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March 1, 2024

Should I get a Synology NAS in 2024?

While the title of this article could be considered an opening question, for the moment, let's start with a different one. When was the last time you bought a phone? Maybe not a phone, maybe a tablet or a computer? Any of those devices are almost mandatory in today's way of living and functioning without some or all of those devices is practically unthinkable. It is clear that the number of services, apps, platforms, and all the other things that make today's life what it is, have transformed the way we live, the way we work, and the way we...

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October 11, 2023

Cybersecurity Awareness Month – October 2023

It's October, and that means it's "Cybersecurity Awareness Month"! As always, this is the time to reflect on what we can all do to increase security and overall safety while using various public and self-hosted services. Cybersecurity Awareness Month – October 2022 October is cybersecurity month and like any other, it is time to be aware of all the dangers. See how Synology can help individuals or businesses protect themself better. BlackvoidLuka Manestar Last year I wrote a bit of a lengthy article covering various Synology products, apps, and services that all focus on increasing cybersecurity for an individual or...

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July 23, 2023

VMware & Synology (part 2) – use Active Backup for Business to backup and restore ESXi VMs

In part 1 of this short series, we talked about using VMWare ESXi version 8 with Synology DSM to utilize its NFS and iSCSI features. That way we were able to present part of the NAS space as usable datastores. VMware & Synology (part 1) – manage NFS & iSCSI storage on ESXi host Using Synology to provide additional storage via NFS or iSCSI to a VMWare ESXi 8 hypervisor Luka ManestarBlackvoid In this second article, we will see how can we further explore and use Synology NAS with ESXi to provide space for the virtual machines that will be...

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July 23, 2023

VMware & Synology (part 1) – manage NFS & iSCSI storage on ESXi host

While Synology is not always associated with a hypervisor platform, even though it provides one, it can still be used with several world-known solutions. This short two-part series will show how we can use a compatible Synology NAS with VMWare ESXi host, as well as how to back up and restore virtual machines running on that same host. On top of that, we will see how Active Backup for Business and Synology's SAN manager packages work in this type of scenario. : Intro Most self-host users, as well as people that like to tinker with their local hardware, will want...

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May 30, 2023

Synology & generative AI support in Synology Office and MailPlus

This week Synology is attending the Computex 2023 expo in Taipei, Taiwan. Along with the presentation of some new x23 NAS solutions that came out in the past six months, Synology is also presenting some new devices and a brand new lineup of hard drives, the HAT3300. Synology HAT3300 Plus series NAS drives New SATA #Synology NAS drives are coming as part of the new #HAT3300 series. 4, 6, 8, and 12TB disks with a 3y warranty. BlackvoidLuka Manestar Brand new HAT 3300 drives are presented during the Computex 2023 expo One device in particular that has a hands-on demo...

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May 25, 2023

Synology in an Apple environment

: Intro While network attach storage devices are generally made to be compatible with all major OS platforms to date, some favor one more than the other. In the case of Synology's support of Apple products, it has been present for years if not decades, but since DSM 6 version there is much more love coming from Synology than ever before. Is this because the line of products Apple has moved beyond the default desktop and mobile computer form factor? Could be, but the point is that if you are an Apple user, Synology could be the brand you are...

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May 21, 2023

Synology BeeDrive – personal backup hub

Coming in early June, here is something that we have not yet seen from a global NAS company like Synology. A compact, ultimate personal data backup solution, as it's being called. Here is the BeeDrive. This DAS (direct attached storage) device is a compact USB-powered device designed for SOHO and professional individuals, that offers a moderate amount of data storage. It comes in 1 or 2 TB capacity, with a USB-C 3.2 Gen 2 (10Gbps) connection, offering more than enough speed for any type of data backup. The new BeeDrive BeeDrive is designed for individuals who handle important data on...

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April 17, 2023

NEW x24 Synology model lineup

🗒️ NOTE: This article will contain upcoming new information on some popular devices (and the rest of the hardware) that Synology will release by the end of the year and well into 2024. Considering that 2023 is moving into the month of May already, it will be only a matter of time before new models and services for the second half of 2023 as well as 2024 will start to arrive. It is very common that any device coming in the second half of the current year has the number of the following year as part of its name, we...

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March 1, 2023

Synology HAT3300 Plus series NAS drives

Since Synology moved into the HDD/SSD segment of the market with their HAS5300/HAT5300 and SVN5200 lineup drives, it was only a matter of time before we will get the non-enterprise drives targeted for the entry and mid-range NAS models. Today we get the first glimpse of those drives under a new series name, HAT3300.These 3.5" SATA disks are NAS grade Seagate Ironwolf based with a 3-year warranty on them. Clocked at around 1 – 1.2 million hours MTBF this series will come in sizes of 4, 6, 8, and 12TB at 5400RPM except for the 12TB that will be running...

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February 27, 2023

Synology RS2423+ and RS2423RP+ overview

For those looking to upgrade or acquire a new NAS that is not in a desktop (DS) form but rather a rack version, good news! The new refreshed general-purpose 12-bay NAS has arrived. As a successor to the current RS2421+/RP+ model with a few new tricks and changes, let's see what the new RS2423+/RP+ has in store. The RS2423+ and RS2423RP+ (redundant power) are versatile and cost-effective 2U 12-bay storage servers for central data storage and sharing, endpoint and server backup, surveillance management, and other business applications. With over 3,500/1,700 MB/s sequential read/write performance, up to 216 TB of raw...

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