Synology Inc. is a Taiwanese corporation that specializes in network attached storage (NAS) appliances. Synology’s line of NAS are known as the DiskStation for desktop 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.
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. Both began to write a new operating system called Filer OS based on 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 the release of its first DiskStation, Synology Inc. has grown to about 450 employees worldwide. Both Liao and Wong are still with the company, with Liao serving as President of Synology America Corp. and Wong serving Chairman of Synology Inc.