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Synology Data Backup: How to choose between Snapshot Replication, Cloud Station, and Hyper Backup?
Monday, 20 June 2016 15:00

Data Backup

Data is not only the core of any business but also the significant asset for general users. Important files — like your critical work documents or personal photos — deserve a great backup strategy to protect against unexpected hardware failure, natural disasters, or simple accidental deletion. Let DSM help with robust and flexible backup solutions.
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Snapshot Replication

The ultimate disaster recovery solution for your business

Snapshot Replication provides schedulable, near-instantaneous data protection, ensuring business documents in shared folders, virtual machines in iSCSI LUNs, or Docker DSM data remain safe and available in the event of disaster.

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Cloud Station

Desktop Backup For Windows, Mac, and other devices

Whether it's your collection of vacation photos or important business documents, it's always a good idea to back up files on your computer, so data is never lost due to hardware failure or other accidents. With the Cloud Station Backup application, Synology makes it even easier to back up files from your Windows or Mac OS X computer to Synology NAS.160620-desktop backup 01

Synology Hyper Backup

Your backup plan, stronger than ever

Backup always comes with a big challenge - how can an enterprise keep multiple versions of backups while minimizing storage consumption? To solve this dilemma, Synology Hyper Backup provides multi-version backup, while offering friendlier experience and more public cloud support.160620-hyper backup 03

How to choose between Snapshot Replication, Cloud Station, and Hyper Backup?

Snapshot Replication Cloud Station Synology Hyper Backup
Backup location
  • Local
  • Remote Synology NAS
  • Local
  • Remote Synology NAS
  • External drives
  • Local shared folder
  • Remote Synology Server
  • rsync server
  • Public clouds
Backup topology
  • NAS-to-NAS
  • PC-to-NAS
  • NAS-to-NAS
  • NAS-to-NAS
  • NAS-to-server
  • NAS-to-cloud
Usage

Application-aware backup Back up files of various nature, including database and virtual machines

PC backup Cross-platform file sharing and collaboration NAS-to-NAS realtime replication

Archive data into multiple versions while minimizing storage resources. Back up data to the public cloud. Back up Synology applications including Photo Station, MariaDB, Surveillance Station, etc.

Schedule

Schedule

  • Shared folders: up to every 5 min
  • LUNs: up to every 15 min

Realtime

Schedule

  • By day or hour
Versioning

Yes

  • Shared folders: up to 1024
  • LUNs: up to 256
  • Up to 65000 snapshots system-wise*

Yes, up to 32 per file

Yes, incremental forever

Retention policy

First-in-first-out or custom retention policy per shared folder/LUN

First-in-first-out or Intelliversioning per file

First-in-first-out or Smart Recycle per task

What is backed up
  • Shared folders
  • LUNs
  • Files
  • Shared folders
  • System configurations
  • Supported Synology apps
Consistency

Shared folder or LUN

File-level

File-level (shared folder level if on btrfs volume)

Storage reduction technology
  • Shared folder: Btrfs snapshot
  • LUN: Advanced file LUN
  • Synology Point Recovery (block-level file verisioning)
  • Synology deduplication
Transferred data

Changed blocks

Modified bytes

Deduped data chunks

Transfer encryption

Yes, SSL/TLS

Yes, SSL/TLS

Yes, SSL/TLS

Data compression

No

No

Yes

Data encryption
  • Encrypted shared folder
  • Encrypted shared folder
  • Client-side encryption
  • Encrypted shared folder
Recovery options
  • Single file recovery
  • Point-in-time recovery
  • File-based version history
  • Single file recovery
  • Point-in-time recovery
Self-service recovery

Yes, via web interface and Windows File Explorer

Yes, via web interface and desktop app

No

Recovery speed

Very fast

Fast

Moderate

Required file system

Btrfs

Any file systems supported by Synology internal volume

Any file systems supported by Synology internal volume

Required hardware

Synology NAS with Btrfs support

Synology NAS running DSM 6.0 onwards

Synology NAS running DSM 6.0 onwards

TCO for creating local recovery points

One Synology NAS with Btrfs support

One Synology NAS

One Synology NAS

TCO for creating offsite backups

Two Synology NAS with Btrfs support

Two Synology NAS

One Synology NAS plus another Synology NAS, rsync server or public cloud storage

Strength
  • Fast backup and recovery
  • Most frequent backups
  • Low system resource impact during backup
  • Realtime difference replication
  • Allows two-way sync
  • Effective recovery points per file
  • Supports a variety of destinations
  • Incremental forever
  • Highest storage efficiency
  1. * Refer to product specification for more details

 

 

 

 

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