Synology America Corp. has launched its first 2013 models, the DiskStations DS213 and DS213+. The new 2-bay models are updated for home and office use.

The DS213 and DS213+ are built to save time and money and are designed to make cost-effective additions to nearly any network, according to Marivel Espinoza, product marketing manager at Synology America. Synology Hybrid RAID (SHR) simplifies volume management and allows for nearly instantaneous volume creation, he adds.

The new models offer performance improvements over their predecessors. The DS213+ even includes a hardware assist for better performance when using 256-bit AES encryption. Support for USB 3.0 allows for improved backup and restore times.

All Synology DiskStations feature the same DiskStation Manager (DSM) operating system. The Cloud Station package allows users to keep files in sync, whether in the office or on the go. Cloud Station allows remote assets to keep their files in sync without needing port forwarding, or leaving data on third party server. For more info go to .