Synology America Corp. has released DiskStation Manager 2.3 beta,
which introduces new features for business and home users including
backup to the cloud with Amazon S3,Volume Manager, a live view of
Surveillance Station with DS cam iPhone app and more.
Additional new features include the Synology Hybrid RAID (SHR) that
simplifies the RAID setup by optimizing the disk capacities with data
protection when different sized hard drives are used, says Doug Self,
product specialist at Synology America Corp. The new SHR eliminates
the worry about buying hard drives of different capacity at different
times when using RAID on their DiskStation because it can be
automatically setup through SHR with a few clicks of the mouse, he
The new Synology Volume Manager purportedly ensures that no matter
when you buy hard drives or what sizes they are, you will always have
the most optimal configuration of your storage capacity. It’s a
wizard that takes a few moments to setup and instantly you have your
volumes maximized across the DiskStation.
For users who aren’t as familiar with configuring routers, the new
EZ-Internet Wizard will make the process of setting up access to the
DiskStation from the Internet much easier, says Self. The wizard
steps through all the settings including firewall settings, PPPoE
setup or DDNS registration, and even router port forwarding
configuration is taken care of by the wizard.
Enhanced backup features ensure that critical data is always
safeguarded. AES 256-bit shared folder encryption is supported to
ensure data security. In addition to “shared folders,” sub-folder
backup is now supported and for additional backup options, now
Synology DiskStations can backup to the cloud using Amazon S3 service
with the easy to use integrated settings in the DSM 2.3 beta.
Existing applications receive a makeover in DSM 2.3 that add many new
enhancements to File Station, Surveillance Station, Photo Station,
and Audio Station. The new version is a free upgrade to existing
Synology customers for series 7 models and above. The DSM 2.3
firmware download is available at