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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.

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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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

Synology have released the beta for DSM 5.0.

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DSM 5.0 beta highlights include:

● Refreshed user interface and effortless access to NAS with Synology QuickConnect.

● 1PB unified storage platform harnessed by enterprise-level reliability and manageability.

● Hybrid cloud solutions with immense connectivity.

● Robust data backup and system performance.

● Seamless file access and optimised multimedia enjoyment.

The top 3 most active beta testers will win a brand new Synology NAS.

Synology DSM 5.0 beta is now available for all users and can be downloaded from: http://bit.ly/1aNZVTm

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Synology has announced two new business-focused NAS units, RS814+ and RS814RP+, replacing the RS812+ and RS812RP+.  Read on for details!

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Synology has announced two new business-focused NAS units, RS814+ and RS814RP+, replacing the RS812+ and RS812RP+.  The new units feature the following improvements:

  • Dual Core CPU with Floating-Point Unit
  • Over 330MB/s Reading, 196MB/s Writing
  • 4 LAN with Failover and Link Aggregation Support
  • 2GB RAM for Boosting Multitasking Power
  • Features USB 3.0 ports
  • Scale up to 32TB with Synology RX410
  • Redundant Power Supplies Ensure Service Uptime (RS814RP+ only)
  • VMware® / Citrix® / Hyper-V® Compliance

Here is the press release:

SynologyLaunches RackStation RS814+ and RS814RP+
Scalable, resilient and reliable fully-featured NAS

Milton Keynes, United Kingdom – 14th January 2014 – Synology UK ltd today announced RS814+ and RS814RP+, a scalable 1U 4-bay rackmount NAS server offering high-performance, expandable, and fully-featured network attached storage solutions for small and medium-sized businesses.

“The need for more processing power is rising as data usage grows.. The RS814+/RS814RP+ is designed to address such needs, and is also optimised for business environments by providing the performance, reliability, and scalability at an affordable cost,” said Michael Wang, Product Manager at Synology Head Quarters, Taiwan.

Powered by a 2.13GHz dual-core processor, 2GB DDR3 RAM and four gigabit LANs with Link Aggregation enabled, the RS814+/RS814RP+ brings forth over 330MB/s reading and 196MB/s writing under RAID 5 configuration in a Windows® environment. Businesses can further upgrade system RAM to 4GB in tandem with their expanding workloads and grow the total storage space up to 32TB by pairing it with an expansion unit RX410.

The RS814+/RS814RP+ is equipped with a comprehensive set of reliable mechanisms to ensure continuous system uptime during unexpected events. Four LAN ports with failover support provide redundancy in the event of unexpected network failure while hot swappable drives also help to minimise system downtime during drive replacement. The redundant power supplies in RS814RP+ further guarantee uninterrupted service when power failure strikes.

The RS814+/RS814RP+ runs on DiskStation Manager (DSM) 4.3, 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/RS814+ for more information.

Availability

Synology RackStation RS814+ and RS814RP+ are now shipping globally.

If you are in the market for a business-focused rackmount NAS, these units look interesting!

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Synology has released two new 2-bay NAS units, one aimed at SMB users and the other at first-time SOHO buyers.  Read on for details!

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Synology has released two new 2-bay NAS units, one aimed at SMB users and the other at first-time SOHO buyers.  Here is the press release:

SynologyUK Ltd Debuts DiskStation DS214+ and DS214se

Robust Private Cloud for SMB and the Most Affordable NAS for Home Users

Milton Keynes, United Kingdom – 5th November 2013 – Synology UK Ltd today launched DiskStation DS214+ and DS214se, two-bay NAS servers running Synology’s award-winning DiskStation Manager (DSM). The DS214+ provides high performance and complete business features to help small and medium businesses centralise backup and share files efficiently. The DS214se is a budget-friendly NAS server that allows beginners to explore the infinite possibilities of Synology NAS.

“Synology presents the DS214+ and the DS214se to bring tremendous opportunities respectively for business and home users,” said Darren Lin, Synology’s Product Manager. Powered by a 1.33GHz dual-core CPU, the DS214+ outperforms its predecessor by 89% faster at 208 MB/sec read and 153 MB/sec write speeds with Link Aggregation enabled, boosting business productivity.

