Synology unveils DSM 5.1 operating system

New NAS operating system includes updates for sharing and security, vendor says

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Synology unveils DSM 5.1 operating system The OS provides compatibility to a number of well-known public cloud services
By  Tom Paye Published  September 9, 2014

Synology has unveiled the latest version of its DiskStation Manager (DSM) operating system, which runs on all of the vendor's network-attached storage (NAS) products.

DSM 5.1, as the new release is called, comes with enhancements for media content sharing, video streaming and productivity, Synology said. It also features a number of security mechanisms, which can effectively turn it into a secure private cloud for advanced home and small business users, the vendor added.

Along with the new operating system, Synology also launched to new DiskStation NAS servers - the DS415+ and DS115j.

"As cloud technologies flourish and mobile devices gain further popularity, users find it more and more difficult to access their data across devices of all kinds and centrally store their data in one safe place," said Derek Tu, sales manager at Synology.

"To address these challenges, Synology has introduced DSM 5.1 and new models to offer users simpler ways to access data on multiple devices, enjoy media content regardless of boundaries, and build themselves a safer private cloud."

DSM 5.1, then, comes with a new public sharing feature for multimedia content, files and notes stored on a Synology NAS server. This allows users to create links for their data that can be sent to specific people.

Meanwhile, the OS provides compatibility to a number of well-known public cloud services.

The update also includes what Synology calls Note Station, which allows users to take down notes in a full featured editing suite.

DSM 5.1 also features a Security Advisor tool, which can analyse system settings, automatically removing known threats or warning users of potential vulnerabilities. And another new feature, called AppArmor, imposes stricter permission rules on applications, restricting what system resources can be accessed by individual applications, Synology said.

DSM 5.1 will be available for beta testing in mid-September.

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