Cloud, backup centre stage at Synology
NAS vendor returns to GITEX Technology Week
NAS vendor Synology returns to GITEX Technology Week, showcasing its cloud, enterprise solutions and its new multimedia router.
Cloud Station, Victor Wang sales manager at Synology explains, is Synology’s private cloud solution allowing users to sync data between all the devices users own. As soon as users save a change, it automatically updates the copies on the other devices. “We can also backup data from the PC to the NAS as well as integrating public cloud providers such as Dropbox, AWS etc,” explains Wang. “Cloud Station is essentially a hybrid cloud concept because users have the advantage of integrating with major public cloud providers.”
With its enterprise solution, Synology offers snapshot backup and recovery technology. “Traditional backup takes a very long time especially when organisations have lots of data. With snapshot, you can be done with backup in a few minutes with recovery points for your data,” Wang explains. And the snapshot feature can be replicated to another server so users can do remote recovery as well. “For instance if an organisation has two offices say one in Taipei and another one in Dubai, they can replicate the data they have in Taipei directly to the office in Dubai so they do not have to worry about what may happen to the data at the Asian office,” Wang explains.
In addition, a lot of system resource was required with traditional backup. Snapshot offers a much more lightweight backup and recovery solution allowing IT resources to be allocated to other tasks. “We are offering a high availability feature to our customer, having become the first vendor to offer this feature.”
Synology is also offering a better user experience with its DSM OS interface, Wang says. “Users would typically assume that NAS operations are complicated. However with our web-based OS, users can easily deploy their own cloud,” Wang says. Synology is also working to virtualise the DSM. Wang says the Middle East offers lots of opportunity. “This year, we have hit 80% growth YoY and we believe the growth momentum is sustainable. We are keen to invest more in sales and marketing as well as enhanced channel interactions, having increased our distributors from one to two this year.”
Moving forward, Wang notes that the hybrid cloud concept is growing significantly in the market. Big data also means that there’s inevitable need for much more storage space.