Regardless of how large or small your business may be, data is the most important aspect of running it. The loss of business data can end up costing you a lot of money. While corruption caused by hardware or human failure is one of the major threats to data security, seamless connectivity online and offline means malware and cyberattacks are also putting your data into serious danger.
Hence, it is imperative for enterprises, small-and-medium businesses, and individuals to back up data. Many businesses rely on online data backup for data protection to ensure that their valuable information is secure from theft, damage or the effects of a disaster. However, with cloud services, you never know where your data actually resides and how it is handled.
A Perfect Solution: NAS Drives
This is where a Network Attached Storage (NAS) device comes into play. NAS devices play a major role in today’s collaborative workspace. Their file storage, sharing and syncing capabilities have positioned them at the center of many business’ data storage structures, and the data they store is often essential to maintaining daily operations.
A NAS is an always online, always available backup medium so you don’t need to juggle multiple drives, tapes, CDs, DVDs and so on for backup schedules. A NAS also centralises all of your data backups and storage requirements to a single device. Using a NAS, you can push your entire network of workstation or server backups to a single destination rather than scattered around each machine.
Data security is built straight into the device, offering a secure backup destination, even on your network. This allows you to keep your backups centralised in your network but make sure the data is only accessible to those people that matter. In addition, NAS devices also ensure your data’s integrity through multiple-drive redundancy (RAID).
This is done through hardware-based RAID solutions to help alleviate the risk of drive failure for your backup data by maintaining redundant copies across multiple physical drives. This means when you back up to NAS that your backup data is stored in the safest way possible.
Why Synology’s Backup Solutions?
With more and more organisations going to the cloud or virtual environments, your business workloads are distributed so that it’s troublesome for IT to manage backup tasks from different platforms. A modern and integrated backup solution can help you centralize backup tasks from physical, virtual, and cloud environments.
However, hybrid environments mean inefficient data administration. Organisations are challenged with scattered business workloads in physical, virtual, and cloud environments. Also, when considering a modern backup solution, it often requires purchasing software licenses and storage servers separately, and backup software vendors normally use a subscription-based licensing model.
This is why Synology has integrated modern backup software features onto the Synology NAS, completely free of licenses. This means you get unified support service by complementing hardware with software, gain access to Active Backup free of charge, and benefit from Active Backup through the one-off purchase of a Synology NAS.
In addition, with Synology Drive, Synology makes it possible for every home and office to host your own cloud – with 100% data ownership and no subscription fees. Synology Drive totally changes the way we live and work, access and share data.
Synology’s Drive lets you build a powerful private cloud storage solution at a one-time cost. With large storage capacities from one to hundreds of terabytes (depending on your choice of Synology NAS and hard drives), Synology Drive makes files readily available whenever and wherever you need them.
Drive lets you seamlessly sync and backup data. You can work across computers in continuity using the desktop app. While the file is still on your native Windows, macOS, or Ubuntu interface, any changes you make to a file are automatically synced to other devices as soon as they’re connected.
Drive lets you:
Sync only what you need: You can decide whether you want to sync a Team Folder or files other users shared with you. You can also exclude specific formats or set a size limit to avoid unnecessary stuff taking up space.
Go back in time: If you still prefer that design you created a week ago, simply right-click to restore a previous version. Synology’s Intelliversioning algorithm pinpoints the most significant changes over a longer period of time, ensuring that the versions aren’t taken up by all those small recent changes.
Back up your files: You can automatically upload important folders so that you always have a copy in case of accidental deletion. The same versioning protects you from ransomware, too.
In addition, Drive also lets you streamline cross-office file sharing. In the globalised era, more companies than ever have teams working in different parts of the world that all require access to the same sets of files: marketing materials, financial records, internal software updates, and so on.
Limited bandwidth and network latency have posed a challenge to IT admins trying to make them available to a distributed workforce. Synology’s cross-office file syncing and sharing solution seamlessly synchronizes data across individual sites so that employees can focus on delivering the best results.
Deploy a Synology NAS with Synology Drive, wherever your remote teams are based. This can not only serve as their local file server but also keep specific folders synchronized on every NAS in real-time. With Synology Drive, you also have better control over versions and permissions.
You benefit from:
Historical versions: Up to 32 versions can be retained and restored in case someone needs to go back to a specific point in time, while the patented Intelliversioing technology helps you keep the most important changes.
