On Thursday, Synology introduced the new DS410 DiskStation, a four-bay network attached storage device for workgroups and small businesses. The unit, which will retail for approximately for $500, is built on Synology's DiskStation Manager firmware, DSM 2.3, and offers impressive features such as encrypted file sharing, automatic backup to the cloud, desktop and network backup, multi-media streaming, surveillance, print server, multi-media server, email and web hosting and more.
Synology's new DSM 2.3 firmware looks to vastly improve the drive's interface and usability, two areas the DSM 2.2 firmware struggled with in our review of the Synology Disk Station DS409slim.
The DS410 DiskStation holds an impressive 8TB of storage in four hard drive bays. Synology's press release boasts of the DS410's eco-friendly features including a smart fan, hibernation software, and scheduled power on/off.
The Synology DS410 Diskstation also looks to be faster than its predecessor. "In the Synology labs, the DS410 test results show that when configured in RAID 5, the DS410 reaches 110 MB/Sec reading speeds and 54.9 MB/Sec writing speeds within a 1 Gigabit environment," says Frankin Hua, technical product specialist at Synology America Corp.
Out of the box, the drives can easily be configured to the RAID arrangement that the user desires. Synology's volume management software, called Synology Hybrid RAID (SHR), "makes it very easy for customers with little knowledge of RAID to grow their storage capacity by adding new disks or upsizing the capacity of disks while automatically optimizing the storage capacity."
The DS410 also offers the ability to back up to the cloud using the integrated Amazon S3 service utility. For those small businesses particularly worried about their data, Synology boasts of the ability to protect the critical data by keeping one copy off-site in the cloud.
Synology regularly builds products with small businesses in mind. Designed to be competitively priced and fulfill many needs for a small business or workgroup, the DS410 looks like a product to watch.
This story, "Synology’s DS410 NAS Server Targets Small Business" was originally published by Macworld.