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Nov 11 2011   12:00PM GMT

Synology announces new NAS models with mobile support

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Synology America Corp. this week announced a pair of new rack-mountable NAS models aimed at small businesses that rely on the company’s DiskStation Manager software.

The company said the new models – the RS212 and the RS812 – are both designed to support iSCSI and VMware, Citrix and Hyper-V.

The company says the RS812 can be used as centralized backup target and that PC users can back up their data to Synology RS812 using Synology Data Replicator software, and Mac OS X users will have Apple Time Machine integration.

They’re also compatible with mobile devices running iOS or Android through a specialized app.

The RS212 is equipped with a 1.6Ghz CPU, 256MB of DDR3 memory, and can accommodate a pair of 3TB HDDs in a hot-swappable configuration.

The RS812 has the same CPU and double the amount of memory of its counterpart, plus can be loaded with up to four 3TB HDDs. (Synology said that the RS812 can be equipped with 24TB by adding the company’s four-bay RX410 expansion enclosure, which isn’t included.) The RS812 also uses a web-based backup program to any rsync server via an encrypted protocol.

Neither model is offered with disk drives, but they are compatible with either 2.5-inch or 3.5-inch SATA II drives.

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