Synology’s DSM 7.0 is here, and we have a Google Photos alternative too

June 28, 2021

Think Network Attached Storage [NAS] and Synology is near absolutely synonymous, shipping over 1.5 million units in 2021 alone, and with 8 million active users on the much-lauded DiskStation Manager (DSM) platform. DSM 7.0 started off as a beta build six months ago and is going live on June 29, following which you will get an update on your NAS.

DSM 7.0 and the new C2 expansion bring forward Synology’s new outlook on data management, as Synology seeks to push further with closer integration, bringing out the best of both on-premises and cloud architectures together.

Traditional centralized storage deployments can no longer keep up with ever-increasing bandwidth and performance demands. Edge cloud products, like Synology’s storage management lineup, are one of the fastest-growing solutions in the market today because they uniquely address the challenges that modern businesses meet. Focusing on enhancing security, system management capabilities, and improving data collaboration, DSM 7.0 is an enormous step forward for Synology’s NAS and SAN product lines.

The imminent release of DSM 7.0 aside, Synology has also announced a massive expansion of the Synology C2 platform with four new cloud services. Building upon the success of C2 Storage, Synology is rolling out both hybrid and cloud-only products, including a new password manager, directory as a service, cloud backup, and secure file transferring solutions. Synology is heavily invested in expanding the availability of its cloud platform by starting work on opening a new data center location to expand its services to the Asia Pacific region.

Launching together with the massive new update includes brand new hybrid-cloud services, such as Active Insight, a large-scale device monitoring and diagnostics solution, Hybrid Share, which combines C2 storage flexibility and synchronization capabilities with on-premises solutions, and C2 Identity, a hybrid cloud directory as a service to simplify cross-site domain management3. Together with platform improvements such as supporting up to 1 PB volumes for super-large tasks, DSM 7.0 also introduces security improvements in the form of Secure SignIn. This brand-new authentication system makes two-factor effortless and straightforward to use.

Launching immediately afterward, C2 Password, C2 Transfer, and C2 Backup are standalone solutions that address modern needs to protect passwords, share sensitive files, and back up any endpoints and common SaaS cloud services.

Already in the works is a new data center in Taiwan, which lies in the middle of all key markets in the Asia Pacific region. The expansion enables the entire C2 portfolio to be closer to customers, reducing latency and improving the end user experience in a manner similar to how Synology on-premises NAS and SAN solutions are doing for edge deployments.

Understanding how a NAS is the ideal offline Google Photos alternative, Synology is doubling down on that use case with Synology Photos, a unified photo backup solution. Photos merges Photo Station and Moments into a single service, giving you a powerful tool for backing up and managing your photos and videos.

Synology’s DSM 7.0, the next leap forward for the platform, will be released on June 29.

by Anil George
Avid follower of all things tech. In between his quest for the ultimate gizmo, Anil fiddles with light meters, collects rare books and feeds his fetish for Jap horror movies. As Managing Editor of T3 Middle East for the GCC, Anil oversees content direction across print and digital. He was a CES 2020 Innovation Awards Judge, reprising his role as an Innovation Awards Judge at CES 2018, CES 2017, 2016 and 2015. Anil is also the Middle East's first Brand Ambassador for Ashdown Engineering. Reach him at: