Perhaps not surprisingly, half of all small businesses are still not prepared for data loss. The complexity of backing up multiple environments with multiple tools with multiple licenses makes setting up a new backup utility (or upgrading an existing one) into a modern Herculean trial. Synology's new Active Backup for Business helps you do that.
Known primarily for NAS storage devices, this multi-vendor, multi-technology enterprise has leveraged this experience to create a single backup solution. It manages remote and local servers, virtual machines, and PCs, as well as their applications, with a single software environment that requires no local client installations or separate, expensive licenses. In short, with Active Backup for Business, Synology has become a full-fledged provider of backup services.
To learn more about why backups are still so important (yet to be overlooked) and how Active Backup for Business makes it so simple Self-managed, we talked to Synology Product Marketing Manager Jenn Yeh.
TechRadar: We hear the same stories about hacker attacks, ransomware, and businesses that are not always properly backed up. Why are not things getting better?
Jenn: The most important things that keep businesses from getting full backup protection are a mixed backup environment and a limited budget. You are beginning to realize the importance of robust backups, but the cost and complexity of backing up data across different clouds, virtual and physical systems is very difficult. To reduce the overhead, some companies use a file-level backup instead of a system-level backup. Others back up data without proper recovery policies, exposing them to a high risk of cyber-attacks and data loss.
TechRadar: A major issue in enterprise data protection is that multiple solutions are required to accommodate technology from multiple vendors. Is that still true?
Jenn: In general, it's true. A 201
TechRadar: What is Synology Active Backup for Business?
Jenn: Active Backup for Business is a comprehensive, royalty-free data protection solution for businesses that centralizes protection across multiple IT environments. It protects across virtualized environments, physical servers, file servers and PCs, and is based on our award-winning DSM operating system. Administrators can independently deploy all their desired protection through a central administration console. In addition, we offer Active Backup for Office 365 and G-Suite to protect workloads stored in the public cloud. These are also license free.
TechRadar: What is different from previous offers?
Jenn: Before launching Active Backup for Business, Synology's own software solutions, Snapshot Replication and Hyper Backup, users were able to back up data to a Synology NAS in remote locations. Synology Drive and Cloud Station can also help to synchronize and secure data with the NAS, but business users could not manage their mixed backup environment with a simple, yet centralized solution. That has now changed. By enabling business users to secure their distributed workloads on Synology NAS, they can also achieve the so-called "3-2-1 backup strategy" (three copies: two media types, one outside) for data security. Bare Metal Backup is also available.
TechRadar: How is the pricing model cheaper than the competition and its royalties?
Jenn: Costs can be significantly reduced. Unlike other solutions, as a storage server vendor, we have a greater advantage in developing and delivering integrated backup solutions such as these to our users because there are no additional licensing costs.
TechRadar: How is SMB pricing changing compared to companies?
Jenn: Active Backup for Business is a comprehensive backup solution. Businesses need not worry about the licensing costs associated with the size of a userbase. The only costs for our users – SMEs and businesses – are hardware costs (NAS).
TechRadar: It secures PCs, servers, virtual machines and cloud services. What can not secure it?
Jenn: We started by supporting the platforms and environments that had the largest market share. like VMware and Windows. However, Hyper-V and Linux are not yet supported: they represent the next milestones on the way to continuous improvement.
TechRadar: Do Not Change Block Tracking (CBT), Windows VSS, and Global Deduplication work with everyone Backups
Jenn: Active Backup for Business uses CBT and Windows VSS (the native Windows snapshot service) to ensure the reliability of incremental backups on PCs, servers, and VMs. In this way, enterprises can only back up incremental data, saving transmission time, network bandwidth, and storage volume. For global deduplication, it works at the block level across devices, platforms, and versions. This drastically improves storage capacity and we have seen astonishing deduction rates of 40% to 60% in many of our customer sites.
TechRadar: Synology is still known for its hardware NAS devices. Which product works best with Active Backup for Business?
Jenn: It's hard to choose a best product for Active Backup for Business because it's a flexible package, allowing users to tailor their own backup strategies based on their existing storage capacity and personal needs. It is widely supported on Intel-based 64-bit NAS devices running on a BTRFS file system.
TechRadar: Does Synology Use Its Own Technology?
Jenn: Of course! Our IT administrators have secured virtual machines by creating scripts. Now, Active Backup provides our IT administrators with more resilience by providing planned backup and centralized management capabilities. In addition, since 2017, we have been running our official website and internal services for Synology Virtual Machine Manager (VMM). Our software engineers also run their build machines on VMM. In essence, we are our own customers and this helps to increase the reliability and performance of our products.
TechRadar: Finally, how do you expect Active Backup for Business to change the market?  Jenn: Backup should not cost expensive recurring costs for your business. With Active Backup for Business, we want to raise awareness of the importance of data protection for the larger enterprise marketplace. This integrated and streamlined backup solution benefits budget-conscious businesses that incur only one-off hardware costs. We are confident that our users can protect their workloads more efficiently and with a lower barrier to entry.
- To learn more about Active Backup for Business and how to streamline and improve your organization's security, click here to learn more.