With 1GB of RAM twice the size of its predecessor and the built-in floating point unit, the DS214+ exhibits a significant gain in multi-tasking performance. To simplify hard disk installation and ensure system reliability, the DS214+ comes with an external enhancement of front mount hot-swappable tool-less lockable drive bays and dual Gigabit Ethernet ports with failover support. Moreover, it features two USB 3.0 ports for higher data transmission and one eSATA port for extensive external backup option.

The DS214se, the special edition of Synology DiskStation, comes at a price tag lowest among Synology’s DiskStation product lines, affordable by almost everyone. However, the DS214se is no slouch as it delivers read speeds at 102 MB/sec and offers a myriad of multimedia applications. It features Web Assistant and simple setup wizard to make setup and management more intuitive and simple than ever. Designed with energy efficiency in mind, it only consumes 3.59 watts in hibernation mode, and no more than 19.14 watts in full operation.

Both DS214+ and DS214se run on DiskStation Manager (DSM) 4.3, 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 honoured with 2013 PCMag Business Choice Awardand received the highest rating in every element of the survey, including reliability, overall satisfaction, value, and likelihood to recommend. For more information, please go to

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Check out these product pictures of the DS214+:

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And the DS214se:

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The DS214+ retails at £267 including vat and the DS214se has an RPP of £117 including vat.

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Synology is holding a DSM 5.0 Beta Launch event in January in London and you are invited!  Read on for details.

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Synology is holding a DSM 5.0 Beta Launch event in January in London and you are invited!  The event is open to press, end users, developers and anyone else who is interested in DSM 5.0.  Here is the press release invitation:

Synology will unveil the DSM 5.0 beta and showcase their latest products

Milton Keynes, United Kingdom – October 2013.  Synology UK Ltd invites you to join them at the DSM 5.0 beta launch event on 16th January 2014 in the Millbank Cinema and Media Centre, London.  The event will feature an exciting, first-look at the new DSM 5.0 beta and also promises some big changes to the popular NAS operating system.  Guests will have an opportunity to have hands on experience with the new DSM as well as the complete range of Synology NAS products and be in with a chance to win a Synology DiskStation.  This event is open to all Synology lovers so whether you are a distributor, reseller, media or end user; there will be something for you and a lot to see and learn.

To register for your free place, visit www.synology.com.  We look forward to seeing you there!

If you’ll be in London on 16 January, you may want to plan on attending!

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Synology also released two new NAS units aimed at SMB users:  the four-bay DS414 and the one-bay DS114.

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Synology also released two new NAS units aimed at SMB users:  the four-bay DS414 and the one-bay DS114.  Here is the press release:

SynologyUK Ltd Presents DiskStation DS414 and DS114

Achieving IT Agility and Versatility, Unmatched Price-performance for SMB

Milton Keynes, United Kingdom – 22nd October 2013 – SynologyUK Ltd today launched DiskStation DS414, a great advancement and rich offering of technology among the Synology NAS Value Series to support task-intensive SMB. Following the announcement of DS414, comes the DS114, the compact but versatile unit that promises personal users get the most with the least investment.

“A little extra gets you a better, more advanced Synology product, bringing you the best overall NAS experience,” said Michael Wang, Product manager at Synology Inc. “Through this expansion, we help our customers transform IT infrastructure from a cost centre to an asset for innovation and success.”

Addressing the growing business needs of SMB pursuing reasonable TCO (total cost ownership) and IT agility, DS414 is a huge step forward considering the generous hardware specifications among Synology Value Series. Featuring dual core 1.33 GHz CPU with floating-point unit, 1 GB RAM, dual LAN, two SuperSpeed USB 3.0 ports and the brand new tool-less HDD trays, DS414 stands out as one of the best values in 4-bay NAS devices available today. To ensure optimal services uptime, DS414 is equipped with dual LAN network failover support to maximise system availability. With link aggregation enabled, DS414 achieves over 135.63MB/sec writing speed under RAID 5 configuration in a Windows® environment, and over 207.07MB/sec reading.

