Synology showcases NAS DiskStation Manager OS 5.0 at CES 2014

Synology announces version 5.0 beta of its DiskStation Manager operating system that powers all of its NAS devices at CES 2014. The new version adds a slew of new features and improvement to existing supported NAS servers.

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Version 5.0 of the DiskStation Manager operating system with a new, streamlined interface.
Version 5.0 of the DiskStation Manager operating system comes with new, streamlined interface. Screenshot by Dong Ngo/CNET

Here's some exciting news for Synology NAS server owners. The storage vendor announced at CES 2014 the latest version of its best-in-class Linux-based operating system for its NAS server, the beta of DiskStation Manager (DM) 5.0.

Since its inception, DiskStation Manager has been by far the most advanced operating system for NAS server and helped Synology NAS sever to win many of CNET's Editors' Choice awards, such as the Synology DiskStation DS1513+. The current version is 4.3.

Synology says DSM 5.0 brings a new, streamlined interface and some new and enhanced features. One area of improvement is ease-of-use, making the server more user-friendly for novice users.

For example the QuickConnect feature, which basically automatically configures the home router for the server's personal cloud features to work, is now part of the installation process, and as soon as a volume is created, it can be immediately accessed remotely via browser or via iOS, Android, and Windows Phone apps, from anywhere there's a connection to the Internet. There's no complicated router configuration involved.

Another example is the Package Center, which works somewhat like an App Store where a user can install new applications to add more features to the server, and now comes with optional automated updates. Application icons can also render application badges which augment icons with informative push notifications when activities have been completed, or when apps need special attention.

QuickConnect feature, CloudStation
Thanks to the improved QuickConnect feature, setting the DropBox-like CloudStation service is much easier for home users. Screenshot by Dong Ngo/CNET

Other additional features for home users of DSM 5.0 include:

  • Hybrid Cloud Syncing, with Google Drive and Dropbox
  • Facebook and Google+ sharing of files and folders
  • YouTube uploading straight from PhotoStation
  • Customizable status widgets
  • 4K capable interface with touch input, for next generation in-display technology

And for business users:

  • Scale out Storage Cluster enabling businesses to expand from terabytes to petabytes.
  • Central Management System with unified monitoring, remote administration, and policy-based configuration.
  • Robust data protection including snapshot manager.

Synology says the new DSM 5.0 will work with all NAS servers that currently runs version 4.3 and will be provided for free. The DSM 5.0 public beta will be rolling out over the next few weeks.

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