Synology Adds Intelligence to New Storage Packages

This is a new-age storage file system. For example, deep-learning analytics automatically identifies people, places and objects in photos and sorts them into albums accordingly.

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Bellevue, Wash.-based Synology on Jan. 18 released three new consumer and enterprise storage packages that run on the company’s line of network-attached storage (NAS) products.

Drive, Office and Moments enable users to store, back up and synchronize their images, documents and other files while keeping their data private and secure, the company said.

Here are the details:

  • Moments allows users to back up photos from their computers or smartphones to their Synology NAS. Once photos are stored there, Moments uses deep-learning analytics to automatically identify people, places and objects in photos and sorts them into albums accordingly.
  • Drive is the complete revamp of Synology’s file syncing Cloud Station Suite. The overhaul simplifies data management on Synology NAS, allowing users to sync data across multiple devices and increase ease office collaboration.      
  • Office is Synology’s own browser-based collaborative editor, which allows users to create, share, and simultaneously work on documents, spreadsheets, and – in the latest version -- slides. All of these collaboration tools are managed on Drive.

Other features include:

  • By-topic organization: With a new deep-learning algorithm on Synology NAS, random photos will be automatically grouped together according to similar facial structures, subjects and locations.
  • Easily share and search photos: Simply type in keywords into the search bar, and relevant images will appear immediately; such as mountains, ramen, or sushi.
  • Easy backup from mobile devices: Users can back up photos daily by uploading them from iOS or Android device with the Moments mobile app.

Drive is a complete revamp of Synology’s file-syncing Cloud Station Suite. The overhaul simplifies data management on Synology NAS, allowing users to sync data across multiple devices and increase ease office collaboration, the company said.         

New features include the following:

  • My Drive for personal storage: This allows users to centrally manage all their files and set different permission for each file if necessary.
  • Team Folder for team collaboration: These are shared folders created by the administrators, allowing teams to work together on different documents and keep them neatly organized within the shared folder.
  • Desktop Client for local synchronization: The desktop client is supported on windows, MacOS, and Linux, allowing users to conveniently sync files from all folders, including folders shared with them, to their PC’s and laptops.
  • Integration with Office and Universal Search: Drive is now a central hub for Office, making team collaboration and building collaborative documents easy and organized. Additionally, finding files is effortless with universal search.

Office is Synology’s own browser-based collaborative editor, which allows users to create, share and simultaneously work on documents, spreadsheets, and–in the latest version–slides. As with all of the company’s packages, Synology Office runs on a Synology NAS, so companies can get the benefits of online file editing and real-time collaboration while keeping all data onsite and stored on their own equipment. All of these collaboration tools are managed on Drive.

All three releases became available worldwide starting Jan. 18. Go here for more information.

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