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Synology releases DiskStation DS215j

New two-bay NAS server designed for power home users and small offices

Synology releases DiskStation DS215j
The DS215j is powered by a dual-core processor with a floating-point unit

Storage specialist Synology last week took the wraps off its Diskstation DS215j, a two-bay NAS server designer for home and personal users to manage data, stream media content, and synchronise files on the cloud.

Synology said that it had managed to add various pieces of functionality to the new DS215j, while also adding to the security features of the device.

"The DS215j is packed with advanced technologies to deliver feature-rich applications for users to organize and share their data," said Michael Wang, a Synology product manager.

"Its appealing price tag and intuitive user interface make it a perfect fit for users who are looking to upgrade their NAS or to use NAS for the first time."

The DS215j is powered by a dual-core processor with a floating-point unit (FPU) that provides smoother multi-tasking and multimedia processing, Synology said. The platform upgrade allows the new NAS server to deliver average read speeds of over 111 MB/s, and average writes of over 87 MB/s, the vendor claimed. This, Synology said, resulted in gains of 19% over the DS215j's predecessor.

Despite the performance gains, Synology said that the DS215j managed to take it easy in terms of power consumption - 13.4 watts in full operation and 5.3 watts when the hard drives hibernate.

The device also features the SuperSpeed USB 3.0 interface, Synology said.

Aside from being ideal for power home users, Synology said that the NAS server would be ideal for small offices in need of storage for surveillance. The device can leverage the vendor's Surveillance Station solution, turning the DS215j into a fully featured network video record, Synology said.

With this, the DS215j supports up to 10 channels of simultaneous high-definition footage streaming at 240 frames per second in 720p. The device even comes with two free IP camera licences and supports up to 10 cameras.

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