Active Backup for Business

Consolidate backup tasks for physical and virtual environments, and rapidly restore files, entire machines, or VMs when necessary – completely free of licenses on compatible NAS models.

The backup and recovery appliance that helps maintain business service uptime

With Synology Active Backup for Business, IT can now manage and back up the data scattered on physical devices and virtual machines. Should a disaster strike, service can be instantly recovered on the production site or Synology NAS to help companies achieve business continuity.

The top three pain points can be solved at once.

Working overtime due to a service outage? Suffering from time-consuming deployments or slow backup time? Concerned about storage usage? With Active Backup for Business, say goodbye to all those pain points.

Have no fear and gain peace of mind.

Service downtime hurts and may be detrimental to revenue and brand reputation. Active Backup for Business gives you the confidence to bring data, applications, and services back in a short time to achieve business continuity.

Hassle-free efficiency

Full data protection and backup efficiency should not be a trade-off, but a given. Active Backup for Business enables you to greatly reduce backup time and enhance storage usage efficiency while achieving full data protection.

Work faster with light-touch deployment

You don't need troublesome deployment processes anymore. A NAS and installation within a few clicks is all you need for Active Backup for Business to start working behind the scene.

Complete your 3-2-1 backup efficiently

Always think one step ahead - extend your data protection by replicating backup data to another Synology NAS using Snapshot Replication, and let your storage size stay deduped. Easily restore from offsite backup tasks when a disaster happens at the production site.

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Fear license fee no more

Choose a compatible Synology NAS that fits your backup capacity planning, no matter how many computers, servers, or virtual machines you back up – completely free of software licenses.

Smarter IT

Keep alert of anything unusual.

  • Centralized management console

    Monitor all backup tasks and failure alerts and gain detailed information through DSM notifications.
  • Scheduled report

    Generate a report based on your policy and see it in your inbox, letting you quickly see backup status without logging into your NAS.
  • Centralized management console
  • Scheduled report
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After tests, we found Active Backup for Business has astonishing backup speeds and works wonders on deleting duplicate data — it only took up 28TB out of the total 58TB on the server. We are quite satisfied with the overall performance.

Zhang Jiao-Hao, Manager of Information System Planning Department at SHISEIDO Taiwan

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Risk-free system-level protection

Active Backup for Business offers entire Windows PC protection from the administrative perspective, helping businesses or individuals centrally back up their critical digital assets and settings.

Learn more about supported Windows operating systems.

Get your PC prepared against disasters

Regularly back up Windows system images and adopt the 3-2-1 backup strategy to realize off-site backup, minimizing the risk of ransomware and system crashes.

Client-side protection

You can start protecting your PCs by logging into the desktop client Active Backup for Business Agent.

Monitor backup traffic

Set the maximum number of concurrent devices or schedule backup tasks to manage backup traffic.

Create recovery media with a click

Generate boot media in mainstream USB and ISO formats with the Active Backup Recovery Media Creator, greatly simplifying the backup process — just a click away.

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Optimize NAS storage efficiency

Provide business-grade backup methods to maximize storage capacity, thereby cutting down on storage costs as data continues to grow.

Global deduplication

Global deduplication technology works wonders especially for backup tasks across multiple PCs, as the operating systems and files across different devices and platforms will be deduplicated and saved only once.

Forever-incremental

Integrate Microsoft VSS to ensure data consistency and leverage Changed Block Tracking (CBT) to perform fast forever-incremental backup.

Streamline IT deployment and management

Active Backup for Business makes it easier for IT to deploy multiple PC backup in business environments.

  • Self-restore portal

    Admins can enable a self-restore portal for permitted employees, where they can navigate the timeline for the recovery point to download files or folders.
  • Automatically apply backup rules

    Set up templates to automatically apply backup frequency, number of backup versions, and retention policies to devices with different user groups — without manual configuration for each.
  • Painlessly integrate existing account system

    Integrate Windows AD Server so users can log into the self-restore portal with their existing accounts without creating new NAS accounts.
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  • Automatically apply backup rules
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Deploying 50 Windows PC backup tasks with Active Backup for Business is effortless and efficient. Even with an 2-bay model, the global deduplication and flexible retention policy can optimize storage utilization.

