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Synology's DiskStation Manager 4.1 OS goes beta

Synology announces the 4.1 beta version of its NAS operating system (firmware), the Disk Station Manager, which adds a few new major features and improvements.

The robust and feature-rich DSM has been one of the reasons why Synology NAS servers are the best of their type. Screenshot by Dong Ngo/CNET

Synology announced today that version 4.1 of its DiskStation Manager (DSM) operating system (firmware) for DiskStation NAS servers, such as the DS1511+ or the DS712+, is now in beta state. This means the final update will be available in a month or so.

DSM has been one of the main reasons why Synology NAS servers are the best among network-attached storage devices, thanks to its vast amount of features and robust and easy-to-use interface.

The new version offers some major additional features to the already feature-rich OS, including a Video Station and mobile apps for Windows Phone 7. The Video Station allows users to organize their movies and adds support for USB digital TV tuners. Users can also stream videos and recorded TV programs to standard network media streamers. Synology's mobile apps, including DS Audio, DS Photo +, and DS Finder have been available for iOS and Android devices. Version 4.1 of the OS will bring this support to Windows 7 Phone users.

The new DSM 4.1 version will also include improvements for the Audio Station (better design), the Cloud Station (now supporting two shared folders), the Photo Station (now supporting timeline and faster thumbnail creation), and the Surveillance Station (refreshed design).

In addition, version 4.1 also refines and adds more business features to the server, such as making the NAS compliant with VAAI (vStorage APIs for Array Integration) and offering RAID Fast-Rebuild Technology, Mail Server Enhancements, and support for authentication security with NTLM v2 and Kerberos v5.

As withprevious versions, Synology says it will award beta testers who provide the most valuable assistance and feedback during the beta-testing period with a Synology NAS server. To do that you just need to download the beta firmware and try it out with your Synology NAS.