What is NAS

NAS (Network Attached Storage) is an intelligent storage device connected to your home or office network. You can store all your family and colleagues’ files on the NAS, from important documents to precious photos, music and video collections. By using a web browser or mobile apps, you can access files and use various services provided by the NAS via the Internet.

Why Do You and Your Family Need One

How many photos and videos do you take each day? Is your phone or laptop running out of space? Our constant challenge is that the number of our digital files keeps going up and they are scattered across different devices and services. To consolidate these files into one safe place, you need a secure and centralized storage solution.

“Wait, don’t Google Drive and Dropbox already do that? Can’t USB drives solve all my storage problems?”

The major drawbacks of storing files on the public cloud are letting someone else hold all your personal files and high monthly subscription fees. The shortcomings of USB drives range from a lack of off-site access and automatic backup to portability that can lead to loss or damage.

NAS is the best alternative and a necessity for the modern home. Read on to find out what else NAS can do for you.

What Can Synology NAS Do for You

Back up PC and Mac automatically

Drive allows your family to sync files between a centralized NAS and their PC/Mac. Drive supports restoring previous versions and sharing files directly from local computers to maximize efficiency. If you are using Mac, you can also back up your Mac to Synology NAS via Time Machine.

File sync for PC/Mac using Drive
Back up files from Mac to NAS with Time Machine

Photo and video backup for iOS and Android

All your family photos and videos taken by their mobile phones can be backed up automatically to one personal place on your NAS with Moments. Most importantly, photos are automatically grouped together according to similar faces, places, and subjects with the power of AI technology.

Introducing Moments

NAS as the ultimate media streamer

Want to watch videos from computers, mobile devices, Apple TV, and Android TV without having to copy them between devices? Video Station streams videos to these devices. It also enriches your video collections with auto-downloaded posters, searches subtitles from the Internet, and lets you share videos with friends.

How to use Video Station

Share and collect files in a breeze

Sharing files stored on NAS with friends is a breeze. Simply right-click a file or folder and select Share File Links or Create File Requests and a link will then be generated. Your friends can follow the link to download the selected file or folder, or upload files to your NAS, with or without a DSM account.

Know more about Share File Links
Know more about Create File Requests

Using NAS is easy and budget-friendly

Synology provides various time-saving services. Simply apply for a QuickConnect ID, which allows handy access to your NAS and free you from complicated router settings. The intuitive user interface and comprehensive tutorials also help you easily manage your NAS.
Tired of upgrading your public cloud storage plans? Synology NAS provides a much larger storage space without monthly subscription fees. Just share its storage space with family members – a small investment that’s going to benefit the whole household.

Perfect to start

Looking for the perfect Synology NAS for your home? We recommend the following models.

DS218j

DS218j

A versatile entry-level 2-bay NAS for home and personal cloud storage
DS418j

DS418j

Powerful entry-level 4-bay NAS for home data backup and multimedia streaming
DS218play

DS218play

Your personal multimedia library
DS418play

DS418play

Multimedia-enhanced personal cloud solution

Looking for the perfect Synology NAS? Check out our NAS selector!

Why Does Your Office Need One

Businesses with 50 or fewer employees need to store ever-increasing amount of data. They also require affordable solutions to back up data, share files, and collaborate on a single file at the same time. However, very few have the luxury of dedicated IT support.

“Wait, can’t traditional file servers and public cloud storage serve the same purposes?”

Many begin by storing files on a traditional server, but when backup, or collaboration issues arise, the server is quickly rendered inadequate. Others choose public cloud storage, which is convenient for collaboration but raises concerns about control of the data and costly subscription fees.

NAS can simplify your work and solve the above issues. Most of all, it’s easy to use and cost-effective. Let’s take a look at what else NAS can do for your business.

What Can Synology NAS Do for Your Business

Traditional file-sharing practices are fraught with inefficiency. Some businesses use email attachments to share files and eventually face file size limit and version control issues. Synology NAS, as an on-premises centralized storage device, can fulfill the needs of modern file sharing and collaboration.

