|Synology: How Btrfs protects your company's data|
|Saturday, 10 October 2015 00:00|
Next-generation file system delivers data integrity and efficient snapshots
When dealing with large-scale data storage, businesses require a solution that prevents data corruption, while providing flexible backup tools. The next-generation Btrfs file system brings these tools to Synology NAS servers, allowing businesses and organizations to reduce maintenance overhead and efficiently store their data.
What are the benefits of Btrfs?
Implementing Btrfs volumes on Synology NAS delivers various benefits for enterprise users.
Additional benefits of Btrfs
Using the Btrfs file system on your Synology NAS brings a wide variety of benefits to DiskStation Manager and Synology packages.
Efficient Cloud Station storage
Compared to ext4 volumes, Btrfs does not require double the storage space for Cloud Station's file versioning and history data. You can retain historical versions of files when using Cloud Station — without worrying about consuming too much storage space.
Data consistency of backups
Traditional backup methods require time to copy data from one place to another, potentially leading to inconsistent data if files are modified during the backup process. Btrfs solves this issue by taking a snapshot before the backup process starts, and then copying the snapshot data to the backup destination — with no need to worry about files being modified, moved, or deleted.
Quotas for shared folders
Specify a storage limit for individuals shared folders, so your storage space will not be consumed by a particular shared folder. This is helpful for controlling available storage space when multiple teams or departments store files on the same Synology NAS server.
Clone entire shared folders
With Btrfs, you can simply select a shared folder and make a clone of all the contents nearly instantaneously. This is useful when testing updates to websites or databases and you need a quick clone.
Would you like to know more?
See the links below for technical details regarding Btrfs and integration with Synology NAS.
Frequently Asked Questions
Do I need to configure anything special to take advantage of the data integrity features of Btrfs?
The metadata mirroring and checksum features are enabled by default on all Btrfs volumes. For files, the copy-on-write and checksum features are enabled by default, but can be switched off for best performance.
How do I create a Btrfs volume?
Open Storage Manager and create a new volume. You will be prompted to choose a file system (btrfs or ext4) during the creation process.
Where can I create and restore file from snapshots?
Data Protection Manager (available on Synology NAS models that support Btrfs) includes options to take snapshots on demand or configure schedules and retention policies. You can browse and restore snapshots using Data Protection Manager, File Station, Windows File Explorer, or other file protocols.
How can I clone a shared folder on a Btrfs volume?
Open Control Panel and go to the Shared Folder tab. Then click the arrow on the create button and select Clone to clone a shared folder.