Turn Synology NAS into a VM Backup Appliance

Create a high-performance VM Backup Appliance by installing NAKIVO Backup & Replication Directly on your Synology NAS!
By taking full advantage of cutting-edge technologies, Synology produces a variety of NAS servers that help centralize data storage and backup in reliable and affordable ways. With NAKIVO Backup & Replication installed on a Synology NAS, all VM data protection components are unified in a single system that is fast to deploy and easy to manage, while also not consuming the valuable resources of your virtualized environment. You get a 4-in-one backup hardware, backup software, backup storage, and data deduplication solution in a single device. This results in a zero virtual footprint, less power consumption and cooling, less maintenance, time, and money, and – most importantly – higher VM backup performance! Download Synology Package Now!

Separate Backups from Your Infrastructure

Using a VM backup appliance built by installing NAKIVO Backup & Replication on a Synology NAS helps you separate VM backups you create from your infrastructure. As a result, you get the following benefits:

  • Your infrastructure resources are not consumed by backup workloads;
  • In case any component or the entire infrastructure goes down, you backups remain unaffected and can be used for recovery.
Synology VM Backup Appliance saves storage space
VM Backup Appliance absed on Synology NAS Boosts Performance

Improve VM Backup Performance

NAKIVO Backup & Replication provides the same or better VM backup performance than the competition. However, you can get up to 2X backup speed boost, as compared to VM-based backup solutions, when the product is installed on a Synology NAS. This is because backup data is written directly to NAS disks, bypassing network protocols, such as NFS and CIFS. In terms of backup speed, this means that you can back up your VMs at the speed of over 1 Gbit/s (with data compression and deduplication turned on), fully using the available NAS bandwidth.

Save Storage Space

When installed on a Synology NAS, NAKIVO Backup & Replication can use the entire free space available on the server to store VM backups. To save storage space, the product provides great built-in features:

  • Global data deduplication ensures that only unique data is written to the backup repository
  • Compression of each data block further reduces the data size in the backup repository
  • Skip swap files and partitions automatically excludes unnecessary swap data, which reduces the size of VM backups
Synology VM Backup Appliance saves storage space

Copy VM Backups Offsite and to the Cloud

Your VM backups can be lost any time and for different reasons, either due to a disk failure, malicious attack, or a mere human error. The best way to protect your VM backups and ensure backups are available whenever you need them is to create backup copies and store them outside of your datacenter following the 3-2-1 backup best practice, which suggests having 3 copies of data on 2 different media, 1 of which is stored offsite.

You can easily move a Synology-based VM backup appliance offsite – even to a place that does not have any virtual or server infrastructure – and use it to keep your primary or secondary VM backups. If a disaster strikes, you can restore either over the network, or move the VM backup appliance to the desired location.

If you don’t have a secondary location where you can securely store VM backups, your VM backup appliance built on Synology NAS can copy backups to cloud, such as AWS or Azure.

VM Backup Copy to Amazon Cloud
Synology DS415 VM Backup Appliance Improves Disaster Recovery

Improve Disaster Recovery

The VM backup appliance based on Synology NAS contains all you need for disaster recovery: hardware to run restores, backup data, and backup software. All these components are already configured, and the appliance is ready to start recovery at any time. Just connect the appliance to a network, and instantly recover VMs, Microsoft Exchange objects, Microsoft SQL Server Objects, Microsoft Active Directory objects, and files of Windows-based and Linux-based VMs.

Synology VM Backup Appliance Saves Budget

Save Budget

When a VM backup solution is deployed in a virtual infrastructure, it takes away some of the infrastructure resources (CPU, RAM, network bandwidth) for performing data protection. In contrast, the Synology-based VM backup appliance uses its own processing capabilities and, thus, frees up resources for other business needs. Also, there are fewer VMs to manage: instead of deploying and managing one or several VMs dedicated for data protection, you can just use the all-in-one VM backup appliance.

NAKIVO Backup & Replication can be deployed even on entry-level NAS servers priced under $500, as the product requires just 2 CPU cores and 1 GB of RAM to be fully operational, and still deliver high backup speeds. With NAKIVO Backup & Replication installed on a Synology NAS, you can save at least 5X vs. purpose-built backup appliances.

Innovabee GmbH

"The possibility to create a high-performance VM backup appliance with Synology NAS has tremendously improved backup performance. We achieve near-instant recovery of data and application with Flash VM Boot, and reduce storage space with data deduplication and compression."

Markus Kugler,
IT Manager, Innovabee GmbH

Diam Group

"Synology-based VM backup appliance is separate from our VMware environment and can be used for recovery even if a part of our infrastructure goes down. We spend 75% less time on IT administration with NAKIVO Backup & Replication. We can focus our attention on other tasks that drive our business."

Michael Spoljaric,
IT Specialist, Diam Group

Region Blekinge

"The reason I chose to install NAKIVO Backup & Replication on Synology NAS is because I wanted an off-host backup, so I can quickly restore even if one of ESXi hosts goes down. Otherwise it would imply having a separate server dedicated to VM backup, which would take up additional resources."

Oliver Sachse,
IT Technician, Region Blekinge

Virtual Computing

"NAKIVO Backup & Replication works out of the box and does not require extra hands to keep it going every day. With Synology NAS, VM backup performance is amazing, around 10X faster than our previous solution. Not only is the speed great, but I also enjoy the ability to have all components in one system. "

Robin Damen,
CEO and Owner, Virtual Computing


"With NAKIVO Backup & Replication, there is quite a large choice of deployment options, and Synology NAS being the best one. We use NAKIVO Backup & Replication to perform backups every day and it usually takes around an hour to back up two clusters with three servers each."

Kurt H.,
ICT Administrator at KSHP