Synology upgrades its slim four-bay NAS server

Synology announces a new full-feature four-bay NAS server that's based on 2.5-inch SATA hard drives.

The new DS411Slim form Synology.
The new DS411Slim form Synology. Synology

More than a year ago, Synology released the DiskStation DS409Slim, which was an excellent network storage solution for a space-conscious environment. The server was one of a few, if not the only, four-bay NAS servers that host 2.5-inch laptop hard drives, instead of the regular 3.5-inch desktop hard drives, allowing it to be much more compact.

Today, the company announced the upgrade of the same server, called DS411Slim, with a faster processor and 256MB of RAM (as opposed to just 128MB of the DS409Slim).

Despite the compact design, the DS411Slim offers an easily accessible hard-drive bay design, which allows for installing/replacing its hard drives without powering off.
Despite the compact design, the DS411Slim offers an easily accessible hard-drive bay design, which allows for installing/replacing its hard drives without powering off. Synology

Like all NAS servers from Synology, the DS411Slim runs DiskStation Manager (DSM) operation system (aka firmware), which enables the server to offer a myriad of features, similar to those found in the recently reviewed DS1511+.

Examples of these features include the capability to handle multiple types of RAID configurations, including Synology's Hybrid RAID that allows for dynamically upgrading the server's storage capacity without building the RAID from scratch; support for multiple IP cameras for a comprehensive surveillance system; and support for multiple platforms and mobile devices.

According to Synology, when released, by mid-February, the DS411 will likely run DSM 3.1, currently in a beta state, which offers even more features, including:

  • DS File iPhone app that allows for accessing files from the iPhone.

  • DS Photo+ and DS Audio app for the iPad that helps manage photos and streams your entire music collection from the DiskStation. Currently these two apps are already available for the iPhone, iPod Touch, and Android-based smartphones.

  • Airprint support that allows wireless printing from iPad/iPhone.

As before, all existing DiskStation NAS servers from Synology can be upgraded to the latest version of the DSM firmware for free.

Synology says that the price of the new DS411Slim is going to be lower than that of its predecessor, at around $350, without storage

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CNET editor Dong Ngo has been involved with technology since 2000, starting with testing gadgets and writing code for CNET Labs' benchmarks. He now manages CNET San Francisco Labs, reviews networking and storage products, and also writes about other topics from online security to new gadgets and how technology impacts the life of people around the world.

 

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