Wednesday, December 9, 2020

Versatile Backup Solution That Fuels Business Progression


Whether you like it or not, data backup is essential for everyone. It is something that is even more crucial for businesses as losing documents that might contain valuable and precious information is not only a massive headache but also could lead to unwanted consequences on operations and the survival of the business itself.

Additionally, the threat of cyberattacks is now more real than ever, as the world is becoming more connected than before. The current COVID-19 outbreak is not helping the situation as well, since cybercriminals have begun targeting those that have to adapt to the Work From Home (WFH) environment due to the outbreak.

For some businesses, there is also a question of multiple machines with different types of platforms being scattered all over the place. This situation could be caused by multiple office buildings or branches but for some companies, this messy condition could even be happening within the same office premise too.

Understandably though, cost factor, as well as the complexity to set up and manage a backup system, could be a concern for small and medium businesses (SMBs) out there. Fret not, Synology has them covered.

As one of the biggest names in the Network-Attached Storage (NAS) industry, Synology NAS solutions have been trusted by millions of users throughout the world, ranging from home users up to multi-national corporations. Among the latest addition to its family of NAS for SMBs includes Synology DS920+ 4-bay NAS solution which has made its way into Malaysia earlier this year.

One of the key features that come with DS920+ is called Active Backup for Business (ABB) which could solve many issues that businesses out there are facing when it comes to having not only a reliable but also cost-effective and scalable backup solution.


Through the built-in backup software, the DS920+ can back up not only your normal documents and multimedia files. No, it can certainly do way more than that as the NAS can actually be used as a centralised backup solution for physical Windows systems with much ease.

In addition to that, ABB also allows DS920+ to become quite versatile to the extent that you can even utilise it to back up a physical server as well as VMware vSphere and Microsoft Hyper-V virtual machines.

Such powerful capabilities will not be helpful if they can’t be managed properly. However, that is not the case with ABB since it comes with a centralised console that allows backup tasks to be monitored easily regardless of the data types and platform involved.

The same applies to the recovery process as well. This is because businesses can quickly restore their data through multiple options such as file level restoration, bare-metal restoration, and also physical to virtual recovery by utilising the Synology Virtual Machine Manager which has been integrated directly into ABB.

In case you need to see some real-life examples, just check out how ABB has helped SHISEIDO Taiwan manage massive amount of data not only in its headquarters but also machines in other offices as well as point-of-sales terminals at outlets.


Let’s say that your organisation backup data not only involved multiple machines but different platforms and versions as well. At a glance, you may think that backing them up would require so much storage space but through the global deduplication technology within the ABB, the space required can be significantly reduced.

Time is a critical factor for any businesses out there regardless of their scale and it goes without saying that no one is fond of spending long hours to back up their data. Good thing is that ABB supports Changed Block Tracking (CBT) which only backs up changed blocks and this accelerates the backup speed since there would be fewer data to be transferred.


For many solutions out there, businesses would have to fork out money separately for the backup storage and also backup software. That is not the case at all for the DS920+ and ABB though.

When businesses purchase a DS920+, they are getting ABB without any extra costs. Not only that, there is absolutely no recurring fees as well which means plenty of cost savings for SMBs out there.


Now that you already know that ABB is all about providing a great and cost-effective backup solution to SMBs out there, it is time to have a closer look at the DS920+ itself.

This NAS is equipped with an Intel Celeron J4125 quad-core processor that runs at a speed of up to 2.7GHz and gives the NAS around 15% of performance boost against its previous predecessors. With sequential read and write throughput that is rated at more than 225MB/s, the NAS also comes standard with 4GB of DDR4 RAM onboard.

Just like how Synology understands the need for SMBs to obtain solutions that can grow together with their businesses, scalability is an important part of DS920+’s DNA. This is why customers can boost the performance of the NAS further since it comes with an additional RAM slot that allows them to increase DS920+ memory of up to 8GB.

Additionally, customers can also add up to two M.2 2280 NVMe solid state drive into the DS920+ to increase its caching capability which would improve the NAS random I/O response up to 20 times faster.

The storage space on DS920+ can also be expanded further through the Synology DX517 Expansion Unit which would increase the number of total storage drives to nine.

In a nutshell, the Synology DS920+ NAS is here to provide reliable storage solutions for SMBs out there that is versatile enough to support multiple applications over various platforms without putting a huge dent in their budget. Whether as a centralised backup system, collaborative productivity platform, or secure private cloud storage, the DS920+ is ready for them.

The Synology DS920+ is readily available through Synology Official Store across Malaysia as listed here.

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