CES 2013: Synology Releases Feature-packed DiskStation Manager 4.2 Beta

Posted on January 10, 2013 9:15 AM by Greg King

We’ve covered a considerable amount of hardware since our site’s launching in 2005, with me having spent the last couple of years focusing on networking gear – namely, network storage. One company we end up going back to on a regular basis is Synology, as both its software and hardware is what we’d consider to be top-notch. Using this week’s CES in Las Vegas to showcase its latest hardware (two pieces of which I’m currently wrapping up reviews for), the company also dropped a substantial bit of news – a brand-new beta of its DSM (DiskStation Manager) is here.


Those wanting to grab the bleeding-edge software can expect to enjoy the following features:

  • QuickConnect bypasses port forwarding for the upcoming DS Cloud, as well as DS photo+, DS file and DS audio.
  • DS Cloud is introduced as the dedicated app for Cloud Station, allowing you to share the latest version of a file while on the go.
  • Video Station – no longer requires a plug-in to play in the browser.
  • Cloud Station 2 – Sync nearly unlimited shared shared folders for file sharing, for files up to 10GB.
  • DS Photo+- now you can automatically upload your photos from your mobile device to your DiskStation.
  • Now providing support for Amazon Glacier for affordable backup to cloud.
  • Synology High Availability (SHA) is now available on all x86-based models Mail Server Enhancements.
  • LUN Clone and LUN Snapshot help increase Admin productivity.
  • Now x86 models are now VMware® vSphere™ 5 VAAI certified, as well as certified for Windows Server® 2012.

Those interested can browse to the beta page.  I have installed the updated software on my personal NAS at home, and while those familiar with the current GA offering from Synology will feel right at home, the improvements on attached apps and features are worth the upgrade for those not deterred by beta software.

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