Synology’s primary product is the Synology DiskStation Manager (DSM), a software package that
is the operating 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 July
2012, Synology has provided these updates free-of-charge, and are available for DiskStations for as
long as the hardware can support the newer functions of the DSM.
The Synology DiskStation is the 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 Synology RackStation 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” 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.For more detail