Whether you are a home user or a business if you want to put all of your data on a Synology NAS you need to think about a solid backup solution. Luckily there are several built in and 3rd party options to reliably backup your Synology product in case of data loss.
Synology Backup & Replication
This is probably the easiest and most cost effective of all the backup options available since it’s built in. All you need to get it started is an external USB drive and configure it as a backup source for the Synology.
Log into the Synology DSM and configure a backup set to use the USB drive. I would also recommend configuring the backup set to use email alerts you get notified each day that the backup completed.
Synology High Availability
This is probably the most expensive backup solution but it has other benefits above and beyond a normal backup solution. With Synology High Availability you actually have two identical Synology NAS products connected via cable. One unit is designated as the primary and the other as secondary.
If the primary unit fails in some way the secondary unit kicks over and the secondary will also have a complete copy of your data. The HA option will not protect you against file deletion and trying to recover it a few months later though but it will protect against a major hardware or software failure.
Synology Cloud Sync
Another builtin app that is quick and easy to setup. Basically it will allow you to sync all the data on the Synology to a cloud storage platform such as Dropbox or Google Sync. If files are deleted or lost you can just recover them from the cloud account.
The one downside of Cloud Sync is it doesn’t offer any notifications at all so if something breaks you won’t know about it. It would be best practice to check often if the backup is still working properly.
Any 3rd Party Backup Service
If you have your data folder shared on your network you can backup that folder from any other workstation. Take for example Mozy Pro, Carbonite or any other low cost backup solution. Just install it on another PC or Mac and configure it to backup your folders from across your network.
There are other backup solutions as well as I only listed a few of the choices. If you are a business in the New York area and interested in a Synology solution please contact us for a free consultation.