Synology Boosts the Transfer Speeds of Its NAS Servers

New firmware delivers up to 18.8% transfer speed boost

By Sorin Nita on December 1st, 2011 12:54 GMT

Synology has just released a firmware update for its NAS servers, which significantly improves transfer speeds thanks to a new feature called PAT - Performance Acceleration Technology. 

The new update is called the DSM 3.2-1955 and is compatible with a wide variety of NAS servers from the company’s lineup.

With this new firmware, Synology promises to deliver speed increase between 9.04% for the DS411j and 18.86% for the DS111, with the DS212+ now being able to write data at 65.69 MB/sec.

“Synology strives to optimise the performance of its NAS servers, and today adds to its efforts with the ARM Performance Acceleration Technology,” said Evan Tu, software development group manager of Synology Inc.

“The Technology enables a DiskStation to surpass its limit, achieving an up to 18.8% gain in performance while ensuring system reliability and stability at the same time,” concluded the company’s rep.

In addition to the speed improvement, the DSM 3.2-1955 update also improves data transfer stability of USB 3.0 storage devices and the compatibility of iSCSI targets with ESXi servers.

The 3.2-1955 version of Synology’s DiskStation Manager operating system is available for download from the company’s website (make sure to get the appropriate version for your NAS), while the Synology Assistant tool required for updating the FW can be downloaded directly from Softpedia by following this link.

Among the supported NAS servers, there are also listed the DiskStation DS3611xs and the RackStation RS3411xs/RS3411RPxs models for SME environments.

These feature a 12 and respectively 10 SATA bays which also include four Gigabit Ethernet ports, optional 10GbE X2 add-on card, link aggregation support, and ECC RAM.

According to Synology, this configuration enables the two NAS servers to deliver data throughput in excess of 1,000MB/sec and 100,000 IOPS when link aggregation is enabled. Furthermore, this performance is available while using only 128W of power in operation and 78W when hibernated.
Synology DiskStation DS3611xs NAS server
   Synology DiskStation DS3611xs NAS server
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