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Two-bay NAS offers AES encryption

May 18, 2010 — by Eric Brown — from the LinuxDevices Archive — 8 views

Synology America announced a two-bay, Linux-based networked-attached storage (NAS) device for the SMB market, integrating a 256-bit AES hardware encryption engine. The DiskStation DS210+ can hold up to 4TB of internal storage, consumes 30 Watts, and includes the new Synology DiskStation Manager 2.3 software, with improved RAID setup and security features.

The Synology DS210+ is intended for small businesses, as well as mobile or branch offices that require on-site storage while maintaining a connection to centralized data, says the company. It fits in between the company's entry-level DS210j two-bay NAS model, which offers an unnamed 800MHz processor, and the company's newer, far more expandable DiskStation DS710+. (The latter runs on an Intel Atom D410 "Pineview" processor, and can hold up to 14TB via an optional seven-bay expansion enclosure.)

Synology DS210+

The DS210+ is notable for being equipped with a 256-bit AES hardware encryption engine that can offload security encryption processing away from the CPU, an unnamed 1GHz processor. The hardware-based encryption helps boost reading by about 200 percent compared to a pure software encryption solution, claims Synology.

In a Windows environment, the Linux-based Synology DS210+ delivers 108+ MB/sec reading and 58+ MB/sec writing performance, claims the company. The device's web server, meanwhile, was said to be benchmarked at 78.14 seconds for completing 1,000 simultaneous requests.

Equipped with 512MB RAM, the DS210TB offers two bays for up to 4TB storage, supporting either SATA II hard disk drives (HDDs) or SATA solid-state drives (SSDs), says Synology. Up to 4TB of external storage is also supported, for 8TB total, via an eSATA port, and three USB 2.0 ports, says the company.

DS210+ port detail
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Other hardware features include a gigabit Ethernet port with Wake On LAN. The 8.6 x 6.3 x 3.5-inch system is claimed to consume only 30 Watts in typical operation and 14.4 Watts in hibernation.

Specifications listed for the DS210+ include:

  • Processor — 1GHz processor with floating point
  • Memory — 512MB memory via 64-bit DDR 533MHz memory bus
  • Storage — Up to 4TB via 2 x bays for SATA II HDDs or SATA SSDs
  • External storage — Up to 4TB; 1 x eSATA port
  • Networking — 1 x gigabit Ethernet port
  • USB — 3 x USB 2.0 ports
  • Other features — Wake on LAN; power recovery; HDD hibernation; reset button
  • Power — 100V to 240V AC input; 30 Watt consumption (14.4 W in hibernation)
  • Operating temperature — 40 to 95 deg. F (5 to 35 deg. C)
  • Noise level (fan only) — 24dB(A)
  • Dimensions — 8.6 x 6.3 x 3.5 inches (218 x 161 x 88mm)
  • Weight — 2.2 lbs (0.98 kg)
  • Operating system — Embedded Linux; supports Windows, Mac, and Linux desktop environments

Synology DiskStation Manager 2.3

The DS210+ ships with the new 2.3 version of Synology's Linux-based Synology DiskStation Manager (DSM) software, which is compatible with Linux, Windows, and Mac workstations. New features include encryption, backup to Amazon's S3 cloud storage service, and a Synology Hybrid RAID feature touted for quick, easy setup of RAID volumes.

DSM 2.3 adds an iPhone DS cam for remote access to the updated Surveillance Station 4 application. The latter offers a centralized surveillance interface for up to 20 IP cameras.

The enhanced web server, meanwhile, is said to support the hosting of up to 30 websites, says Synology. In addition to the encryption support, security functions now include HTTPS, a built-in firewall, and IP auto-block support. Other DSM 2.3 features are said to include a Mail Station app.

Pre-existing DSM features include automated backup, remote file sharing, iSCSI target support, and multimedia streaming via a DNLA-compliant media server. Like DSM 2.2, version 2.3 also offers a Photo Station 3 photo management application, a built-in PHP + MySQL server, a printer server, as well as download and audio applications.

In addition, DSM supplies an iTunes server, and is said to support Apple's Time Machine, as well as two iPhone Applications: DS audio and DS photo.


The DiskStation DS210+ is available in both diskless and pre-installed configurations. The diskless model is currently shipping in the U.S. and Canada. The pre-installed configuration, called the DS210+ 2100, will be available soon in U.S., says Synology.

Pricing was not provided, but further information may be found here.

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