Luis Malo, IT manager of the German School of Madrid

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Centralized backup made easy

Learn more about the following backup environments where you can use the Active Backup suite.

Get the best of both virtual and physical worlds

Fully protect your data and services on physical servers running Microsoft Windows. With Instant Restore, you can migrate your services to VMware vSphere and Synology VMM in the event of unexpected interruptions.

Learn more about supported Windows operating systems.

Pain points solved and needs satisfied

Highly efficient backup experience
Versatile ways of restoring
Risk management
Administer with ease
  • Technology based on Microsoft's snapshot service, Volume Shadow Copy Service (VSS), enables Changed Block Tracking which identifies and transfers only the changed blocks to save time and resources on backup.

  • To quickly and accurately restore workloads on Microsoft Windows servers after a disaster is the main purpose of backing them up. To ensure the recovery can be done within the shortest time frame, other than full backup, it is supported to instantly boot the backed up version on VMware or Synology Virtual Machine Manager (VMM) to recover your service. A dedicated restore portal is also available for instant file and folder recovery.

  • Even though everything seems on track when in service, once a server gets restarted, that is when existing errors reveal themselves. To make sure every problem can be discovered and the version is fully restorable, ahead of real restoration, the image will be sent to VMM for a dry run mocking the restart of the server. The results will be recorded and displayed in a form of video playing on split-screen monitors, where IT admins can easily spot the blue screen of death and troubleshoot the degradated versions even before the trouble takes place.

  • As part of the all-in-one solution, admins enjoy the simplicity of monitoring and managing all backups in a centralized dashboard, minimizing the effort needed to maintain the service.

Complete your 3-2-1 backup efficiently

Always think one step ahead - extend your data protection by replicating backup data to another Synology NAS using Snapshot Replication, and let your storage size stay deduped. Easily restore from offsite backup tasks when a disaster happens at the production site.

Learn more

Fear license fee no more

Choose a compatible Synology NAS that fits your backup capacity planning, no matter how many computers, servers, or virtual machines you back up – completely free of software licenses.

After tests, we found Active Backup for Business has astonishing backup speeds and works wonders on deleting duplicate data — it only took up 28TB out of the total 58TB on the server. We are quite satisfied with the overall performance.

Zhang Jiao-Hao, Manager of Information System Planning Department at SHISEIDO Taiwan

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Protecting business file servers without the need for an agent

File servers implementing common protocols like SMB and rsync are under our purview. With simplified setup, Active Backup for Business reduces management costs for IT admins as all of the important information you need has been centralized to one dashboard, and one DSM.

Simple deployment with agentless backup

As an agentless backup solution, file servers can be actively protected while free from client performance degradation or incompatibility.

Agentless backup

Back up files on a daily basis, without having to install complicated and costly agents on source servers or worry about affecting client performance and agent compatibility.

Flexible backup schedule

File server backup supports flexible schedule options from hourly to daily on the days you wish to back up to fit with specific protection policies.

Flexible backup mode

Multi-versioned, mirroring, and incremental modes are provided to meet most frequently required backup needs.

Multi-versioned mode

Offers multiple recovery points by creating a new version for each backup run, allowing you to easily recover files from any previous point in time.

Mirroring mode

Suitable for users that need only the most updated version of their files, as it overwrites the backup on the target based on the changes made on the source.

Incremental mode

It can be used for archival purposes, as the backup will be overwritten by the newly added and modified files, while keeping the deleted files on the target.

DSM integration

Leveraging the maturity of DSM technologies and supporting encryption as well as Btrfs, Active Backup for Business can greatly enhance data security and storage efficiency.

  • Encryption

    The encryption feature ensures that the data stored in shared folders are strictly confidential as no users can access the content without your private key.
  • Btrfs-ready

    For data stored in Btrfs volumes, compression can minimize storage consumption, while data scrubbing can correct major memory and storage errors.

