Backup Solutions


LCC has combined the software power and flexibility of

Acronis: Backup & Data Recovery Software
with the hardware power and intelligence of Synology.

We have paired these products to bring you the best on-site and off-site backup solutions for your home and business. We will assemble a Synology according to your size and storage requirements, then we will implement Acronis across your computers and schedule backups based on your schedule.

See our most recommended units below.

DiskStation DS118

Single drive unit designed for home or small office use. These units have a quad core 1.4 cpu with 1 GB RAM and are also capable of transcoding and streaming 4K H.256 Video on the fly. However we recommend them to be used for backups only as there is no data redundancy with a single drive unit. So use these units to store your backup copies of media, photos, files etc. Sometimes we even recommend attaching a separate external drive which houses a daily backup of the most important files from this unit just in case.
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DiskStation DS218

These units come with a Quad Core 1.4 CPU and 2 GB DDR4 RAM. They can also transcode 4K video on the fly. We do recommend these as the basic models to use for data backup as well as light active use since it has mirroring abilities. So if while you're actively using the unit and you lose a hard drive, you still have access to your data. These units can only handle a single drive failure at a time so if you do lose a drive, be sure to insert a replacement as soon as possible.
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DiskStation DS418

Quad Core 1.4 with 2 GB DDR4 and this unit features dual 1GbE Lan Ports for increased speed and connectivity to your home or office network. These units can also handle 4K video transcoding and are a great unit for storing media. These units can be configured in a wide range of redundant arrays to help ensure data is still available in case of hard drive failure. We recommend these units for those who have larger amounts of data to store and who want to actively use the data stored on the unit.
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DiskStation DS1517

Getting into the heavy hitters with this unit, it can handle 5 drives stock and up to 15 drives with additional expansion bays. It has a quad core 1.7 CPU and 2 GB of DDR3 RAM. These units are designed to be actively used while still providing a range of options for data availability in case of hard drive failure. We still recommend attaching an external drive to hold a daily backup of your most important data.
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RackStation RS3617xs+

One of the biggest units available, holding 12 drives stock and up to 36 drives with expansion bays. These units come with an Intel Xeon D-1531 6 core processor, 8 GB DDR4 EEC UDIMM and can be expanded to 64GB. They also have 4 GbE ports and 2 10GbE ports for high network availability and high network speeds. These units are typically used for active data storage and provide a very wide range of RAID options to ensure data availability in the case of hard drive failures.
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As with any backup solution, none of them are absolutely perfect. Hard drives and hardware in general age due to wear and tear and eventually give out. While you can actively use Synology units for streaming your movies, music, and a variety other services. We recommend only doing so on units providing a powerful redundancy solution. Multi drive units are RAID capable (RAID: Redundant Array of Independent Disks). It is important to note that RAID is NOT a Backup Solution it is just an additional method of attempting to maintain your data and its availability in the event of a hard drive failure. If the device were to go down or the entire array of hard drives becomes damaged. Then your data is lost!

Depending on your situation, which Synology unit you have, and how you intend to utilize the unit. You may want to consider attaching an external drive to your unit to store a daily backup of your most important files. This is to help ensure that if there is full failure of the array or unit itself. You will have your most important data on a stand alone drive outside the unit that isn’t affected by the failure and isn’t actively being used. It is strictly there to have a copy of your most important files copied to it on your schedule. Synology units have software built in to schedule these backups to external drives for this purpose.

Below are some good articles on RAID and why RAID is not a Backup Solution.

Wikipedia: RAID

Five Reasons RAID is Not a Backup

Never Use a RAID As Your Backup System

 

Your Synology can be in your home or place of business so you know who can see your data, storing several days of backups so that in the event of an infection or data loss, we can return your computer to perfect working order rapidly. If you have any questions, or are interested in our backup solutions, please feel free to contact us at any time.

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