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More NAS vendors add Lion support

Tuesday, September 13, 2011

Four more manufacturers of network attached storage (NAS) devices continue to release upgrades that enable Lion users to access them over AFP. The is the latest round of updates responding to Apple's changes to the Apple File Protocol in Lion, which left many NAS devices incompatible with Lion, and in particular, Time Machine backups, which require AFP.

LaCie shipped final versions of its Lion-compatible NAS firmware, NAS OS 2.0, which it first released as beta software. Also new is a new user interface and automated RAID modes, which enable you to expand from one to a multiple drives, and switch between RAID 1 and RAID 5 modes without losing data. NAS OS 2.0 also includes new power-saving features. In addition to supporting AFP, NAS OS supports Windows and Linux with SMB and NFS file sharing protocols.

Last week, Synology released DiskStation Manager 3.2, which also had been in beta for several weeks. The update works with Synology's DiskStation NAS devices series x08 and later. In addition to Lion and Time Machine compatibility, the new version adds LDAP directory service to the devices, as well as the ability for the devices to act as LDAP clients. The update provides management features from mobile devices, and the ability to print from mobile devices using Google Cloud Print. Mobile devices can now use AirPrint to access multifunction printers.

QNAP released version 3.5 of its NAS firmware for its Turbo NAS series. In addition to Lion and Time Machine compatibility, the update has a number of new features. The version 3.5 firmware update also enables the device to join an LDAP server, allowing LDAP domain users to access the NAS. New security enhancements include antivirus management and drive encryption. New RADIUS service provides RAIDUS-client-enabled devices with centralized account management and authentication for network access. Support for Windows Live Messenger notification sends error and warning alerts to predefined Windows Live accounts.

Thecus Technology has released version 5 of its firmware for its line of NAS devices. Thecus doesn't say specifically which models the firmware is for, but the company did say in its support forum that the updated does not work with the N5200/N5200pro models.

Previously, we've previously reported that Netgear updated its NAS firmware for Lion compatibility.

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