Synology has introduced its DiskStation DS214play, a two-bay NAS server that's designed to serve as a full entertainment suite. Optimized for multimedia processing, the DS214play is tailored to users’ needs for high-quality video streaming, photo, and music sharing, while keeping all other aspects of NAS uncompromised.
Offering 1080p Full HD video transcoding on the fly, the NAS server is capable of streaming HD digital TV and movies in their original HD quality but also supports a wide selection of formats, making it easy for users to watch videos via Apple TV, iOS, and Android smartphones as well as PCs without the hassle of installing a third party video player.
Powered by a 1.6GHz dual-core processor, DS314play delivers read/write speeds of over 110MBps and 100MBps respectively under RAID 1 configuration in a Windows environment. It comes with a built-in floating-point unit (FPU) and 1GB of RAM, furthering overall performance when running multimedia applications and generating thumbnail images. Despite powerful performance, the DS214play offers power savings at merely 11.5W and 28.74W respectively during HDD hibernation and in full operation.
Running on the DiskStation Manager (DSM) 4.3 OS, the Synology DS214play is equipped with an SD card slot for plug-and-save solution, one eSATA port for external backup option, and two USB 3.0 ports for higher data transmission. Front mount tool-less drive bays with hot-swap capability are available on the DS214play to simplify hard disk installation and ensure system stability.
Also launched are the DiskStation DS414, which supports task-intensive SMBs, and DS114, that promises individual users to get the most with least investment.
Featuring 1.33GHz dual-core processor with floating-point unit, 1GB RAM, dual LAN, two USB 3.0 ports and the new tool-less HDD trays, DS414 stands out as one of the best values in 4-bay NAS devices available in the market presently. To ensure optimal services uptime, DS414 is equipped with dual LAN network failover support to maximize system availability. With link aggregation enabled, DS414 achieves over 135.63MBps writing speed under RAID 5 configuration in a Windows environment, and over 207.07MBps reading.
Synology DS114 is a compact, all-purpose NAS targeted at small business and home users, as a one-bay value model, delivering remarkable read/write performance - over 108.32MBps reading speed and 71.83MBps writing speed in a Windows environment. With DDR3 512MB RAM, twice the size of its predecessor, DS114 exhibits a surprising boost in multi-tasking performance. It also comes with two USB 3.0 interfaces with up to 5Gbps transmission speed, and an eSATA interface to power an external hard drive. In spite of its size, DS114 is extremely versatile as it shares the rich reservoir of applications available in DSM Package Center.
Both the DS414 and DS114 run on the DSM 4.3 platform, and are now shipping globally.