Synology has introduced a new line of two and four-bay enclosures.
The DiskStation DS216play, DS216se and DS416 introduce a range of new features and capabilities. Starting with the DS416, it sports dual LAN ports with failover and Link Aggregation and read and write speeds of up to 221MB/sec and 139MB/sec respectively.
The NAS is powered by a 1.4GHz dual-core Annapurna Labs Alpine AL-212 CPU, 1GB DDR3 memory and supports up to 32TB of storage. Power consumption is rated at 10W in hibernation and 32W while being accessed. It's currently available for £359 inc VAT
The DS216play is perhaps the most interesting of the bunch in that Synology claims it can transcode videos both in realtime and offline at up to 4K resolution using the included Video Station app.
The latter will be receiving an upgrade in the forthcoming DSM 6.0 release that will allow you to transcode videos offline, ready to be streamed to your devices, rather than transcoding them on the fly, which is tough to do on traditionally low-power NAS enclosures.
The DS216play sports a STM STiH412 1.5GHz dual-core CPU, 1GB DDR3 memory and up to 32TB of storage. Power consumption is rated at 7W in hibernation and 15W access, with claimed read and write speeds of up to 108MB/sec and 91MB/sec. It's currently available for £208 inc VA
Finally, the DS216se looks to replace the DS214se as Synology's budget offering and retails for £114 inc VAT.
It offers read and write speeds of up to 102MB/sec and 59MB/sec respectively and uses a Marvell Armada 370 88F6707 clocked at 800MHz. It offers a maximum capacity of 16TB and has 256MB DDR3 memory.
DSM 6.0 will introduce several new features and performance tweaks in addition to a revamped Video Station, including the Core Cloud storage application, full, faster text search and indexing with up to 8.7 times improvements in small file processing too.
We'll be taking a look at the DS216play soon.