From large scale enterprises, small and medium businesses, to home users, Synology offers a wide range of products to meet all levels of requirements, while sharing some similar characteristics – reliable, versatile, and eco-friendly.
SynologyDiskStation Manager (DSM)
Synology’s primary product is the SynologyDiskStation Manager (DSM), a Linux based software package that is theoperating system for the DiskStation and RackStation products. The Synology DSM is the foundation of the DiskStation, which integrates the basic functions of file sharing, centralized backup, RAID storage, multimedia streaming, virtual storage, and using the DiskStation as a network video recorder. Synology also provides free mobile applications for its users, including support for iOS, Android, Windows Phone, and Kindle Fire. Synology offers frequent updates to its DSM, with major updates happening twice a year and minor updates throughout the year. As of August 2013, Synology has provided these updates free-of-charge, and they are available for DiskStations for as long as the hardware can support the newer functions of the DSM.
The SynologyDiskStation is the network attached storage (NAS) appliance which is produced to run the Synology DSM OS. The DiskStation is a pedestal/tower embedded NAS appliance, which ranges from one-bay to as many as twelve bays within a single enclosure. Some models feature storage scalability, where physical units may be tethered together for additional storage, without the need for volume recreation or loss of availability.
The SynologyRackStation is “rack mounted” version of the DiskStation, that features all of the same abilities of the DiskStation with the exception that it is meant to be enclosed in a 19-inch rack cage. Some of Synology’s rack models feature redundant power supplies. As with its desktop-oriented brethren, select models of the RackStation also feature storage scalability.