- Synology - Your Own Cloud Storage
- The Birth of Synology
- Synology's Notable Milestones
- What is Synology Network Attached Storage?
- What is Synology NAS good for?
- Synology DiskStation Manager
- Synology DiskStation
Synology is a Taiwanese electronics data storage company that specializes in network attached storage (NAS) appliances. Their line of network attached storage devices are known as the DiskStation and RackStation. Their services and products are employed and in use in many corporations and organizations worldwide.
Synology has several offices located throughout the world, such as in France and the United Kingdom. Many of their products are also localized in several different languages to suit the different regions that utilize their products and services. Their current headquarters is located in Taipei, Taiwan.
Synology was first founded by Cheen Liao and Philip Wong in January 2000. The two founders were both originally from Microsoft, and they both left it to pursue an independent project; while at Microsoft, Cheen Liao served as development manager in the Microsoft Exchange Server Group, whereas Wong was a Sales Director in the Microsoft office in Taiwan.
When the two left Microsoft, they both began to write the Flier OS, a new operating system that is meant to be used with Fastora network attached storage (NAS) hardware to create an efficient NAS solution. While the Flier OS worked well as an operating system for the Fastora NAS hardware, Liao and Wong sought to further integrate both software and hardware together even better.
The want to provide a complete solution through better integration of software and hardware for a network attached storage gave birth to Synology's first complete product: The DiskStation DS-101. Ever since then, the company has grown to several hundred employees worldwide. Synology's mission today is to bring enterprise-grade network storage solutions affordable and usable for small to medium enterprise.
- January 2000: Synology is born.
- March 2003: Research and Development for the DiskStation Manager (DSM) and DiskStation DS-101 began.
- March 2004: The first complete NAS solution, the DiskStation DS-101 is launched.
- March 2004: Synology's first SATA-based NAS is launched, the DS-101g.
- June 2006: Synology America opens in Bellevue, Washington, United States.
- February 2008: Synology UK opens in Milton Keynes, England, United Kingdom.
- May 2011: Synology Germany opens in Dusseldorf, North Rhine-Westphalia, Germany.
- October 2015: Synology's first router is released.
Network Attached Storage, or commonly abbreviated as NAS, is quite simply what its name implies: It's a single or a set of storage devices that are connected to a network. Data that is stored in the connected storage devices are then accessible from a centralized location for authorized network users through the means of a network connection via a computer, laptop, tablet, or smartphone. It's quite simply like a private cloud storage service for an enterprise office, it's fast and less expensive – and potentially safer as you will have complete control.
A NAS solution is an incredibly convenient and intuitive way to access and store all of your data, whether in the office or at home. You can backup all of your files in your own private and secured cloud storage, and then share them with your office workers or family members, no more the need to pass a flash drive around to everyone.
NAS is incredibly cost efficient. It's much more affordable compared to an external cloud storage service. You can top it off easily if you need more space: Just add in another storage drive. Synology NAS is amazingly simple to operate, you most likely will hardly ever require the presence and service of a dedicated IT specialist to operate it. It's also easy to access through Synology's DiskStation Manager web-based operating system that is found on every Synology NAS. Having your own NAS is also more reliable and safer as you will have complete control over your data and any access points leading to it.
The web and Linux-based DiskStation Manager (DSM) operating system is Synology's main product. The operating system acts as the access and user interface of Synology DiskStations and RackStations – it's the very foundation of Synology's network attached storage devices.
It allows the user to perform basic functions such as file sharing, centralized backup, RAID storage, multimedia streaming, and virtual storage. The DiskStation Manager is also available as a mobile application for Android, iOS, Windows Phone, and Amazon's Kindle Fire. Synology frequently updates the DiskStation Manager on an annual basis, keeping it up to date with features and security.
The DiskStation is Synology's main hardware product. It's a network attached storage device that runs on the Synology DSM operating system. The DiskStation is quite like a tower of sorts that aggregates many storage devices together in its bays (which can have one to twelve bays, depending on the models). Some allow for plug-and-play upgrade of adding storage, without having to rebuild data or suffer from any data loss.