Seamless file sharing

Drive supports the SMB local access as well as the web portal and mobile app for remote access. By simply selecting a DSM account, you can share files internally with notifications. External file exchange can be done via Share File Links or Create File Requests.

Easy collaboration to boost productivity

Synology NAS also made collaborating with colleagues and sharing projects with customers efficient. Office enables your team to work simultaneously and interact by leaving comments. Chat allows your team to have quick discussions and never miss notifications. MailPlus allows for a private mail server and a web-based mail client to boost productivity.

Centralized backup made easy for small businesses

Backing up data scattered across PCs, servers, and VMs is always challenging - remote offices and employees can make things even more complicated. Active Backup for Business makes backup easy through a unified, intuitive console without license fees. For PC backup, it supports bare-metal recovery to restore the OS, settings, applications, and data; your employees can have instant, self-service recovery without bothering IT admins.

Learn more about Active Backup for Business

Secure backup for Office 365 and G Suite

For small businesses relying heavily on Office 365 and G Suite, purchasing space for data archiving or auditing is expensive. We also suggest opting for a backup protection. That’s why you need Active Backup for Office 365/G Suite, which allows you to easily back up email, contacts, Drive and calendar from My Drives or Team Drives on Google or Microsoft accounts to a Synology NAS, without worrying about accidental deletion, while achieving disaster recovery, satisfying data retention needs — without license fees.

Learn more about Active Backup for Office 365
Learn more about Active Backup for G Suite

Benefits of High Availability (HA) for small businesses

If you can’t tolerate outages such as server or storage failures, then you need a High Availability (HA) solution to ensure employee access to data and services at all times. Two Synology NAS can form a HA cluster. All services and data requests are handled by the active NAS and mirrored to the standby, passive NAS in real time. If the active NAS malfunctions, the passive unit will take over in seconds, meaning your employees can continue to access files and services.

Why Synology HA is perfect for small businesses

Compared to traditional solutions, you can set up and maintain Synology HA without extensive technical knowledge. Where traditional solutions require expensive hardware, Synology HA is affordable even on a budget-friendly 2-bay NAS.

Tutorial on Synology HA

Video surveillance can deter criminals and improve employees’ accountability. With Surveillance Station, you'll get a wide array of security options to secure your investment and livelihood.

Streamlined deployment and real-time monitoring

Surveillance Station streamlines deployment and technical support by complementing VMS and NVR. The support of 6,000+ IP camera models allows for flexibility on camera selection. You can remotely access live and recorded footage via web browsers or mobile devices. By triggering different events and sending push notifications to your mobile devices, or via SMS and email, you will be kept notified if something is out of the ordinary.

Efficient incidents tracking

Once an incident was reported, you’ll need to find and analyze the incident among lengthy recordings. Timeline allows you to easily locate the recording of suspicious events in the non-sync mode. You can also view the recordings from different cameras simultaneously in the sync mode. When looking for specific activities in a video, you can apply the Smart Search settings such as missing or foreign objects to improve the efficiency of your security program.

How can Surveillance Station help small businesses

Using a NAS is easy with low cost of ownership

Synology NAS is simple to operate and doesn’t require a dedicated IT professional to install or manage. It can be configured and monitored via any web browser and even a mobile app.
Tired of paying client access licenses (CALs)? Synology NAS charges no CALs or monthly subscription fees and provides a much larger, scalable storage space for further expansion.

Perfect to start

Looking for the perfect Synology NAS for your office? We recommend the following models.

DS218+

DS218+

All-around storage solution optimized to safeguard your data
DS418

DS418

Powerful 4-bay NAS for home and office users
DS918+

DS918+

Powerful and scalable 4-bay NAS for growing businesses
DS1618+

DS1618+

High-performance and 6-bay NAS ideal for tackling multi-tasking challenges

Looking for the perfect Synology NAS? Check out our NAS selector!

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