Supports SMB and rsync

SMB and rsync protocols are supported in file server backup

An SMB server

SMB is used to transfer files from Windows file servers to your Synology NAS. Taking advantage of FSRVP (File Server Remote VSS Protocol) integration, the consistency of your backup is ensured. In addition to file backup, Windows ACL can also be backed up, letting you easily restore files and access control at the same time.

An rsync server

The rsync protocol is used to transfer files from servers to your Synology NAS. Taking advantage of rsync, you can enable block-level transfer, encryption, compression, and bandwidth control, enjoying safe and efficient transfers. In addition to file backup, Linux POSIX ACL can also be backed up.

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Hassle-free deployment and RTO in seconds

With Active Backup for Business, all of your business workloads on your virtual machines can be protected. Without installing an agent on the virtual infrastructure, all you need to do is connect to VMware vSphere and create a backup task and instantly restore virtual machines to VMware or Synology NAS to achieve RTO in seconds.

In the event of disaster or service downtime, you can instantly restore a virtual machine on a production site or to Synology Virtual Machine Manager, with a single click.

You can easily connect to your vSphere host without installing an agent on your infrastructure and create a backup task to easily start protecting your virtual machines.

  1. In the event of disaster or service downtime, you can instantly restore a virtual machine on a production site or to Synology Virtual Machine Manager, with a single click.
  2. You can easily connect to your vSphere host without installing an agent on your infrastructure and create a backup task to easily start protecting your virtual machines.

Pain points solved and needs satisfied

Minimize service downtime
Maximize backup efficiency
Painless deployment
  • Instant Restore to VMware

    Instant Restore to VMware brings your service back within seconds.

    Integration with Synology VMM

    Integrate with Synology Virtual Machine Manager to replicate a production environment for a temporary disaster site.

    Multiple recovery methods

    Find the best fit for your scenario with granular recovery for a single file and full VM recovery.

  • Changed Block Tracking

    Integrate with VMware Changed Block Tracking (CBT) technology to perform incremental backups instead of a full backup every time.

    Global deduplication

    Built-in global deduplication greatly reduces storage consumption across devices, platforms, and versions.

    Backup reliability

    Ensure backup reliability through live video and save time on manual validation.

  • Agentless backup

    Agentless backup protects your virtual workloads without a troublesome installation.

    Hardware-integrated solution

    The integration of software and storage servers saves you from additional deployment process.

Complete your 3-2-1 backup efficiently

Always think one step ahead - extend your data protection by replicating backup data to another Synology NAS using Snapshot Replication, and let your storage size stay deduped. Easily restore from offsite backup tasks when a disaster happens at the production site.

Learn more

Fear license fee no more

Choose a compatible Synology NAS that fits your backup capacity planning, no matter how many computers, servers, or virtual machines you back up – completely free of software licenses.

Requirements and supported systems

Supported VMware vSphere versions

5.0, 5.1, 5.5, 6.0, 6.5, 6.7

Supported VMware editions

  • VMware free ESXi *
  • VMware vSphere Essentials, VMware vSphere Essentials Plus
  • VMware vSphere Standard, VMware vSphere Advanced
  • VMware vSphere Enterprise, VMware vSphere Enterprise Plus

* For VMware free ESXi, users will need to enable the SSH port to perform virtual machine backup.

Supported operating systems on Synology VMM

If you want to run the backed up device on Synology Virtual Machine Manager (VMM), only specific operating systems can be supported. Please refer to this article for more information.

After tests, we found Active Backup for Business has astonishing backup speeds and works wonders on deleting duplicate data — it only took up 28TB out of the total 58TB on the server. We are quite satisfied with the overall performance.

Zhang Jiao-Hao, Manager of Information System Planning Department at SHISEIDO Taiwan

Read More

Contact us

Not sure which Synology NAS is best for your backup environment? Contact us and we will recommend for you.

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