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Synology simplifies storage management for small businesses

Between 2018 and 2025, worldwide data is expected to grow 61% to 175 zettabytes – that’s 175 trillion gigabytes! Businesses are storing more data than they had in years past because it is valuable and it helps them make better business decisions. This means the need for data storage is growing as well. Small businesses do not have millions of dollars to spend on storage infrastructure, but they still must find a solution that delivers the same flexibility and interoperability that enterprise solutions do.

Small businesses can look to Synology for dynamic storage solutions. They offer cost-effective network-attached storage (NAS) products that are continually iterated with software and hardware innovations to enhance and simplify storage management. Small businesses often experience explosive growth and Synology NAS products are designed to help them scale seamlessly. Here are the top reasons a small business should implement Synology NAS products to fulfill their storage needs.

Public Cloud Integration

With its Cloud Sync, Synology brings the power of the hybrid cloud to small business. The hybrid cloud allows for the combined use of both private and public clouds. This feature allows Synology users to effortlessly connect their NAS (which serves the private cloud function) to their public cloud storage with environments such as Amazon S3 API, OpenStack Swift, or WebDAV protocols. This enables data to flow seamlessly between all connected environments and easily facilitates backups between the two. Also, administrators have full visibility into which user is synchronizing files across the NAS and the various public clouds in play. This visibility ensures that company policies and laws are followed when it comes to resource usage.

Intuitive User Interface

Every Synology NAS comes with DiskStation Manager (DSM), a proprietary web-based operating system that’s incredibly easy to use. DiskStation Manager makes it easy to enable server roles, storage roles, and application integrations for a variety of different functions. It also has a marketplace of downloadable applications to add more multimedia and business productivity functionality into the system. DiskStation Manager also makes it extremely easy to share files with third parties through its File Station feature, which streamlines permissions across a multitude of platforms, including Windows, macOS, and mobile devices.

Stalwart Security

All Synology products deliver a wide array of integrated security tools that are updated regularly.

The native Security Advisor feature saves users from having to conduct manual security audits by automatically removing malicious programs, identifying weak passwords, detecting suspicious logins, and delivering reports of system health.

To further protect the information stored, they leverage military-grade encryption and have native firewall capabilities that block unwanted IPs from accessing the system. It is also possible to configure a USB storage device as a physical key to easily mount encrypted shared folders. For those wanting to manage multiple domain names simultaneously, Synology products have the ability to handle multiple SSL certificates from a single device.

For every minor release of the DSM operating system, Synology releases bug fixes and critical security updates to continually secure the platform. They have also established the Product Security Incident Response Team (PSIRT), which manages the receipt, investigation, coordination, and public reporting of security vulnerability information for all NAS systems. When a vulnerability is discovered and submitted, Synology will make an assessment within 8 hours and fix the issue within one day, also alerting all customers of any known risks. Synology is an authorized CNA (CVE Numbering Authority) by the MITRE Corporation and is compliant with ISO/IEC 29147:2018 and ISO/IEC 30111:2013 standards.

No-License-Necessary Server and Desktop Backup

Synology has integrated Active Backup for Business (ABB) with its NAS products to allow users to easily create backups without having to pay for licenses. A NAS replication is created with just a few clicks, eliminating complex deployment processes. ABB also helps users avoid costly downtime by bringing applications and data back from disruptions rapidly. Time required to backup data is also greatly minimized with ABB without any sacrifices in data protection.

ABB allows users to back up unlimited VMWare and Microsoft Hyper-V virtual machines at no extra cost. It also provides PC protection, helping users back up critical digital assets and settings. Additionally, the Snapshot Replication feature allows small businesses to be doubly secure by facilitating replications of the backups BMR from one NAS to another in a different location.

All-in-One File Server

Many small businesses leverage NAS devices as file servers to store the bulk of their data as opposed to the native storage found in their servers. There are many benefits for doing this including cost optimization, space savings, and the ability to create automated backups of several computers.

The Synology NAS is much more than a storage device. By integrating downloadable applications from the DSM Operating System Package Center, it can serve as a photostream, mail server, or web hosting server. The Web Station feature allows users to easily host multiple websites with varying HTTP/HTTPS settings for each instance. Since the system is a NAS at heart, it works particularly well with database-driven websites.

Multimedia Management

With businesses using multiple means of communication, it’s key to have an efficient way of storing and distributing large media files. The Synology Photo Station, included with every NAS product, facilitates simple photo storage, sharing, and access for rapid retrieval. Synology Audio Station is a versatile music library that provides high-quality playback and efficient management of collections. Lastly, Video Station enables small businesses to efficiently stream video files to clients. These features also all allow files to be retrieved on the go through its mobile interface.

Synology NAS products small business should consider

There are several Synology NAS products to choose from. Below are two primary units and two expansion units that are best-fit for small business operations.

Synology RackStation RS2418+

For small businesses, the Synology RackStation RS2418+ is an ideal solution for centralized file storage, backing up employee workstations, and backing up distributed computing implementations. It includes a quad-core 2.1GHz processor and is extremely flexible with expandable storage and upgradable memory.

Synology RackStation RS819+

Taking up only one rack unit (RU), the Synology RackStation RS819+ is a compact and powerful entry-level storage solution for small and medium businesses. It sports a 64-bit quad-core 1.4 GHz processor and is ideal for high-performance storage and backup needs. It has plenty of room for expansion and can scale to fit a small business’s needs with the ability to support eight hard drivess when the expansion unit is attached.

Synology RackStation RX1217

The Synology RackStation RX1217 is all about scale. It has 12 additional drive slots to accommodate growth and allows the systems RAID volume to be expanded without reformatting existing drives. If the product is used as a separate volume, it’s an ideal backup for other Synology NAS RackStation products.

Synology DiskStation DX1215

When your existing Synology DiskStation products need additional drives, the Synology DiskStation DX1215 is the ideal expansion unit. It offers 12 bays for your storage capacity to scale up easily. This product connects to other Synology NAS units via a 6Gb/s connection, making it a seamless extension for Synology DiskStation products. When created as a separate volume, the Synology DX1215 is a strategic backup solution for local drives as protection against system failure.

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