Private cloud backup using QNAP NASIn this blog I will demonstrate how to maximize the capabilities of your QNAP device and enable it to act as a private-cloud backup repository using Syncrify.
Although QNAP comes with a nice application allowing you to backup machines on your local LAN, adding Syncrify to the mix brings many advantages that are otherwise not available. For instance, it provides the following benefits when compared to NetBack Replicator, which comes built-in with QNAP:
What will you need
A QNAP DeviceQNAP sells a wide range of NAS devices - some are geared towards home users that cost a few hundred dollars while others are designed for large organizations with built-in support for RAID. I recommend choosing a device with an Intel CPU instead of a low-end device with ARM CPU, particularly if your goal is to utilize this NAS for more than just file transfer and storage.
I will be using QNAP TS-543 Pro in this article, which has Intel Celeron CPU with 2GB Ram and a capacity to hold up to 4 disks. At the time of this blog, the cost of this device without disks was around $500.
DisksIn my test I used four x 5TB disk which allows me to store up to 20TB of data. At the time of this article, the cost of one disk was $150, making the total disk cost - $600
SyncrifyYou will need to download and install Syncrify Server's QNAP package in order. Syncrify is free for personal use and can be used to backup up to 5 computers. The personal edition has some limitations that are mentioned here. For the sake of this article, I will assume you have about 12 computers (a mix of laptops, desktops and servers) that need backup. The cost of 12 licenses of Syncrify will be $490.
Total cost to backup 20TB from 12 computers: approximately $1,600 - unbeatable
Installation ProcedureThe following instructions assume you are using a computer running Windows operating system.
Please refer to Syncrify Administrator's Guide for further help.
QNAP package VS regular installerInstallation of Syncrify server is not limited to a NAS device. There are some subtle but important difference between the Syncrify server you install on a regular machine verses the package you download for QNAP. For example:
Using the method demonstrated in this article, small offices can backup up to 12 computers for around $1,600 - a one-time fee. Comparing this cost to the value of your precious data leaves no reason for you to not backup your computers.