Thursday, January 21st, 2021

Synology DSM 7.0 Now Available as Public Beta

Synology DS220 NAS Server 16
The DS220+ is among many other Synology NAS server to get DSM 7.0.

If you’re a fan of Synology NAS server, you’re well aware of the software that powers your storage machine, the DiskStation Manager (DSM). Here’s some great news, the NAS maker announced today the beta availability of the latest DSM, version 7.0.

The first major release in more than four years

This is the first major release since DSM 6.0 came out in March 2016. It’s fair to say the new version will improve all aspects of a Synology NAS server, from the user interface to all other hardware functions.

Here’s the short list of what you can expect, according to Synology.

  • Redesigned storage management functionality for higher performance, reliability, along with more maintenance options to empower IT administrators
  • A host of usability and functionality improvements matched with improved security features such as a more secure and convenient authentication process
  • Added support for the Fibre Channel protocol to achieve the lowest-latency and overhead deployments
  • An all-new photo management experience with Synology Photos that is combining the AI-powered features of Synology Moments with the organizational flexibility of Synology Photo Station
  • New solutions, such as Hybrid Share that integrate cloud and on-premises storage, Active Insight that monitor aggregated performance and usage from a single portal, and backup solutions that combine bare-metal data protection with the convenience of the cloud.

At the same time, existing applications, available in DSM 6.0, that have been working great with likely remain or updated to compatible versions. In short, you will not need to pick and choose.

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The new interface of DSM 7.0.

Existing servers supported

Like previous versions, DSM 7.0 will support a large number of existing Synology NAS servers, going back as far as models released in 2013.

Here’s the complete list:

  • 21-series: DS1621xs+, DS1621+
  • 20-series: FS6400, DS1520+, FS3600, SA3400, DS620slim, SA3600, RS820RP+, DS420+, DS720+, DS920+, FS3400, DS220+, RS820+, SA3200D, DS220j, DS420j, DS120j
  • 19-series: DS419slim, DS119j, RS1219+, RS1619xs+, DS1819+, DS2419+, RS819, DS1019+
  • 18-series: DS218play, DS218, DS418, RS818+, RS818RP+, FS1018, DS218+, DS418play, DS918+, DS218j, RS3618xs, DS3018xs, DS1618+, RS2818RP+, DS118, DS418j, RS2418+, RS2418RP+, DS718+
  • 17-series: RS18017xs+, DS1817, DS1517+, DS1817+, DS3617xs, RS3617xs, RS3617RPxs, FS3017, RS4017xs+, DS1517, RS3617xs+, RS217, FS2017
  • 16-series: DS216play, DS916+, DS116, DS216, RS2416+, RS2416RP+, DS216j, DS416slim, DS216+, DS216+II, DS416play, DS716+II, RS18016xs+, DS416, RS816, DS416j, DS716+, DS216se
  • 15-series: RC18015xs+, DS715, DS115j, DS115, DS215j, DS1515+, RS815RP+, DS3615xs, DS215+, DS415+, RS815+, DS1815+, DS2415+, DS1515, DS2015xs, DS415play, RS815
  • 14-series: DS114, DS414slim, DS414, DS214se, RS3614RPxs, RS814, DS214+, RS3614xs, RS3614xs+, RS814+, DS214play, RS814RP+, RS2414+, RS2414RP+, DS414j, DS214, RS214
  • 13-series: DS213j, RS10613xs+, RS3413xs+, DS2413+, DS1813+, DS1513+, DS713+

Needless to say, all future models will also run DSM 7.0 out of the box.

Availability

You can download DSM 7.0 Beta right now (no registration necessary) and install it on your server manually.

Note: Depending on the server model and the number of apps, the update will take between 10 to 40 minutes and you will not be able to roll back to DSM 6.0, even when you reset the server. Apart from the OS itself, all Synology apps will also be upgraded to the newer beta versions.

The final release of the operating system will be available in early 2021 as a free update to all supported servers.

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