You need a reliable storage to store all your important data: that’s what DiskStation brings to your business. Storage Manager in DiskStation consolidates everything and oversees your entire storage space, hard disk status, as well as iSCSI targets and LUNs.
Before, when a volume is built its size is locked and can’t be altered – many IT administrators had to set the limit high initially in case they ever needed more space. Fact: the space was never used up. DiskStation lets you create multiple volumes on the same RAID. In a business environment, it means you can give each team just enough storage space and see storage utilization reaches 100%.
The Global Hot Spare feature is a failover mechanism that allows you have unused backup disks serve as hot spares in standby mode. When a physical disk of any RAID or RAID groups fails, the assigned hot spare is activated to replace the failed physical disk and rebuilds the data without interrupting the system or requiring manual intervention.
Delicate planning for storage space usage is a difficult task. What if you can set a small size number and increase it whenever you need to? Storage Manager allows you easily expand volume size by adding more hard drives – without breaking up your RAID setup. Synology also offers a line of expansion units to help bring smooth transition when your business grows.
Having a RAID means that when one (or more, given the RAID type) hard disk fails to work due to deterioration or accident, your valuable data can be recovered by simply replacing it with a one. DiskStation makes it easy for you to create and change RAID types depending on your need.
Tip: Use our RAID Calculator to learn more about RAID on DiskStation.
S.M.A.R.T is built into Storage Manager to help you identify reliability indicators and anticipate any potential hard disk failures. You can schedule the test regularly; when the system issues alarming signs, you can be ahead of the threat and replace the hard disk to avoid data outage: an effective way to ensure your services don’t get interrupted.