July 9th, 2013 by Josh Shaman
Synology DSM 4.3 Beta for NAS Announced
Synology is announcing that its newest version of DiskStation Manager operating system, DSM v4.3, is now in public beta-testing. Updates and enhancements surrounding the new DSM 4.3 aim to increase organizational productivity while building off of the current version. There is now even greater application support than before, improving user experience with managing and sharing media. Synology has also updated its Cloud Station, Video Station and Photo Station with additional support and functionality. Additionally, the DSM 4.3 beta includes TRIM support, which is a first from a NAS manufacturer. TRIM drives the life of SSDs via more efficient maintenance.
Application updates for DSM 4.3 beta deliver greater functionality. The new Cloud Station private cloud enables users to pick and choose which files and documents to sync across devices, and Synology has added a Linux client to its existing clients. Further, Cloud Station saves the portion of files that have been modified for more efficient storage. Photo Station has been updated to v6 and now makes it easier to view photos with a mosaic-type format and features more ways to organize photo libraries. Video Station now supports Roku TV and includes definable permissions.
Synology has also added even more features to DSM 4.3 beta. Offload Data Transfer (ODX) produces greater iSCSI storage performance now when used in conjunction with Windows 2012 Servers. There is also now support for SSD caching from any tray in XS and XS+ models, and there is Full Link Aggregation Support with Synology High Availability (SHA) for improved SHA cluster performance. Synology has also updated its iOS and Android apps, and now the Windows app matches the features of those apps.