Synology says its compact network-attached storage solution, the DS409Slim, is ideal for cost-conscious businesses and home users alike.
Network-attached storage producer Synology America announced the launch of its
2.5-inch four-bay Disk Station DS409slim, which the company said brings lower
power consumption, virtually quiet operations and a small footprint, both
physically and financially, to small to medium-size business owners looking for
a reliable data sharing and backup solution.
The DS409slim uses 2.5-inch hard drives to increase shock tolerance and
reduce power consumption. Synology claims the DS409slim consumes only 19 watts
of power under normal operating conditions with all four hard drives installed.
A "smart" fan feature was designed to keep the DS409slim's fan off under normal
operations, resulting in a quieter disk station well-suited to an office
environment. The disk station, slightly larger than a 12-ounce coffee cup,
offers SMBs with restricted office space the ability to be placed nearly
Heather Morford, marketing director of Synology America,
said the DS409slim is one of the most versatile, energy-efficient and stylish NAS
devices on the market. "When you look at its compact size, you would never
dream that it's a full-featured file server, backup solution, surveillance
station, e-mail server, Web server and home media server," she said. "It's
designed for the SMB market, but as an 'all-in-one solution,' it's also a great
choice for home users."
Mortford said home users will appreciate the surveillance features to keep
watch on the house or young family members, being able to stream or share files
over the Internet and "the peace of mind" that it serves as a solid backup
solution to protect memories and financial information. "Best of all, it can
sit on a bookshelf and won't look like you have an IT department in your living
room," she added.
With four hot-swappable drives, a 1.2GHz CPU, 128MB of DDRII RAM,
one Gigabit LAN port, two USB
2.0 ports and one eSATA port, it is well-suited to handle the needs of a
midmarket company, the company said. The DS409slim also supports up to 2TB with
the combination of four 2.5-inch SATA or SSD
hard drives of 500GB each.
The DS409slim comes with Disk Station Manager 2.1 firmware that supports
Windows ADS integration, cross-platform data
sharing, RAID data protection and several backup alternatives. Multimedia
applications include Download Station 2-functions as a 24/7 BitTorrent, FTP,
HTTP, eMule and NZB download center. Audio Station supports music, Internet
radio stations, and iPod playback with connected USB
speakers. UPnP support allows users to stream multimedia files with an UPnP DMA
on a stereo system or a TV set. Video game consoles Sony PlayStation 3 and
Microsoft Xbox360 are also supported.
DSM 2.2 beta will be released in July 2009, with the official version seeing
release in September 2009. DSM 2.2 includes many features that the DS409slim
will utilize, including a DLNA-compliant media server that ensures
interoperability between the DS409slim and various DLNA-certified CE, PC and
mobile devices. Apple iPhone support allows users to upload photos to DS409slim
or to browse photos stored on DS049slim with iPhone or iPod touch and the
ability to stream music with the iPhone or iPod touch.
Nathan Eddy is Associate Editor, Midmarket, at eWEEK.com. Before joining eWEEK.com, Nate was a writer with ChannelWeb and he served as an editor at FierceMarkets. He is a graduate of the Medill School of Journalism at Northwestern University.