Synology NAS: More than just data backup

Many people store their data on external hard drives. This is easy and uncomplicated, but with a NAS there are considerably more possibilities, and the great advantage is that you can automate the backup.

Automatic backups and more

A Synology NAS gives you the ability to have expandable storage for your data at home, allowing you to do anything you want. Media server, backup of important data, your own cloud storage – there are many possibilities. We have put together a more detailed overview of different NAS and how you can find the right one for you in our buying guide .

One way to run your own cloud is Synology Drive. With it, you can synchronize your data across multiple devices, restore older versions and back up your data either in real-time or according to fixed schedules. You can also work on documents with several people at the same time.

Are all your photos stored on your smartphone? Very few of us can do that. Pretty much everyone uses a cloud service to store their photos. One of the most popular services is Google Photos. It’s still free. This will change from June 2021. But before you start thinking about which free cloud storage to go to next, you should consider starting your own Google Photos.

Enough space for your photos

Synology Moments is one such service that allows you to backup your photos to your own NAS. Besides backing up photos to Synology NAS, the service offers more. You can arrange your photos by people, themes, or locations. Of course, you have to train the Synology NAS using AI. How long this takes depends on the number of photos and the performance of the NAS. Once you’ve done that, you can easily search your photos for keywords. There are also features for image processing.

However, there is one thing you need to be aware of: Not all Synology NAS support all AI functions. You can find a detailed list here.

Synology DS220+

One of the Synology NAS that masters all AI features is the Synology DS220+. This is a 2-bay NAS that is perfectly adequate for private use.

Synology DS220+

You have installed an Intel Celeron processor with 2 GHz here, which can access 2 GB of RAM. There are also two Gigabit LAN ports and two USB 3.2 Gen1 Type-A ports. You can, for example, run a Plex server on the Synology NAS without any problems and stream your media. At the same time, with 16.5×23.2×10.8 cm (WxHxD) it is compact enough not to attract attention in the apartment.

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