Synology is one of the world’s leading manufacturers of network attached storage (NAS) appliances. NAS systems are network devices that have multiple hard disk drives, typically configured in a redundant fashion, and make a large repository of storage capacity available for the entire network at an inexpensive price. They are widely by businesses of all sizes and even homes to store data centrally and/or backup files from multiple computers.

Synology has many models of NAS units to fit your specific needs and budget. They have desktop models, called DiskStations, rack-mounted Models, called RackStations, and FlashStations that provide SSD based storage. They have models that can store up to 1800TB, with the use of expansion units, and are classified into four families of NAS products: (1) the FS/XS(+) Series, (2) Plus Series, (3) Value Series, and (4) the J Series. The FS/XS and the Plus series are geared toward the Enterprise and other business needs. Some of the Value series models can fit small business application needs, while the J series is a good fit for home applications. Please contact us if you need help in deciding which unit would be a good fit for your needs. Alternatively, you can take advantage of the Synology NAS Selector tool.

Synology Software Features

Synology comes with a host of features that allow you to maximize on your NAS investment. Some of the more widely utilized ones are –

File Sharing – Easily share files across multiple platforms – whether it is Windows©, Mac© and Linux©. File Station enables you to search, explore and organize files with just a few clicks. This handy and easy to use file explorer tool allows you drag and drop files on PC or Mac. You can also access your files using mobile apps on Andriod, iOS and Windows Phone.

Synology Cloud Sync to Public CloudCloud Syncing – CloudStation Suite allows you to synchronize data across all your devices such as computers, servers, mobile devices and other Synology NAS units. This helps you automatically update files across all devices. You can link your NAS to public cloud services such as Amazon Drive, Dropbox, Google Drive, Google Cloud Storage, Microsoft OneDrive, OpenStack Swift, and much more. (Read more)

Backup – The backup tools that come with Synology DiskStation Manager (DSM) 6.0 help you protect your data against unexpected hardware failure, natural disasters, or simple accidental deletion. It allows you to backup exactly what you want whether it is by folders or file type and/or size. You can schedule real-time full backups and incremental backups with version history so that you can go back in time & recover files that were overwritten or accidentally deleted. Snapshot replication helps your business by enabling scheduled near-instantaneous encrypted data protection of documents and virtual machines. Hyper Backup helps you do multi-version backup while minimizing storage capacity consumption. (Read more)

Multimedia – Tools like Video Station, Photo Station, Audio Station and iTunes server creates more possibilities for experiencing your multimedia content across all devices anytime, anywhere. The intuitive browser-based interface makes it very easy to use and lets you spend more time enjoying it rather than managing it. (Read more)

iSCSI & Virtualization – Synology provides storage solutions for virtualized environments with high performance and reliability, allowing large and demanding enterprises to ensure business continuity and efficiency. Features like SSD cache deliver high performance without breaking the bank and tools such as the Storage Manager provides easy management for the administrator. A host of other features like Windows ODX integration, LUN Snapshot/Clone, VMware Site Recovery Manager makes Synology NAS a great suitor for virtualized environments. (Read more)

Management – DSM helps you configure, maintain, and monitor your NAS in a meticulous manner and it has powerful tools to control access to your files. Apart from access control based on individual account, user group or IP address, it also supports Windows ACL to achieve file-based granular via an intuitive user interface. Most businesses have domains setup on their network and Synology supports Windows Active Directory (AD) or LDAP to eliminate the need for maintaining multiple sets of users and their credentials. Many other features are included for network management and maintenance.

Add-on packages – There are many add-on packages available to expand the value and functionality of your Synology NAS. You will be able to download and install the packages designed specifically for your unique needs, whether it’s sharing files on the cloud, sharing photos on an online album, setting up a VPN environment or even antivirus to protect your system. All the available packages can be found and installed from the Package Center, with just a few clicks. (Read more)

Synology Online DSM Demo

A list of all the features and tools that are included in the DSM are available here. If you would like to test drive the DSM software, please visit the Synology DSM Demo/Simulation site. Click on the ‘Try it now for free’ button.

Please contact us to know more about Synology and learn how it can help play a major part in your Backup and Disaster Recovery strategy for your servers + workstations.