Windows AD & LDAP Integration: IT admins at company headquarters can choose to manage global employee accounts by joining all NAS to the central Windows AD (including Azure AD) or LDAP domain, or offload the management to local admins by letting them set up user accounts for their server.
Windows ACL and data quota: Support for Windows ACL enables admins to assign granular read, write, or administration permissions to different departments, whereas user and shared folder-based quota minimize the chance of someone accidentally using up too much storage space.
For your salesforce on the road, Synology Drive allows them to retrieve files through a web portal, a mobile app, or even syncing the required folders to their computers for offline access. With Synology Office, multiple users can now simultaneously work on the same documents, spreadsheets or slides at the same time.
Shared links can be generated for any files or folders when it’s time to deliver the final work to external clients. As data are synced to several Synology NAS, this solution in effect provides additional redundancy for file servers at smaller branches.
Synology Active Backup Suite
Synology’s Active Backup Suite offers business-grade features without worrying about licenses. Active Backup offers centralised backup tasks for VMware, Windows, Office 365 and G Suite to Synology NAS, thus allowing you to manage everything from one simple console. The fast and reliable recovery delivered keeps services running, and making VMs and files instantly available.
With Synology NAS and the Active Backup suite, you can centralise your data administration, and streamline acquisition, deployment and technical support. With Synology Active Backup Suite you can benefit from:
Centralised Management: Easily manage, deploy, and monitor all backup tasks from one single console. Take immediate action with notifications and scheduled reports.
Maximize Backup Efficiency: Effectively reduce backup time and storage capacity with incremental backup and global deduplication technology.
Get Data Back in a Flash: Satisfy various recovery scenarios such as granular file-level, instant, and full VM, to instant restoration to Synology Virtual Machine Manager.
Active Backup for Business
Synology’s Active Backup for Business lets you consolidate backup tasks for physical and virtual environments, and rapidly restore files, entire machines, or VMs when necessary – completely free of licenses on compatible NAS models. With Active Backup for Business, all of your business workloads on your virtual machines can be protected.
Without installing an agent on the virtual infrastructure, all you need to do is connect to VMware vSphere and create a backup task and instantly restore virtual machines to VMware or Synology NAS to achieve RTO in seconds. In the event of disaster or service downtime, you can instantly restore a virtual machine on a production site or to Synology Virtual Machine Manager, with a single click.
Active Backup for Office 365
With Synology’s Active Backup for Office 365, you can take complete control over Office 365 data with an on-premises backup solution to protect your data in OneDrive for Business, SharePoint Online, emails, contacts, and calendar. You can also secure your SharePoint Online, Exchange Online, OneDrive for Business, emails, contacts, and calendars with the on-premises Office 365 backup solution.
Active Backup for Office 365 is a free add-on application coming with your Synology NAS. You can select an ideal Synology NAS to back up unlimited user accounts, as long as storage capacity allows – completely free of licenses. Businesses can enable continuous backup to minimize the risk of data loss while flexibly preserving backup versions by setting a specific time period for file retention.
If changes are made, data will be backed up. When a backed-up file is updated to a new version, its previous version will be preserved for the period of time you set for file retention, so that at least the previous version will be available for restoration. Thus, you can minimise required storage space with single instancing and block-level deduplication, so that identical items will only be stored to Synology NAS once.
Active Backup for G Suite
Synology’s Active Backup for G Suite allows businesses to control and protect corporate data stored on G Suite. Mail, contacts, calendar, and Drive data can be backed up and centralized to Synology NAS, protecting against accidental events and satisfying data retention needs.
You can back up your G Suite My Drive and shared drives, mail, contacts, and calendar, with this on-premises solution. My Drive, shared drives and the corresponding metadata, as well as Google online applications, are all supported for backup. Gmail data, along with labels, label structures, and attachments, can all be backed up.
Customer and partner relationships are key to business success. By backing up the contacts on G Suite, Active Backup for G Suite helps mitigate the risk of losing such assets. Active Backup for G Suite is a free add-on application coming with your Synology NAS. All you need to do is select an ideal Synology NAS to back up unlimited user accounts, as long as storage capacity allows – completely free of licenses.
Are you ready to optimally backup your data?
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