Synology has just introduced an updated version of the high-performance 4-bay DiskStation DS412 NAS (Network Attached Storage) server, the DS412+, which adds a couple of new features to its predecessor.In order to build the DS412+, Synology started by redesigning the case of its previous model so that it could add hot-swap support, as well as a new cooling system.
This uses a series of passive CPU heatsinks and dual exhaust fans that control their rotation speed according to the temperatures recorded inside the NAS case.
Another modification brought to the DS412+ when compared to its predecessor, is the inclusion of a front panel USB 3.0 port, which makes this Synology's first 4-bay server to add support for this interface.
Two more USB 2.0 ports are available in the back of the DS412+, where users will also find two Gigabit Ethernet ports with failover and link aggregation support.
According to Synology, when used in the latter mode with a RAID 5 HDD setup, the DS2411+ can deliver read and write transfer speeds of up to 205MB/s and 182MB/s, respectively.
Thanks to its comprehensive iSCSI support, the DS2411+ can be seamlessly integrated with a wide series of virtualization solutions, including VMware vSphere, Citrix XenServer and Microsoft Hyper-V.
Synology’s NAS is said to consume 44W of power when in full load, while in hibernation this figure drops down to 15W, through CPU underclocking and HDD suspension.
"With the attractive new case design and DSM 4.0, the DS412+ should make a welcome addition to nearly any office," said Doug Self, product marketing manager at Synology America Corp.
"Priced under $650, it makes for an excellent value," concluded the company’s rep.
The Synology DS412+ NAS server should be available as we speak from various online, but also brick and mortar, retailers.