The Synology 2023 And Beyond event was held to tease what the company is working on for its next portfolio of products. While no physical enclosures were announced, we’re expecting to see some new NAS servers for consumers and businesses, as well as more details on available services as we move into the new year. Here’s all that was announced today.
What is Synology 2023 And Beyond?
Synology 2023 And Beyond is the company’s annual event where it’ll be announcing new products and services that are set to launch in 2023. You can expect to see announcements that cover next-gen NAS enclosures for both consumers and enterprises with new hardware and software to boot.
Synology’s competitors have already launched new enclosures, including ASUSOTR with the excellent ASUSTOR Lockerstor 2 Gen2 (AS6702T), and it’s time for the company to give its tried and trusted NAS a refresh. The Synology DiskStation DS220+ is still a great NAS today, but it’s also three years old.
Another big topic for Synology 2023 And Beyond is data protection. Synology will also be focusing on centralized backup solutions for business continuity. And consumers can take advantage of such measures given then there’s still a considerable portion of devices that aren’t backed up.
When was Synology 2023 And Beyond?
Synology 2023 And Beyond took place on October 27th, 2022 at 13:00 (UTC). The exact local time can be found on the official event website. The full keynote is also available for viewing on the site.
What was announced at Synology 2023 and Beyond
No new NAS enclosures were revealed, unfortunately. If you’re searching for a NAS today, we already rounded up the best NAS you can buy right now. Specifications for a potential Synology DiskStation DS923+ have been reported and that’s all we’ve got for a physical NAS.
Here’s what Synology announced during its event today:
An even more secure foundation
DSM 7.2, expected in early 2023, will introduce full-volume encryption, offering greater peace of mind while boosting storage performance by 48% over shared folder-based encryption. DSM 7.2 will also introduce “write once, read many” (WORM) folders. These tamper-proof folders prevent modification or deletion of data during a set period of time, and similar to new immutable backups in Hyper Backup which prevent any changes after creation, they help protect data against ransomware and cyberthreats.
Share and collaborate with ease
Updates to Synology’s private cloud solution, Synology Drive, help keep files safer during sharing between teams with watermarks and download policies. Remote wipe capabilities help minimize security risks by removing synced folders from stolen Windows and macOS clients. Automatic login with AD credentials following mass deployment, as well as the provisioning of backup and syncing tasks, make mass deployment simpler.
Sharing data over SMB will be safer and more efficient in DSM 7.2. Cross-protocol file locking between SMB file shares and Synology Drive ensures that in-use files are not edited or overwritten, and SMB multichannel transfer support makes use of all network connections available between servers and clients to greatly boost SMB file transfer performance.
Next-generation storage servers
Also launching in 2023 are new scale-out systems designed for file and object storage. Scale-out clusters will be considerably faster than Synology’s current largest solutions, with near linear scaling of performance and capabilities as more units are added.
The first generation of scale-out systems will support clusters of up to 60 servers for more than 12 PB of effective storage, over 60 GB/s sequential write performance, and more than 80,000 concurrent connections. The clusters will offer upwards of 99.99% availability and support Synology’s Hyper Backup and Active Backup data protection suites.
Worldwide backup management
A new management platform for Active Backup and C2 Backup aims to enable seamless management, deployment, and monitoring of backup tasks across an organization’s IT infrastructure, regardless of location or scale. The new platform brings together Synology on-premises and cloud-based solutions, providing IT admins and MSPs with the most efficient tools to protect and ensure timely recovery of any device or service.
Launching in early 2023, Synology 500 Series IP cameras will offer superior performance, security, and integration, with all camera settings managed directly from Surveillance Station. Edge AI capabilities, such as guarding intrusion detection zones, free up recording server resources to allow larger AI-powered deployments, while dedicated processing speeds up people and vehicle searches anywhere in the video frame.
Coming in two form factors, Synology 500 Series cameras feature 5 MP sensors for wide-angle 16:9, 3K (2880×1620) recording at 30 FPS. The cameras support PoE and are weatherproof (IP67), enabling flexible placement indoors or outdoors. Synology 500-series cameras are US NDAA/TAA compliant and are designed for security, introducing similar security innovations and hardening methods found on Synology enterprise products.
Automated breach and misuse detection
Active Insight is evolving to automatically prevent user activities in breach of data protection rules. The new data loss prevention feature monitors user activities such as logins, file access, sharing task creation, while comparing checksums of files that are uploaded or shared. When thresholds or rules are triggered, the system can either send alerts or take actions, such as disconnecting clients suspected of being infected by ransomware.
Securing devices and credentials
The Synology C2 Identity platform continues to grow, with a heavy emphasis on blending good security practices with convenience. In 2023, C2 Identity will receive several improvements to enable passwordless logins to both online and local services and devices. Integration with Windows Hello and Apple’s Face ID/Touch ID facilitates easy authentication on endpoints managed by C2 Identity.
And combined with an upcoming C2 Identity user portal, employees using managed endpoints can be automatically signed in to web services supporting SAML, with the option to enable 2FA for more sensitive services such as a company’s ERP or CRM systems.
A new Wi-Fi 6 router with advanced networking features
Building on the SRM 1.3 platform, the new WRX560 brings the same high-end network management features from the RT6600ax into a more affordable price point. With powerful internal dual-band radios and a 2.5GbE LAN/WAN port, WRX560 can easily be added as a mesh node to any RT6600ax router or utilized as a standalone solution for homes and offices. WRX560 is launching on Nov. 10, 2022, at an MSRP of $219.99.