Turn Synology NAS into a VM Backup Appliance
Create your own, high-performance VM backup appliance by installing NAKIVO Backup & Replication directly on a Synology NAS! By taking full advantage of the latest technologies, Synology creates 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. Moreover, you are getting an all-in-one backup hardware, backup software, backup storage, and data deduplication solution in a single box. This results in a zero virtual footprint, less power and cooling, less maintenance, time, money, and – most of all – higher VM backup performance!
Boost VM Backup Performance
While NAKIVO Backup & Replication is already on par with or faster than the competition in terms of backup performance, you can get up to 2X backup speed boost when the product is deployed directly on a Synology NAS. This is because backup data is written directly to NAS disks, bypassing file protocols such as NFS and CIFS.
What does it mean in terms of backup speed? You can back up your VMs at over 1 gigabit per second (with data compression and deduplication turned on), fully utilizing the available NAS
Copy VM Backups to the Cloud
The only way to ensure that your VM backups are safe and available when you need them is to create backup copies and store them outside your datacenter. 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 Amazon cloud.
Save Storage Space
When installed on a Synology NAS, NAKIVO Backup & Replication can use all of the free space available on the device to store VM backups. To save storage space, the all VM backups are automatically deduplicated at the block level, ensuring that only unique data is written to the backup repository.
Data deduplication works globally across the storage, which means that all data blocks from all backup jobs are taken into account. On top of that, the product automatically compresses each block of data so it occupies even less storage space in the backup repository.
Improve Disaster Recovery
The 3-2-1 backup best practice suggests having 3 copies of data on 2 different media, 1 of which is stored offsite. So, you can move the 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.
The VM backup appliance 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 recoveries at any time. Just connect the appliance to a network, and instantly recover VMs, Microsoft Exchange objects, Microsoft Active Directory objects, and files of Windows-based and Linux-based VMs.
When a VM backup solution is deployed in a virtual infrastructure, it takes away some of the infrastructure resources (CPU, RAM, network). In contrast, the VM backup appliance based on Synology NAS 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. competitive backup appliances.