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Synology Inc, founded in April 2000, is an international company that produces network attached storage appliances
for the SOHO
. Synology aims to provide people an innovative way of sharing and storing digital contents. Synology servers bear a small footprint, are designed to be energy conscious and are designed to be user-friendly. Synology target customer group are power users
, small offices and businesses. The customer’s investment is further protected with free firmware updates, which often introduce new functions, along with an online support staff and a lively community forum
, where Synology and advanced Synology users provide mutual support and share ideas relating to Synology products.
Synology products are sold around the world, popular in Europe, Asian, and Japanese markets. For the North America, units can be found from popular online retailers, such as Newegg and Tigerdirect.
All product series are based on Linux
, which is a GPL
but only Windows and Mac OS X clients are supported.
They can nonetheless be used from Linux clients (after installation from a supported OS), though filenames being case-insensitive can cause problems for Unix systems.
The Disk Station is a single or dual bay enclosure
, similarly sized to an external CD-Rom drive
, designed to meet the storage needs of most small offices or home users. Currently, the Disk Station supports either one or two terabytes
of total storage, depending on which model is used.
The Cube Station is a quad-bay shoe-box sized storage device, designed to meet the needs of those who require capacious amounts of storage; up to four terabytes of total storage is available to the user. The Cube Station typically black, or white/silver in color, depending on which model is used.
The Rack Station is quad-bay 1U format Rack Mount
storage server, designed to be installed in a Rack Mount Environment. Similar in capabilities as the Cube Station, the Rack Station adds the capability of using Hot-Swap Hard Drives
In general, most of the Synology devices have the same set of features and or capabilities (some of the lower end models do not feature the security capabilities which the higher end models have to offer, such as SSL
capabilities). The differences between all of the models mainly lie in the amount of performance or storage capacities which are required by the user. All products have an Ethernet
port, while some models feature an eSATA
port for connecting External Hard Drives. By default, users purchasing a Synology NAS do not come with Hard Drives; these will have to purchase separately.
The ability of Synology’s servers evolves over time, as Synology aims to release new capabilities to each of their products. However, the primary purpose of the Synology product is to expand or supplement the storage needs of the user, using the Network Attached Storage structure. Along with expanding storage, the Synology server is capable of performing data back up
purposes for Windows
users, or to backup to other Synology/Rsync
servers, using the RSync Protocol. Along with these basic necessities, the Synology server is capable of multimedia streaming via the UPnP
protocol or it can behave as Print Server
. And finally, with its integrated Apache
, and PHP
engines, the Synology Server is capable of being a light-weight web server
, or perhaps a small Blog