Synology, great for Business?

Synology DS1513+

Synology DS1513+

In my last couple of post I've written about my new Network Attached Storage device (NAS), the Synology DS1513+. As I have stated before, the DS1513+ is easy to setup and configure. Even relatively complex things like setting up a LDAP server for authentication is pretty easy. I have dealt with plenty of LDAP (Lightweight Directory Access Protocol, for those who are curious), and the Synology is as about as easy to set up as any I've encountered and MUCH easier than some.

However, here are some of the things that I'm not trilled about with the Synology box. It is geared as a NAS device and as that it does a truly wonderful job, but it is really a Linux server that has a web GUI front end. You can certainly remote into it using SSH, if you enable that, but you are limited in how you can customize the OS. For most this is not a problem. It's not a problem for me, but if you wanted to use this a business server, it might be a problem that you can't do a lot a customization or even install newer or different versions of applications that are not supplied by Synology.

My second worry about the Synology system, is there are not many option to get offsite backups of the device. They do support Amazon Glacier backup, but that can get expensive for lots of data. You might also be able to set up rsync between two remote devices, but that can be buggy and problematic. I wished that they support more backup options, and for businesses I think this is a must.