Synology Announces the DiskStation DS411slim

The Newest Small Form-factor DiskStation

Synology announced the release of its latest DiskStation for home and small office use, the DS411slim. Using 2.5-inch drives, the compact form-factor DiskStation allows for full RAID redundancy while minimizing energy usage and noise. Utilizing Synology Hybrid RAID (SHR), users can easily create redundant volumes up to 3TB. The energy-efficient DiskStation consumes fewer than 17 watts in use, and a scant 9.6 watts in hibernation.

The DS411slim boasts a faster processor than the previous DS409slim, and more RAM which has now been increased to 256MB. These enhancements allow users to do more and do it faster. Like its predecessor, it still retains its small and compact design.

Bundled with Synology's renowned DiskStation Manager (DSM) 3.0, the DS411slim is a feature-rich network attached storage solution, offering numerous tools to home users. In addition to file sharing and backup, DSM 3.0 includes an integrated DLNA-certified media server to stream music and videos to compatible media players.

Surveillance Station 5, Synology's included network video recorder (NVR) software, lets users turn their DiskStation into a surveillance system. Compatible with over 750 models of IP camera, Surveillance Station 5 lets home users monitor their homes when away, for either protection of the premises or as a nanny-cam.

In addition the upcoming DSM 3.1, which is in public beta, will further expand the capabilities of the DiskStation.

Among the enhancements will be:

DS File for iPhone - a new app to ease file access DS Photo+ and DS Audio are released for iPad to manage photos and stream your entire music collection from the DiskStation Airprint support - allows wireless printing from iPad/iPhone

The DS411slim is scheduled to be available for purchase in mid-February. The price will be announced at its release.

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