Synology Inc. today announced the release of a new 5-bay expansion unit, the DX513, a quick and effortless storage expansion solution for selected DiskStations with hot-swappable drive design aimed at businesses and power users. As storage drives on Synology DiskStations reach their capacity limits, the DX513 provides an immediate solution to remedy this by scaling up DiskStation storage allowance through an additional five bays. RAID volume expansion can be directly performed by the paired DiskStation without reformatting existing hard drives; this allows continuous service uptime for the paired DiskStation throughout the storage expansion process. Furthermore, DX513 can function as a great alternative local backup solution if created as an independent volume for the paired DiskStation. DX513 pairs to DiskStations via an eSATA cable with unique connector design on both ends to ensure reliability. Maximum throughput at 3.0 Gb/sec allows DX513 to operate coherently with DiskStation as one single unit. DX513 is designed with the same energy efficiency concepts as Synology’s DiskStations, with hard drive and system hibernation modes that can be configured to operate automatically when the system has been inactive for a period of time. DX513 can also automatically power on/off with paired DiskStation, so no user intervention is required to keep the system running intelligently and efficiently. For more information, visit the product page. A list of compatible DiskStation NAS models can be found here.