Storage for Virtualization

Storage for Virtualization

Synology provides storage solutions for virtual environments of high performance and reliability. These solutions ensure the continuity and efficiency of business for large and demanding enterprises.

Certified storage

Synology storage solution supports most of the productivity-enhancing virtualization solutions, such as VMware® vSphere™, Microsoft® Hyper-V®, Citrix® XenServer™, and OpenStack Cinder.

Cutting-edge storage for virtualization

Enhanced iSCSI service

Advanced LUN provides lightning-fast snapshot creation, recovery, cloning, plus VAAI/ODX support for improved VM performance.

Better performance

Sequential writing performance has significantly increased with the new Advanced LUN, enhancing storage efficiency.

Synology Storage Console

Manage and monitor your storage directly from your VMware and Windows environments. Optimize performance with a click. Learn more.

High performance

With a small upfront investment, businesses can benefit from significant server performance enhancement. With the SSD cache write mode, data is first written on the SSD then flushed back to hard drives afterward. A single SSD cache mounted volume can consist of up to 12 SSDs, so you can simply accelerate read and write speeds by adding additional SSD cache on heavy load application servers that require high random IOPS.

Learn more about SSD Cache

Advanced VMware® support

Synology NAS is officially certified for VMware vSphere™ 6.5 and VAAI support. Full VAAI support includes Hardware Assisted Locking (ATS), Block Zero, Full Copy, and Thin Provisioning while VAAI NAS enables Full Clone and Reserved Space.

  • Hardware Assisted Locking

    Create multiple VMs 9 times faster with ATS enabled.
  • Block Zeroing

    Create VMs with Write Same support nearly 140 times faster than on a non-VAAI LUN.
  • Full Copy

    Copy VMs on a VAAI LUN 34 times faster than on a non-VAAI LUN.
  • Hardware Assisted Locking
  • Block Zeroing
  • Full Copy
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VAAI benefits

  • Faster VM performance is achieved by offloading cycles from ESXi to the storage array.
  • More effective utilization of storage arrays delivered by virtual machines with VAAI support.
  • Better flexibility when deploying and migrating VMs.
  • Higher storage performance and efficiency with VMFS-5 file system.
  • Smoother access and management with load balancing automation in Storage vMotion.

Windows ODX integration

This cutting-edge technology removes the middle man and allows your Windows server to offload data transfers to DiskStation without your data needing go through the server host. By using ODX, the speed for data manipulation increases dramatically, and since the data transfer is offloaded, the CPU usage of the host server and the network bandwidth utilization shrink to minimum values, which allows the server to handle more important tasks.


High reliability

Ensures business continuity.

LUN snapshot and replication

Snapshot Replication allows you to create up to 256 application-consistent LUN snapshots, offering virtual machine data and status consistency under VMware vSphere or Windows environment. Learn more

Synology High Availability (SHA)

SHA is a cost-efficient, easy to set up, and powerful solution to business continuity. By connecting two Synology NAS together, you can ensure that data and services are always available for all your users if one of the servers happens to malfunction. Learn more

LUN Clone

Synology's LUN Clone allows you to create near-instantaneous virtual LUN copies with a simple click. For system engineers, this delivers much higher productivity and simplifies the complex process of system-wide deployment.

VMware Site Recovery Manager

VMware Site Recovery Manager allows users to enable disaster recovery directly via VMware vCenter Server, simplifying complicated configurations and optimizing the process.

Seamless Integration Tools

Your Synology NAS supports data storage automation and capacity management by OpenStack Cinder and Microsoft SCVMM through SMI-S Provider.