Synology Launches DS413 and DS413j 4-Bay NAS Unitsby Ganesh T S on September 18, 2012 3:01 AM EST
A couple of weeks back, we covered Synology's launch of the 2013 2-bay NAS lineup, the DS213 and the DS213+. The most interesting aspect of the launch was the reappearance of Freescale's PowerPC platform in the offerings, and that too, in the + model. Last week, Synology launched the DS413j, a 4-bay NAS unit targeted towards home users. Today, the business-oriented DS413 is being launched. Similar to the DS213 and DS213+, the 4-bay lineup is also split between the Freescale P1022 dual core PowerPC platform (DS413) and the Marvell Kirkwood mv6282 SoC (DS413j).
The DS413 is optimized for business use. It has a new case design and has a hibernate mode to strike a balance between idle power consumption and system responsiveness. In this mode, it consumes only 3.4 W. The DS413 also has hardware accelerated encryption to provide 256-bit AES shared folder encryption without sacrificing too much read / write performance.
The Diskstation Manager OS (DSM 4.1) on the DS413 brings with it features like the DropBox-like Cloud Station personal cloud / sync solution, QuickConnect direct download links without port forwarding, VPN server and client and shared folder sync between DiskStations. The last feature is similar to Netgear's ReadyNAS Replicate, but, the second unit would need to be on the local network unless the VPN server / client is configured.
The DS413j is a budget-friendly model suitable for home storage networks and small offices.
Some of the relevant DSM 4.1 features for the DS413j are the DLNA-compliant server for multimedia streaming, backup support for clients based on multiple platforms and the Quick Connect provision which allows connecting to some of the services on the NAS without port forwarding.