenges, but also serve as a foundation for future demand” added Langford.

“This announcement highlights the close relationship Seagate shares with Synology, working together on ensuring our customers receive the best support for our products,” commented Henk Van Den Berg, Director of Sales North and Central Europe at Seagate. “The compatibility of Synology’s DiskStations & RackStations with the new Seagate Enterprise Capacity 5TB 3.5” hard drive will help businesses to store and manage effectively the volume of data they produce. It is critical that businesses select the right drive for the right application.  The Seagate Enterprise Capacity hard drive is perfectly suited for demanding multi-drive environments – delivering performance and reliability due to its rotational vibrations capabilities. The combined Seagate and Synology products address challenges that many of our SMB customers face, including total cost of ownership, product lifespan, as well as performance, allowing them to cope with the ever-growing demand for storage.”

Compatibility

To view the complete supported hard drive models, please visit http://www.synology.com/en-global/support/hd

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