Synology



  • Hi there,

    Who here has a Synology NAS?

    Just wondering how you have yours configured and how you're getting on with it?

    Everyone obviously has different methods of deployments.

    I have a 1513+ and been using it for a while, had it in the UK and brought it over to Australia, not many people know about them here strangely enough.

    Have deployed several and they work very well for low end stuff.

    Do you use yours as a centralised storage location?
    Do you use it to backup your home computers?
    Do you use it for streaming movies, along side Plex?
    Do you use it for music?

    What other uses do you have for it?

    Many thanks,

    Gabi.



  • I have one. I have an ioSafe model that can go through a fire. Pretty neat unit. It's a Synology inside a hardened chassis. I'm very happy with using Synology, very easy to use.



  • @scottalanmiller said:

    I have one. I have an ioSafe model that can go through a fire. Pretty neat unit. It's a Synology inside a hardened chassis. I'm very happy with using Synology, very easy to use.

    Yap, know what ioSafe is, very worthwhile investment!

    Do you replicate yours off site?

    It sure is a lot better than my Netgear NVX that I used to have and paid a lot of money for that 🙂



  • I have a small ReadyNAS that has been great and only $279!



  • Not replicating the ioSafe / Synology currently.



  • @scottalanmiller said:

    Not replicating the ioSafe / Synology currently.

    Maybe some of us should replicate to each other, save on costs and a good exercise.



  • @Gabi said:

    @scottalanmiller said:

    Not replicating the ioSafe / Synology currently.

    Maybe some of us should replicate to each other, save on costs and a good exercise.

    Only helps if you have lots of free space 🙂



  • It does, but not always all the data needs to be replicated. 🙂

    I have around 8TB spare at the moment.



  • @Gabi said:

    It does, but not always all the data needs to be replicated. 🙂

    I have around 8TB spare at the moment.

    Wow! That's a large amount of spare storage. How much are you actually using right now?



  • I don't have any Synologies at this point, as I really have minimal storage requirements. However, I've done many implementations. Mostly, I use it as a backup target for Veeam, via NFS when connected to an ESXi host/hosts, or via iSCSI if connected to a small offsite Windows box. It serves well for large-data sneakernet when moving many TB of data physically is the quickest option. In a pinch, it can be used to temporarily spin up some critcal VM workloads from backup/replica if the main storage fails.

    The most unique implementation I've done is a clustered pair for an SMB as a replacement for their file server. FileStation was used for file sync when field engineers needed to store local data, and it would sync up the next time they were in the office or on the VPN. DR was a breeze with both local USB backup and Amazon glacier backup.
    *Edited for spelling



  • I have a 4TB DS412+ that is my central storage device now. Other services include SMB/NFS (still working through some issues) , SMTP, File Server Antivirus and a backup VPN server. It's also a backup target and works beautifully

    If I were to use a NAS at home, it would be a Synology unit. .



  • I have a DS211J at home. I back it up to an attached USB hard drive as well as use iDrive from my laptop to back it up to "the cloud". I don't really use any of the extra features, just the shared folders and the time backup (kinda like VSS).

    I have a client with a Rackstation 2211RP+ with an attached RX1211 expansion unit. It works very well and is rock-solid. Again just using the shared folders on an AD network.


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