With this new update, there are some slight changes to some packages, and a new one focusing on the BeePhotos functionality.
You have read it correctly! Looks like a new Synology operating system is coming on top of DSM and SRM covering their NAS and router lineup.
Named BSM, this new OS will likely be a result of a brand-new product line that we have yet to see. The install file (PAT) is already accessible on the archive site, under its own version, 1.0-65078.
What kind of product is it?
It is clear that this is a brand-new product line that deserves its own new OS. Some more information can be found inside the PAT file so let's see what's under the hood.
As it can be seen, the new OS will be based in some way on the DSM 7.2 by the looks of it, even though it is advertised as version 1.0 in the name.
Looking further, we can see the supported packages as well:
From this list, it is clear that it is some sort of a network device, that can work with some familiar apps, such as Hyper Backup, CloudSync, Photos, and Drive. We can also see File Station indicating it will not be a DAS (direct-attach-storage) but in fact some class of NAS.
Now speaking of packages, we can also reflect on the size of the PAT file. It is much larger than an average DSM install, almost double in some cases. The reason for this is that all of these packages are part of the OS installation. This indicates that this might be some sort of turn-key device that will be preinstalled with the OS and possibly with the apps as well.
The interesting bit that we can see here are names of two packages at the top. The bee-AdminCenter, and bee-Fonts. This could mean this is a brand new "Bee-like" device, that, unlike the recent official DAS model, the BeeDrive, is a bigger and more capable NAS version.
Regarding the BSM name, if we look at this URL, we can see that Synology registered back in August a new name, "BeeStation". A pretty easy guess is that BeeStationManager stands behind those three letters.
One last thing that the packages reveal is the CPU architecture being used, the ARM v8. Now at the moment, Synology is using Realtek RTD1619B as their v8 ARM chip, so the new device could be running the same one, especially if it's based on a DSM 7.2 as indicated by the VERSION file. On top of that, the VERSION file also references that same CPU with this parameter
Finally, checking the
synoinfo.conf file inside the PAT package we find one more evidence of the Synology BeeStation name:
upnpdevicetype="Synology BeeStation" upnpfriendlyname="Synology BeeStation Device"
The same file has a few more clues starting with the PAT name itself. While the BeeDrive comes in either 1 or 2 TB configuration, in their marketing name they use 1T or 2T lettering. If we follow the same logic, this new BeeStation has 4T in its model name
upnpmodelname="BST150-4T", indicating that this might be a 4TB device. Considering that the
support_raid_disk_replacement="no" parameter is set to
no might mean that this device will be a single bay device, and to back it up the number 1 in the model name could also indicate the same.
DSM 7.2 brought volume encryption support but this device will not support it on its BTRFS file system, but it will support share folder encryption on the other hand.
Bee AdminCenter and BeeStation features
Digging further into the SPK files that are part of the BeeStation PAT, there is more information to uncover. Looking into the Bee Admin SPK, we can learn a few details about the new upcoming platform.
Right off the bat, there is information that points to the usage of both local and remote accounts. The supported remote accounts are Synology Account, Google, and Apple ID. In order to be able to log in, the BeeStation will use local 6600/6601 (HTTP/HTTPS) ports, and to access it from outside our local network we will need to use (not sharing the URL) specifically created public portal for the BeeStations, and that leads us to one more discovery, the BeeStation itself.
As indicated by the information inside the PAT file itself, this does indeed look like a single-bay device that is not directly attached to a computer, but visiting the portal we can get some more information on the back of the unit as well.
From the images above, we can clearly see it is in fact a NAS device, but it also has USB ports on the back. That information with the fact that it has a HyperBackup package installed, tells us that we will be able to backup this device to an external device. On top of that, it will also support Synology's C2 as a backup destination.
Bee AdminCentral files tell us also that there will be several apps/modules that will be accessible from the user interface.
BeeFiles and BeePhotos are listed here which correlate to the two packages that are present inside the PAT. Looks like we will have the option to work with files as well as photos using these main apps.
Not much can be derived from the packages as those are not functional without the device but from the images above we can already see the direction this is going.
BeePhotos provides a series of smart and flexible features, allowing both photography lovers and home users to manage photos with ease.
Going back to the Bee Admin Center, we learned that with BeeStation there will be an option, as said before, to backup data both locally and using C2, but it looks like this device might also support multi-user configuration.
There is a whole section of strings that suggests email invites can be used to include new members and even share data among them. Transfer of ownership will also be an option. It is not clear if these users will need to be Synology Account official accounts or any 3rd party accounts, but my guess is the latter.
A large section of strings under the
backup_restore section also indicates all possible operations when it comes to backup and restore operations. While there is no point in listing them all, and the main was already said, there are several stings that do suggest end-to-end encryption of backups will be supported. This comes as no surprise, as again, the presence of Hyper Backup already guarantees it. HB supports client-side encryption and this is most likely that.
Finally, the rest of the sections reveal that there will be certain options that NAS users are accustomed to:
[hibernation] [notification] [storage] [support] [system] [unlink] [update]
These are not all the sections as some were already mentioned, but it is clear that the BeeStation with its BSM OS will have some of the functionalities that the NAS lineup with its DSM OS already has.
I was privileged to this information today by a friend of the site, John, that a new domain has been spotted that could point to more upcoming features with BeeStation, specifically with BeePhotos.
A simple site with a BeePhotos logo that has "BeePhotos" text, that's it. While that is nothing special to be excited about, the information in the name of the URL as well as its HTML document is.
This new URL references to Chromecast support for the BeePhotos platform. The means we will be able to access our photos and videos not just by using the BeeStation but also by casting its content onto a Chromecast device.
As it can be seen there are reference to both photo and video capabilities.
While there are no official images at this moment (other than the one above), this information is enough to get us going. The price or release date is also not known at this present point in time, but with the OS being already ready it could mean that the device is imminent.
Considering that the holidays are close, we might see a new product very soon. Any new information on this product will be covered by BLACKVOID as well as hands-on, when it hits in the future.