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Synology has radically improved DSM, the operating system of its NAS (filer) products for smaller businesses and home users, boosting virtualisation, performance, protection, and package features, and even adding Apple Watch support. DSM 6.0 gets 64-bit support, meaning enhanced performance. Future DiskStations and …

  1. John Tserkezis

    "Synology's DSM is now a more capable and mature OS."

    Great. So hopefully it'll fix the file access issue it created a few versions back. The bastards.

    1. Anonymous Coward
      Anonymous Coward

      Did you file a bug report ?

  2. batfastad

    APPLE WATCH

    Next gen NAS boxes by X company have many new features, one of the many being Apple Watch support. What shall we choose as the lead picture for this article about this NAS box? A big picture of an APPLE WATCH.

    HEY EVERYONE... APPLE WATCH!

    Did I say APPLE WATCH?

  3. Graham Jordan

    Xpenology

    Considering they're one of if not the front runner on the NAS OS front it seems pretty daft to me they don't offer a purchased version for none standard hardware.

    I've been using it on a HP NAS for years now and have zero incentive to buy their hardware just for the support. Offer me a pay for version though and I'll snap their hands off.

    1. Art Jannicelli

      Re: Xpenology

      They actually have Mon-Fri phone support, and next day hardware replacement.

      On a cost per/gb with Phone support & next day hardware replacement, plus an excellent OS they are hard to beat at home or in the office for commodity NAS.

      1. Trevor_Pott Gold badge

        Re: Xpenology

        Except for the part where the DRBD-based replication is A) a pain in the ASCII to set up and B) not terribly reliable. It's way - way - better than it was, but still nowhere near as reliable as HCI.

        Now, if Synology would drop DRBD and switch to LizardFS we could talk. They'd have a reliable scale out storage infrastructure underneath and we could then use the containerized/KVMed DSM on top.

        The DSM isn't bad. In fact, I love the DSM. The problem is that as soon as you want HA or the ability to scale beyond one node's worth of storage Synology just isn't good enough.

        Maybe in Synology 7 they'll adopt LizardFS. Of course, by then, open sourced HCI solutions like NodeWeaver will have incorporated not only Docker support, but integrated SMB/NFS file support so we won't NEED Synology anymore...

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