Synology Specialists & Technical Support

Supplying and Supporting Synology since 2001

Synology Experts

GEN has been an investor in Synology hardware and solutions since its arrival on the market, and in that time Synology has become synonymous with quality and performance in the dedicated NAS arena. Founded in 2000, Synology is dedicated to develop high-performance, reliable, versatile, and environmentally-friendly NAS servers. Synology is now the ONLY Network Attached Storage vendor that we use.

Synology

Core Values

Synology has from their very inception aligned with GEN's core values, that being


  • Quality: From the component level right through to application software. An attention to detail that is evident right across the range.
  • Features: An entire catalogue of features built right in from the get-go, if it can, then synology do.
  • Secure: Security by design, right from the nuts and bolts. Simple yet powerful security options, allowing rich features in a secure way.

Synology have a wide range of products, from the very small personal devices right through to enterprise grade storage solutions, many of which are used internally at GEN. In-fact our very first Synology NAS was the DS101 back in 2004 and we still have this device on display in our head office.

Enterprise

The higher end RackStations provide a power efficient, rock solid and highly scaleable solution. There are clearly defined upgrade paths both in capacity and performance as your needs grow. Internally, we use rack-stations to provide both internal storage, as well as block and file level storage for our virtualisation platforms. High availability is available and reliable for mission critical storage and services.


Storage Protocols:

  • SMB The fundamental file sharing protocol for windows, but used extensively now in Linux and MacOS
  • AFP MacOS uses Apple File Protocol to share files and services across the network
  • WebDAV provides a HTTP based file access protocol that whilst not popular is still used today
  • NFS The Network File System stems from the early UNIX OS's and is frequently used in Linux these days
  • FTP The File Transfer Protocol is another legacy protocol that still plays a major role in file distribution
  • RSYNC A common linux protocol for synchronising files between hosts
  • iSCSI A block level file protocol used commonly in virtualisation and backup
  • Drive Synology's own file synchronisation and backup service
  • Bonjour If you're operating a MacOS ecosystem, bonjour and time-machine support comes as standard

Built-in Services

Synology's DiskStation Manager (DSM) is a powerful and feature rich operating system that provides a comprehensive selection of built in services all accessible from a beautifully designed web interface.

DNS, a fully features bind9 DNS implementation can be enabled with a few clicks, and config/zones can be managed from the command line, or via the GUI


Calendar, Contacts, nicely implemented as iCal and iCard servers, ready to centralise your organisations scheduling and contacts. By implementing these industry standard protocols, code can easily synchronise these datasets between corporate servers and devices.


Antivirus, is provided at no charge to regularly scan filesystems and take corrective actions


Backup, both hyperbackup for backing up or synchronising data between servers, or ActiveBackup for business which provides endpoint backup services for remote computers, servers, shares and even Vmware/Hyper-v


LDAP, allowing centralisation of authentication that can automatically sync between synology servers, and other LDAP compatible systems. Combine this with Radius support to expand this authentication framework to a far larger selection of devices such as routers, VPN appliances and more. Single-Sign-on & OAuth takes this to another level with token based single sign-on for your applications.


Docker, providing container services directly on the Rack-station, with easy to use configuration, monitoring and management.


File Station, a nicely designed web interface for browsing and accessing files stored on the NAS.


Security Advisor provides a periodic review of the Rack-stations security setting and provides suggestions on improvements, a well designed and functional tool


Surveillance Station, a powerful and feature rich video surveillance solution, with support for up to 144 cameras, and a wide range of supported camera models


Storage Analyser generates periodic reports on storage usage, viewable by user, share, protocol, etc allowing easy management of storage without the need to impose quota's on users, which you can do if you wish.


Task scheduler allows the configuration of scheduled tasks that can run on flexible timescales.


Web station, a fully feature web server that can be setup and configured easily from the GUI


Virtual Machine Manager is yet another unexpected feature providing full virtualisation on the Rack-station itself.


VPN Server, provides secure remote access to your network, with support for common VPN protocols


There are many more packages available for the Synology ecosystem including a vibrant third party selection, but remember, its linux, and if you need something not provided as an easily installed package, then you can install it yourself with dpkg.


Sync

If you need a NAS then you will probably need synchronisation, allowing the automated copying of data from NAS to NAS, or Server to NAS or many other possible configurations. At GEN we have our core storage running on two 12 bay NAS's with two 12 bay SAS expansions each running in High availability, with hourly replications to another NAS server at a third site across the WAN. We then have other systems backing up their data and images to these core NAS servers in the knowledge that we're going to replicate those backup's to a third site within the hour, and we can play with the retention settings so we keep a number of versions both internally and externally.

In our fairly complex setup we have a mixture of rsync, ActiveBackup, Time-machine, Git, and virtualisation all moving data to and from the core NAS's with their 1Petabyte of combined storage (At the time of authoring this article).

Support

With so many years invested in the Synology ecosystem, both internally and for our clients, we are perfectly placed to provide comprehensive technical support for Synology in the UK. We carry a large number of Synology spares and parts in stock from complete units, through to power supplies, backplanes, mainboards, and we're able to carry out component level repairs on some models. If you need support with your Synology solution, then you won't get better support anywhere else. Roll on over to the HelpDesk and raise a ticket. If your need is urgent, consider our Emergency Support service.


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