Synology DS114, a compact, all-purpose NAS aiming at small business and home users, as a one-bay value model, it delivers remarkable read/write performance – over 108.32 MB/sec reading speed and 71.83 MB/sec writing speed in a Windows® environment. With DDR3 512MB RAM, twice the size of its predecessor, DS114 exhibits a surprising boost in multi-tasking performance. DS114 also comes with two SuperSpeed USB 3.0 interfaces with up to 5 Gbps transmission speed, and an eSATA interface to power an external hard drive. In spite of its size, DS114 is extremely versatile as it shares the rich reservoir of applications available in DSM Package Center.

The DS414 and DS114 runs onDiskStation Manager (DSM) 4.3, which provides rich features to boost user-productivity and simplify their tasks, all on a sleek user interface optimized for multitasking. Synology was honored with 2013 PCMag Business Choice Awardand received the highest rating in every element of the survey, including reliability, overall satisfaction, value, and likelihood to recommend.

For more information, please visit:

DS414: http://www.synology.com/products/product.php?product_name=DS414&lang=enu

DS114: http://www.synology.com/products/product.php?product_name=DS114&lang=enu

Availability

Synology DiskStation DS414 and DS114 are now shipping globally.

Check out these product DS414 pictures:

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And these of the 114:

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Pricing on Amazon.CO.UK for the 114 is £182.44 and the 414 is £430.67.  Note that US pricing is not yet available.

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Synology has launched a new 2-bay NAS unit aimed at transcoding 1080p video content and serving it up to your TV.  Read on for details!

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Synology has launched a new 2-bay NAS unit aimed at transcoding 1080p video content and serving it up to your TV. Equipped with an Atom processor and 1GB of memory, Synology is aiming this unit at home users who want to transcode 1080p video on the fly and serve it up to their TV.  Here is the press release:

Milton Keynes, United Kingdom – 22nd October 2013 – SynologyUK Ltd today introduced DiskStation DS214play, a two-bay NAS server designed to serve as a full entertainment suite. Optimised for multimedia processing, the DS214play is tailored to users’ needs for high-quality video streaming, photo, and music sharing, while keeping all other aspects of NAS uncompromised.

“Designed as the ultimate media hub with complete NAS features, the all-new DS214play will satisfy users’ multimedia streaming needs.” said Chad Chiang, Synology’s Product Manager. “Users can easily enjoy movies, TV shows, music and more from DS214play right on to the best screen in their house.”

Synology DS214play features 1080p full HD video transcoding on the fly. Not only it is capable of streaming HD digital TV and movies in their original HD quality but also supports a wide selection of formats, making it easy for users to watch videos via Apple TV, iOS and Android handsets as well as computers without the hassle of installing a 3rd party video player.

Powered by a 1.6 GHz dual-core CPU, DS214play delivers read/write speeds of over 110MB/s and 100MB/s respectively under RAID 1 configuration in a Windows® environment. It comes with a built-in floating-point unit (FPU) and 1 GB of RAM, furthering overall performance when running multimedia applications and generating thumbnail images. Despite powerful performance, the DS214play offers power savings at merely 11.5 watts and 28.74 watts respectively during HDD hibernation and in full operation.

Synology DS214play is equipped with an SD card slot for plug-n-save solution, one eSATA port for external backup option, and two USB 3.0 ports for higher data transmission. Front mount tool-less drive bays with hot-swap capability are available on the DS214play to simplify hard disk installation and ensure system reliability.

The DS214play runs on DiskStation Manager (DSM) 4.3, an intuitive operating system that provides a host of applications to bring better productivity at work and offer a new level of multimedia experience. The last version of DSM 4.3 is the only NAS operation system honored with “Best Choice Award”and “Media’s Choice Award”at Computex 2013.

Please go to http://www.synology.com/products/product.php?product_name=DS214playfor more information.

Check out these product pictures:

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Amazon’s UK pricing is £346.86 and US pricing is not yet available.

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