Synology announced the general availability of DiskStation Manager 7.1, a significant feature expansion that brings even more data protection and system management capabilities designed to solve IT challenges.
Synology DiskStation Manager 7.1
“DSM 7.1 is an important evolution for one of the most widely used data management platforms in the industry,”
“Building on the solid foundation we set with 7.0, we can now focus on addressing the more specific challenges that our customers identify during their day-to-day use of the platform.”Shamrock Ko, System Product Management Team Manager
Core Storage Enhancements
DiskStation Manager 7.1 brings key improvements to the storage management experience. Starting with the introduction of file aggregation portals, it adds SMB DFS capability to enable administrators to link together multiple systems. This provides more convenient file access for end users by removing the need to remember separate addresses.
The new user interface introduced in 7.0 has been further optimized by consolidating background tasks into an administrator-friendly overview. This provides greater transparency into what is happening on the system, even across different user accounts. For High Availability clusters, users can now view and manage drives on both systems from a single instance of Storage Manager for easier maintenance and management.
On the performance side, DSM has long supported flash caching to boost random I/O performance cost-effectively. This new version will further economize SSD caching with the ability to speed up multiple storage volumes at the same time.
Full System Protection
DiskStation Manager 7.1 introduces complete, bare-metal level backups of the entire system. Powered by Active Backup for Business, the ability to image and replicate the entire system greatly accelerates recovery time objectives (RTO) in the event of a total site failure. Full system restoration capability also introduces a quick and convenient way to deploy identically configured systems.
In tandem with DiskStation Manager 7.1, Synology is launching several major enhancements to applications and services.
- Active Backup for Business: bandwidth control, expanded monitoring and reporting capabilities, and support for DSM backups
- Active Insight: centralized login activity and Hyper Backup task status monitoring, plus the ability to update monitored systems in batch
- Synology C2 Hybrid Share: C2 server-side snapshots in addition to local file- versioning provided by Synology Drive for easier restoration
- Directory Server: support for read-only domain controllers to improve deployment security and flexibility
- Synology Drive: expanded indexing capabilities, revamped mobile user experience, and improved monitoring/auditing capabilities
- MailPlus: Virtual DSM support, expanded management options, importing and migration improvements
- Virtual Machine Manager: storage I/O performance improvements and QoS capabilities
DSM 7.1 has reached general availability and is already being deployed to Synology systems.