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Synology, Inc.
Native name
Company typePrivate
IndustryNetwork-attached storage
FoundedJanuary 2000
  • Cheen Liao
  • Philip Wong
Area served
Key people
SubsidiariesSynology America Corp.
Synology France SARL
Synology GmbH
Synology UK Ltd Edit this at Wikidata

Synology Inc. (Chinese: 群暉科技; pinyin: Qúnhuī Kējì) is a Taiwanese corporation that specializes in network-attached storage (NAS) appliances. Synology's line of NAS is known as the DiskStation for desktop models, FlashStation for all-flash models, and RackStation for rack-mount models. Synology's products are distributed worldwide and localized in several languages.

Synology's headquarters are located in Taipei, Taiwan, with subsidiaries located around the world.

In 2018, product review website Wirecutter described Synology as a "longtime leader in the small-business and home NAS arena," albeit still a newcomer in the field of Wi-Fi routers.[1]

Company history

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Synology CTO Derren Lu

Synology Inc. was founded in January 2000 when Cheen Liao and Philip Wong left Microsoft to pursue an independent project. Liao was a development manager in the Microsoft Exchange Server Group, while Wong was a Sales Director for Microsoft in Taiwan. The two began to write a new operating system called Filer OS based on Berkeley Software Distribution (BSD), which was to be used with Fastora NAS hardware to create a NAS solution. To integrate their NAS software tightly with hardware, Synology released its first complete solution in 2004, the DiskStation DS-101. Since then, Synology has grown to about 650 employees worldwide.[when?] Liao and Wong are still with the company, with Liao serving as President of Synology America Corp. and Wong serving Chairman of Synology Inc.[when?]

DSM extensibility

DiskStation Manager (DSM) is a Linux-based operating system by Synology. Synology's software architecture allows for third-party add-on application integration. Hundreds of third-party applications are available in addition to Synology's own catalog. Command line access via SSH or Telnet is available. Access to development tools and APIs are also available on Synology's website. Third-party applications can be written in an interpreted programming language such as PHP or compiled to binary format. Public APIs allow custom applications to integrate into Synology's web-based user interface. Installers using the SPK format can install third-party applications directly on the DSM operating system.[citation needed]


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In 2014, a piece of ransomware emerged, dubbed "Synolocker," that targeted Synology devices.[2][3][4]

See also


  1. ^ Salter, Jim; Santo Domingo, Joel (2018-10-30). "The Best Wi-Fi Router for 2018". Wirecutter. Archived from the original on 2019-01-06. Retrieved 2019-01-06.
  2. ^ "Synology Advises Users of SynoLocker Ransomware". Archived from the original on 2017-01-06. Retrieved 2017-01-05.
  3. ^ "Ransomware attack hits Synology's NAS boxen". Archived from the original on 2017-01-06. Retrieved 2017-01-05.
  4. ^ Liam Tung. "SynoLocker demands 0.6 Bitcoin to decrypt Synology NAS devices". Archived from the original on 2017-01-06. Retrieved 2017-01-05.

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