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 range of NAS servers that help centralize data storage reliably and affordably. 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 easily managed. Furthermore, the appliance does not consume the valuable resources of your virtualized environment. You get a 5-in-one solution: backup hardware, software, storage, data deduplication, and backup to cloud in a single device. This results in zero virtual footprint, lower power consumption, less maintenance, and – most importantly – up to 2X higher VM backup performance. NAKIVO Backup & Replication on Synology NAS saves you time and money. Download the 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 the 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, your backups remain unaffected and can be used for recovery.
Improve VM Backup Performance
NAKIVO Backup & Replication provides all the industry standard features. However, you can achieve up to double the backup speeds vs. 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 speeds 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 device, NAKIVO Backup & Replication can use all the 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’s size in the backup repository
- The skip swap files and partitions option automatically excludes unnecessary swap data, resulting in much smaller VM backup increments
Copy VM Backups Offsite and to the Cloud
Your VM backups could be lost at any time, whether due to a disk failure, malicious attack, or mere human error. You can protect your VM backups and ensure they are available whenever you need them by creating backup copies. You can store your backup copies outside of your datacenter in accordance with the “3-2-1” best practice for backup, 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 location that does not have any virtual or server infrastructure – and store your primary or secondary VM backups there on the device. If disaster strikes, you can either restore 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 AWS or Azure clouds.
Improve Disaster Recovery
The VM backup appliance based on Synology NAS contains everything you need for disaster recovery: hardware to run restores, your backed up data, and the 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 or Linux-based VMs.
When a VM backup solution is deployed in a virtual infrastructure, some of the infrastructure resources (CPU, RAM, and network bandwidth) are used for performing data protection operations. In contrast, the Synology-based VM backup appliance uses the device’s own processing capabilities, thus freeing up your production resources for other business needs. This also reduces the number of VMs to manage: instead of deploying and managing one or more VMs 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 while still delivering high backup speeds. With NAKIVO Backup & Replication installed on a Synology NAS, you can save as much as 5X vs. comparable purpose-built backup appliances.