Using your Synology NAS to Centralize Computer Backup Locally and to the Cloud
Synology’s DiskStation is one of the leading Network Attached Storage (NAS) solutions available for homes and small businesses. B2 is one of the most affordable ways to store your data in the cloud. Now Synology and B2 have teamed up to provide you with unbeatable cloud sync for your DiskStation. With Synology and B2, you’ll save every time you sync — up to 75 percent compared to Amazon S3, Microsoft Azure, and Google Cloud.
How to set up your DiskStation with B2 cloud sync support
To set up your DiskStation with B2 sync support, you’ll need access to your B2 account. You’ll also need your B2 Account ID, application key and bucket name — all of which are available when you log into Backblaze. Finally, you’ll need the Cloud Sync application installed on your DiskStation.
- Open the DiskStation Management interface in your web browser.
- Install Cloud Sync v2.1.0 or later from the Package Center, if it’s not already installed.
- Click on the Main Menu.
- Click on Cloud Sync.
- Click the + button to create a new connection to B2.
- Select “Backblaze B2 Beta” from the list of cloud providers.
- Enter the Application Key ID, Application Key, and bucket name you’ll be using for the sync. This Application Key needs to have full read/write permissions for the bucket or section of the bucket the Synology will access. The bucket is the container that holds the DiskStation files you’d like to sync.
- Select the folder on the DiskStation you’d like to sync.
- Click Next. Confirm the task settings and the DiskStation will begin to sync to B2.
- Task settings lets you specify the folder you’re uploading, and lets you prevent the DiskStation and B2 from syncing specific files or subdirectories. You can create exclusions for specific file types, too, as well as file names.
Below is a webinar that was jointly hosted by Synology and Backblaze and takes you through configuring your NAS to back up to Backblaze, including managing versions in B2.
What You Can Do With B2 and DiskStation Cloud Sync
The Cloud Sync app provides you with total control over what gets backed up to B2 — you can synchronize in the cloud as little or as much as you want. Here are some practical examples of what you can do with Cloud Sync and B2 working together.
1 — Sync the Entire Contents of your DiskStation to the Cloud
The DiskStation has excellent fault-tolerance — it can continue operating even when individual drive units fail — but nothing in life is foolproof. It pays to be prepared in the event of a catastrophe. If you follow our 3-2-1 Backup Strategy, you know how important it is to make sure that you have a copy of your files in the cloud.
2 — Sync Your Most Important Media Files
Using your DiskStation to store movies, music and photos? You’ve invested untold amounts of time, money, and effort into collecting those media files, so make sure they’re safely and securely synced to the cloud with DiskStation Cloud Sync and B2.
3 — Back Up Time Machine
Apple’s Time Machine software provides Mac users with reliable local backup, and many of our customers rely on it to provide that crucial first step in making sure their data is secure. For years, customers have asked us for a way to back up Time Machine data, and now we can deliver.
Synology enables the DiskStation to act as a network-based Time Machine backup. Those Time Machine files can be synced to the cloud, so you can make sure to have Time Machine files to restore from in the event of a critical failure.
If you haven’t given B2 a try yet, now is the time. You can get started with B2 and your Synology DiskStation right now, and make sure your NAS is synced securely to the cloud.