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Synology releases DSM 7.0 with thousands of new features Featured

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NAS vendor Synology has announced version 7.0 of its DiskStation Manager (DSM) operating system software is now available for all Synology J, Value, and Plus series devices as a free upgrade. Updates for all other product series will be available over the coming months. DSM 7.0 has been in development for over three years and brings thousands of improvements to Synology NAS users.

DSM is the Synology NAS operating system software, powering the popular disk-based system, and unlocking its vast capabilities as a do-anything device. While at heart a NAS is, literally, network-attached storage, it is in no way limited to existence as simply a file server. With DSM and its rich ecosystem of applications, your NAS can be a WordPress blog server, web host, virtual machine and software development server, FTP repository, Plex media server, or many, many other things.

DSM 7.0 has been in the works at Synology for over three years and is now available, with compatible device owners merely needing to visit the Synology Download Center, download DSM 7.0 for their device, then use Control Panel / Update and Restore / Manual DSM Update to update.

DSM 7.0 features a completely new user interface, overhauls of many subsystems, and literally thousands of improvements across the entire platform.

Significant features include:

  1. Hybrid cloud support, allowing businesses to access or recover files instantly from multiple locations while managing Synology NAS devices across locations through a cloud-based performance monitoring and automated warning system
  2. New data protection to secure endpoint devices, virtual machines, SaaS services, and more with automated backups
  3. Fiber channel support, bringing high availability and low latency
  4. BTRFS metadata pinning for SSD cache, speeding up response and file access times
  5. Up to 200% faster SSD cache write-back performance
  6. Up to 80% faster RAID 6 performance
  7. Improved user permission controls, with change tracking and exporting
  8. FIDO2 support and a secure sign-in application for enhanced multi-factor and hardware-based passwordless security
  9. Active insights
  10. Linux bare-metal backup support added to Active Backup for Business
  11. Backup and recover entire Google or Microsoft 365 environments with Active Backup for Google Workplace and Active Backup for Microsoft 365
  12. A completely revamped Synology Photos application, including smartphone application, to provide fast and efficient backup and searching of photos with timeline views, person recognition, and other features
  13. High availability to combine two identical Synology devices to form an active-passive cluster, reducing service disruptions from hardware or software faults

You can install DSM 7.0 on your Synology NAS J, Value, and Plus devices right now at no cost. iTWire will also be testing it out and will provide a review, tips, and insights in the coming weeks.

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David M Williams

David has been computing since 1984 where he instantly gravitated to the family Commodore 64. He completed a Bachelor of Computer Science degree from 1990 to 1992, commencing full-time employment as a systems analyst at the end of that year. David subsequently worked as a UNIX Systems Manager, Asia-Pacific technical specialist for an international software company, Business Analyst, IT Manager, and other roles. David has been the Chief Information Officer for national public companies since 2007, delivering IT knowledge and business acumen, seeking to transform the industries within which he works. David is also involved in the user group community, the Australian Computer Society technical advisory boards, and education.

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