Synology today took the wraps off the latest release of the DiskStation manager NAS software. DSM 5.0 Beta delivers a range of enhancements for the company’s range of network attached storage devices, including improvements to Cloud storage synchronisation, a refreshed user interface and new features for Enterprise management.

A new QuickConnect feature allows users to access the NAS Server without the need for network configuration and port forwarding – supporting remote management seamlessly without the usual headaches associated with router configuration. Media sharing, remote streaming and management of the server on the move are all available out of the box.

DSM’s new user interface has been designed to take advantage of new ultra HD and Retina displays, ensuring that screen elements remain sharp no matter what kind of monitor you use to view the NAS.

The new CloudSync feature supports two way file synchronisation between the NAS and Dropbox, Google Drive and Baidu Cloud. Synology’s Cloud Station feature now also  supports sharing of data between two Synology NAS servers as well and synchronisation of files with PCs desktop and mobile devices.

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A reworked DS File file manager features thumbnail view, file compression/extraction on-the-fly, plus file and folder sharing links whilst photo enthusiasts will be pleased to see enhancements to Photo Station – albums can now be navigated in a tree view and Android users can now stream photos to big screen via Apple TV. Additional media playback support for Samsung Smart TV and Google’s Chromecast has also been thrown in for good measure.

On the Enterprise side, DSM 5.0 introduces a Central Management System (Synology CMS)  feature, designed to aid corporations utilising large numbers of Synology servers. Features include a global resources monitor, remote server setup and update, and group policy editor for hundreds of NAS servers, all from a single dashboard. Scale-out clustering solution is also now available allowing admins to grow their NAS array to up to 1 PB of  capacity in one single storage pool, utilising a single namespace that can be easily accessed through the CIFS protocol.

Elsewhere Synology Snapshot Manager provides application-consistent snapshots to guarantee data integrity in VMware vSphere or Windows environment. The company is also boasting dramatic improvements in file I/O performance, stating a six times improvement in iSCSI random read speeds and the provision of full SSD cache reading and writing support.

Backup has been enhanced in the new release with the implementation of block-level incremental backup, opening up support for multiple backup versions, increasing backup speeds and, as you’d expect, reducing storage requirements.

Synology’s DSM 5.0 beta and the new packages are available at the company’s website and you can check out a live demo site to try out new features.