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!

Synology VM Backup Appliance saves storage space

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.
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.

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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.

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"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

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"The ability to create a VM backup appliance by installing NAKIVO Backup & Replication directly on a Synology NAS was the best decision ever. The biggest benefits right now that we see are the value, simplicity, and the ease of use and configuration."

Tony Alcaraz,
Corporate Director of Information Systems at COZZINI LLC.

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"After installing the software on a Synology NAS, I have greatly reduced my personal time on backup administration. Due to the intuitive web interface, I schedule the jobs and just leave them and only check the notifications that I receive by email."

Edwardson A. Pedragosa Jr.,
Network Administrator at the Asia-Pacific International University

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"With NAKIVO Backup & Replication installed on a Synology NAS, all built-in components are integrated together, so it is fast to deploy and easy to manage the product."

Darin L. Land,
Director of Information Technology at LRP law firm

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"The ease of use that we get from NAKIVO Backup & Replication and the stability of Synology NAS server is definitely a winning combination. I also like how easy it is to operate the software within the web interface, since you cannot get lost in the settings."

Steven Schmidt,
System Administrator at One World Direct